NEWS RELEASE: BARRY WINS GOLD AT STANDALONE

BARRY WINS GOLD AT STANDALONE

Ron 80 and still racing!

There were 46 Spartans among the 1,130 finishers in Sunday’s Standalone 10K race and several of them were county medal winners.  BARRY OSBORNE won GOLD in the Vet 60 plus category with an outstanding sub 40 time of 39 minutes 56 seconds; JO LAING (40:34), TRACY PEZ (44:37) and JULIE SIMMONS (44:40) won silvers in the women’s team competition; Julie’s personal best improvement of 2 minutes 41 seconds helped her win SILVER in her age category; GRANT RAMSAY was second Vet 40 plus in an incredible new personal best (PB) of 34 minutes 15 seconds.  He was sixth overall.

RON COHEN ran his first race since his 80th birthday.  He beat over a hundred runners with his time of 1 hour 4 minutes 2 seconds and he cycled to and from the event.

CHRISTOPHER WESTCOTT ran his first race as a veteran and celebrated with a time of 35 minutes 44 seconds — a personal best (PB) by 90 seconds.  ANDREW PATTERSON improved his PB by 16 seconds to 36:29; DAVID BOWKER ran a new season’s best (SB) of 38:43; Club Chair GRAHAM BLACKBURN ran a new SB of 40:39; STEVE GREEN improved his PB by 1:41 to 42:52; Club Press Officer JIM BROWN achieved his first 75% age related score for many years by improving his season’s best by 2:52 to 43 minutes 17 seconds; MARK GOODWIN improved his PB by 1:16 to 43:56; NIKKI ANDREWS took a 6:38 chunk off for her new PB of 44:34; MADDIE PRITCHARD took 3 minutes 20 seconds off her PB with her time of 45 minutes 51 seconds; HADRIAN COOPER improved his PB by 31 seconds to 46:17; RYAN DUNNING by 5 seconds to 46:23; ANN TRYSSESOONE by 3:25 to 47:01; SELVAN NAICKER by 2:52 to 47:16; SCOTT ROUSE improved his season’s best by 43 seconds to 48:47; PAUL MARSHALL his SB by 2:06 to 50:18; SARAH PIKE her PB by 47 seconds to 50:27; STEVE PIKE his SB by 1:09 to 50:29; KAREN ELLIS her PB by 1:23 to 51:14; Club Treasurer MARK CHEADLE improved his PB by 1:08 to 51:54; HANNAH DAVIDSON her PB by over three minutes to 53:10; SAIVERSHAN NAIDO by over five minutes to 55:45; MELISSA TYLER, 59:02, beat her PB by 58 seconds; KAREN BUCKLEY her PB by 3:41 to 59:03; JANET COX by a massive 12 minutes 24 seconds to 1:07:29; LEE MORRIS by 1:23 to 1:07:35; and HELEN MORRIS by 1:23 to 1:07:36.

Several including CLAIRE SMITH (48:55) and LISA KASPEROWICZ (51:36) were running their first 10K race.

Standalone results for every Spartan:

Pos

Name

Chip

Comments

6

Grant RAMSAY

34:15

2nd Vet 40.  PB by 32 seconds

15

Christopher WESTCOTT

35:44

PB by 1:30.  First race as a V40

21

Andrew PATTERSON

36:29

PB by 16 seconds

55

David BOWKER

38:43

SB by 15 seconds

78

Barry OSBORNE

39:56

1st Vet 60.  PB by 1:03.

139

Jo LAING (F)

40:34

Vet team silver.

94

Graham BLACKBURN

40:39

SB by 40 seconds.

101

Jake AMOS

40:54

130

Sam HARTE

42:12

143

Steve GREEN

42:52

PB by 1:41

161

Jim BROWN

43:17

SB by 2:52.

195

Mark GOODWIN

43:56

PB by 1:16

217

Nikki ANDREWS (F)

44:34

PB by 6:38

225

Tracy PEZ (F)

44:37

Vet team silver.

220

Tim PINE

44:37

228

Julie SIMMONS (F)

44:40

Individual and vet team silver.  PB by 2:41

257

Mikos TAYLOR

45:31

1st 10K.

270

Maddie PRITCHARD (F)

45:51

PB by 3:20

302

Hadrian COOPER

46:17

PB by 31 seconds

307

Ryan DUNNING

46:23

PB by 5 seconds

334

Ann TRYSSESOONE (F)

47:01

PB by 3:25

340

Selvan NAICKER

47:16

PB by 2:52

368

Paul PICKARD

47:57

430

Paul FORDE

48:15

1st 10K

414

Scott ROUSE

48:47

SB by 43 seconds.

