SPARTAN ARMY AT STANDALONE

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A massive 49 from Fairlands Valley Spartans raced round the Standalone 10K race at Letchworth on Sunday.  The fastest was KEITH COUGHLIN, 17th out of the 1,354 finishers in 37 minutes 33 seconds.  CHRIS TILLBROOK cut his personal best (PB) by a significant 1 minute 32 seconds to come in 45th with 39:05.  Next in was BRIAN WHITE taking first place in the Vet 60 plus category with a year’s best 39:12.

NUALA ROBINSON was fourth senior woman (18 plus) in 43 minutes 40 seconds and JULIE SIMMONS had a great race to win the female vet 55 race with 48 minutes 38 seconds, a 2 minutes 13 seconds improvement on her previous best this year.

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Together with CLAIRE PULLEN, 46:53 Nuala and Julie took SILVER in the County Team Championship for women.

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ROB SHAW was the quickest man over 70 in the race with 58 minutes 34 seconds.

There were many other great FVS performances.  NICK GILL, 113th cut his PB by 44 seconds to 42:34; GARETH COWELL by 7 seconds to 45:20; JO BOWDERY by a huge 7 minutes 37 seconds to 49:27; JULIE SHADBOLT by 40 seconds to 55:02; and GRAHAM HILL by a big 5 minutes 33 seconds to 57:01.

Others were chalking up claims in the Spartan short distance championships with their fastest 10K times this year including TODD GRAY 41:17; DEAN CARPENTER 41:50; MARTIN DUDLEY 47:08; CLIVE CANNON 47:54; JIM BROWN 48:20; MADDIE PRITCHARD 49:53; ANN TRYSSESOONE 50:37; BARRY KING 51:27; DAVID SCOTT 51:14; STEPHEN PIKE 53:54; TRUDIE MOLLOY 57:04; MONICA SMITHSON 58:11; LORRAINE THOMAS 1:04:27; ANNE SPILLER 1:06:38 and KELLY CHAPMAN in 1:17:42.

Position Name Time Comments
17 KEITH COUGHLIN 37:33
45 CHRIS TILLBROOK 39:05 PB (1:32)
46 BRIAN WHITE 39:12 1st MV60.  YB (0:08)
85 JOHN HARRIS 41:14
86 TODD GRAY 41:17 SB (0:15)
94 DEAN CARPENTER 41:50 SB (0:40)
113 NICK GILL 42:34 PB (0:44)
138 NUALA ROBINSON 43:40 4th FS.
192 GARETH COWELL 45:20 PB (0:07)
229 MARK GOODWIN 46:10
254 CLAIRE PULLEN 46:53
262 MARTIN DUDLEY 47:08 YB (0:10)
288 CLIVE CANNON 47:54 SB (2:53)
309 JIM BROWN 48:20 YB (0:01)
317 JULIE SIMMONS 48:38 1st FV55.  YB (2:13)
322 KEN JUDE 48:24
380 ANDY JAY 49:35
388 MADELEINE PRITCHARD 49:53 1st 10K in 2017
391 JOANNE BOWDERY 49:27 PB (7:37)
413 LEE PICKERSGILL 50:07
441 SELVAN NAICKER 50:56
445 ANN TRYSSESOONE 50:37 1st 10K in 2017
468 BARRY KING 51:27 SB (1:26)
470 DAVID SCOTT 51:14 1st 10K
476 KAREN ELLIS 51:25
496 NEIL ROBINSON 51:52
498 ROS INGRAM 51:39
521 MARIE COLUCCI 52:40
612 STEPHEN PIKE 53:54 YB (2:47)
664 JULIE SHADBOLT 55:02 PB (0:40)
706 SARAH PIKE 55:59
745 HAZEL SMITH 56:37
748 CALLIE CHAPMAN 56:41
798 GRAHAM HILL 57:01 PB (5:33)
801 TRUDIE MOLLOY 57:04 1st 10K in 2017
825 ROGER BIGGS 58:32
835 MONICA SMITHSON 58:11 SB (0:34)
890 ROBERT SHAW 58:34 1st MV70.
982 SHARON CROWLEY 1:01:03
983 MICHAEL ANDREWS 1:00:55
990 PAUL HOLGATE 1:01:00
1073 LORRAINE THOMAS 1:04:27 1st 10K in 2017
1075 GOPOLAN NAIDOO 1:04:15
1168 ANNE SPILLER 1:06:38 1st 10K in 2017
1169 SUE HAMER 1:06:38
1170 CLAIRE EMMERSON 1:06:38
1171 JENNY GARRETT 1:06:38
1172 SOPHIE COWAN 1:06:39
1314 KELLY CHAPMAN 1:17:42 YB (3:56)

 

There were 1,354 finishers.

