21 BEAT BUNTINGFORD BUMPS

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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.

 

 

Tables

Spartans at Buntingford

 

Position First Name Last Name Time Comments
27 PAUL HEWETT 1:03:17 YB (year’s best)
39 STEFFAN FORD 1:06:08
56 TODD GRAY 1:09:16 SB (season’s best)
68 PAUL SHELLEY 1:09:58 PB (personal best 3:29)
101 DANNY SCANLON 1:14:00
105 YUKO GORDON 1:14:25 Winner FV65
168 MADDIE PRITCHARD 1:19:15 YB (1:24).  7th FS
230 JIM BROWN 1:23:53 9th MV60
237 LIZ SMITH 1:24:37 First 10 mile race
254 ED HARE 1:26:28 PB (1:15)
298 ANDY JAY 1:29:55 SB (5:05)
311 SAM SIMMONS 1:30:48
353 JENNY GARRETT 1:35:06
357 CLAIRE EMMERSON 1:35:15
358 KAREN PALMER 1:35:15
359 STEVEN DOBNER 1:35:15 PB (2:28)
385 PAUL HOLGATE 1:37:44 SB (3:54)
401 CAROL PAUL 1:39:05
427 DEBBIE BLANTERN 1:43:33 First 10 mile race
447 ANGIE KEELING 1:46:25
480 SHARON CROWLEY 1:51:56

 

(There were no “chip times” – start line to finish line times available at Buntingford)

 

Parkruns: Christmas Day and Saturday 29th December

Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Time Notes
Cheltenham 290 86 Liz CARVELL 00:30:01
Congleton 82 20 Ros INGRAM 00:24:52
Lymington Woodside 217 122 Darryl STEVENS 00:48:42
Newcastle 44 42 Steve GREEN 00:19:59
Newcastle 176 28 Isabel GREEN 00:24:04
Stevenage 2 2 Jonathan PARR 00:17:51
Stevenage 11 11 Adrian BUSOLINI 00:19:17 PB
Stevenage 13 13 Stuart ARCHER 00:19:25
Stevenage 24 2 Suzy HAWKINS 00:21:17 PB
Stevenage 47 42 John ROXBOROUGH 00:22:43
Stevenage 59 51 Ryan DUNNING 00:23:26
Stevenage 64 53 Barry OSBORNE 00:23:36
Stevenage 65 54 Chris HOLLAND 00:23:38
Stevenage 70 58 Gareth COWELL 00:24:02
Stevenage 71 59 Paul SHELLEY 00:24:03
Stevenage 73 61 Jonathan JONES 00:24:06
Stevenage 99 82 Ken JUDE 00:25:42
Stevenage 108 89 Edward HARE 00:25:54
Stevenage 130 105 Nick GILL 00:27:14
Stevenage 143 115 Steven DOBNER 00:27:36
Stevenage 145 29 Alison SHELLEY 00:27:43
Stevenage 177 45 Debbie BLANTERN 00:29:54
Stevenage 183 48 Carole SHELDRICK 00:30:37 Santa
Stevenage 184 136 Jim BROWN 00:30:42 Santa
Stevenage 185 49 Penny SCHENKEL 00:30:42 Santa
Stevenage 186 137 Paul JENNINGS 00:30:42
Stevenage 187 50 Erica GRAYSON 00:30:43
Stevenage 197 57 Carol PAUL 00:31:00
Stevenage 198 58 Karen BROOM 00:31:00
Stevenage 199 59 Rowena RUTLEDGE 00:31:01
Stevenage 204 144 David SCOTT 00:31:12
Stevenage 208 63 Dzenana TOPIC 00:31:15
Stevenage 206 145 Dave SMITH 00:31:15
Stevenage 210 64 Jenny GARRETT 00:31:20
Stevenage 211 65 Claire EMMERSON 00:31:21
Stevenage 212 147 Darren EMMERSON 00:31:21
Stevenage 220 68 Karen PALMER 00:31:34
Stevenage 227 71 Sharon CROWLEY 00:32:12 10th parkrun
Stevenage 228 157 Roger BIGGS 00:32:15
Stevenage 236 76 Tracy STILES 00:33:20
Street 131 33 Sally MCBRIDE 00:31:49
Torbay Velopark 109 82 Daniel SUTTON 00:27:40
Torbay Velopark 110 28 Verity FISHER 00:27:42

 

Saturday 29th December

 

Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Time Notes
Brandon County Park 33 31 James MCSWEENEY 00:24:22
Brokenhurst 246 150 Darryl STEVENS 00:53:14
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
Panshanger 88 7 Kelly MCHALE 00:25:13
Panshanger 222 172 Tim ROBINSON 00:30:12
Stevenage 1 1 Jonathan PARR 00:17:59
Stevenage 12 12 Danny SCANLON 00:21:03 110th parkrun
Stevenage 35 34 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:41
Stevenage 58 52 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:23:57
Stevenage 61 55 Jonathan JONES 00:24:02
Stevenage 68 59 Darren EMMERSON 00:24:44
Stevenage 87 11 Kerstin WEINER 00:25:55
Stevenage 89 77 Thomas SAUKA 00:25:56
Stevenage 104 89 Michael O’KEEFE 00:26:48
Stevenage 110 93 David RIDDELL 00:26:55
Stevenage 125 103 Michael ANDREWS 00:27:29 10th parkrun
Stevenage 130 24 Karen PALMER 00:27:49
Stevenage 136 110 Matthew PATTMAN 00:28:11
Stevenage 149 29 Liz CARVELL 00:28:45
Stevenage 163 32 Catherine CRAIG 00:29:56
Stevenage 188 42 Callie CHAPMAN 00:31:36
Stevenage 206 157 Roger BIGGS 00:32:53
Stevenage 230 169 David PATTMAN 00:33:55
Stevenage 231 170 David SCOTT 00:33:55
Stevenage 276 82 Nichola DURENT 00:43:16
Stevenage 277 83 Hayley PEACH 00:43:17
Stevenage 278 84 Maggie MONTGOMERY 00:43:25
Wimpole Estate 266 185 Nick WITCOMBE 00:32:44
Wimpole Estate 267 186 Barry KING 00:32:46

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