418

Claire SMITH (F)

48:55

1st 10K

495

Paul MARSHALL

50:18

SB by 2:06

465

Sarah PIKE (F)

50:27

PB by 47 seconds

467

Steve PIKE

50:29

SB by 1:09

501

Owen STEWART

50:52

1st 10K

530

Karen ELLIS (F)

51:14

PB by 1:23

547

Lisa KASPEROWICZ (F)

51:36

1st 10K

548

Mark CHEADLE

51:54

PB by 1:08

626

Hannah DAVIDSON (F)

53:10

PB by over 3 minutes

668

Chris LEIGH

53:19

731

Paul HOLGATE

54:36

730

Sharon CROWLEY (F)

55:26

753

Saivershan NAIDO

55:45

PB by over 5 minutes

831

Lorraine THOMAS (F)

58:10

YB by 2 seconds

870

Melissa TYLER (F)

59:02

PB by 58 seconds

856

Karen BUCKLEY (F)

59:03

PB by 3:41

950

Gopalan NAIDOO

1:01:40

1014

Ron COHEN

1:04:02

80 years old and cycled to the event.

1062

Janet COX (F)

1:07:29

PB by 12:24

1064

Lee MORRIS

1:07:35

PB by 1:23

1065

Helen MORRIS (F)

1:07:36

PB by 1:23

(Many pictures are available in the Gallery here: http://fvspartans.org.uk/gallery/)

 

Royal Parks for Lisa and Lorraine

LISA LIVERSIDGE and LORRAINE WYATT ran in Sunday’s Royal Parks Half Marathon.  Lisa finished in 2:00:38 and Lorraine in a new personal best of 2 hours 3 minutes 50 seconds.

 

First Saturday

Spartan JOHN HARRIS was fifth overall in the North Herts First Saturday of the Month 5K.  His time of 19 minutes 56 seconds was achieved in muddy conditions.

 

Kielder 10K

LINDA GREEN ran 75 minutes 36 seconds in the Kielder 10K on Saturday.  It was part of a weekend of events held at the Northumberland reservoir, which include a run-bike-run and a full marathon.  The events are billed as “Britain’s Most Beautiful” – the organisers (Steve Cram among them) were not overdoing the praise there as it really is a fabulous location. The scenery goes some way to alleviate the discomfort from the undulating course!

Steve Cram wished Linda and her friend “have a good race, ladies” as they passed him on the way to the start line!

 

Biggleswade Open

JOHN TYRELL improved his personal best (PB) in the shot with 7.25 metres and in the discus with 19.71 metres in the Biggleswade open graded meeting at Sandy Sports Centre.  He was competing in the over 75s age group.

 

When Ravens Dare

ROGER BIGGS travelled to Machen, Wales for the “When Ravens Dare” event on Saturday to run his 78th different county in the UK and Ireland.  On a glorious sunny day he toiled over an extremely hilly and wet underfoot course to finish in 8 hours 48 minutes 48 seconds.

 

Flower of Suffolk

CAROL PAUL and MIKE NEWBITT ran Sunday’s Flower of Suffolk 26.5 miles off road event around the Suffolk countryside from Walberswick. Carol and Mike finished in 5 hours 34 minutes 12 seconds.  Dave Paul did the 17.5 mile route in 3:56:03

 

Baggage for VLM.

The London Marathon is not until Sunday 21st April but Fairlands Valley Spartans are already signing up volunteers for help in Pall Mall.  The club have helped make the event a success for many years.

 

Enter Now!

The club host the County Championship Half Marathon on Sunday 4th November.  The race is in Stevenage and is for seniors and veterans.  The championships are within an open race — everyone can have a go.  Enter now.  There are details on www.fvspartans.org.uk

 

Coming Events

Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including the:

  • Great Eastern (Peterborough) Half Marathon on Sunday 14th October.
  • Handicap 5K on Thursday evening 25th October.
  • Stevenage Half Marathon on Sunday 4th November.
  • Virgin London Marathon on 21st April 2013.

 

Join The Spartans

Live in or near Stevenage?  Like running?  Fairlands Valley Spartans is your local running club and is on the up!  The club was voted the UK’s Best Running Club in 2010.  It now has over 400 members and encourages participation by all.  The Spartans have a varied training programme to suit those who want to run 5 kilometres through to full marathons.

The Spartans weekday training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Go along to drama studio next to the gymnastics centre at Marriotts School — a Sports College, Telford Avenue, Stevenage (SG2 0AN) at 7p.m.  Up to five running groups go out on training nights — there will be one to suit you!

The Spartan Starter group starts from Marriotts at 7.30p.m. every Monday (except public holidays) and 7p.m. every Thursday.

Most long Sunday morning training sessions start 9.30a.m. sharp.  Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, Stevenage most Saturdays from 9.15a.m.  There are events to enter every Sunday.  Newcomers are very welcome — those who have not done very much running yet might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.

Try a few sessions before joining.  Membership is only £27 per year.  Concessions are available.  Membership forms are available on the Spartans website www.fvspartans.org.uk  Please ask if you would like a paper copy.

If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509 or 01438 354505), Stephanie Mayfield 01438 815859 or visit their website www.fvspartans.org.uk

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