David joined FVS in 2012. Having spent the majority of his life as an over-weight couch-potato, in 2011 he was on the cusp of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes so made an attempt to dodge the diabetes bullet and have a healthier life-style.
Over the course of a year, David managed his diet (otherwise known as ‘starvation’!!!) and increased activity, focussing on running and cycling as his main exercises. He completed his first half-marathon (Reading) in April 2012, his first marathon (Kent RR) in June 2012, and joined FVS in late 2012 to vary his running by taking part in cross-country events.
David has completed the Great North Run, the London 10k and (after 3 attempts) got through the ballot for the London Marathon 2014.
An experienced teacher and HE / FE lecturer in Computing, David has an interest anything gadget / IT-related however he has recently moved to more strategic role within Education, developing the FE workforce and new Professional Standards in FE teaching and assessment – a job much more in keeping with his Blofeld / ‘World Domination Inc.’ tendencies!!!
Jo joined the club as a complete novice in June 2011 and has never looked back! She had been going to the gym to lose some weight and on arriving home one evening she said her husband “I have just run my first ever 5 km she had NEVER run in my life before this! She proceeded to tell him how she’d love one day to do a marathon. Her husband turned blue and said very nicely Jo you are not really built for running- well that was it – within a month she had applied and secured a place in VLM for 2012! Hubby nearly had a coronary and she joined Spartans! As a result of the professional advice from the coaches and the camaraderie she experienced during training she completed London in 5 hrs 39 mins and now also has some fabulous friends. Jo runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, with her Group C run on a Sunday being her favourite.
Jo has an 8 year old son called Jack – who demands that she is fit! She enjoys doing 10kms and half marathons and hopes one day to do the London Marathon again.
Jo works in higher education, but prior to that she worked for 12 years as a ward sister in a cardiothoracic intensive care unit. On the 23 November 2012 Jo achieved her PhD which involved doing a research study looking at patient participation in surgical nursing care and which after the London Marathon was one of the biggest challenges of her life. If you put your mind to it you can succeed at anything! Jo’s motto is ‘It helps to be a Spartan’!!!!!
FVS Committee 2013
During the AGM on Wednesday 21st November, a new committee was voted in.
Mens Team Captain
Ladies Team Captain
Contact the committee to give your thoughts and feedback using email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
IT’S HOT AGAIN! Edinburgh, Whipsnade, Hyde Park
For the third year running it was hot, hot, hot for the Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon.
In the half marathon with fantastic support from Katrina Doyle, Debbie Blackburn and Jayne Pinner GRAHAM BLACKBURN finished just before the sun burst through with a great time of 1 hour 29 minutes 33 seconds.
Also in the Half Marathon ANDY JAY finished in 1 hour 54 minutes 41 seconds and PHIL RUSHTON in 2:01:30. NICK WITCOMBE ran a new personal best for the second week running with his time of 2 hours 6 minutes 12 seconds. TRACY STILES ran her fastest half this year with 2:08:06. KAREN SMITH ran her first half marathon in 2 hours 12 minutes 4 seconds
MARIA RUSHTON took 2:16:30. JACKIE MORRISON and LES BUTLER both ran their best half marathons this year with the same time – 2:26:30; and KERRY SETTERFIELD completed the race in 2:30:30.
The Marathon runners started just as the faster half marathon runners were finishers and had 26.2 miles of hot roads to contend with though they were near the banks of the Forth for much of the race and almost on the beach at Portobello.
JO LAING ran an excellent London Marathon qualifying time and new personal best (PB) of 3 hours 5 minutes 20 seconds. She was 195th out of thousands of runners; PETE SMITH’s new PB of 3 hours 14 minutes 9 seconds gives him a “Good For Age” entry for London; TODD GRAY finished in 3 hours 34 minutes 52 seconds; ROGER BIGGS in a year’s best time of 3 hours 51 minutes 17 seconds; CLIVE CANNON finished in 4:09:30; SARAH O’BRYAN in 4:27:30; and KAREN LIDDLE in a new PB of 4:33:30.
Wilting At Whipsnade
Sunday’s Whipsnade 10K was VERY warm but over an enjoyable three lap course past the zebras, flamingos and rhinos inside Whipsnade Zoo. There were Spartan starters although CHRIS WESTCOTT collapsed from exhaustion less than 1k from the finish not too long after lapping wife Andrea, who not surprisingly then retired from the race to ensure Chris was okay, so just the 11 finish times.
ANDY NEATHAM was first to finish with an impressive eighth position overall out of 562 finishers in 37 minutes 59 seconds. MADDIE PRITCHARD was the next Spartan finisher completing her first ever 10K in 49:11. She was 19th woman out of the 270 female finishers. Those were both very good times in such warm conditions.
Spartan times: Andy Neatham, 8th in 37:59; Maddie Pritchard 108th in 49:11 (PB); Dan Sims 113th in 49:31; Paul Holgate 203rd in 54:39; Stephen Block 260th in 57:09; Sarah Hukin 321st in 60:14; Danny Hukin 322nd in 60:15; Lisa Jerrom 417th in 65:46; Gemma Nash 472nd in 68:34; Jan Fry 485th in 69:45; Anne-Marie Neatham 507th in 72:32.
Excellent preparation for Thursday’s 10K league race!
The Serpentine was looking very tempting during the Last Friday of the Month 5K race which started at 12.30p.m. It was hot in Hyde Park with conditions described by the organizers as sunny, hot, windy with lots of pollen. Spartan JIM BROWN finished with salt stinging his eyes in a fairly controlled time of 23 minutes 14 seconds. He was 115th out of the 194 finishers and eighth in his category.
RUTH MURTAGH completed the BUPA London 10K in 59 minutes 38 minutes. She was it was too blooming hot and had to walk for 1.3 miles. Ruth hopes to do much better in the Mid Week League race on Thursday evening.
Go For It At Welwyn Garden City
After a fantastic turnout and good result in the first Mid Week Road Race League event of the season Fairlands Valley Spartans are going all out for more than one hundred runners at the next fixture which is a 10K race in Welwyn Garden City this Thursday evening, 31st May. Everyone can contribute to the club’s success provided they have joined and wear the stripy vest.
Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including the:
- Mid Week Road Race League 10K fixture in Welwyn Garden City at 7.45p.m. on Thursday 31st May.
- EVAC Track and Field event in Kettering on Wednesday 13th June.
- Mid Week Road Race League 10K in Harlow on Wednesday 20th June.
- Spartans v NHRR “Olympic” Fun Event on Sunday 24th June.
- Mid Week Road Race League Seven Miles in St. Albans on Thursday 28th June.
- Mob Match at Trent Park on Wednesday 11th July.
- EVAC Track and Field event in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 11th July.
- Fairlands Valley Challenge (Off Road) on Sunday 15th July.
