Club News Races


LUKE GURNEY thoroughly enjoyed his first marathon which was at Brighton.  He said it was a difficult final few miles but the gorgeous sea views and the mass crowds kept him going.  He finished in 4 hours 28 minutes 6 seconds.

Tom Happy in the New Forest

Spartan THOMAS SAUKA said “I’ll have that” after running the off road New Forest Marathon in 5 hours 41 minutes 53 seconds.  He added, “43.13 kilometres of beautiful New Forest trails, well happy and they even had beer at the finish line.”

Great North Run Half Marathon

STEVEN DOBNER said the Great North Run was an awesome race.  He loved every second and really enjoyed this year’s out and back course.  He ran at his planned marathon pace but kicked on as he felt good and finished in 1 hour 54 minutes 47 seconds.

ADRIAN DONNELLY ran 1:28:01 in the Great North Run, and was thrilled to beat my personal best (PB) by four minutes.  The route was changed to an out and back finishing back in Newcastle so we had the added bonus of crossing the iconic Tyne bridge twice.  He said, “It was great to get also get unexpected cheer from another Spartan going in the opposite direction.”

Baldock Rat Run 5K

Spartan JOHN HARRIS ran the Baldock Rat Run 5K in 21 minutes 59 seconds.  He was 11th overall whilst TIM ROBINSON completed in 30:27.

SUE HAMER and ERICA GRAYSON also did the Baldock Rat Run.

Sue finished in 29 minutes and 32 seconds and Erica in 29:35.

Sue said it was an interesting run, the dark tunnel being an interesting challenge, especially if you were still wearing sunglasses!!

Richmond Run Festival

FIONA CLARKE ran her second road marathon finishing in 5:48:55 whilst SAM SIMMONS finished in 3:41:58. 

MATT CLARKE and CHLOE CHAPMAN completed the half marathon in 1:31:58 and 2:13:38 respectively.

Parkrun Highlights

Thirty Fairlands Valley Spartans ran in Parkrun Events across the UK this week.  A total of 324 people ran at Stevenage.

ANDREW PATTERSON dominated the Hove Promenade event coming first overall in a time of 16 minutes 18 seconds.  While JONATHAN PARR demonstrated similar flair coming second, in 17 mins 13 secs, at the Cassiobury run.  Finishing in the top 20 on the Sandy water course, CRAIG BACON ran a time of 21 mins and 33 secs (16th).

In Stevenage, four Spartans finished in the top 40 females, GAIL MACKIE was 13th in 25 minutes 51 seconds closely followed by JULIE SIMMONS (17th) in 26 minutes and 14 seconds, DEBBIE BLANTERN (28:45) and PENNY SCHENKEL (29:34).

NICK KLEANTHOUS ran his 90th parkrun.

(You can find all the Spartan parkrunners in a table near the end of this release).

The 70th Fly 5K

Four Spartans enjoyed the 70th Fly 5K on Saturday.  They were NICK KLEANTHOUS 70th in 28:02; JIM BROWN 84th in 29:30; PENNY SCHENKEL 85th in 29:34 and PAUL HOLGATE 87th in 29:50.

Fly 5K was one of the stars of lockdown keeping runners moving and in touch during the restrictions.  The first virtual race was in June 2020.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Only just over two months to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon and it’s time to start getting ready and entered.  This year the race will be on Sunday 21st November (a couple of weeks later than usual).  You can enter here: Stevenage Half Marathon

Each Year the Spartans nominate a charity to support and the chosen charity for 2021 is Feed Up Warm Up.


Full results for all Spartans when there are a lot at an event will be listed below. 

Spartans at Parkruns on Saturday 11th September.

 PositionGender PositionParkrunnerTime 
Stevenage parkrun     
 5148Toby ECCLESHALL00:23:11 
 5552Barry OSBORNE00:23:18 
 6761James MCSWEENEY00:24:12 
 7063Clive CANNON00:24:22 
 8373Darren EMMERSON00:24:57 
 9885Mark BEASLEY00:25:43 
 10213Gail MACKIE00:25:51 
 11417Julie SIMMONS00:26:14 
 150119Nick KLEANTHOUS00:28:01 
 160125Mike GREEN00:28:29 
 16532Debbie BLANTERN00:28:45 
 182137Jim BROWN00:29:33 
 18338Penny SCHENKEL00:29:34 
 197149Paul SHELLEY00:29:53 
 199150David PATTMAN00:29:56 
 200151Edward HARE00:29:57 
 201152Steven DOBNER00:29:58 
 22450Chloe CHAPMAN00:31:21 
 23156Fiona CLARKE00:31:35 
 232166Matt CLARKE00:31:36 
 25469Beth FOLEY00:33:20 
 303189Paul JENNINGS00:38:53 
Brockenhurst parkrun     
 11268Darryl STEVENS00:41:35 
Wimpole Estate parkrun     
 286101Sally PHILLIPS00:35:00 
Cassiobury parkrun     
 22Jonathan PARR00:17:13 
Hove Promenade parkrun     
 11Andrew PATTERSON00:16:18 
Dunstable Downs parkrun     
 4432Michael O’KEEFE00:28:59 
Sandy Water parkrun     
 1616Craig BACON00:21:33 
Club Events Races


