Just Parkrun reports this week! Don’t forget to email your results to

ROGER BIGGS ran the Penrith Park Run on Saturday. His 26 minutes 39 seconds was good enough for first veteran (65 plus) and 64th out of the 132 finishers.

Down on the Panshanger course (Hertford), JOHN ROXBOROUGH was first Spartan home finishing 57th out of 227 runners in a time of 24:01. NICK WITCOMBE finished 132nd in 29:09 which is a new parkrun PB (personal best) for him. TIM ROBINSON who is in marathon training took it easy and finished 206th in 36:28.

At another local course which has appeared on the Parkrun circuit, VERITY FISHER and DANIEL SUTTON took on the 5km in Barclay Park, just off the A10/A414 junction in Hoddesdon. Verity finished 13th out of the 53 runners (and was second female home) in 26-minutes 41 seconds and Daniel finished 14th in 26:42.

KEN JUDE took on the St Albans Parkrun. A designated tail runner he finished 333rd out of 335 runners in in 48:44.

Run 1500 This Saturday

This Saturday 29th August there will be a special track session at Ridlins. There will be an opportunity to run 1500 metres and record a time to count towards the Club Short Championship.

If you want to have a go arrive at 9.15am for warm ups and to register for the run. There will be the usual mobility exercises and strides as in the normal Saturday morning sessions.

The first run will start at around 9.45am. There will have as many races as necessary divided into approximate predicted times, so runners should have the opportunity to race against athletes who run at a similar pace.

There will be a race for children. Family and friends will be very welcome to cheer on the runners and take part. Light refreshments and drinks will be available.

Get Training for the Stevenage Half

Looking ahead entries have opened for the Stevenage Half Marathon which will be on Sunday 1st November. This event is open to all aged 17 and over but will include the county championships for veterans. Visit for more details; an online entry system and how you can train with the Spartans.

Coming Events

Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including the:

Serpentine 5K in Hyde Park on Friday 28th August.
Spartans Family Day and 1500 metres at Ridlins, Saturday 29th August.
County 5K Senior Championships on 2nd September.
EVAC Track and Field Final on Sunday 13th September.
County 5K Veterans Championship on 16th September.
Handicap 5K in Stevenage on Thursday evening 17th September.
Club Handicap 10 mile race on Sunday 20th September.
Serpentine 5K in Hyde Park on Friday 25th September.
Standalone 10K (inc. county senior champs) in Letchworth on Sunday 4th October.
Great Eastern Run in Peterborough on Sunday 11th October.
Abingdon Marathon on Sunday 18th October.
Handicap 5K in Stevenage on Thursday evening 22nd October.
Serpentine 5K in Hyde Park at Friday lunchtime 30th October.
Stevenage Half Marathon (includes County Veterans) on Sunday 1
st November.
St. Neots Half Marathon on Sunday 15th November.
Handicap 5K in Stevenage on Thursday evening 19th November.
Serpentine 5K in Hyde Park at Friday lunchtime 27th November.
Spartans Christmas Party on Friday 4th December.
Handicap5K in Stevenage on Thursday evening 17th December.
County 10 miles Veterans Championship at Buntingford on 27th December.

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 hundreds of 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 the new sports centre at Marriotts School – a Sports College, Telford Avenue, Stevenage (SG2 8UT) 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 9a.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 yet done very much running might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.

Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £37 per year, £25 without UKA membership. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website Please ask if you would like a paper copy. You can also join online.

If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509), Andy Neatham 0777 197 5499 and 01438 816889; or Karen Palmer (07734678566) or visit their website


More from Jim Brown (Press Officer) 0793 968 7509; Andy Neatham 0777 197 5499 and 01438 816889 or Karen Palmer (Secretary) 0773 467 8566

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