- Relays in the Park (3K legs) on Thursday evening 19th July.
- County 5K Championships in Stevenage on Sunday 9th September.
- County 5 Miles Championship in Stevenage on Sunday 23rd September.
- Stevenage Half Marathon on Sunday 4th November.
Join The Spartans
Live in or near Stevenage? Like running? Fairlands Valley Spartans is your local running club and is on the up! The club was voted the UK’s Best Running Club in 2010. It now has over 400 members and encourages participation by all. The Spartans have a varied training programme to suit those who want to run 5 kilometres through to full marathons.
The Spartans weekday training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Go along to drama studio next to the gymnastics centre at Marriotts School — a Sports College, Telford Avenue, Stevenage (SG2 0AN) at 7p.m. Up to five running groups go out on training nights — there will be one to suit you!
The Spartan Starter group starts from Marriotts at 7.30p.m. every Monday (except public holidays) and 7p.m. every Thursday.
Most long Sunday morning training sessions start 9.30a.m. sharp. Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, Stevenage most Saturdays from 9.15a.m. There are events to enter every Sunday. Newcomers are very welcome — those who have not done very much running yet might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.
Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £27 per year. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website www.fvspartans.org.uk Please ask if you would like a paper copy.
If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (01438 354505 or 0793 968 7509), Stephanie Mayfield 01438 815859 or visit their website www.fvspartans.org.uk
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RELAYS IN THE PARK Fairlands Valley Spartans hosted another successful event on Thursday evening – the 3K Relay event- when nearly 400 runners completed the relay course. There were 47 women’s teams comprised of 3 runners and 50 men’s teams comprised of 5 runners. Provisional results can be found on the Spartans website […]
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When it comes to injury we all need to accept that occasionally we are going to get injured! Some may be lucky and only have a minor injury and some very severe injuries. Injuries happen; it is how you deal with them that will improve your chances of getting back to your best. Below are some useful tips to help you reduce the risk of getting injured.
- Roll your ankles 30 seconds one way 30 seconds the other. This increases your synovial fluid in your ankles giving you more shock absorption while running. Many tears are created in those first few strides! Every time you land when you run 4 times your body weight goes through your body so this is very important!
- Balancing exercises. Your brain relies on nerve endings to tell it where your foot is during the landing process. If you’re weak on balance (proprioception) you’re more likely to roll-over on your ankles. A simple exercise to do to improve this would be to stand on one foot while brushing your teeth, swapping every 30 seconds for the 2 minutes of brushing. The last minute should be with eyes closed. This makes it harder because it takes away one of your senses but trains your brain and nerves effectively (much more difficult but important as you age!).
- Warm up properly. Take 5-10mins (dependant on ambient temperature) to get up to ‘pace’ as part of your warm up followed by some dynamic stretches and maybe a few strides (before intensive work).
- Don’t run hard workouts back-to-back (see the Hard-Easy-Hard-Easy method)
- Stretch religiously after to bring your muscles back to a state where they can recover quicker and maybe to correct imbalances!!!
- If you’re tired don’t train. Fatigue is a big cause of injury as the muscle cannot function properly leading to muscular tear — injury. Change that session into a light stretching session instead.
- Ice baths. When you train you create micro-tears in the muscle which the body repairs improving its stress capability: that’s how you get bigger/more capable muscles for the use they’re being trained. A cold bath followed by a warm shower after intensive sessions will not only help the healing process (increased metabolism) but allow the body to flush out any lactic acid accumulated in the muscles to help with your recovery from the training session.
- Warm down properly. You need to allow your heart to come slowly back down toward your resting heart rate (below 100 pulse). Failure to do so will cause blood pooling in the muscles and could lead to fainting!
What to do once you have an injury? Remember PRICER
Protection — Protect the injury site from further injury.
Rest — Immobilise as far as possible to allow it to heal.
Ice — Reduces the pain, slows down the swelling.
Compression — Will stop it from swelling.
Elevation — Keeping the limb above the heart if possible will reduce blood flow from the damages blood capillaries.
Rehabilitation — Seek help. Don’t think by leaving it that it will magically heal itself and you’ll be as fit as before. Normally an injury leaves the area weaker and prone to further injury!
Icing is very important for the first 48 hours. You need to ice every 2hours for 20mins. This should then be followed by contrast bathing (hot and cold: to speed up metabolism in the area). As the table below will show you need to gradually add heat to the treatment because once the inflammation stage is finished (0 — 72hrs) you want to add heat to kick-start the healing process.
0 — 2
7 — 8
The process lasts for 20mins. So for example Days 3 — 4 you start by icing for 4 minutes then heating for a minute then back to ice for 4 minutes and so on until you do 20mins. Make sure you finish on the right contrast as stated above. You can use ice bags or frozen peas for your icing and hot water bottles for your heating.
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Copyright Stevenage Injury Clinic 2009
When the going gets tough, dig in. Talk yourself into keeping going. The trick is not pushing too hard, too early. There’s a moment of truth in every race when you really dig deep, but you don’t want to face it too soon. Ideally you want to put it off until you can visualise pushing strongly through the last stretch — whether that’s 200m or a mile — without anything being able to hold you back.
Race-day emotion and adrenaline can easily override judgement, especially early on in a race. Divide your race into sections and monitor your effort so that you build, rather than lose, momentum over the race as a whole.
Both during a specific race — by working out a race plan and following it — and by thinking long-term. Racing to your full potential is unlikely to appear suddenly. Consider not only the pace of your next race, but races one, three or even five years down the road. Set yourself a goal for the year (new distance, new PB) and work steadily towards it.
Take a look at the way you organise your life, how much you sleep, eat, and drink.
Then consider the balance within your training programme. Are you racing too much? Are you not making time to run those routes that are personal favourites? Are you running too much speed work with little time to recover? Just as you should keep the balance in your training, do so with the other areas of life.
Long runs are the definitive way to build endurance; strengthening the heart, the legs and the ligaments in the process. They also burn fat and boost confidence. If the longest you are used to running for is 30 minutes, gradually build up to an hour by adding five minutes to your run each week. Just minutes of extra running make a difference — but too much and you’re setting yourself up for injury or illness.
Always follow vigorous exercise on one day with a rest day or a recovery run.
Even if you do feel fantastic the day after a hard run, temper yourself. If you don’t do that, you will struggle the following day, or worse, become injured. Stress on top of rest equals improvement, but stress on top of stress equals breakdown.
Once you’ve built a platform of steady work, and only then, should you start thinking about speed work, hill work and interval training. This base of running can last from six months to as long as a year, and should consist of steady running and jogging. Enjoy this period; if you’re an ambitious new runner this may be a useful stress-free period of running when you can gauge which distances may be right for you to race over in the future.
