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CROSS COUNTRY IS BACK !

 

Cross Country is back and despite many other races elsewhere 27 Spartans, 15 men and 12 women, ran the first Sunday League fixture of 2021 at Cheshunt on Sunday morning.  A little bit of rain loosened up what is usually a very dry event at the start of the season. 

The fastest Spartan, eleventh of about 400 runners, was JONATHAN PARR who raced around the just under five miles event in 28 minutes 48 seconds.  Four other Spartans were in the top one hundred overall.  They were ADRIAN BUSOLINI (25th in 30:31); STEVE WELLS (81st in 32:53); DANNY SCANLON (88th in 33:18); and GRANT RAMSAY (98th in 33:41).  The men’s “A” team of eight was completed by JOHN HARRIS (36:04); TOM SAUKA (37:03) and TOBY ECCLESHALL (37:50). 

It was teams of five for the women’s race and the Spartans “A” team were CHRISTINE LATHWELL (32:30); TRACEY JACKSON (38:19); WENDY THARANI (43:44); NICOLA ANDERSSON (45:06) and PENNY SCHENKEL (47:47). 

FVS men at cross country (teams of eight): 

Overall Position Name Time Comments 
11 JON PARR 28:48 A team 
25 ADRIAN BUSOLINI 30:31 A team 
81 STEVE WELLS 32:53 A team 
88 DANNY SCANLON 33:18 A team 
98 GRANT RAMSAY 33:41 A team 
145 JOHN HARRIS 36:04 A team 
164 TOM SAUKA 37:03 A team 
178 TOBY ECCLESHALL 37:50 A team 
213 DAVE PATTMAN 39:35  
214 STEVE DOBNER 39:36  
290 ANDY JAY 43:19  
303 NICK KLEANTHOUS 44:26  
336 JIM BROWN 47:36  
351 KEN JUDE 48:29  
368 SIMON SYPULA 51:30*  
Steve and Dave enjoying the mud!

FVS women at cross country (teams of five): 

Overall Position Name Time Comments 
74 CHRISTINE LATHWELL 32:30 A team 
195 TRACEY JACKSON 38:19 A team 
293 WENDY THARANI 43:44 A team 
309 NICHOLA ANDERSSON 45:06 A team 
341 PENNY SCHENKEL 47:47 A team 
371 CATHY CRAIG 53:19 B team 
375 SHARON CROWLEY 54:33 B team 
384 CALLIE CHAPMAN 57:11 B team 
385 KAREN ELLIS 57:11 B team 
386 HAZEL SMITH 57:11 B team 
387 BETH FOLEY 57:11  
390 JANE WHITROW 59:27  
Callie, Hazel & Karen are all smiles as usual!
  • The next cross country league race will be in Trent Park, North London on Sunday 12th December. 

Chelmsford Marathon 

PETE SMITH said the Chelmsford Marathon was a well organised race, great marshals (like ours) a touch undulating and with a few tight turns, but generally a good course.  Pete was well happy with his 3 hours 26 minutes 24 seconds.  MARIE COLUCCI just wanted to get round but got a brilliant 4:03:10. 

Marie & Pete both ran a fabulous marathon!

Paris Marathon 

JOHN NELMS travelled to Paris to run his 102nd lifetime marathon and his 16th and probably last of 2021. 

Hot, sunny and surprisingly humid conditions slowed the times and he finished in a comfortable 4 hours 19 minutes.  A beautiful course passing most of the famous Parisian sights and a VIP tent at the finish line (thank you Tom Robinson ) 
 

Bedford Autodrome 

STUART ARCHER ran Bedford Autodrome on Sunday.  He did the half marathon distance in 1:29:15, under one and a half hours.  He said that it was a breezy course but he enjoyed it and even got a picture with the Stig afterwards. 

Stuart was all smiles after meeting The Stig!

Oxford Half 

Spartan RICHARD COWLISHAW completed the Oxford Half on Sunday in 1 hour 33 minutes and 32 seconds.  That’s his fastest ever competitive half marathon.  He was 491st out of 12932 runners. 

Richard said, “This is one of the best half marathons I have run.  It was flat, perfect weather, great crowds and a good wide route, with a park run towards the end.  I would recommend this event to anyone.” 

Cambridge Half 

CAROLYN LINSELL ran the Cambridge Half Marathon in 2 hours 26 minutes 12 seconds.  Carolyn said, “On Sunday I ran my fourth Cambridge Half Marathon with my friend Hannah Morgan Gray (we ran the virtual VLM – Virtual London Marathon together  two weeks ago).  We were going well when Hannah felt a niggle in her ankle/foot & we had to slow right down & she had to walk several times.  I kept running & zig zagging as I promised we would run this together & I would not leave her.” 

Great South Run 

JENNY GARRETT ran the Great South Run ten miles event in 1 hour 31 minutes 33 seconds. 

She said there were perfect running conditions on Sunday with lots of support around the whole course and it was nice to be out showing off the Spartan stripes.  ED HARE finished in 1 hour 26 minutes 17 seconds and JONATHAN JONES in 2:00:51. 

