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Thomas Passes £1,000 * Virtual Racing


Thomas Cowan has now run a total of 106K – he has smashed his target, but is going to keep going until the end of the summer holidays and see how many kilometres he can get to!

He said, “Over lockdown I have taken up running with my mum and dad. I have also really missed school. It has made me want to raise some money for the Venkatraman Memorial Fund which provides educational facilities for children and young people in the Indian fishing village of Kovalam, near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. I think all children should have the opportunity to go to school and to learn.”

12 year old Thomas has been running three times a week and, so far, raised £1,140.  Mum Sophie is Chair of Fairlands Valley Spartans.

His fundraising page is at


77 Days and still on the road

Fairlands Valley Spartans have been running for 77 days!  Their virtual relay has visited all four of Stevenage’s Twin Towns and they have continued by running in some of the world’s iconic marathons.

FVS completed the Luxor Marathon on Sunday.  The posts which took them through the start and finish were entered by Duncan Flounders and Danny Scanlon respectively.

Next the Stevenage-based running club are heading for Morocco to run the Marathon Des Sables.

On Sunday the Spartans covered 299 miles with 37 members posting a distance.  In addition they had 302 bonus miles for the week from those not on Facebook.  The virtual relay was started to keep people moving during lockdown.  How far have they covered so far in 77 days? – 20,739 miles!


Virtually Flying For The Eleventh Time

Six Spartans ran in the eleventh Fly5K virtual race.  JIM BROWN was first male 65 plus and 79th overall in 24 minutes 50 seconds.  TRACY PEZ 84th in 25:09; KEN JUDE 89th with a best time for 2020 of 26:02; NICK KLEANTHOUS 95th in 27:02; NICOLA ANDERSSON 97th in a personal best (PB) of 27:05, and improvement of 43 seconds; and PAUL HOLGATE 119th dipping under 30 minutes with a year’s best 29:57.  146 times were recorded.


Not a Parkrun

Fairlands Valley Spartans made up nearly half the field in the ninth (not) Stevenage Parkrun.  The eight runners from the club were Jim Brown 24:50; Ken Jude 26:02; Marian Morley 26:48; Nick Kleanthous 27:02; Nicola Andersson 27:05; James McSweeney 27:15; Paul Jennings 29:51 and Paul Holgate 29:57.  Seventeen times were recored.

A side effect of virtual racing is that you can be taking part in more than one event with the same run.



Fly 5k – Event 11 Six Spartans

Jim Brown                             79         24:50                                       1st V65

Tracy Pez                               84         25:09                                       8th V45

Ken Jude                                89         26:02     YB 2:13                    6th V55

Nick Kleanthous                                 95         27:02                                       7th V55

Nicola Andersson              97         27:05     PB 0:43                 10th V45

Paul Holgate                       119         29:57     YB 0:08                   4th V60

146 times recorded


Ninth (not) Stevenage Parkrun

Jim Brown                                           24:50

Ken Jude                                              26:02     YB 2:13

Marian Morley                                  26:48

Nick Kleanthous                                               27:02

Nicola Andersson                            27:05     PB 0:43

James McSweeney                          27:15

Paul Jennings                                     29:51

Paul Holgate                                       29:57     YB 0:08

17 times recorded

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