SECOND AT STANDALONE, PB at Bournemouth

The Spartan Army was out in force in Letchworth and Bournemouth at the weekend. MADDIE PRITCHARD was second senior woman at the Standalone 10K.

31 Fairlands Valley Spartans ran the Standalone 10K on Sunday. Maddie Pritchard was second senior woman (18 to 34s) and in the top 10% of the whole race with her time of 42 minutes 8 seconds.

There were new lifetime personal bests for STEVE ELDER (43:08); ISABEL GREEN (48:29); RUTH REILLY (53:00) and JACKIE DOWNES (55:15).

IAN YENNEY was the fastest Spartan, 22nd out of the 1,138 finishers in 37 minutes 26 seconds. He was followed in by two more sub 40s – MICHAEL GREEN, 61st in 39:47 and DAVID BOWKER, 65th in 39:53. MANESH CHUDASAMA was fourth Spartan, 74th in 40:13.

TRACY PEZ ran her fastest ever time on the Standalone course. She was 184th in 44:33. CLAIRE PULLEN was the Spartans’ third woman, 214th in 45:14 and NIKKI WILBY fourth, 227th in 45:30.

All 31 Spartan times:

Position

Name

Time

Category

Comments

22

IAN YENNEY

37:26

Senior Men

9th senior

61

MICHAEL GREEN

39:47

Male 50 plus

11th 50+

65

DAVID BOWKER

39:53

Male 50 plus

12th 50+

74

MANESH CHUDASAMA

40:13

Senior Men

76

KEITH COUGHLIN

40:40

Senior Men

92

DEAN CARPENTER

41:16

Male 40 plus

113

MADELEINE PRITCHARD

42:08

Senior Ladies

SECOND senior woman!

126

TIM SABAN

42:35

Male 40 plus

142

STEVE ELDER

43:08

Male 50 plus

PB by 1:48

146

STEVE GREEN

43:14

Male 40 plus

158

SCOTT ROUSE

43:50

Senior Men

184

TRACY PEZ

44:33

Female 35+

Course PB (8th FV35)

196

MARK GOODWIN

44:59

Male 50 plus

201

PAUL MAGUIRE

44:58

Male 40 plus

214

CLAIRE PULLEN

45:14

Female 45+

4th FV45

227

NIKKI WILBY

45:30

Senior Ladies

5th senior woman

238

JULIE SIMMONS

45:42

Female 55+

4th FV55

280

ANDY PRIOR

46:58

Male 40 plus

341

ISABEL GREEN

48:29

Female 35+

PB (personal best)

543

STEPHEN PIKE

53:38

Male 50 plus

555

RUTH REILLY

53:00

Senior Ladies

PB (personal best)

566

SARAH PIKE

53:23

Senior Ladies

617

DAVID PEACH

53:40

Male 40 plus

639

SOPHIE COWAN

54:12

Female 35+

650

JACKIE DOWNES

55:15

Female 35+

PB (personal best)

718

FELICITY EVANS

56:43

Senior Ladies

966

PAUL HOLGATE

62:13

Male 50 plus

1014

DEBY PEPE

66:13

Female 35+

1060

HAYLEY PEACH

69:20

Female 35+

1085

SHARON CROWLEY

73:12

Female 55+

1026

TONY OSBORNE

66:51

Male 70 plus

Bournemouth Marathon

Spartans SUE HAMER, VISH SHAH, HANNAH SYPULA, JON SYPULA and KERSTIN WEINER were at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

Kerstin knocked five minutes of her previous marathon best when she finished in 4 hours 8 minutes 6 seconds. Jon finished in the same time. Sue ran her first marathon in 5 hours 19 minutes 12 seconds and Hannah finished in 5:19:30.

Vish ran the half marathon in 1:47:59.

Monaghan Phoenix Marathon – Sunday, 5th October 2014

Roger Biggs travelled to the town of Monaghan in North Central Ireland for the inaugural running of the Monaghan Phoenix Marathon,

The course involved five laps, of which 90% was on hilly trails inside the Rossmore Forest Park. A dull and breezy day, but protected from the winds inside the park. Almost perfect for running once temperatures warmed up from the early 8am start.

Once again Roger ran a consistent race to finish the tough event in 5:09:23.

 

Stevenage Marathon and Half Marathon

Get Sunday 2nd November in your diary. The Stevenage Marathon is only organised every ten years and it takes place this Autumn. The annual half marathon will be on the same day. It’s the exact 30th Anniversary for Fairlands Valley Spartans. Visit www.fvspartans.org.uk for more information.

Coming Events

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

Henlow 10 on Wednesday 8th October

County 5K Senior Championship in Hatfield on Wednesday 8th October

Cross Country League at Cheshunt on Sunday 26th October

Stevenage 30th Anniversary Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd November

Cross Country League at Grovelands on Sunday 23rd November

Cross Country League at Watford on Sunday 7th December

Buntingford Year End Ten on Sunday 28th December

Ely New Year’s Eve 10K on Wednesday 31st December

Join The Spartans

Live in or near ? Like running? Spartans is your local running club and is on the up! The club was voted the ’s Best Running Club in 2010. It now has hundreds of 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 the new sports centre at – a , , (SG2 8UT) 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 9.00a.m. sharp. Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, 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 £35 per year, £25 without UKA membership. 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), Vivienne Honey 07702 846304 or visit their website www.fvspartans.org.uk

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www.fvspartans.org.uk

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