Six Spartans raced in the Lee Valley regional park near Waltham Cross on Sunday.  Starting and finishing by the White Water Rafting Centre in the half marathon DANNY SCANLON was 20th out of the 227 finishers in 1 hour 30 minutes 34 seconds.  SAM SIMMONS was 52nd in 1:41:22. 

JIM BROWN “got the miles in” with 2:04:07 and PAUL JENNINGS came in with 2:19:50.

In the 10K Spartan THOMAS SAUKA ran a sub fifty with 48 minutes 38 seconds and NICK KLEANTHOUS got within seconds of a new personal best with 53:36.

Nick said, “The course was quite hilly and uneven in places.  However the event was very well organised and I was only 11 seconds away from a personal best.  I’m happy with that.”

There were 227 finishers in the half marathon and 129 in the 10K.

Burnham Beeches Half Marathon

Spartans WENDY and TAHER THARANI were at the scenic Burnham Beeches Half Marathon.  Wendy finished in 2 hours 1 minute 49 seconds and Taher in 2:38:18.  There were 453 finishers.

Abbathon – Thank You For The Music

JENNY GARRETT and HAZEL SMITH had a fantastic time singing their way around the Abbathon trail marathon in Cambridge.  Undulating with difficult terrain, they both finished with a respectable time of 5 hours 14 minutes 1 second, including completing one 5.3 kilometre lap in full Abba costumes. 

The event was run by Zigzag, they were fantastic organisers.  Jenny came away with a special Happy Birthday badge after being sung to by all competitors whilst Hazel won the lucky race number with free entry to a future event – winner takes it all!!! 

Letchworth 5K

JOHN HARRIS ran the North Hertfordshire first Saturday of the month 5K in 21 minutes 16 seconds on 7th August.  He was seventh out of 52 runners.  The event is run monthly by NHRR with the next event taking place on 4th September.

10K Times

Many Spartans spent the week recording 10K times for the fourth and final round of this year’s Mid Week League.  So far there are 57.  The full results and league standings in a few days but it’s looking pretty certain that Fairlands Valley Spartans are comfortably in second place in Division One.  Second place in the top division – pretty good going.

24 Spartans have run all four midweek 10K races.

Parkrun Highlights 14th August 2021 – fourth week back

This week there were 19 Spartans out of the 290 finishers at the Stevenage Parkrun.

Staying close to home with the rest of the country, twenty-nine Fairlands Valley Spartans ran at seven UK Parkrun Events this week.

Impressively parkrun PBs were recorded for four runners from the group.  The Stevenage course saw SAM SIMMONS record a time of 22 minutes and 3 seconds, STEVE ELDER run in 26 minutes and 58 seconds and STEPHANIE GAJIC in 35 minutes and 37 seconds, on her second ever parkrun.  In addition, SALLY PHILLIPS conquered the Wimpole Estate event in 36 minutes and 37 seconds.

In other achievements STEVE WELLS (19:48) was 9th overall in Stevenage and recorded an impressive age related score over 80%.  GAIL MACKIE (25:42) and KAREN ELLIS (25:49) finished as the 11th and 12th females, respectively.  EVA RAMSEY (23:11) was the first female to finish the Aldenham course and JONATHAN PARR (16:54) finished fourth at the Norwich event.

(All the times for all 29 Spartan parkrunners can be found near the end of this release).

Flying On Number 65

Just one Spartan ran in last week’s Fly 5K.  JIM BROWN finished in 28:57 and was second his age category.  He was 95th out of the 159 finishers (83 women and 76 men) and this was his 46th virtual Fly 5K.

Battle for Bronze in the Virtual Coast Challenge

With less than 100 of the 2,970 kilometres to go SHARON CROWLEY has edged ahead of BRIAN WHITE and is now in bronze medal position amongst the Spartans in the club’s virtual race around the coasts and borders of England.  On Wednesday Sharon was on 2,850.7 kilometres and Brian on 2845.6 – “only a parkrun” apart, by Saturday Sharon opened the gap a little more by reaching 2885.4 when Brian was on 2859.7.  However, on Sunday the battle for bronze tightened up again with Sharon on 2890.9 and Brian on 2888.2 only 2.7 kilometres behind.

PENNY SCHENKEL and JIM BROWN have completed and were seventh and tenth nationally.

