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Burnham Beeches * John’s 66


At the British Masters Championships in Birmingham, Grant Ramsay won silver in the 3000 metres steeplechase, for the M45 category.

Ramsay’s time was 12:25.  This was despite his preparations being plagued by sciatic nerve issues in the last four weeks.

Training was disrupted as Ramsay had reduced flexibility and movement in his right leg, caused by the trapped nerve in his lower back.

MAstersAlthough fitness was down, Ramsay was still strong enough to put in a fine performance over the 35 barriers and waterjumps.

JOHN HARRIS and DAVID BOWKER competed in the British Masters Track and Field Championships on Saturday, both in the 1500 metres.  John was in the M55 race and finished eleventh in 5:17.42.  David was in the M60 race and finished seventh in 5:33.23.  David said neither got involved at the sharp end, it was a good experience and they had fun.



Burnham Beeches

Burnham1The Burnham Beeches Half Marathon was on a mixture of closed roads and had hard surfaced woodland paths through the cool shade of the ancient Burnham Beeches woodland in South Bucks.  One thing the 13.1 miles two lap course was not was flat.

This was JIM BROWN’s first longish run after fitness issues in July.  Having got a back to 10K last weekend he bullied his way round.  Although he says he was definitely short of miles and felt it on the last two hills Jim got round in 1 hour 54 minutes 34 seconds and squeaked into the top half of finishers with 259th out of 605.

Burnham4Wendy Tharani was 404th in2:06:27 and Taher Tharani 568th in 2:36:00

Wendy said, “Burnham Beeches is an area of outstanding natural beauty.  This was an undulating run through the forest with two loops.  There was brilliant support at the start and throughout.  A fabulous medal and race teeshirt.”

MALCOLM McGREGOR was 284th in the associated 10K event with 59 minutes 30 seconds.  There were 591 finishers in the 10K.



Eight Laps to 66

Spartan JOHN NELMS ran his 66th lifetime marathon on Saturday, a blustery and occasionally wet eight laps of Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes with 40 other runners.   He finished in 4 hours 24 minutes.  In doing so he completed his challenge of doing 26 marathons in 52 weeks.


Parkrun Highlights 10th August 2019

Forecast high winds led to many Parkrun cancellations this week, but 27 brave Fairland Valley Spartans made it out to the continuing events and personal best times were abundant. Running his 60th event on the Luton Wardown course NICK GILL ran a PB time of 21 mins and 08 secs, while at Letchworth DAVID PATTMAN, STEVEN DOBNER, and JAMES NICHOLLS recorded new best times of 21 mins and 12 secs, 27 mins and 14 secs, and 28 mins respectively.

GEORGIE HOOPER finished as the 4th female overall at the Luton Wardown course in a time of 25 mins and 15 secs, and GRACE BROWN as the 5th female overall in Stevenage with a time of 24 mins and 28 secs. Also on the Stevenage course, SHERYL HANN ran her 20th event in 28 mins and 41 secs and ROGER BIGGS finished his 60th Parkrun in 34 mins and 50 secs.

(All the Spartan Parkrun results can be found in a table near the end of this release)



Parkrun Results Saturday 10th August

A full list of the Spartan results is below.


Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Times Notes
Luton Wardown 12 12 Nick GILL 21:08 PB! 60th Parkrun
52 4 Georgie HOOPER 25:15 4th Female
Westmill 11 9 Danny SCANLON 22:21
71 45 Darryl STEVENS 37:10
Stevenage 51 48 Martin DUDLEY 23:38
62 58 Jonathan JONES 24:23
66 5 Grace BROWN 24:28 5th Female
67 62 Nigel STRONGITHARM 24:30
68 63 Matt CLARKE 24:33
75 68 Daniel SUTTON 24:57
87 79 Chris HOLLAND 25:21
131 21 Fiona CLARKE 27:32
137 25 Ann TRYSSESOONE 27:46
156 33 Sheryl HANN 28:41 20th Parkrun
161 126 David SCOTT 28:58
164 38 Debbie BLANTERN 29:00
207 55 Rowena RUTLEDGE 30:33
220 62 Jan FRY 31:12
246 171 Nick WITCOMBE 33:17
277 184 Roger BIGGS 34:50 60th Parkrun
348 142 Verity FISHER 57:54
Bryn Bach 19 18 John ROXBOROUGH 21:50
Ellenbrook Fields 19 18 Barry OSBORNE 21:20
Letchworth 51 44 David PATTMAN 27:12 PB!
52 45 Steven DOBNER 27:14 PB!
63 54 James NICHOLLS 28:00 PB!
125 81 Matthew PATTMAN 35:27

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