NEWS RELEASE: CUTS AT PETERBOROUGH

CUTS AT PETERBOROUGH

Loads of personal bests!

Forty one Fairlands Valley Spartans ran in the sun Sunday’s Great Eastern Run, the Peterborough Half Marathon.  Many of the twenty three women and eighteen men were rewarded with new personal and season’s bests.

The Spartans star performer was DUNCAN MARSHALL who finished 78th out of the 3,431 finishers in 1 hour 19 minutes 13 seconds.  LIAM HERBERT took 2 minutes 36 seconds off his PB to finish 180th in 1:25:46; STEVE MAYFIELD chopped 50 seconds off his PB to 1:33:50 and LISA BURGESS 4 minutes off her PB to 1:34:35.

Running his first half marathon since a major operation last year Spartan Press Officer JIM BROWN was delighted to finish with a time of 1 hour 41 minutes 45 seconds.  MATT GILL ran his best half marathon this year with an improvement of 14 minutes 16 seconds to 1:43:15; JON SYPULA improved his PB by 49 seconds to 1:45:14; whilst NIKKI COLLINS improved her PB by 7 minutes and 34 seconds to 1:48:02 and CLAIRE COKER took a 13 minutes 5 seconds chunk off her PB reducing it to 1:48:18 and was absolutely chuffed to bits all her training paid off.

MADDIE PRITCHARD cut her PB by 7 minutes 38 seconds to 1:51:42.  KAREN ELLIS improved by 4:01 to 1:55:02; RACHEL PAYNE by 4:09 to 1:57:29; MARIA THORNE by 2:51 to 2:01:09; STEVE WATKINS by 10:39 to 2:11:34; and MARIA RUSHTON by 1:28 to 2:14:11.

LES BUTLER improved his season’s best by 2:48 to 2:16:12; JAN FRY her PB by 8:57 to 2:20:20; JACKIE MORRISON cut her season’s best time by seven seconds to 2:23:53 and 80 year old RON COHEN cut his season’s best by 2:29 to 2:29:04.

Those who achieved the milestone of their first half marathon included DANNY HARWOOD (2:00:48); TRUDY MOLLOY (2:01:00); MELISSA GIBSON (2:14:23) and JAYNE PINNER (2:41:30).

The results for all 41 Spartans follow:

Position

Name

Time

Comments

78

Duncan MARSHALL

1:19:13

PB

180

Liam HERBERT

1:25:46

PB (2:36)

324

Graham BLACKBURN

1:30:53

326

Danny HUKIN

1:30:58

SB

430

Steve MAYFIELD

1:33:50

PB (0:50)

459

Lisa BURGESS (F)

1:34:35

PB (4:11)

592

Peter SMITH

1:37:44

787

Jim BROWN

1:41:45

SB.  First half after a major operation.

874

Matt GILL

1:43:15

YB (14:16)

991

Jon SYPULA

1:45:14

PB (0:49)

1151

Nikki COLLINS (F)

1:48:02

PB (7:34)

1174

Claire COKER (F)

1:48:18

PB (13:05)

1395

Maddie PRITCHARD (F)

1:51:42

PB (7:38)

1436

Hadrian COOPER

1:52:14

1472

LEE POTTER

1:52:41

PB

1644

Karen ELLIS (F)

1:55:02

PB (4:01)

1730

Stephanie MAYFFIELD (F)

1:56:13

1818

Rachel PAYNE (F)

1:57:29

PB (4:09)

1973

Paul HOLGATE

1:59:57

2029

Danny HARWOOD

2:00:48

First Half Marathon

2046

Trudie MOLLOY (F)

2:01:00

First Half Marathon

2045

Barry kING

2:01:00

First half after ankle operation

2049

Stephen BLOCK

2:01:07

2053

Maria THORNE (F)

2:01:09

PB (2:51)

2231

Sharon CROWLEY (F)

2:04:32

YB

2553

Steve WATKINS

2:11:34

PB (10:39)

2597

Jeanette COLLINS (F)

2:12:19

SB

2621

Lisa GAVIGAN (F)

2:12:49

YB

2629

Karen SMITH (F)

2:13:03

2674

Maria RUSHTON (F)

2:14:11

PB (1:28)

2685

Melissa GIBSON (F)

2:14:23

First Half Marathon

2695

Tracy STILES (F)

2:14:47

2758

Les BUTLER

2:16:12

SB (2:48)

2884

Jan FRY (F)

2:20:20

PB (8:57)

2909

Lisa JERROM (F)

2:20:57

YB

3002

Jackie MORRISON (F)

2:23:53

SB (0:07)

3044

Karen BUCKLEY (F)

2:26:07

3108

Ron COHEN

2:29:04

SB (2:29) Age 80

3286

Jayne PINNER (F)

2:41:30

First Half Marathon.  Pleased after a four month break due to injury.

3288

Nick WITCOMBE

2:41:31

3287

Hannah SYPULA (F)

2:41:31

Ware Ten

A multi terrain, two lap course and perfect weather conditions for running at Sunday’s Ware Ten provided the platform for several personal best performances.  Experienced runner MARK GOODWIN continued his fantastic form this year with a PB of 1 hour 16 minutes 14 seconds, which was his second PB in a week.  LEE LAWRENCE took 1:17:37.  Despite massive blisters NATALIE BARNARD finished in `1:18:16 close to TRACY PEZ with 1:18:38.  VISHAL SHAH cut his PB by four minutes to 1:21:04.

Matthew Is A Happy Spartan.

MATTHEW KIRK did the Liverpool marathon Sunday morning in glorious sunshine but cool and no wind so good conditions.  He finished 40 minutes faster than last year in 3 hours 52 minutes which is his new personal best.  Says he is very happy, or will be when his feet stop hurting!!

Chingford Cross Country

GRANT RAMSAY was fifth out of 300 in the Chingford League Cross Country race at Enfield.  He covered the 8 kilometres in 27 minutes 29 seconds.

Founders Marathon — Sunday, 12th October 2012

For yet another weekend ROGER BIGGS enjoyed lovely running weather on a tough course.  This Sunday he was at the Founders Marathon.

This is an off road marathon run under LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) rules from Peaslake in the North Downs region of Surrey.  “Founders” refers to the first LDWA meeting which was help in Peaslake.  The event included 1,000 metres of climbing over some testing ground.  Roger finished in 7 hours 18 minutes 41 seconds.

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:

  • Handicap 5K on Thursday evening 25th October.
  • Stevenage Half Marathon on Sunday 4th November.
  • Buntingford Ten on Sunday 30th December.
  • 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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