ANDREW WINS HITCHIN 10K

Andrew Patterson

Fairlands Valley’s ANDREW PATTERSON won Sunday’s Hitchin 10K with a time of just 33 minutes 36 seconds!  He was more than a minute clear of the next runner with a new personal best and course record.

In addition on a super Spartans Sunday CHARLOTTE SMITH was first female senior with 46:50; PAUL SHELLEY was first male 50 plus with 40:16; ALISON SHELLEY first female 50 plus with 50:30; BRIAN WHITE was second male 60 plus with 41:55; and WILLIAM MORLEY was third male under 20 with 45:07.  That’s four Spartans first places, a second and a third!  GEORGIE HOOPER ran a new personal best (PB), less than a week after her last one, of 46:08; STEVE DOBNER improved to 47:36 and MARIAN MORLEY ran a new PB of 54:23.

Paul and Alison said they enjoyed the course despite the hill at about 3.5 kilometres and a nicely organised event with great marshalling.  It was really good to race again and with the camaraderie of the Spartans.

There were 21 Spartans amongst the 348 finishers in the race.  Find all their results in the table near the end of this release.

The race was another opportunity to record a time for race one in the Mid Week League and some Spartans achieved improvements compared with Tuesday (see below).  They were Andrew Patterson (37 seconds); Brian White (1:20); PETE SMITH (12 seconds); William Morley (1:35); Georgie Hooper (33 seconds); Charlotte Smith (2:53); JIM BROWN (2:50); NICOLA ANDERSSON (1:16); NICK KLEANTHOUS (21 seconds); MARIAN MORLEY (13 seconds); KARL SHREEVE (41 seconds) and JONATHAN JONES (3:49).

 

Wave 10K

This year’s Mid Week Road Race League (MWRRL) has started without clubs travelling to fixtures but staying in their home areas.  Fairlands Valley Spartans offered a secure waved start on a measured course and 81 took up the challenge on Tuesday.  Despite the event finishing in the rain there were outstanding performances from SIMON JACKSON (34:08); ANDREW PATTERSON (34:13) and ADRIAN BUSOLINI (36:37) who was running just three days after a 44 miles ultra event.

NICK GILL improved his personal best by 25 seconds to 41:41.  GEORGIE HOOPER by a full 2 minutes 30 seconds to 46:41.  HEATHER JONES set a new mark of 47 minutes 47 seconds and VICKY ARCHER was left speechless by her new personal best of 54:36.

Position Name Time Comments
1 SIMON JACKSON 34:08
2 ANDREW PATTERSON 34:13
3 ADRIAN BUSOLINI 36:37 3 days after 44
4 ALEX SISLEY 39:04
5 JAMES UTTING 39:33
6 DANNY SCANLON 39:45
7 TODD GRAY 40:40
8 MARTIN BLACKBURN 40:41
9 STUART HAYCROFT 41:34
10 NICK GILL 41:41 PB (0:25)
11 SUZY HAWKINS 41:50
12 MATTHEW NEWTON 42:00
13 BRIAN WHITE 43:15
14 JAMES KAY 43:21
15 STUART ARCHER 44:18
16 PETE SMITH 44:27
17 YUKO GORDON 46:30
18 CRAIG BACON 46:34
19 GEORGIE HOOPER 46:41 PB (2:30)
20 WILLIAM MORLEY 46:42
21 TOBY ECCLESHALL 46:51
22 JO BOWDERY 46:54
23 MARK GOODWIN 47:04
24 LEE PICKERSGILL 47:07
25 ABBIE PEZ 47:45
26 HEATHER JONES 47:47 PB
27= ANDY McGUINNESS 47:57
27= MARIE COLUCCI 47:57
29 NIGEL STRONGITHARM 48:35
30 CLAIRE PULLEN 48:39
31 TRACY PEZ 48:40
32 GRACE COVENTRY 48:48
33 CHARLOTTE SMITH 49:43 2 days after marathon
34 CRAIG WILSON 49:51
35 JON SYPULA 49:53
36 DAVE PRICE 50:24
37 LUKE GURNEY 50:32
38 MARTIN DUDLEY 50:38
39 ZOE JACKSON 51:14
40 CHRIS HOLLAND 51:18
41 DARREN EMMERSON 51:22
42 ANDREW SMITH 51:27
43 MIKE REYNOLDS 51:50
44 ANDY JAY 51:54
45 TIM ROBINSON 52:05
46 JENNY GARRETT 52:22
47 CAROLYN LINSELL 52:38
48 JIM BROWN 53:35 2 days after marathon
49 NICK KLEANTHOUS 53:42
50 NICOLA ANDERSSON 54:00
51= CLAIRE EMMERSON 54:36
51= MARION MORLEY 54:36
51= VICKY ARCHER 54:36 PB (speechless)
54 WENDY THARANI 54:40
55 LINDA NOLAN 54:56
56 DEBBIE BLANTERN 55:06
57 JACKIE DOWNES 56:10
58= HAZEL SMITH 56:11
58= KAREN ELLIS 56:11
60 TRICIA HOPPER 56:18
61 BARRY KING 56:29
62 KERSTIN WEINER 56:58
63 JON HARDING 57:33
64 KARL SHREEVE 57:52
65= CHLOE CHAPMAN 58:17
65= MICHAEL ANDREWS 58:17
67= JAN FRY 60:00
67= SIMON SYPULA 60:00
69 DZENNA TOPIC 60:04
70 CHRISTINE ZVEREV 61:08
71= CALLIE CHAPMAN 62:00
71= JONATHAN JONES 62:00
71= PENNY SCHENKEL 62:00
74= KAREN PALMER 63:51
74= TONI NICHOLLS 63:51
76 MONICA SMITHSON 64:03
77= ANGIE KEELING 69:58
77= SALLY PHILLIPS 69:58
79 TRACY STILES 71:34
80 JUDY KING 71:45
81 RACHAEL MILLER 72:25