This advice is especially valuable for beginners and those hoping to build endurance. When you find that you can gradually spend more and more time on your feet, all that hard work seems to be paying off. If you’re a more experienced runner, you’ll find that thinking of time can prevent you tearing round your training routes at breakneck speed trying to set a PB. This can ensure that your ‘recovery’ runs actually provide the rest and recuperation all runners need.
Staying fit and healthy is great reward in itself, but setting a goal can make you more motivated and help you enjoy your running more. When you sit down and set yourself a goal consider four elements, incorporated in the acronym RACE. Firstly, choose a goal with a noticeable Reward. It could be a medal, a time, or a new set of clothes if your goal is weight loss. Secondly, make that goal Attainable — within your reach. Thirdly, make it Challenging. If your goal is going to be easy, you won’t work to achieve it. Finally, be Explicit: set out specific races, precise target times, and the crucial points along the path to achieving your ambition.
Most runners clock their miles on the open roads. Roads aren’t the worst places to run, but try to run on the Tarmac no more than three times a week. Certainly steer clear of concrete pavements whenever you can, which will pound your body. Running tracks are good for
Grassy areas are the softest surface to run on, but they can be uneven.
Varying the surfaces you are using can generate variety in your runs and improve your overall running strength.
Warm-ups let your body gradually adjust to the exercise, preparing you for the harder work to come and actually making the session easier. Five to 10 minutes of running or walking before you start putting your body through its paces will also lessen the strain on your heart and reduce the chances of injury.
An abrupt finish to exercise can cause cramps, dizziness, abnormal strain on the heart, and hamper the removal of the body’s waste products such as lactic acid. Just spend five minutes longer on your feet at a gentle pace to cool your body.
If your running is to progress you will need to work harder over time, but if you punish your body too hard too soon you won’t improve and you’ll increase the risk of injury.
Make a clear plan of their intended weekly training and then increase mileage or intensity only every third or fourth week.
For example, if your current mileage is 10 miles a week and you’re aiming to build that up to 20 miles, add two to four miles every three to four weeks. Apply this same principle to increases in speed.
Few people are able to run a mile on their first day of running, so don’t try it. You’ll soon feel discouraged and give in. Instead, begin by mixing running with walking.
For example, run for 30 seconds then walk for 90 seconds, repeating this for a total of 20 minutes. When you can comfortably manage this four times a week, adjust your walk/run ratio to 45/75 seconds four times a week. Then try 60/60, 75/45, and 90/30. In time you’ll be running for several minutes without breaks, and then you will be able to run for 20 minutes without stopping!
John has been a Spartans groupie for 18 years and has spent many hours standing in the sun and rain marshalling and supporting his wife Beverley. After 35 years working mostly as a Community Psychiatric Nurse he took early retirement and now works part time at Heathcote School as a Mentor and Pastoral Assistant.
His interests are walking, cycling, bridge and always remembering to say “good run”. Being obsessed with ‘negative splits’ and ‘mile times’ he leaves to other as he is unable to run due to a long standing knee injury.
Simon has been a member of the Spartans for three years and has brought a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm to training and has over come his physical disabilities to compete in races, achieving great success on the track at National, Regional and County level.
In 2008 Simon reached the finals of the National Disabled Athletics Championships and won multiple Gold Medals at the Eastern Region Championships.
2009 was a fantastic year for Simon. At the start of the year Simon won the Paul Pearce Disability Award at the Comet Sports Award. Then during the year Simon also won 2 Silvers and a Bronze (200M, 4 x 100M, and 4 x 400M respectively) in the National Championships for Disabled Athletes and Gold, 2 Silvers and a Bronze (400M, 100M, Long Jump and 200M respectively) at the Eastern Region Disabled Athletics Championships. At County level Simon won Gold in the 100M at the Hertfordshire Disabled Track Championships.
Simon participates in a variety of club events, often bursting past other runners in the Club at the track training sessions. He has also offered his support in helping out with the Club Kit this year. Simon also enjoys working out in the gym at Marriotts.
Liam joined the Spartans in March 2009 after attending a Starter Group session, and he hasn’t looked back since!
Completely un-sporty in his younger years, a desire to improve his fitness got him out jogging whilst studying at University in 2006, but his love for running was ignited the following year when he entered his first 10K race and got overtaken by Paula Radcliffe halfway around (yes, this really did happen!). Since joining the club as a way to further improve his running, Liam has enjoyed throwing himself into the many weekly training sessions on offer, and in particular he enjoys the Saturday track and speed-work sessions.
2011 was pretty good for Liam after he completed his debut marathon in 3 hours and 18 minutes, setting 11 independent PBs along the way in all distances from 1500m to half marathon. Liam was delighted to be named ‘Most Improved Male’ and ‘Spartan of the Year’ at the end of it!
Liam is possibly most well-known in the club for his striking appearance … well, mainly his short spiky hair, long legs, dodgy fashion trends and a worrying fearlessness for wearing lycra!
Liam joined the coaching team in 2012 to give back, encourage others and to look good in an orange vest! He is our social media expert, looking after the club Twitter account (@FVSpartans — followed by 400 people), and he is also the club race promoter.
Outside of running, Liam is currently training to become a librarian. His interests include films, technology, good food, exploring new places and riding roller coasters.
Steve started running in 1994 and joined the Spartans in 1995, his main reason for running being to stay fit and keep the weight off. Running with the Spartans meant Steve started to train properly and soon found himself entering anything up to a half marathon. Like most people he achieved some quick gains in the first two years and won the most improved Spartan award. After lots of hard work he managed to achieve all the running targets & times he had set himself.
Steve doesn’t think his running is exceptional, but it is consistent and Steve has found it very fulfilling to make the Spartan team at many events. Having (not that!) recently turned 40 he feels it is time to let the younger club members take up the mantle.
Steve joined the committee in 2008, but before then he was always keen to help the club at the many of the events we put on.
The one question that Steve is always asked is ‘when are you going to run the marathon?’ Steve says ‘having managed to avoid it for 12yrs his instinct is to avoid it for a few more!’
Katrina joined the Spartans in the summer of 2006. She initially joined only for company on training runs when her training partner moved away, and never expected to enjoy being a club member so much. Prior to joining the Spartans she had run the London marathon twice. Despite vowing never to run a marathon again, she has finally succumbed and plans to run another marathon (Edinburgh) in 2009, and to enjoy the Club camaraderie of training with a large group.
Katrina was elected to the Committee in 2007 and was Race Director for the Relays in 2008. She is also a level 2 Endurance Coach, and has a particular interest in coaching complete novices to running. Katrina, along with Tessa, set up the very successful Spartans Starter Group in April 2008. The Starter group has continued to go from strength to strength and the group now meets twice weekly, on a Monday and Thursday evening.
Away from the Spartans, Katrina is an Accountant working for the NHS, is a regular attendee at a local gym and likes to read to relax.