Inspired by the London and Manchester Marathons?  Here Comes The Stevenage Half! 

Inspired by the London and Manchester Marathons?  Now you can be one of hundreds running in Stevenage on Sunday 21st November as entries for the town’s half marathon are open. 

With only five weeks to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon 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). 

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open.  Go to https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/  This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans.  With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021.   

Parkrun report for Saturday 9th October 2021 

In this week’s roundup of Spartans on the Parkrun circuit, SUZY HAWKINS just missed out on a sub-20 minute at Stevenage and was second female to finish (finishing eight seconds behind the first female runner). 

Stevenage Parkrun Results where 327 runners took part.  SUZY HAWKINS 20-05 (8th), ASHLEY SCHOENWETTER 22-14 (24th and 4th female), CRAIG BACON 23-38 (47th), MARTIN DUDLEY 23-48 (51st), HAZEL SMITH 24-22 (63rd), DANIK BATES 25-14 (83rd and with a buggy), MATT CLARKE 26-46 (126th), NICK KLEANTHOUS 27-34 (137th), JIM BROWN 28-01 (141st), PENNY SCHENKEL 28-11 (142nd), TOBY ECCLESHALL 28-35 (150th), CHLOE CHAPMAN 28-42 (155th), ERICA GRAYSON 29-13 (172nd), JO BOWDERY 29-18 (176th), STEVE SMITHSON 29-34 (184th), PAUL JENNINGS 30-16 (195th), TRACEY HAYGRATH 31-34 (231st), CAROLINE CROFT 31-41 (237th) and BETH FOLEY 33-53 (266th).  

Parkrun Away days:  

Gunpowder (Waltham Abbey): STEVEN DOBNER 23-34 (40th out of 152 runners), DAVID PATTMAN 23-34 (41st).  

Letchworth (Hertfordshire): NICK GILL 21-48 (12th out of 94 runners), GEORGIE HOOPER 26-01 (38th). 

Panshanger (Hertford): MIKE REYNOLDS 25-06 (62nd out of 207 runners).  

Rushmere (Bedfordshire): MICHAEL O’KEEFE 29-31 (73rd out of 141 runners).  

Rutland Water (Rutland): DARRYL STEVENS 41-39 (210th). 

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MAGNIFICENT MANCHESTER

Eight Spartans In Manchester!  Entries are open for our own Stevenage Half Marathon! 

Eight Spartans excelled themselves by finishing the Manchester Marathon on Sunday. 

For PAUL and ALISON SHELLEY it was their second ever marathon.  It was warmer than they’d expected it to be and they both gave it their all.  Paul improved his personal best by 14 minutes and finished in 3 hours 13 minutes 36 seconds.  He was 1,098 out of the 9,473 men and 61st out of 929 men aged 50 plus.  Alison took 23 minutes off her personal best (PB) with 4 hours 13 minutes 16 seconds and was 84th out of the 415 women aged 50 plus. 

MATT CLARKE was pleased to get under four hours, 3:58:01, despite disruptions to his preparation.  For FIONA CLARKE it was an emotional run but she completed her target of three marathons this year with 4 hours 52 minutes 21 seconds.  Fiona was raising money for the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust.  She said that for her it was an ugly race, very scrappy, the hardest of the three but she did it! 

WENDY THARANI ran the London Marathon only a week earlier but she still finished Manchester in 4 hours 38 minutes 55 seconds.  DAVID PATTMAN came in with 4:01:07 and STEVEN DOBNER with 4:12:53. 

Wendy and Fiona are all smiles at the Manchester finish line!

For LIZ SMITH it was an experiment to see if her prodigious cycling fitness could get her round a marathon.  It did. She finished with a smile in 5 hours 10 minutes 34 seconds. 

Position Name Time Comments 
1148 PAUL SHELLEY 3:13:36 PB (13 minutes) 
4948 MATT CLARKE 3:58:01  
5366 DAVID PATTMAN 4:01.07  
6476 STEVEN DOBNER 4:12:53  
6527 ALISON SHELLEY 4:13:16 PB (23 minutes) 
9036 WENDY THARANI 4:38:55 Ran London 
10130 FIONA CLARKE 4:52:21 Three Done 
11402 LIZ SMITH 5:10:34  

Metropolis 

On Sunday, ADRIAN BUSOLINI participated in the inaugural running of Metropolis, a story-driven night time ultra experience through central London.  Starting with some properly engaging & atmospheric immersive theatre, runners were given new identities and tasked with completing a range of mandatory and optional missions to help the RUN resistance network.  

Guided by What 3 Words locations, they had to devise optimised route choices on the fly, accounting for factors such as time windows, deadlines, water supply, and the practicalities of navigating around London on a Saturday night; all the while evading ‘The Eyes’ who were trying to hunt us down with the help of GPS tracking. Ultimately we had to connect with a resistance leader to learn of our extraction location, and make it to the rendezvous point before ‘the last transport from Metropolis’. Billed as a 50 kilometres race, Adrian ended up exceeding 75 from targeting a number of the bonus missions. 