The other Spartans through the 2,000 kilometre mark by Sunday were JON SYPULA 2,291.2; KEN JUDE 2,255.6; CATHY CRAIG 2,160.8 and HAZEL SMITH 2,154.3.


Spartans in parkruns.  Full results for 14th August are below:

 PositionGender PositionParkrunnerTimeComments
Norwich parkrun44Jonathan PARR00:16:54 
Stevenage parkrun99Steve WELLS00:19:4880.3%
 2726Sam SIMMONS00:22:03PB
 5750David PATTMAN00:24:07 
 5851Steven DOBNER00:24:08 
 6356Matt CLARKE00:24:30 
 8311Gail MACKIE00:25:42 
 8512Karen ELLIS00:25:4967.46%
 9218Georgie HOOPER00:25:57 
 9373Nick GILL00:25:58 
 11490Steve ELDER00:26:58PB
 12498Jonathan JONES00:27:33 
 15133Fiona CLARKE00:28:43 
 15234Debbie BLANTERN00:28:45 
 155116Jim BROWN00:28:58 
 159119Nick KLEANTHOUS00:29:14 
 179126Paul JENNINGS00:30:35 
 23980Karen PALMER00:35:03 
 24081Beth FOLEY00:35:04 
 24785Stephanie GAJIC00:35:37PB
Houghton Hall parkrun6555Michael O’KEEFE00:28:46 
Wimpole Estate parkrun181135Barry KING00:28:22 
 316110Sally PHILLIPS00:36:37PB
 325195Nick WITCOMBE00:37:25 
 344129Helene FOUCOURT00:39:31 
Aldenham parkrun161Eva RAMSEY00:23:11 
Rutland Water parkrun9579Daniel SUTTON00:25:56 
 19663Verity FISHER00:31:11 
Seven Fields parkrun9764Darryl STEVENS00:39:04 

MWL results

FVS PositionNameTimeGenWhereComments
4JONATHAN PARR40:34MVirtual 
7STEVE WELLS41:53MWave 4 
8KELVIN BEYIOKU42:00MWave 41st 10K
10MATTHEW NEWTON43:14MVirtual 
11BRIAN WHITE44:26MWave 4 
13PETE SMITH45:17MWave 4 
14YUKO GORDON46:19FWave 4 
15JO BOWDERY46:58FWave 4 
16CRAIG BACON47:36MVirtual 
17MARK GOODWIN47:36MWave 4 
19JOHN NELMS48:12MVirtualSB
20THOMAS SAUKA48:38MLee Valley 
21TRACEY PEZ48:40FWave 4 
22JON SYPULA48:53MWave 4 
23LUKE GURNEY49:25MWave 4PB (0:08)
24SAM SIMMONS49:39MWave 4 
25ANDY JAY49:42MWave 4SB
29ZOE JACKSON51:46FWave 4 
30JOHN HARRIS51:56MVirtual 
31NICK KLEANTHOUS53:36MLee Valley 
33MATT CLARKE54:03MVirtual 
34HAZEL SMITH54:26FTreadmill 
35JIM BROWN54:56MSt Albans 
36DANIEL BATES54:57MPoland 
37WILL MORLEY55:12MVirtual 
38LIZ SMITH56:05FVirtual 
39CHLOE CHAPMAN57:24FWave 4 
43JOHN HARDING59:01MVirtual 
44PAUL HOLGATE59:43MMilton KeynesSB
45WENDY THARANI60:00FMill Green 
46FIONA CLARKE61:11FVirtual 
47JAN FRY61:31FVirtual 
48VISH SHAH61:54MWave 4SB
49CATHY CRAIG63:44FSt AlbansSB
52ANGIE KEELING67:23FVirtual 
53TONI NICOLS69:08FVirtual 
54CARMEL THORNTON70:33FWave 4PB (12:31)
55GERRY ROSEN71:06MVirtualSB
Club News Races

Entry form for Relays on 31st July now available

It isn’t long until the ever popular FVS 3k relays which take place on Thursday 31st July this year.

The event incorporates the Hertfordshire Road Relay Championship for Seniors and Veterans and also incorporates the Herts County and ARC short relay championships.

If you wish to enter a team to compete in the ARC Short Relay Championships you need to enter before the day. Please refer to the ARC website for the conditions of entry.

An entry form is available here:
3k Relays – Entry form

Fairlands Valley Challenge News Races

– Routes & Maps, revised for 2013

Please find attached route descriptions and maps for the Fairlands Valley Challenge being held on 21st July 2013


Challenge 12.6

Challenge 18.7

Challenge 26.4







Midweek League


The dates and venues of the 2013 midweek league fixtures are out!!!  Make sure they are in your diary!