Tessa joined the Spartans in 1994 after moving from Hampshire to Stevenage to be with her boyfriend (now husband) Dave. She belonged (and still does) to City of Portsmouth Athletic Club where she was Hampshire County champion for 800m for 4 years consecutively. Tessa wanted to carry on her running and having run 10K’s, 10 Miles and Half Marathons, completed marathons in November 1994, running the Stevenage Marathon, and then the London Marathon in 2000 when she was forty and had been in the sport for 26 years. She has been a regular County Medal winner in Hertfordshire and competes on both track and road.
Having loved the atmosphere at the Spartans, Tessa decided to become a coach in 2000 to help her fellow members. She introduced different types of training including track sessions and the odd track race including relays! She also encouraged members to have a go at doing more cross country races and got mens and ladies teams out in both the Southern Counties and National Cross Country championships for the first time. Tessa along with Katrina Doyle has started the Club’s first ‘Starter Group’ encouraging complete novices to have a go to walk/run on Monday nights. Tessa is also team manager for the women’s track and field team in the Eastern Veteran Athletic Club League in which the ladies won the final at Bedford.
Away from running, Tessa works for a firm who deal with the maintenance of the roads in Hertfordshire.
In her spare time Tessa likes to read and make various puddings.
Now in his 50’s Paul joined the Spartans in 1985 at 28 shortly after the club was formed following regular Sunday morning training runs that led up to the first Stevenage marathon in 1983.
Addicted to running as often as possible and the camaraderie of the club, Paul is a regular at most Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday training sessions.
A level 2 UKA qualified coach, Paul is also the Midweek League results secretary and club statistician for club championships and personal best records, as well as issuing monthly individual training plans for all 400+ members that he holds any data on which to base targets for.
Paul loves to race at all distances from 100 metres up to marathon and completed both his 1,000th race and 200th marathon in 2011.
A qualified accountant with BT, Paul is married with 3 teenage children and the youngest, Matthew, also trains and races with the club.
Outside of running Paul enjoys tackling tough logic problems, playing board games and the occasional game of duplicate bridge.
Jo joined FVS in 2008 having been a Joey-n-mates until then! Having taken up running in the early 90`s in response to a puncture heavy relationship with her bike, she soon realised that running was a far more reliable companion.(Sorry bike! I still love you!!)
Within a few months of joining, she knocked over 20 mins off her Marathon time. More importantly, she discovered that running is an adaptable pastime-solo or with friends and got the incurable bug.
Now a Coach in the Club, Jo loves the esprit de cours……and dreadful jokes that being in the Club offers.
She just LOVES running……………..end of……
Q. When did you join the club?
A. September 2010
Q. Why did you join the club?
A. We had just moved to Knebworth from High Wycombe and were looking for a running club with a good social side.
Q. Why did you join the coaching team?
A. I have twenty years experience of club running, with Barnet & District AC and Reading AC, and am a qualified scuba diving instructor. Those two things made it seem a natural thing to do.
Q. What are you hoping to do through your involvement in the coaching team?
A. Pass on some experience and enthusiasm at the same time as learning some new things myself.
Q. When do we typically see you at training?
A. When I’m not injured! My legs have a lot of miles in them and are not as young as they were!
Q. What are your aims in 2012 for your running and/or coaching?
A. Stay injury free so that I can actually join in with coaching and training. If successful with that I’d like to set a few VPBs (Veteran Personal Bests).
Q. Tell us something about you that other Spartans will not know!
A. I’m a Shetlander so there are not many that can accuse me of being a soft southerner!
Jim Brown joined the Spartans shortly after moving to Stevenage from Scotland late in 1992. He arrived with a pretty good record as a racing cyclist having achieved targets like “under the hour” for a 25 (miles), over 20 mph for a “twelve” (hours) and getting into the national rankings. Gradually his number shifted from his backside to his chest for competitive sport but he is on the national council of the largest cyclists’ organisation in the country and still organises a number of successful cycling events including “Emitremmmus Desrever” which attracted 419 riders in October 2011.
Jim returned to the committee in 2009 but has been Spartan press officer for many years having first been elected to that post in 1996. He was delighted to receive a special award at the Silver Jubilee Gala Ball.
Jim is a great believer in encouraging more people to get into active recreation — loads of health and social benefits — something Fairlands Valley Spartans have been doing really well. His personal targets have been to try to achieve a 75% score in all eight club championship distances — particularly using the older, harder standards. He’s come close a few times but lacks the oompf for the short stuff.
Recently he’s been advised to become a fun runner, we’ll see about that, but he reckons now is a good time to put a little bit more into the club which has given him so much pleasure and motivated him to attempt to get fit.
Jim qualified as an assistant coach in 2010, a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) in 2011 and is now a UKA Level 2a Endurance Official.
Jamie has been running with the club since the summer of 2009. He decided to join after looking for a new challenge after spending all his sporting time playing football.
Last year he ran his first Marathon at London and is hoping to run a lot more in the future!
Jamie is the race director for the Stevenage half Marathon and this year came 3rd in the Herts Sports Partnership volunteer of the year award.
Jamie works for Marriotts and runs the Sports Centre where the club is based. He is a very keen sportsman and enjoy all sports and will normally be found of an evening in the dance studio taking classes for Dominate Fitness.
Away from work Jamie enjoys spending time with his Wife April who also works at Marriotts for and also their three Children.
Steph spent so much time contemplating whether or not to join Spartans, that in January 2010 she was given her membership and a stripey vest by husband Steve.
Who knew then that within two years she would become Club Secretary in December 2011.
Since joining her running has improved in style and speed — still not fast, but noticeably faster!
Steph takes part in occasional races but is always determined to try her hardest and aim to better her times.
She has been a member of FVS Ladies team for Eastern Vets Athletics Club (EVAC) for the last two seasons.
She supplements her running training (normally Tuesday nights and Saturday track session) with personal training and gym sessions and occasional coaching from Stevenage and North Herts AC for pole vaulting and throwing skills (hammer and discus).
Steph is a radiographer working for University College London Hospitals which allows her to practice speed walking for EVAC and sprints along Euston Road, depending how late she is for the train! She enjoys running because it enables her to get some fresh air, see daylight (a rarity in her job) and eat more!
Paul joined FVS in 2010, but his first taste for running was way back in 1986 when he ran the Mars London Marathon in 3hrs 36mins. Then after a 23 year absence from road running he was once again was fortunate enough to gain a ballot place in the 2009 Flora London marathon which he ran somewhat slower!
The following years were possibly the busiest of Paul’s life with not only running more marathons but also getting married, buying and managing a business and getting a puppy. Paul is still the Managing Director of QES Ltd, husband of Vivienne Honey and father to Toffee but life has calmed down a bit these days which has given Paul more time to concentrate on his running and being a committee member! Oh and his goal of breaking that 4 hour barrier for the marathon again !!