The race directors Richard and Mark put a lot of effort into devising this experience, crafting the backstory, preparing the theatrical elements & actor roles, the technological live tracking for the missions, and practicalities of the Eyes hunting participants; down to the details such as the witty mission locations, origami birds, and the extraction location embedded in a fortune cookie. If you fancy a memorable, immersive experience that also happens to involve a fair amount of running, then keep an eye out for what Richand and Mark come up with next. 

Results are yet to be finalised, but according to the current state of the leaderboard I finished in second, somehow… 

Adrian taking on Metropolis

Jonathan Second At Windsor 

Spartan JONATHAN PARR was second at the Windsor Autumn 5K around Dorney Lake in 16 minutes 7 seconds. 

Yuko Is World Champion 

YUKO GORDON from Fairlands Valley Spartans is a marathon world champion.  She won the World Age Group Championships which were incorporated in the London Marathon.  Her time was 3 hours 25 minutes 30 seconds.  She was 6 minutes 54 seconds ahead of her nearest rival Sharon Smith (3:32:24) and 13 minutes 8 seconds ahead of third placed Jeannie Rice from the USA 3:38:380.  

Having cleaned up Yuko went straight back into London for the WANDA age group marathon party. 

(Yuko’s victory was confirmed after last week’s release had been distributed.  Twenty Spartans finished the race). 

Yuko, our very proud World Champion celebrating in style!

Royal Parks Half 

GERRY ROSEN has had a really difficult year with Covid and other issues but he beat his half marathon personal best by seven minutes with 2 hours 35 minutes 30 seconds at the Royal Parks Half Marathon. 

Run With Willow 

Two Spartans CAROLYN LINSELL and JIM BROWN ran the Willow Foundation 10K at Hatfield House on Sunday.  Jim said it was a really relaxed and friendly wind down after the previous week’s London Marathon though he was woken up by a cattle grid at about five kilometres.  Carolyn finished in 55 minutes 26 seconds, her third fastest 10K, and Jim in 58:20.  Carolyn was 39th and Jim 51st out of the 131 runners.  This was a mixed terrain event with the start very close to Hatfield Station. 

Carolyn & Jim at the Willow 10K

Inspired by the London and Manchester Marathons?  Here Comes The Stevenage Half! 

Inspired by the London and Manchester Marathons?  Now you can be one of hundreds running in Stevenage on Sunday 21st November as entries for the town’s half marathon are open. 

With only six weeks to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon 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). 

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open.  Go to https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/   

Parkrun Highlights – Saturday 9th Oct 2021 

Although many were enjoying an England Athletics track training session at Ridlins or preparing for races the next day a warm October morning saw twenty two Fairlands Valley Spartans attend Parkrun events. 

In Stevenage, CHARLOTTE KEARNEY ran a personal best (PB) time of 29 minutes and 44 secondss, completing the course in the top 40 females.  On her 75th Parkrun outing, GAIL MACKIE finished as the 8th female in 25 mins and 32 secs closely followed by ASHLEY SCHOENWETTER in 25 mins and 33 secs (9th female).  TOBY ECCLESHALL was the first male Spartan to complete the course in 22 minutes and 13 seconds. 

Elsewhere MICHAEL O’KEEFE and JAMES McSWEENY respectively ran the Henlow Bridge Lakes and Hillsborough Forest routes for the first time in 28 mins and 48 secs and 24 mins and 08 secs. 

HELEN HARRIS and JIM BROWN were both running their 60th parkruns. 

(All the Spartans running parkruns on Saturday are included near the end of this release). 

Time To Get Muddy 

The cross country season starts this Sunday 17th October with a Sunday League race at Cheshunt. 

Tables 

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

Spartan Parkrun Results: 

  Position Gender Position Parkrunner Time   
Stevenage parkrun 27 24 Toby ECCLESHALL 00:22:13   
  72 Gail MACKIE 00:25:32   
  73 Ashley SCHOENWETTER 00:25:33   
  94 81 Jim BROWN 00:26:37   
  97 83 Mark BEASLEY 00:26:43   
  119 96 Matt CLARKE 00:27:47   
  133 24 Nicola ANDERSSON 00:28:31   
  145 112 Paul JENNINGS 00:29:04   
  146 28 Penny SCHENKEL 00:29:08   
  149 31 Fiona CLARKE 00:29:17   
  159 117 Danik BATES 00:29:41   
  160 37 Charlotte KEARNEY 00:29:44 PB! 
  161 38 Chloe CHAPMAN 00:29:44   
  218 62 Theresa KEAST 00:32:58   
  221 65 Beth FOLEY 00:33:15   
  284 102 Helen HARRIS 00:51:01   
  286 163 Roger BIGGS 01:06:49   
            
Wimpole Estate parkrun 233 87 Sally PHILLIPS 00:35:21   
            
Canons Park parkrun 18 15 Tim SABAN 00:22:27   
            
Henlow Bridge Lakes parkrun 83 66 Michael O’KEEFE 00:28:48   
            
Hillsborough Forest parkrun 22 18 James MCSWEENEY 00:24:08   
      
Westmill parkrun 23 17 Andy JAY 00:26:06   

www.fvspartans.org.uk 

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SPARTANS IN LONDON

Inspired by London?  Now run in Stevenage! 

