The Buntingford 10 has a reputation for being a tough race with its one mile climb out of Westmill village and record of icy patches but on Sunday there was sunshine, temperatures nudging up towards double figures and many of the 21 Fairlands Valley Spartans finishing the race enjoyed some great runs.
Super veteran YUKO GORDON won her second prize in four days taking the women’s 65 plus award in 1 hour 14 minutes 25 seconds. She was 105th out of the 522 finishers. PAUL HEWETT ran his fastest ten of the year. He was 27th in 1:03:17 while STEFFAN FORD was 39th in 1:06:08. TODD GRAY ran a season’s best 1:09:16 for 56th and PAUL SHELLEY improved his personal best by 3 minutes 29 seconds to 1:09:58. He was 68th. Despite nursing a troublesome hamstring throughout DANNY SCANLON came in 101st with 1 hour 14 minutes exactly.
Despite the hillier course MADDIE PRITCHARD improved on her Bassingbourn time by 1 minute 24 seconds to 1 hour 19 minutes 23 seconds. Next in was JIM BROWN in 1:23:53 pursued by LIZ SMITH in 1:24:37 for her first ten mile race.
ED HARE ran in a new personal best (PB) of 1:26:26, an improvement of 1 minute 15 seconds and STEVEN DOBNER cut his PB by 2:28 to 1:35:15.
CAROL PAUL ran a 2018 best of 1 hour 39 minutes 5 seconds, DEBBIE BLANTERN ran her first “ten” in 1:43:33 while ANDY JAY and PAUL HOLGATE ran new season’s bests of 1:29:55 and 1:37:44.
(All 21 Spartan results can be found near the end of this release).
Pirton Boxing Day Run
ANDREW PATTERSON was the only Spartan at the Boxing Day Run at Pirton. He says the course was quite slippery but great fun. The 3.25m route starts with a couple of laps of the recreation ground before heading out on the fields for a big loop.
It was his fifth year doing the race and he secured his fifth top three position, taking the win in 18 minutes 12 seconds just over 10 seconds ahead of a fell runner in second place who made him work hard and helped him work off the over indulgence of Christmas Day.
Win In Witham
YUKO GORDON was among 432 who Beat the Pud at the Witham Boxing Day Five. She won her age category, women over 65, with 36 minutes 3 seconds and was 120th in the whole five mile race.
Velo Park Ten
GRANT RAMSAY was second in his best ten mile time for over a year at the Lee Valley Velo Park Ten on Saturday. This was part of the Run Through Race Series and consisted of ten one mile laps.
Grant says he had a well paced run with a frantic final mile put in to get under 61:00 mins and an age grading scoring over 80%. He finished in 60 minutes 55 seconds.
Serpentine Last Friday
It was a lovely mild, sunny and still day in Hyde Park for the Last Friday of the Month Serpentine 5K. In a race with some amazing runners at the fast end JIM BROWN improved slightly on last month with 24 minutes 47 seconds and was 175th out of the 222 finishers. He finished the overall championship year long championship with 68.1%. To qualify runners need to run at least six of the twelve races.
Parkrun Highlights Christmas Day 25th December and Saturday 29th December
Spartans were out in force on Christmas Day, with 43 running across seven locations. Suzy HAWKINS was second lady and achieved a new PB in Stevenage of 21:17. Adrian BUSOLINI also ran a new parkrun PB in Stevenage of 19:17 and was 11th finisher.
Top finishers included Jonathon PARR 17:51 second at Stevenage, Stuart ARCHER 19:25 13th Stevenage, Ros INGRAM 24:52 20th Congleton, Isabel GREEN 24:04 28th Newcastle, Verity FISHER 27:42 28th Torbay Velopark and Alison SHELLEY 27:43 29th Stevenage. Several including CAROLE SHELDRICK (30:37); PENNY SCHENKEL (30:42) and JIM BROWN (30:42) were in full Santa gear.
Saturday 29th December
Top finisher at Stevenage was Jonathon PARR in a time of 17:59. He was followed by Danny SCANLON who ran his 110th parkrun in 21:03 and Martin DUDLEY in 22:41. Top finisher for the females went to Kerstin WEINER in 25:55 followed by Karen PALMER 27:49 and Liz CARVELL 28:45.
Further afield, Kelly McHALE was 7th at Panshanger in 25:13 and Erica GRAYSON was 14th in her home town parkrun at Ford, Ulverston in 28:46. John ROXBOROUGH finished 16th in Clare Castle 22:50 and James MCSWEENEY finished 31st 24:22 at Brandon County Park.
Spartans at Buntingford
|Position||First Name||Last Name||Time||Comments|
|27||PAUL||HEWETT||1:03:17||YB (year’s best)|
|56||TODD||GRAY||1:09:16||SB (season’s best)|
|68||PAUL||SHELLEY||1:09:58||PB (personal best 3:29)|
|168||MADDIE||PRITCHARD||1:19:15||YB (1:24). 7th FS|
|237||LIZ||SMITH||1:24:37||First 10 mile race|
|427||DEBBIE||BLANTERN||1:43:33||First 10 mile race|
(There were no “chip times” – start line to finish line times available at Buntingford)
Parkruns: Christmas Day and Saturday 29th December
|Lymington Woodside||217||122||Darryl STEVENS||00:48:42|
|Stevenage||227||71||Sharon CROWLEY||00:32:12||10th parkrun|
|Torbay Velopark||109||82||Daniel SUTTON||00:27:40|
|Torbay Velopark||110||28||Verity FISHER||00:27:42|
Saturday 29th December
|Brandon County Park||33||31||James MCSWEENEY||00:24:22|
|Clare Castle||16||16||John ROXBOROUGH||00:22:50|
|Ellenbrook Fields||174||54||Niki PLUMB||00:34:28|
|Exeter Riverside||47||42||Adrian DONNELLY||00:24:59|
|Ford (Ulverston)||46||14||Erica GRAYSON||00:28:46|
|Stevenage||12||12||Danny SCANLON||00:21:03||110th parkrun|
|Stevenage||125||103||Michael ANDREWS||00:27:29||10th parkrun|
|Wimpole Estate||266||185||Nick WITCOMBE||00:32:44|
|Wimpole Estate||267||186||Barry KING||00:32:46|