It’s never an easy place to go to (acknowledgements to Harry Redknapp for the quote).
You will have seen emails over the past few weeks about the Cross Country League Fixtures. These races are primarily team events with 8 men required to make a team, and 4 ladies.
Unfortunately, we have struggled recently to get a good number of Spartans to participate, so this is a direct appeal to give it a try at Royston – you never know you might like it! Put the 19th February 2012 in your diary now!
Good Things About Running Cross-Country Races
- It is very, very good for you – building up strength, stamina and overall fitness
- If you want it to be competitive, you can race as hard as you like. BUT it is also perfectly acceptable to treat it as a slow, sociable training run – lots of people are there just to jog round and there is absolutely no pressure!
- There is a real spirit about running team events like this – you are doing it for yourself, but also for your team-mates and for the Club
- You can wear lots and lots of warm clothing to keep out the effects of the weather – people run in hats, scarves, gloves, leggings, tracksuit bottoms, ear muffs – the lot! The only mandatory thing is that you wear a club vest on top of everything else!
- You see some really good scenery – the Royston event is run across the Heath and it really makes a pleasant change from the cycle ways of Stevenage!
- When you have finished, you will have a warm glow of satisfaction for the rest of the day!
So, if you think you might want to give it a try, then let us know by either replying to this email and I will add you to the list or add your name to the thread on the forum at http://forum.fvspartans.org.uk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1307118016). If you are unsure about anything, no matter how silly you feel your question might be, just ask any of the coaching team and they will be happy to help.
Full details on the Royston event below. The good thing about Royston is that it is not far too travel and it is never very wet or muddy (unlike some cross-country courses!). Yes, it is pretty hilly but if you want to walk up the hills – that’s absolutely fine. You definitely will not be the only one to do that!
The fourth Sunday League race for this season in on Sunday 19th February 2012.
The event will be hosted by Royston Runners and will be held on Therfield Heath, Royston.
The Race HQ will be The Heath Sport Centre, Baldock Road, Royston, SG8 5BG. The Centre has ample changing and showering facilities. It also has a licensed bar that serves food.
The race starts at 10.30am. The course is mostly across open downland and is hilly. It is suitable for spikes, studs or trail shoes.
Travel: Car there is plenty of car parking on the Heath. I suggest meeting at Sainsburys Coreys Mill to leave at 9:00 if you want to car share.
Nick joined the Spartan’s in October 2009, two weeks after he completed his first 10k and shortly before his 40th birthday – “a different kind of midlife crisis”. His aims to start with were just to get fit and improve his health, but since joining the Spartans he has run in the London marathon, numerous half marathons including Peterborough and Edinburgh and Nick even make his international running debut in the Texas half in 2012 (but he doesn’t like to talk about it much!)
Nick introduced the Spartans to the now infamous tradition of the CBF, has joined the coaching team, gained himself a new nickname of ‘Gadget’, mastered the art of wearing his pants OVER his trousers – and of course made numerous good friends along the way. Nick was appointed Men’s Captain in November 2012, a position he held for 2 years.
Nick’s greatest enjoyment is helping fellow Spartans reach their goals whatever they are. He currently works as a Business Analyst and is married with 2 daughters and when he is not running or gadget shopping he enjoys football (although being an Arsenal supporter that is diffcult!) and darts.
Mark joined the Spartans in August 2009, a year after taking those tough first steps into running and in December 2011 joined the committee.
Mark most enjoys getting down the track on a Saturday morning over the summer months and still wishes he had the pace as a teenager playing on the wing at Rugby. Sadly after a 14 year break from exercise, those days are behind him, but still aims to at least get a sub 6 minute 1500m. Also keen on swimming and cycling, Mark plans to take part in a triathlon one day.
Outside of running Mark works as a demand planner for a grocery retailer. Main hobby is writing and performing music and will be spending plenty of time in the studio in 2012 recording an album.
|1||182||John||HUTCHINS||Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC||Senior Men||1:10:46||1:10:45|
|2||728||Paul||ADAMS||St Albans Striders||Senior Men||1:13:06||1:13:05|
|3||254||Gordon||PEARCE||Thames Hare & Hounds||Senior Men||1:14:08||1:14:08|
|4||741||Andrew||CRACKNELL||Dacorum & Tring AC||Senior Men||1:15:31||1:15:30|
|5||658||Nick||WHITE||Saffron Striders||Senior Men||1:16:11||1:16:10|
|6||762||Craig||HALSEY||Boxfit Tri||Senior Men||1:16:49||1:16:48|
|7||148||James||CORDWELL||City of Sheffield AC||Senior Men||1:17:09||1:17:06|
|8||18||Grant||RAMSAY||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:17:29||1:17:28|
|9||418||Stephen||MURTAGH||Harlow Running Club||Men 40-49||1:17:37||1:17:31|
|13||463||Dave||DESBOROUGH||Garden City Runners||Men 50-59||1:20:32||1:20:29|
|14||288||Iain||HAZELL||Wootton Road Runners||Senior Men||1:20:49||1:20:45|
|15||420||Laura||COWLEY||Herts Phoenix||Senior Ladies||1:21:32||1:21:28|
|17||43||Pablo||LASTRAS||St Albans Striders||Senior Men||1:21:53||1:21:46|
|18||407||Sally||ONN||St Albans Striders||Senior Ladies||1:22:18||1:22:14|
|19||697||Steve||HOWES||Solihull & Small Heath Athletic Club||Men 50-59||1:22:31||1:22:25|
|20||440||Colin||BRAYBROOK||St Albans Striders||Men 40-49||1:22:37||1:22:34|
|21||488||Gary||WARREN||St Albans Striders||Men 40-49||1:22:47||1:22:45|