After an absence of 889 days the massed start London Marathon returned to the streets of London on Sunday and dozens of Fairlands Valley Spartans were there either running or helping as volunteers in the finish area.  The Spartan finish line volunteers were still handing out bags at 6.45p.m! 

Twenty Spartans finished the 26.2 miles race. 

Among them was YUKO GORDON who missed a world record by less than a minute.  Yuko’s time was 3:25:30 and she beat the current world W70 record holder Jeannie Rice (USA) who was also running.  She missed the world record by 43 seconds but she said the London course is not easy particularly from the red start which is hillier.  Having cleaned up Yuko went straight back into London for the marathon party. 

SUZY HAWKINS enjoyed her run.  She set a new record of 3 hours 11 minutes 36 seconds for women over 45 and has qualified for another championship place.  Her mum Eileen said… “This amazing young woman has just completed the London Marathon in 3 hours 11 minutes even though she said she was not fit having completed a ¾ Ironman triathlon two weeks ago and a full Ironman just a few weeks before that.  We are so proud of you.  You are truly awesome Suzy Hawkins.” 

New Spartan ASHLEY JOHNSON was delighted to beat her 3 hours 40 minutes target with 3:39:09 in her first “real” marathon.  She ran the virtual London Marathon in the rain last year. 

DANNY SCANLON ran 3 hours 6 minutes 22 seconds in his first ever marathon. 

There was a new personal best (PB) by 23 seconds for HAZEL SMITH with 4 hours 23 minutes 24 seconds.  It’s unusual for a mother and daughter to come out of the same London Marathon ballot but Hazel’s mum CATHY CRAIG went round in 5 hours 40 minutes 21 seconds. 

JIM BROWN also qualified for the Age Group World Championships but after some running setbacks in the last few weeks he adopted a “sensible” get round strategy.  He was determined to get round his twentieth London Marathon. 

ADA JANUSIENE said her first London Marathon was a truly wonderful experience.  She finished in 5 hours 3 minutes 5 seconds. 

Three Spartans beat the three hour barrier – SIMON JACKSON in 2:44:54; ANDREW PATTERSON in 2:47:58 and ADRIAN BUSOLINI in 2:48:52. 

This was a different London Marathon with changed starting and finish arrangements and many entries dating back to 2019 but it was great to see the thousands back to running the usual course from Blackheath, past the Cutty Sark, over Tower Bridge, around East London, then back passing the Tower of London to finish on the Mall.  All the Spartan runner were extremely grateful to the volunteers, many from running clubs, that worked for many hours to make the event possible. 

ADA JANUSIENE 5.03.05, ADRIAN BUSOLINI 2.48.52, ANDREW PATTERSON 2.47.48, ASHLEY JOHNSON 3.39.09, CATHY CRAIG 5.40.21, DANNY SCANLON 3.06.22, DAVID PRICE 4:38:32 , HAZEL SMITH 4.23.24, JAN FRY 5.49.14, JIM BROWN 4.44.11, JOHN NELMS 4.19.57, JON SYPULA 4.19.20, MARTIN DUDLEY 4.40.50, PAUL JENNINGS 5:32:59, SIMON JACKSON 2.44.54, STUART HAYCROFT 3.01.44, SUE HAMER 4.40.38, SUZY HAWKINS 3.11.36, WENDY THARANI 5.00.22, YUKO GORDON 3.25.30 

(A table of all the Spartan finishers can be found near the end of this release). 

Inspired by the London Marathon?  Here Comes The Stevenage Half! 

Inspired by the London Marathon?  Thousands running round London.  Now you can be one of hundreds running in Stevenage on Sunday 21st November as entries for the town’s half marathon are open. 

With only seven weeks to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon 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). 

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open.  Go to https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/   

Dorney Marathon 

Three Spartan ran the Dorney Marathon on Sunday.   

SUSAN and CIARAN McANENY ran Dorney Lakes Marathon together, coming in pretty much bang on the 4 hour mark; 4:00:08.  Annoyingly close to that attractive sub 4 hour for Susan (Ciaran is usually a sub 3 when he’s not keeping his wife company on a course!!) but still a 36 minute PB (personal best) for her! 

It’s well organised and a great spectator course.  They said it was good to see friendly Spartan Ken Jude working there for the event too!  

ROBERT WRIGHT ran the same event in 3 hours 47 minutes 11 seconds. 

Virtual Carolyn and Marian 

CAROLYN LINSELL and MARIAN MORLEY ran Sunday’s virtual London Marathon nearer home.  Despite some problems with the tracking app Carolyn and Marian both completed the 42.2 kilometres. 

Marian Morley ran her virtual London Marathon at a 5.3k laps event run by ZigZag at Hinchingbrooke Country Park.  She said, “The course was mostly trail and in parts was very muddy.  I could have done with trail shoes as some areas very slippery after the rain.  The London Marathon App didn’t work properly.  The GPS was faulty and my time was filed as 4 hours 12 minutes.  The more realistic reality was 5 hours 30 minutes – I’m not sure I could have done better as I’ve had a bad cold all week, although at the half way point I was on track for a sub 5 hour run but faded in the second half – the glitching with the Marathon App was not emotionally helpful once I’d realised it was faulty. 