 

Hatfield 5K

It was damp and dark for the last of the Hatfield 5K evening races on Wednesday but that did not seem to slow down some Spartans.  ROS INGRAM cut her 5K personal best (PB) by five seconds to 23:36; PAUL HOLGATE reduced his best time for the last two years by 21 seconds to 26:17 and STEPH MAYFIELD hers by 1:02 to 26:51.  There were fifteen Spartan finishers.

Across the whole series of three races BRIAN WHITE was first Vet 60 plus with an average time of 18 minutes 56 seconds, DAVID RIDDELL was second Vet 50 plus with an average of 18:04.

Position Name Time Comments
35 DAVID RIDDELL 18:26
49 BRIAN WHITE 19:10
59 JOHN HARRIS 19:21
71 NICK GILL 20:00
107 CHRIS HOLLAND 21:56
125 ANDY JAY 22:51
126 KEN JUDE 22:41
135 ROS INGRAM (F) 23:36 PB (0:06)
155 MICHAEL ANDREWS 24:39
158 JIM BROWN 24:44
178 HAZEL SMITH 26:09
179 PAUL HOLGATE 26:17 SB (0:21)
180 JENNY GARRETT 26:15
195 STEPHANIE MAYFIELD 26:51 SB (1:02)
199 SHARON CROWLEY 27:09

 

There were 249 finishers.

 

Cardiff Half Marathon

Getting over his disappointment at being unable to finish the Worlds course Spartan STEFFAN FORD returned to his home to run the Cardiff Half Marathon in 1 hour 22 minutes 27 seconds.  On an overcast day with rain he was 178th out of 19,641 finishers and 26th in his category.

 

Barnstaple Half Marathon

KYM MARTIN completed the Barnstaple Half Marathon in 2 hours 42 minutes 37 seconds.  This was her first 13.1 mile race.

 

Flower of Suffolk

CAROL PAUL completed the Flower of Suffolk off road marathon in 5:12:56. The marathon started in Walberswick in Suffolk and went towards Sizewell and back. It was a very windy day with rain at times and some muddy parts thrown in as well.

 

Serpentine

It was mild, dry with a light breeze but damp underfoot in Hyde Park for the Last Friday of the Month 5K race round the Serpentine.  JIM BROWN was 152nd in 24 minutes 15 seconds.  The popular lunch-time race has its 25th Anniversary on Friday 27th October.

 

Stevenage Half Marathon Entries Open

Organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans for more than thirty years the 2017 Stevenage Half Marathon will be on Sunday 22nd October and entries have opened.  Have a look on www.fvspartans.org.uk

 

Parkrun Reports

It was a quiet week of parkrunning for the Spartans. At Stevenage THOMAS SAUKA was the first Spartan finisher, sixth over the line in 20:01. LEE PICKERSGILL was next in 26:18 followed by JAMES SOUTH (27:56) and ROGER BIGGS (30:06). TREVOR BROOM secured a new course Personal Best, crossing the line in 32:24, and SELVAN NAICKER finished in a time of 36:46.

KELLY EVANS was first woman to finish in 24:23, a new course PB, with JULIE SIMMONS in third place in 24:49.  VERITY FISHER incorporated the parkrun into a long run ahead of next weekend’s Peterborough Half, and finished in 10th place in 26:26, with TRACY PEZ next in 27:46. KAREN PALMER (28:27) and KAREN BROOM (31:23) were next.

Elsewhere in local parkruns KEN JUDE ran 26:02 at Panshanger and TIM ROBINSON was 24th in a new course PB time of 23:58 at Pymmes. Further afield, DAVID SCOTT completed in 26:10 at Penrith parkrun while ROGER HARDMAN ran at Newcastle parkrun, completing in 27:21.

 

Coming Events

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

  • Peterborough Half Marathon on Sunday 8th October.
  • Stevenage Half Marathon on Sunday 22nd October.
  • Serpentine 25th Anniversary from the boat house on Friday 27th October.
  • Cross Country League at Trent Park on Sunday 12th November.
  • St Neots Half Marathon on Sunday 19th November.
  • Hertfordshire Five Mile Championship for Veterans at Hatfield on Sunday 26th Nov.
  • Bass Belle 10 near Royston on Sunday 26th November.
  • Spartans Christmas Party on Friday 8th December.
  • Cross Country League at Willian on Sunday 17th December.
  • New Year 10K in Hyde Park on Monday 1st January 2018.
  • Fred Hughes 10 miles at St. Albans on Sunday 21st January.
  • Watford Half Marathon on Sunday 4th February.
  • Bramley 20/10 on Sunday 11th February.
  • Finchley 20 miles on Sunday 18th March.
  • Oakley 20 miles on Sunday 18th March.
  • London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April.
  • Stirling Marathon on Sunday 29th April.

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