|24||688||Damian||MACENHILL||Striders Of Croydon||Men 40-49||1:23:41||1:23:34|
|25||491||Richard||HARRY||St Albans Striders||Senior Men||1:23:46||1:23:40|
|26||435||John||JONES||St Albans Striders||Men 40-49||1:23:57||1:23:55|
|28||122||Mark||CASTLETON||Watford Harriers||Senior Men||1:24:33||1:24:32|
|29||177||Andrew||LYNE||Barnet & District AC||Senior Men||1:24:36||1:24:23|
|32||427||Mark||TAPLIN||St Albans Striders||Men 40-49||1:25:09||1:25:02|
|33||675||Nick||DI PAOLO||Senior Men||1:25:17||1:25:16|
|34||302||Jamie||JEPHCOTT||Harlow Running Club||Men 40-49||1:25:24||1:25:17|
|35||475||Karlo||HINER||Riverside Runners St Neots||Men 40-49||1:25:42||1:25:36|
|38||19||Ciaran||McANENY||North Herts Road Runners||Senior Men||1:26:17||1:26:12|
|39||515||Geoff||NEWTON||Tadworth AC||Men 60-69||1:26:19||1:26:15|
|40||153||Keith||HAMMOND||Vegetarian Cycling & AC||Men 40-49||1:26:21||1:26:07|
|41||110||Paul||DE KORT||Men 40-49||1:26:25||1:26:24|
|42||737||Patrick||GALLAGHER||Garden City Runners||Senior Men||1:26:33||1:26:30|
|44||560||Charles||HOWARD||Wootton Road Runners||Senior Men||1:26:44||1:26:37|
|45||492||Rob||PITKETHLY||Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC||Senior Men||1:26:50||1:26:35|
|51||181||Will||MORRIS||Barnet & District AC||Senior Men||1:27:20||1:27:15|
|54||112||Natasha||TAYLOR||Herts Phoenix||Senior Ladies||1:27:29||1:27:22|
|55||337||Jerry||BRYAN||Barnet & District AC||Men 50-59||1:27:47||1:27:39|
|56||379||Nick||MALPELI||North Herts Road Runners||Men 40-49||1:27:48||1:27:44|
|59||669||Brian||HAGAN||Royal Air Force AC||Senior Men||1:28:32||1:28:11|
|62||2||Jo||LAING||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 35-44||1:28:57||1:28:23|
|63||618||Sharon||BOLISTER||Eton Manor AC||Senior Ladies||1:29:04||1:29:00|
|65||640||Simon||DOYLE||Herts Phoenix||Men 40-49||1:29:23||1:29:18|
|67||442||David||PURCHASE||Hillingdon AC||Senior Men||1:30:06||1:29:57|
|74||417||Thea||GUDGEON||Watford Harriers||Senior Ladies||1:31:25||1:31:15|
|75||659||Andy||JORDAN||St Albans Striders||Men 40-49||1:31:31||1:31:20|
|77||518||David||SABEY||Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers Running Club||Men 40-49||1:31:37||1:31:16|
|78||376||Paul||Johnson||Watford Joggers||Men 40-49||1:31:40||1:31:27|
|79||129||Natalie||BARNARD||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Ladies||1:32:04||1:32:01|
|81||536||Mark||BEASLEY||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:32:15||1:31:57|
|83||455||John||TENNANT||Harlow Running Club||Men 60-69||1:32:34||1:32:29|
|84||484||Tony||KIRBY-COOK||Ely Runners||Men 40-49||1:32:39||1:32:21|
|85||368||David||TYSON||Loughton AC||Senior Men||1:32:48||1:32:28|
|86||383||Paul||KEECH||Stopsley Striders||Men 50-59||1:32:49||1:32:26|
|87||628||Sakib||RASHID||Thames Valley Harriers||Junior Men||1:32:54||1:32:50|
|89||652||Tony||BRADFORD||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:33:00||1:32:57|
|90||274||David||EDWARDS||Garden City Runners||Men 50-59||1:33:04||1:32:54|
|91||747||Jamie||DRACKFORD||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:33:07||1:33:04|
|92||571||Christopher||CARR||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:33:07||1:33:04|
|94||683||Nick||SEAMAN||Hillingdon AC||Men 40-49||1:33:24||1:33:19|
|95||512||Darren||RISLEY||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Senior Men||1:33:29||1:33:15|
|97||170||Andrew||GARRETT||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:33:38||1:33:21|
|98||305||Michael||PETERSEN||Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC||Senior Men||1:33:40||1:33:13|
|99||579||Martin||HALLING||St Albans Striders||Men 50-59||1:33:49||1:33:38|
|102||516||Sean||BOWEN||Garden City Runners||Men 40-49||1:34:24||1:34:09|
|108||152||Robert||GADDIE||Watford Joggers||Men 40-49||1:35:17||1:35:04|
|109||124||Chris||NOTTON||Serpentine Running Club||Senior Men||1:35:28||1:34:46|
|111||749||Christopher||WESTCOTT||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:35:34||1:35:09|
|112||600||Andrea||MANN||Garden City Runners||Ladies 35-44||1:35:35||1:35:20|
|113||707||Barry||CHISHOLM||Shaftesbury Barnet||Men 50-59||1:35:42||1:35:36|
|118||760||Chris||KING||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 45-54||1:35:50||1:35:38|
|123||513||Naomi||HAMMOND||Allenburys Club||Senior Ladies||1:36:33||1:36:12|
|125||433||Chris||SUCKLING||Team TriSports||Men 40-49||1:36:43||1:35:44|
|128||767||Mike||KING||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:36:58||1:36:46|
|134||720||John||MYNOTT||Harpenden Aro Runners||Senior Men||1:37:40||1:36:58|
|136||324||George||THOMAS||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Men 60-69||1:37:45||1:37:30|
|137||542||Clive||CRISP||Road Runners Club||Men 50-59||1:37:53||1:37:39|
|138||752||Mark||TINKLER||Bedford Harriers||Men 50-59||1:37:58||1:37:32|
|140||465||Rebecca||WHITE||Saffron Striders||Senior Ladies||1:38:26||1:38:24|
|141||584||Richard||HEYES||Huntingdon AC||Men 40-49||1:38:27||1:38:06|
|143||517||Alan||GRIFFITHS||Wellingborough & District||Men 40-49||1:39:02||1:38:18|
|144||589||Peter||WINFIELD||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Men 50-59||1:39:10||1:38:58|
|145||544||Katie||LE FEUVRE||Senior Ladies||1:39:11||1:38:13|
|147||605||Mike||HUMPHREY||Thameside RC||Men 40-49||1:39:14||1:38:46|
|148||466||Steven||HUMPHREY||Yaxley Runners||Men 40-49||1:39:14||1:38:46|
|149||375||Chris||BROLLY||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Men 50-59||1:39:15||1:39:01|
|150||310||Andrew||HARPER||Vegetarian Cycling & AC||Men 40-49||1:39:22||1:39:05|
|151||746||Alan||PURCHASE||Striders Of Croydon||Men 50-59||1:39:26||1:39:17|
|152||627||Claire||PULLEN||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 35-44||1:39:26||1:39:09|
|153||20||Darren||STEPHENSON||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:39:36||1:39:32|
|157||479||Ian||RODGERS||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Men 40-49||1:39:52||1:39:11|
|159||31||Liam||HERBERT||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:40:06||1:39:48|