Parkrun Highlights – Saturday 2nd Oct 2021 

This week saw a less than usual number of Spartans running at various Parkrun likely due to a packed Autumn racing calendar, with the London Marathon and many others taking place on Sunday3rd October.  Despite the reduced number, the enthusiasm for the ones who turned up was as high as usual. 

NIC and DAVID PATTMAN were tourists at Sizewell Norfolk, taking on this scenic seaside parkrun finishing in 22:55 and 31:37 respectively. 

MICHAEL O’KEEFE tried out Banbury parkrun for the first time (30:36), having tried out 35 different venues previously. 

The fastest Spartan was STEVE WELLS finishing with a time of 19:44 (10th male) at Stevenage.  The fastest Spartan lady was ASHLEY KING (4th female) also at Stevenage, completing in 22:27. 

(All the Spartans running parkruns on Saturday are included near the end of this release). 

Tables 

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

Spartans at the London Marathon 

First Name Last Name Time Position 
SIMON JACKSON 02:44:54 631 
ANDREW PATTERSON 02:47:48 791 
ADRIAN BUSOLINI 02:48:52 3,574 
STUART HAYCROFT 03:01:44 2,163 
DANNY SCANLON 03:06:22 2,586 
SUZY HAWKINS 03:11:36 299 
YUKO GORDON 03:25:30 766 
ASHLEY JOHNSON 03:39:09 1,539 
JON SYPULA 04:19:20 12,084 
JOHN NELMS 04:19:57 12,174 
HAZEL SMITH 04:23:24 5,093 
DAVID PRICE 04:38:32 14,670 
SUE HAMER 04:40:38 6,679 
MARTIN DUDLEY 04:40:50 14,968 
JIM BROWN 04:44:11 15,375 
WENDY THARANI 05:00:22 8,625 
ADA JANUSIENE 05:03:05 8,884 
PAUL JENNINGS 05:32:59 49,353 
CATHY CRAIG 05:40:21 11,552 
JAN FRY 05:49:14 11,995 

(Women’s positions are gender positions) 

Spartan Parkrun Results: 

There were eighteen Spartans at the Stevenage parkrun. 

11 10 Steve WELLS 19:44 

29 4 Ashley KING 22:27 

48 39 Mike REYNOLDS 23:52 

59 48 James MCSWEENEY 24:20 

87 70 Barry OSBORNE 25:47 

88 71 Steven DOBNER 25:48 

133 106 Nick KLEANTHOUS 27:57 

142 23 Fiona CLARKE 28:13 

158 29 Chloe CHAPMAN 29:20 

179 36 Erica GRAYSON 30:12 

182 138 Tim ROBINSON 30:25 

185 140 Toby ECCLESHALL 30:31 

187 141 Stephen SMITHSON 30:33 

188 39 Gail MACKIE 30:39 

189 40 Monica SMITHSON 30:41 

203 48 Tracy HAYGARTH 31:31 

231 67 Karen PALMER 33:04 

239 72 Beth FOLEY 34:14 

MICHAEL O’KEEFE completed the Banbury parkrun in 30 minutes 36 seconds which gave him 113rd place. 

Ed HARE was 89th at the Lee-on-the Solent parkrun in 26 minutes 7 seconds. 

In Sizewell DAVID PATTMAN was eighth in 22:55 and NICOLA PATTMAN 47th (and eighth woman) in 31:37 and at the Charlton parkrun DARRYL STEVENS was 320th in 44 minutes 14 seconds. 

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SPARTANS AT STANDALONE

Women Win EMAC * Here Comes London 

Twenty two Spartans raced around the Standalone 10K in Letchworth on Sunday and their women won prizes at opposite ends of the age spectrum.  ABBIE PEZ was first junior lady (under 20) with 50 minutes 2 seconds and YUKO GORDON was first woman over 65 with 45 minutes 53 seconds.  CLAIRE PULLEN was first woman over 55 with 47:12. 

The Standalone 10K included the Hertfordshire County Championships for veteran runners and the Fairlands Valley Spartans first team of four consisted of DEAN CARPENTER 100th out of 747 overall (including seniors) in 44 minutes 10 seconds; JON FILBY 110th in 45:06; MARK GOODWIN 157th in 47:19 and ANDY JAY 227th in 50:21. 

Yuko Gordon led in the Spartan women in 120th in 45:53 with Claire Pullen 153rd in 47:12; TRACY PEZ 171st in 47:47.  It was teams of three for the women’s event.  A second women’s team was brought in by KAREN ELLIS and NICOLA ANDERSSON 326th and 327th in 53 minutes 31 seconds and completed by CAROL PAUL 401st in 56:29. 

(All the Fairlands Valley Spartan times can be found in a table towards the end of this release). 

Spartan Women Win In The East 

The ladies track and field team saw off competition from the best athletics clubs across the East of England to regain the masters (veterans) championship trophy they last won in 2017.  The team dominated from start to finish, cruising to victory with 255 points.  Second placed Peterborough/Nene Valley AC scored 235.5 points, and Marshal Milton Keynes AC placed third with 232.5 points. 