FIXTURE 1 – 14th MAY 2013 – STEVENAGE 10K  (Hosts – Fairlands Valley Spartans)

FIXTURE 2 – 29th MAY 2013 – CHINGFORD 10K

FIXTURE 3 – 12th JUNE 2013 – HARLOW 10K

FIXTURE 4 – 26th JUNE 2013 – WELWYN 5 MILE




2013 Race Programme

Garden House Hospice 5K supported by Fairlands Valley Spartans

When: June 9, 2013 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage, Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage,Hertfordshire, UK Click here for details

Race for Life 5K and 10K supported by Fairlands Valley Spartans

When: July 14, 2013 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Fairlands Valley Showground, Stevenage, Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage,Hertfordshire, UK Click here for details

Fairlands Valley Challenge 12mile, 18mile, 26.2 mile and 50K options

When: July 21, 2013 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where: Marriotts School , Brittain Way, Brittain Way, Stevenage,Hertfordshire SG2, UK Click here for details

3K relays (including the County Championships)

When: July 25, 2013 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Where: Marriotts School, Brittain Way, Stevenage,Hertfordshire SG2, UK Click here for details

Herts Air Ambulance 5K supported by Fairlands Valley Spartans (provisional date)

When: September 22, 2013 @ 9:45 pm – 10:45 pm

Where: Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage, Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage,Hertfordshire, UK Click here for details

Stevenage half marathon (includes the County Senior and Vets champs plus the EVAC champs)

When: November 3, 2013 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Ridlins Stadium, Woodcock Road, Woodcock Road, Stevenage,Hertfordshire SG2, UK Click here for details


News Paul Maguire 5 Mile Races

Paul Maguire 5 mile 2012 results

Well done to everyone who ran the 2012 Paul Maguire 5 mile race: the final results, including Herts County Champs, are detailed in the spreadsheet (linked below).

Paul Maguire 5m 2012 results (final)

Please contact if you spot any errors or omissions.

A big thank you to everyone involved, who either organised or who helped us out at the event in any small way. Another big thank you to everyone who made donations to our nominated charity, Garden House Hospice, Letchworth, in memory of Paul Maguire. Your generosity and support is much appreciated.

Spartan runners: the winner of the FVS Paul Maguire Trophy will be revealed in due course.

5K Series News Races

FVS 5K race 2012 results

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in our 5K race, and especially to all our volunteers who helped us to stage a good, safe and successful race.

The full results are attached here: FVS 5K Results 09.09.2012

Fairlands Valley Challenge News Races

FVC 2012 Results

FAIRLANDS VALLEY CHALLENGE 2012 was a HUGE success, and that’s all down to YOU … by supporting our event this year, and for the past 17 years! Our race directors would like to take the opportunity to say a very big thank you to all the runners, walkers, spectators, stalls and service providers, volunteers and race officials who came down to spend a very nice Sunday in July with us (we were blessed to have great weather!).

ALMOST FINALISED results from our 2012 event are here:

FVC2012 v3

(Updated 18th July – there are still a few names missing – please contact us if you see your number but not your name!)

Please check through and let us know if you spot any amendments that we need to make. We are relying on our runners, and especially our walkers, to let us know their START TIMES if they started earlier or later than the advertised times below. This will allow us to correct the positions and finish times of all entrants to ensure that our results are as accurate, full and fair as possible.

If you notice anything about your time which is not quite correct, or can provide your own recorded finish time, we would be very grateful to hear from you. Please contact Mr Paul Holgate by email at to let him know.

With your help, we hope to finalise our results by the middle of this week. Thank you very much for your assistance, in advance (and thank you to Paul for his help in compiling these results!)


08:00 – 08:15 – Walk 50K Ultra

08:45 – Trail Run 50K Ultra *Massed Start

08:00 – 09:00 -Walk 26.2 Miles

09:30 – Trail Run 26.2 Miles Marathon *Massed Start

09:00 – 10:00 -Walk 18.7 Miles

10:00 – Trail Run 18.7 Miles *Massed Start

10:00 – 11:00 -Walk 12.3 Miles

10:30 – Trail Run 12.3 Miles *Massed Start


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Fairlands Valley Challenge is an off-road challenge event using footpaths, tracks, bridleways and some minor roads. Navigated by written route descriptions through some beautiful Hertfordshire Countryside. Usually blessed with lovely sunny weather and famous for its bread pudding at the check points and free BBQ after! See you in 2013!!!

Midweek League News

MWL Division 1 Race – Official Results Race 4 – St. Albans 7 Miles – Thursday 29th June 2012

Midweek League News

MWL Division 1 Race – Official Results Race 2 – WGC 7 MILES – THURSDAY 29TH JUNE 2012

Midweek League News

MWL Division 1 Race – Official Results Race 1 – Stevenage 10k – Tuesday 15th May 2012