|161||203||Jon||HYDE||Dulwich Runners AC||Senior Men||1:40:12||1:39:42|
|163||525||Wayne||PALMER||Thrift Green Trotters||Senior Men||1:40:19||1:39:29|
|165||612||Peter||HAWKING||Bedford Harriers||Men 50-59||1:40:38||1:40:13|
|169||204||Rajiv||RATAN||Edmonton RC||Senior Men||1:40:54||1:40:33|
|175||286||Steve||BARRINGTON||Hayes & Harlington Road Runner||Men 40-49||1:41:14||1:40:30|
|176||309||Stuart||BAUMBER||Ely Runners||Senior Men||1:41:25||1:40:40|
|178||85||Mark||PATTERSON||Watford Joggers||Senior Men||1:41:31||1:41:17|
|182||187||Ian||MARSHALL||Bedford Harriers||Men 40-49||1:41:45||1:41:11|
|184||797||Duncan||BENSTED||Trent Park Running Club||Men 40-49||1:41:49||1:41:09|
|185||679||Andrew||NEWBURY||Garden City Runners||Men 50-59||1:41:57||1:41:46|
|188||456||Matthew||JONES||Harlow Running Club||Men 40-49||1:42:15||1:41:23|
|192||489||John||RYAN||Stopsley Striders||Men 40-49||1:42:42||1:42:14|
|193||5||Steve||ELDER||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:42:46||1:42:00|
|196||8||Stephen||GREEN||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:43:01||1:41:59|
|200||639||Steven||RIVETT||Garden City Runners||Men 40-49||1:43:11||1:42:59|
|203||423||Yvonne||JONES||Garden City Runners||Ladies 45-54||1:43:19||1:42:53|
|210||1||Tracy||PEZ||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 35-44||1:43:50||1:43:33|
|213||608||Sue||CROSS||North Herts Road Runners||Ladies 45-54||1:44:00||1:43:37|
|216||736||James||PHILLIPS||The Stragglers||Senior Men||1:44:11||1:43:49|
|218||116||Patrick||MARSHALL||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:44:14||1:43:45|
|220||218||Nikki||ANDREWS||Stevenage & North Herts AC||Senior Ladies||1:44:18||1:44:02|
|226||625||Mike||DIFRANCO||Cambridge & Coleridge||Men 40-49||1:45:04||1:44:54|
|230||580||Russell||DEVITT||Shaftesbury Barnet||Men 60-69||1:45:32||1:45:24|
|231||547||Gary||BRUCE||Metropolitan Police AC||Men 40-49||1:45:36||1:45:31|
|232||226||Jenny||ROWLEY||Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC||Senior Ladies||1:45:38||1:45:23|
|234||107||Robert||EVANS||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:45:50||1:45:33|
|238||6||Jim||BROWN||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:46:12||1:45:32|
|239||244||Stephen||VIGOR||Walden Tri Club||Men 40-49||1:46:17||1:45:59|
|240||408||Mark||SYLVESTER||Biggleswade AC||Men 40-49||1:46:17||1:45:33|
|241||623||Jim||DAVIS||Herts Phoenix||Men 60-69||1:46:19||1:46:04|
|242||411||Peter||ROGERS||St Albans Striders||Men 50-59||1:46:20||1:45:52|
|243||799||Michael||RUSSELL||Ware Joggers||Men 50-59||1:46:23||1:45:41|
|244||561||Howard||BULL||St Albans Striders||Senior Men||1:46:26||1:45:32|
|245||576||Sue||WILLIAMS||David Lloyd Pacers||Ladies 45-54||1:46:29||1:45:24|
|246||231||Steve||ROBERTS||Garden City Runners||Men 50-59||1:46:37||1:45:44|
|247||314||Lee||LAWRENCE||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:46:39||1:45:54|
|248||687||Clive||CANNON||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:46:41||1:46:08|
|249||702||Catherine||PARSI||David Lloyd Pacers||Senior Ladies||1:46:49||1:45:44|
|255||11||Hadrian||COOPER||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:47:23||1:46:44|
|257||526||David||BRAY||Haverhill Running Club||Senior Men||1:47:28||1:47:12|
|260||13||Craig||BACON||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:47:37||1:47:16|
|261||428||Richard||MELVERN||Herts Phoenix||Men 60-69||1:47:47||1:46:47|
|263||370||Shirley||BALL||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Ladies 55-64||1:48:02||1:47:24|
|265||210||Alison||NOLAN||Serpentine Running Club||Ladies 35-44||1:48:41||1:48:22|
|266||646||Wayne||AYLOTT||Garden City Runners||Men 40-49||1:48:43||1:47:08|
|271||506||John||BAKER||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Men 60-69||1:49:05||1:48:27|
|273||410||Lorraine||EVANS||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Ladies 45-54||1:49:10||1:48:17|
|281||285||Celia||PARDOE||Garden City Runners||Ladies 55-64||1:49:58||1:49:43|
|283||246||Ian||HOBBS||Team TriSports||Men 40-49||1:50:05||1:49:09|
|286||573||Yusuf||FIRAT||Haverhill Running Club||Men 40-49||1:50:28||1:50:11|
|291||744||Dyfed||THOMPSON-SMITH||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||1:51:07||1:50:28|
|295||729||Pete||BINKS||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Senior Men||1:51:27||1:50:47|
|297||209||Nicholas||CALAFATIS||Edmonton RC||Senior Men||1:51:53||1:51:34|
|299||539||Karen||DODSWORTH||North Herts Road Runners||Ladies 45-54||1:52:12||1:51:18|
|302||631||Manisha||GAJJAR||Watford Joggers||Ladies 35-44||1:52:41||1:52:12|
|304||178||Matthew||RIX||North Herts Road Runners||Senior Men||1:52:44||1:51:36|
|306||555||Paul||BROOKS||Luton Athletic Club||Men 40-49||1:52:49||1:51:58|
|308||599||Peter||WENZEL||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Men 50-59||1:52:55||1:52:39|
|311||457||Jonathan||BARRETT||St Albans Striders||Men 50-59||1:53:05||1:52:02|
|319||15||Anthony||WHITE||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:53:34||1:53:03|
|322||765||Paul||HOLGATE||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:53:42||1:52:14|
|327||21||Martyn||FISHER||Almost Athletes||Men 40-49||1:54:03||1:53:30|
|328||319||Trace||ALLEN||Garden City Runners||Men 60-69||1:54:04||1:53:45|
|330||162||Adrian||DUDLEY||Garden City Runners||Men 40-49||1:54:11||1:53:28|
|331||645||Joe (& Katie)||SCAIFE||Town & Country H||Men 40-49||1:54:16||1:52:40|
|336||242||Roz||FULLYLOVE||Watford Joggers||Ladies 35-44||1:54:55||1:54:21|
|337||441||Abby||REILLY||St Albans Striders||Senior Ladies||1:55:02||1:54:42|
|338||253||Helen||DURANCE||St Albans Striders||Senior Ladies||1:55:02||1:54:39|
|346||384||Ann||TYLER||Royston Runners||Ladies 35-44||1:55:31||1:55:05|
|349||653||Michael||MILLER||Hillingdon AC||Men 70+||1:55:44||1:55:03|
|351||774||Selvan||NAICKER||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||1:55:49||1:55:09|
|352||553||Trevor||BROWN||The Stragglers||Men 40-49||1:55:50||1:54:46|