The team were out in force, fourteen Spartan women, and really enjoyed the competition and great conditions. 

Wins came from JOYLYN SAUNDERS-MULLINS (once again dropping down an age group) – W50 (women aged 50 plus) 100 metres and W50 javelin throw (also finishing a very close second in the W50 200m).  TESSA STEPHENSON – W60 200 metres (also finished 2nd placed W60 100m and W60 shot put).  ALISON WOOD – W50 800m (also 2nd placed W50 in the 1500m).  CHRISTINE LATHWELL – winning both W35 1500m and W35 3k.  NIKKI WILBY – W35 high jump (also 2nd W35 pole vault, 2nd W35 triple jump, and 2nd W35 400mH).  ANDREA WESTCOTT – W50 triple jump (also 4th place W50 high jump and 6th place W50 long jump). 

YUKO GORDON won an additional trophy having clocked an amazing age graded 99.5% in the W60 3km and also easily won the W60 800m. 

The team’s strength in depth meant that all events were covered, earning vital points.  

Team members bolstering the tally were CALLIE ‘Cocktail’ CHAPMAN – third place W35 long jump, 5th placed W35 100m, and 6th place W35 200m.  SUZY HAWKINS – 3rd place in both W35 400m and W35 800m.  KAREN DODSWORTH – dropping down an age group to cover W50 400m and finishing 5th, also placed 5th in W60 discus throw and W60 long jump, and 4th place in W60 triple jump.  SHERYL HANN – also dropped down to cover W50 3km and placed 7th.  SHARON CROWLEY – first place B string 2km walk and 6th placed W60 hammer throw.  CATHY CRAIG – fourth place in the A string 2km walk (also bravely covered the W50 300mH, finishing in 5th place).  STEPHANIE BIGGAR – 2nd place W35 hammer throw, 3rd place W35 shot put, 4th place W35 javelin throw, and 5th place W35 discus throw.  MARIAN MORLEY – 2nd place in both W50 shot put and discus throw, and 4th place W50 hammer throw. 

A full day of events, which started at 10:30 am, finished with the (usually) all important relay races.  In reality, victory had already been sealed!  The W35 team (Suzy Hawkins, Cocktail Chapman, Nikki Wilby, and Christine Lathwell) still battled well and finished second.  The W50 team (Joylyn Saunders-Mullins, Sharon Crowley, Karen Dodsworth, and Tessa Stephenson) finished third. 

It was a truly excellent day, with great team spirit and support throughout.  Mike Crowley and Chris Westcott should also get a mention for their help and support during a very long day. 

Jonathan Second In Surrey 

JONATHAN PARR finished 2nd in the Mercer Surrey 5k at Woking on Sunday morning with a time of 16 minutes 18 seconds. 

Happy Spartan at Bedford Autodrome 

CAROLE SHELDRICK was the solo Spartan at the Bedford Autodrome 10K on Sunday. 

She said, “What an amazing event they put on.  I have got to say, I wasn’t too sure how this run would go for me.  I felt under trained, so was just hoping I’d manage to get round in one piece so I was very happy with my time of 56:28.  One happy Spartan.” 

Running Through The Glen 

ZOE JACKSON was celebrating in the sun after completing the Robin Hood Half Marathon.  Pacing someone with a target time of 125 minutes she finished, on target, in 2 hours 3 minutes 16 seconds.  Zoe said it was a great course with fantastic support the whole way round the city, and we were very lucky with the weather!  

Serpentine 5K 

Sunny, warm, light breeze, the odd parakeet and a cafe near the finish.  “What’s not to like?” said JIM BROWN after finishing the second of the revived Last Friday of the Month 5Ks – the Serpentine 5K? 

Jim achieved a marginal improvement on last month in this lunch-time race in Hyde Park. 

His official time was 26:53 and 123rd.  Last month was 26:58.  Both on the two lap version of the Serpentine course. 

Jim commented it was very enjoyable, more should try it, but I seem to be the wrong sort of consistent at the moment. 

Parkrun Highlights 25th September 2021  

Members of Fairlands Valley Spartans took part across 10 different UK parkruns this week.  There were PBs for ANTON McCALLA on his second appearance at Market Harborough (26:30).  It was PB o’clock for ED HARE at Lee-on-the-Solent (23:03) in his fourth run at that venue. 

 In Stevenage ADRIAN DONNELLY clocked a new PB of 20:26.  Eighteen Spartans were running in Stevenage while several others were helping this week. 

 (The full list of Spartan parkrun times will be near the end). 

The 72nd Fly 5K – Saturday 25th September. 

Lots of “real” races going on including the London Marathon this Sunday (3rd) but the virtual Fly 5K races continue and two Spartans were in the action.  NICOLA ANDERSSON was 65th in 28:34 and PAUL HOLGATE 78th in 30:27.  He was third veteran man 60 plus and this was his 70th Fly 5K. 

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

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon 

With only eight weeks to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon 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). 