In addition SU McANENY and CIARAN McANENY ran their 10K virtually in 49 minutes 54 seconds.  That will be included in the MWRRL result for race one.  Race two will also be virtual and is between 14th and 27th June.

 

London to Brighton

Spartan JOHN HARRIS ran from London to Brighton in 12 hours 41 minutes and 8 seconds.  This was 64 miles on a very challenging course with elevations over 5,100 feet in the hot sun on Saturday.

 

Racing Round England

The Spartans have a winner in their Bristol to Bristol virtual run, cycle and walk challenge around the coasts and borders of England.  PENNY SCHENKEL crossed the finish line during the Spartans Wave 10K run on Tuesday with all 2,970 kilometres done.

She was 434 kilometres ahead of JIM BROWN (2536) and 789 ahead of BRIAN WHITE (2181).

By the end of the month Jim had reached Leominster, Herefordshire with 2664 and Brian was in Maryport, Cumbria with 2212.  The only other Spartan with over 2,000 kilometres so far was SHARON CROWLEY with 2050.  She has done the left turn in Northumberland and is heading towards Hadrian’s Wall.  The other ten Spartans are still chasing around England and so far have a team total of 22,875.7 kilometres.

This virtual event was another great distraction and motivation during the months of restrictions on racing and training together.  It started in Bristol and followed the coasts and borders of England in an anti-clockwise direction.  Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

 

Fly 5K Number 54

Four Spartans raced in Saturday morning’s Fly 5K, the 54th running of the virtual event.

NICOLA ANDERSSON led the Spartans in with a new personal best of 25 minutes 46 seconds.  In the middle of a very active week JIM BROWN backed off a bit to take 28:19 but was still second in his age group. PENNY SCHENKEL ran 31:52 and PAUL HOLGATE 32:12.

The Saturday morning virtual Fly races started during the first lock down to help keep people active.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday NICK KLEANTHOUS ran a (not) Parkrun on Tuesday in 26:32 and JIM BROWN went faster on Sunday with 24:59 in the second half of his 10K.

(Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.

Tables

Full results for all Spartans are listed below.  It’s back!

Spartans at Hitchin on Super Sunday:

Position Name Time Comments Comp MWRRL 1
1 ANDREW PATTERSON 33:36 Overall winner PB 37 seconds
13 PAUL SHELLEY 40:16 1MV50
20 NICK GILL 41:46
22 BRIAN WHITE 41:55 2MV60 1:20
36 SAM SIMMONS 43:20
42 SIMON JACKSON 43:46 5MV40
51 PETE SMITH 44:15 12 seconds
62 WILLIAM MORLEY 45:07 3rd male U20 1:35
74 GEORGIE HOOPER 46:08 PB.  4th FV30. 33 seconds
85 CHARLOTTE SMITH 46:50 1st female senior 2:53
100 STEVE DOBNER 47:36 PB (1:05)
144 ALISON SHELLEY 50:30 1st FV50
147 JIM BROWN 50:45 2:50
162 ANDY JAY 52:19
168 NICOLA ANDERSSON 52:44 1:16
177 NICK KLEANTHOUS 53:21 21 seconds
190 MARIAN MORLEY 54:23 PB 13 seconds
220 KARL SHREEVE 57:11 41 seconds
223 SUE HAMER 57:34
238 JONATHAN JONES 58:11 3:49
284 DZENANA TOPIC 1:02:32

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