|355||366||Mike||TATTAM||Bedford Harriers||Men 40-49||1:56:14||1:54:51|
|357||77||Paul||MARSHALL||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:56:19||1:54:51|
|370||260||John||FOSTER||Ely Runners||Men 40-49||1:57:44||1:56:45|
|372||773||Mick||Connell||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||1:57:51||1:56:24|
|375||265||Nigel||HIGGS||Watford Joggers||Men 50-59||1:58:00||1:57:29|
|376||507||Christine||McCULLOUGH||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 45-54||1:58:07||1:57:33|
|385||259||Karen||FOSTER||Ely Runners||Ladies 35-44||1:58:36||1:57:37|
|387||272||John||TURNER||Ely Runners||Men 60-69||1:58:55||1:58:35|
|397||582||Carol||REID||Garden City Runners||Ladies 45-54||1:59:45||1:59:26|
|399||748||Terry||BRAVERMAN||Haverhill Running Club||Men 60-69||1:59:53||1:58:28|
|400||289||Becky||ALEXANDER||St Albans Striders||Ladies 35-44||2:00:08||1:59:48|
|401||262||Linda||McQUAID||Watford Joggers||Ladies 45-54||2:00:25||1:59:52|
|403||367||Lesley||GAUNT||Bedford Harriers||Ladies 45-54||2:00:29||1:59:06|
|404||199||Roger||HARDMAN||Dulwich Park RC||Men 60-69||2:00:36||1:59:09|
|405||399||Clive||MILLAR||23 Mile Club||Men 50-59||2:00:45||1:59:59|
|413||239||Geoff||LAMBRICK||David Lloyd Pacers||Men 50-59||2:01:11||2:00:06|
|414||98||Maurice||BOND||Tring Running Club||Men 60-69||2:01:13||2:00:10|
|419||48||Beverley||HARLOW||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 45-54||2:01:35||2:00:08|
|420||511||Jacqueline||ARMSTRONG||Watford Joggers||Ladies 45-54||2:01:38||2:01:04|
|421||406||Cynthia||MILLS||Ely Runners||Senior Ladies||2:01:40||2:00:41|
|423||50||Philip||RUSHTON||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||2:01:41||2:00:51|
|434||126||Colin||WILKINSON||Ware Joggers||Men 40-49||2:02:58||2:01:58|
|439||686||Martin||WEBB||St Albans Striders||Men 50-59||2:03:05||2:02:14|
|442||524||Stephen||BLOCK||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||2:03:29||2:02:37|
|453||603||Dennis||DRAPER||Garden City Runners||Men 70+||2:05:25||2:04:43|
|457||527||Sean||O’DRISCOLL||Bushfield Joggers||Men 50-59||2:06:02||2:05:15|
|461||10||Gary||MULHERN||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||2:06:48||2:06:24|
|464||437||Dave||GARDNER||Woodbridge Shufflers RRC||Men 50-59||2:07:11||2:06:39|
|467||449||Tony||CROOK||Barnet & District AC||Men 40-49||2:07:40||2:06:43|
|469||159||Craig||PUNCHER||Springfield Striders RC||Senior Men||2:08:25||2:07:36|
|476||588||Petra||GROSSE||St Albans Striders||Ladies 35-44||2:09:00||2:08:38|
|479||12||Darren||BENNETT||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Men||2:09:46||2:09:11|
|481||198||Christine||HARDMAN||Dulwich Park RC||Ladies 55-64||2:09:53||2:08:26|
|484||7||Jeanette||COLLINS||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 45-54||2:10:14||2:09:08|
|485||138||Nicola||HAYES||St Albans Striders||Ladies 35-44||2:10:14||2:09:54|
|487||14||Alison||SUCKLING||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 45-54||2:10:25||2:09:54|
|495||602||Eleanor||DRAPER||Garden City Runners||Ladies 65+||2:11:53||2:11:11|
|497||391||Sarah||COLTMAN||Watford Joggers||Ladies 35-44||2:11:56||2:11:29|
|504||155||Karen||SMITH||Watford Joggers||Ladies 45-54||2:12:43||2:12:08|
|506||601||Mike||RUSSELL||Royal Mail Sports Association||Men 70+||2:13:08||2:12:21|
|511||236||Christine||ROBINSON||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Ladies 55-64||2:13:53||2:12:38|
|514||17||Doug||HALL||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 50-59||2:14:28||2:13:26|
|515||607||Laura||HOMER||Thameside RC||Senior Ladies||2:14:31||2:13:07|
|519||9||Isabel||GREEN||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Ladies||2:15:15||2:14:13|
|523||3||Christopher||ARCHER||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Men 40-49||2:15:49||2:14:56|
|526||317||Sarah||POYNTER||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Senior Ladies||2:16:36||2:15:20|
|527||604||Steven||BAKER||Thameside RC||Men 40-49||2:16:49||2:15:22|
|529||629||Harold||TOZE||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Men 60-69||2:17:09||2:15:51|
|536||318||Mary||AMOS||Bishops Stortford Running Club||Ladies 55-64||2:19:29||2:18:13|
|544||401||Tara||LYONS||Barnet & District AC||Ladies 35-44||2:22:39||2:21:18|
|546||32||Tracy||STILES||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 35-44||2:24:17||2:23:48|
|553||29||Kerry||SETTERFIELD||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Ladies 35-44||2:27:07||2:26:38|
|558||321||Maria||BANNON||David Lloyd Pacers||Ladies 45-54||2:32:36||2:32:06|
|561||4||Gemma||SWEENEY||Fairlands Valley Spartans||Senior Ladies||2:32:52||2:32:14|
Beverley Harlow first joined Fairlands Valley Spartans in 1991 after successfully applying for a place in the London Marathon. She had not previously been a runner and had intended walking the marathon, however, in following the training schedule, she discovered a love of running (slowly).
In 2011 she marked 20 years of running by achieving a PB at the Chester marathon. She recognises that she will never break records but now has a plan to keep running for as many years as possible so that there are very few people still running in her age category. Then she may start to win some medals!
After retiring from her job as the Deputy Headteacher of a secondary school, she decided that she would have the time to give something back to the club in return for all the support and encouragement she has received over the last two decades. She started by completing the LiRF course and enjoys coaching groups 1 and 2. Apart from running her passion is music and she is the organist and director of music for the church of St Mary the Virgin in Walkern. This means that she is generally not able to race on many Sundays during the year. She also enjoys cycling and walking with husband John and bordercollie/lab cross Meg.
The committee are always looking for information, feedback and consultation from club members. To get in touch email: email@example.com