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open.  You can enter by following this link:  Stevenage Half Marathon 

Tables 

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

Spartans at Standalone: 

       
Place Gun Time Name Chip Time Category Number Comments 
       
100 00:44:28 DEAN CARPENTER 44:10 Vet Men 40-49 781  
110 00:45:24 JON FILBY 45:06 Vet Men 40-49 68  
120 00:45:56 YUKO GORDON 45:53 Vet Ladies 65+ 379 1st 65+ 
153 00:47:30 CLAIRE PULLEN 47:12 Vet Ladies 55-64 677 1st 55+ 
157 00:47:37 MARK GOODWIN 47:19 Vet Men 60-69 58  
171 00:48:06 TRACY PEZ 47:47 Vet Ladies 45-54 864  
219 00:50:21 ABBIE PEZ 50:02 Junior Ladies U20 872 1st U20 
227 00:50:40 ANDY JAY 50:21 Vet Men 50-59 767  
291 00:52:57 MARTIN DUDLEY 52:06 Vet Men 50-59 782  
326 00:54:26 KAREN ELLIS 53:31 Vet Ladies 45-54 512  
327 00:54:26 NICOLA ANDERSSON 53:31 Vet Ladies 45-54 403  
401 00:57:12 CAROL PAUL 56:29 Vet Ladies 55-64 432  
443 00:58:18 JIM BROWN 57:27 Vet Men 60-69 111  
473 00:59:36 BARRY KING 58:36 Vet Men 50-59 139  
483 00:59:56 ERICA GRAYSON 57:49 Vet Ladies 45-54 106  
501 01:00:43 MICHAEL O’KEEFE 60:02 Vet Men 50-59 67  
539 01:02:59 SELVAN NAICKER 62:17 Vet Men 50-59 717  
549 01:03:43 PAUL HOLGATE 63:01 Vet Men 60-69 735  
620 01:08:01 MARIAN MORLEY 66:45 Vet Ladies 55-64 333  
744 01:33:15 HAYLEY PEACH 90:58 Vet Ladies 35-44 127  
745 1:34:24 NICHOLA DURENT 92:07 VL 35-44 104  
746 1:34:24 SHARON CROWLEY 92:08 VL 55-64 661  

  

Other Spartans ran but did not count in the county veteran championships (e.g. too young or do not live in Hertfordshire). 

Spartan Parkrun Results: 

Stevenage parkrun 

A total of 307 runners took part. 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
     
Steve WELLS Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:19:43 
10 10 Adrian DONNELLY Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:20:26 
51 47 Barry OSBORNE Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:23:07 
67 58 Sam SIMMONS Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:24:13 
116 96 Danik BATES Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:26:33 
118 98 Nick KLEANTHOUS Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:26:41 
121 17 Julie SIMMONS Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:26:52 
155 29 Nicola ANDERSSON Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:28:32 
170 131 Matt CLARKE Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:29:01 
185 40 Natalie WHITE Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:29:33 
197 45 Debbie BLANTERN Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:30:14 
202 148 Paul JENNINGS Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:30:38 
233 61 Carole SHELDRICK Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:32:14 
236 63 Dzenana TOPIC Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:32:22 
239 66 Caroline CROFT Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:32:37 
257 75 Beth FOLEY Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:33:47 
270 80 Fiona CLARKE Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:34:37 
274 83 Theresa KEAST Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:35:23 

Houghton Hall parkrun 

A total of 158 runners took part. 

  

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
73 49 Michael O’KEEFE Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:28:43 

Brockenhurst parkrun 

A total of 141 runners took part. 

  

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
141 77 Darryl STEVENS Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 01:02:16 

  

Market Harborough parkrun 

A total of 276 runners took part. 

  

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
108 80 Anton MCCALLA Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:26:30 

Wimpole Estate parkrun 

A total of 276 runners took part. 

  

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
99 17 Trudie MOLLOY Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:28:13 
258 147 Barry KING Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:42:47 

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun 

A total of 383 runners took part. 

  

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
61 51 Edward HARE Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:23:03 

Letchworth parkrun 

A total of 101 runners took part. 

  

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
87 22 Caren THAIN Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:37:21 

  

Littleport parkrun 

A total of 115 runners took part. 

  

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Club   Run Time   
19 17 James MCSWEENEY Fairlands Valley Spartans RC 00:23:38 
Categories
Club News Race Results

SPARTAN IMPROVERS

Team Medals * Handicap 5K

28 Spartans took part in Thursday evening’s Handicap 5K around Stevenage.

Winner on the night was DAVID PRICE in a time of 24 minutes 34 seconds 3:26 better than handicap with FIONA CLARKE firstfemale in 26:14, 2:46 better than handicap.  NICOLA HATHERLY was second female in 34:44 and CAROLYN LINSELL third female in 26:24, while CHLOE CHAPMAN was fourth female in 26:58.  MATT CLARKE was 2nd male in 23:02 with DANNY HUKIN 3rd male in 18:34 and STUART ARCHER 4th male in 19:27.

The winners are, in effect, the best improvers.  In a handicap event the slowest go off first with the faster ones following according to recent performances.  In theory if everyone runs to form they will all finish together.  In practice the first ones over the finish line will be those that have improved the most, or those that have slowed down the least.

