NEWS RELEASE: BUNTINGFORD DOZENS AND A BOXING DAY WIN

News Release                                                                                                 30th December 2012

As always Sunday’s Buntingford Ten was hilly but this year it was crisp and sunny rather than dull and icy.  Thirty Spartans competed in the ten miles event.

ADRIAN DONNELLY (65th in 1 hour 8 minutes 43 seconds); JOHN HARRIS (67th in 1:08:53); DEAN CARPENTER (70th in 1:09:07) and GRAHAM BLACKBURN (79th in 1:10:26) were all in the top 100 finishers.

MARK GOODWIN (131st in 1:14:44); ANN TRYSSESOONE (233rd with a 12 minutes 36 seconds improvement to 1:21:49); and BARRY KING (298th in 1:25:59) all ran new personal bests.

SARAH PRICE (221st in 1:20:50) was the fastest Spartan woman.  TRACY PEZ was a few seconds behind (224th in 1:21:08).  Ann Tryssesoone was 233rd (see above) and KAREN ELLIS 295th in 1:26:19. 

Position Name Time Comments
65 ADRIAN   DONNELLY 1:08:43  
67 JOHN   HARRIS 1:08:53  
70 DEAN   CARPENTER 1:09:07  
79 GRAHAM   BLACKBURN 1:10:26  
127 MATT   GILL 1:14:09  
131 MARK   GOODWIN 1:14:44 PB
158 JAMIE   DRACKFORD 1:16:33  
159 SAM   HARTE 1:16:36  
211 ROGER   BIGGS 1:20:16  
221 SARAH   PRICE (F) 1:20:50  
224 TRACY   PEZ (F) 1:21:08  
233 ANN   TRYSSESOONE (F) 1:21:49 PB   (12:36)
298 BARRY   KING 1:25:59 PB
295 KAREN   ELLIS (F) 1:26:19  
306 BARBARA   WILSON (F) 1:26:54  
309 KATY   BAXTER (F) 1:27:02  
331 TRICIA   HOPPER (F) 1:28:48  
332 KAREN   LIDDLE (F) 1:28:55  
339 KAREN   PALMER (F) 1:29:44  
364 LISA   KASPEROWICZ (F) 1:32:54  
366 ROGER   HARDMAN 1:33:03  
387 RICHARD   HAZLEDENE 1:34:27  
400 LYNNE   COOPER (F) 1:37:10  
407 MARIA   THORNE (F) 1:37:56  
410 LORRAINE THOMAS (F) 1:38:52  
411 CHRISTINE   HARDMAN (F) 1:39:13  
412 GRAHAM   HILL 1:39:36  
420 TONY   OSBORNE 1:40:16  
424 SHARON CROWLEY (F) 1:40:50  
442 PAUL   HOLGATE 1:43:20  

There was 474 finishers.

Boxing Day Win

GRANT RAMSAY ran off Christmas with the very wet and muddy Pirton 2.5 mile Boxing Day race.  He won by a large margin in 14 minutes 42 seconds.  Another victory for Fairlands Valley Spartans, the UK’s best running club.

JOHN HARRIS ran the later 3.2 miles race at Pirton.  He was 12th overall and third veteran (50 plus) in 22 minutes 20 seconds.

Portsmouth Coastal

ROGER BIGGS ran one of the most popular trail marathons in England recently.  It was the Portsmouth Coastal Trail Marathon.  The course hugged the coastline from Southsea round Hayling Island and back again on a mixture of tarmac, paths & trails.  On a dull and windy day, rather wet underfoot, but without the expected rain, Roger Biggs completed the 26.2 miles in 4 hours 45 minutes 8 seconds.

Glynneath

Helen and Lee Morris ran a very wet and windy Glynneath 5 mile race on Boxing Day.  Lee finished in 43 minutes 17 seconds and Helen in 52 minutes 56 seconds.

Krakow 10K

ANDY NEETHAM ran in the Krakow New Year’s Eve 10K.  There was a 5k and 10k, starting together with the courses separating at 2.5k.  Over 1250 runners toed the start line, many in fancy dress, for which prizes were awarded.  Andy ran the 10k, finishing 29th, and 3rd veteran (40 plus), out of 754 finishers in 39 minutes 26 seconds.  It was his slowest ever 10k, but as it was Andy’s first race since his worst ever injury back in August, he was reasonably happy.

Half Marathon Update

Following the successful Stevenage Half Marathon on 4th November, the organisations listed below who helped with marshalling, car parking and water stations, have all been given donations: Stevenage Scout groups, Stevenage Sea Cadets, The Rotary Club of Stevenage and The Rotary Club of Stevenage Grange.

In addition, the following charities have also been given donations towards their work:  Shine; Herts. Society for the Blind; Lister Hospital Children’s Ward; Greenside School; and the Herts Air Ambulance.

Thanks everyone who helped make this a very worthwhile event in spite of the weather!

Fairlands Valley Spartans’ Presentation Evening and Dance will be on Friday 25th January.  The email address for voting for Spartan of the Year is soty@fvspartans.org.uk? 

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

  • Handicap 5K on Thursday  evening 3rd January 2013.
  • County Cross  Country Championships at Haileybury  College on Sunday 6th  January.
  • Cross Country League on  Therfield Heath, Royston on Sunday 13th January.
  • Fred Hughes Ten, including County Championships, on Sunday 20th January.
  • Spartans Presentation  Evening and Dance on Friday 25th January.
  • Cross Country League in Watford on Sunday 17th February.
  • Virgin London Marathon on 21st April.
  • Handicap 5K on Thursday evening 3rd January 2013.
  • County Cross  Country Championships at Haileybury College on Sunday 6th January.
  • Cross Country League on  Therfield Heath, Royston on Sunday 13th January.
  • Fred Hughes Ten, including County Championships, on Sunday 20th January.
  • Spartans Presentation Evening and Dance on Friday 25th January.
  • Cross Country League in Watford on Sunday 17th February.
  • Virgin London Marathon on 21st April.

 

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