DANNY HUKIN was fastest on the night with his 18:34 and STUART ARCHER second quickest with his 19:27, while BRIAN WHITE was third quickest in 21:15 and PETE SMITH fourth fastest in 21:40.  MARIE COLUCCI was quickest female in 22:56, with TRACEY JACKSON & TRACY PEZ second and third fastest in 23:32 and FIONA CLARKE fourth quickest with her 26:14.

There were Season Best times for Chloe Chapman, Matt Clarke, Danny Hukin, Andy Jay, Marie Colucci, Jane McFarlane, Tracey Jackson, Tracy Pez, Peter Smith, Nigel Strongitharm and Sharon Crowley, and Year Best times for Fiona Clarke, Nicola Hatherly, Stuart Archer, Dean Carpenter, Mark Beasley, Sally Pickles, Nick Kleanthous, Kelly Evans and Dzenana Topic.

The race was in Stevenage on the Fairlands, Verity, Martins, Grace and back to Fairlands Way course with the start near Webb Rise and the finish under Douglas Drive.

The club thanked Paul Holgate, Cathy Craig, Mark Freeman, Angie Keeling and Adrian Busolini for their much appreciated support, assistance and photos which made the event a success.

Spartans at the Stevenage 10K

After months of cancellations and postponements it was great to enjoy the company of others at a “real” race in Stevenage.  Twenty Spartans ran the Stevenage 10K on Sunday.

The Spartan men’s team of four consisted of BRIAN WHITE in 42 minutes 21 seconds; LUKE GURNEY 50:12; JAMES McSWEENEY 51:19 and, to his surprise, JIM BROWN in 55:21.

Brian was third runner aged 60 plus and 23rd out of the 393 finishers.  Luke said it was hilly but worth it for the cake and was 100th.  James was 118th and Jim 171st.

NICOLA ANDERSSON was the fastest female from Fairlands.  She was 168th in 55 minutes 11 seconds.  CAROLYN LINSELL was second woman aged 65 plus and 177th with her 56 minutes 8 seconds.  SARAH ILLINGWORTH was third Spartan woman and 188th overall with 56:59.  Sarah said “It was certainly not a PB (personal best) but given the lack of races over the last 17 months and sporadic training not too bad.  Great race, well organised, friendly and only five minutes from my front door.  Post race cake is always a bonus!”  PENNY SCHENKEL was fourth female from Spartans in 1:02:15.  Penny, SUE HAMER and ERICA GRAYSON were 262nd, 263rd and 264th.

CHRISTINE ZVEREV recorded a chip time of 1 hour 8 minutes 40 seconds for the Stevenage 10K.  She said, “The course was a bit hilly in places but I still kept the time under 1 hour 10minutes and I did manage a 5K PB of 29 minutes 5 seconds on the way round.  That’s a win in my book.”

The County Championships for veteran runners (those aged 35 and over will be in the Standalone 10K this Sunday.

(All the Spartan results from the Stevenage 10K can be found near the end of this release.

Adrian’s Century Run

ADRIAN BUSOLINI ran the Cotswold Way Century, finishing in 25 hours, in ninth place. The Cotswold Way Century is a 102 miler along the Cotswold Way walking path, which runs north to south through the hills and villages of the Cotswolds, finishing outside the Abbey in Bath.  It’s incessantly hilly, and navigation requires constant vigilance; however, weather conditions were favourable, there was great camaraderie out on the course, and the vegan chili at Painswick aid station was awesome.

Swansea 10K

Spartan ROBERT EVANS had a good run in the Swansea 10K with 52 minutes 54 seconds. 

Parkrun Highlights 18th September 2021

In this week’s roundup of Spartans on the Parkrun circuit, there was a first finisher (event winner) at Exmouth in Devon where Jonathan Parr powered home in a time of 16-46 whilst Steve Wells took on the Great Notley course near Braintree, Essex and tackled the ‘big hill’ twice to finish in third with a time of 20-11 

Stevenage Parkrun Results: SAM SIMMONS 21-50 (31st) – Parkrun PB, EVA RAMSEY 23-02 (49th), PAUL SHELLEY 23-14 (56th), ASHLEY KING 23-16 (57th), CLIVE CANNON 23-40 (65th), DARREN EMMERSON 24-44 (83rd), GAIL MACKIE 25-23 (98th), JULIE SIMMONS 26-10 (117th), DAVID PATTMAN 26-52 (137th), STEVE DOBNER 26-52 (138th), JIM BROWN 27-41 (157th), MATT CLARKE 29-00 (183rd), CHLOE CHAPMAN 29-05 (187th), NICOLA ANDERSSON 29-07 (192nd), DEBBIE BLANTERN 29-31 (202nd), STEPHEN SMITHSON 31-51 (254th), FIONA CLARKE 33-28 (281st) and BETH FOLEY 33-34 (286th).  In its ninth week back Stevenage parkrun was up to 358 runners.

The Spartans on parkrun away days were: 

Brockenhurst (Dorset): DARRYL STEVENS 53-47 (156th out of 156 runners).

Canons Park (North London): TIM SABAN 24-46 (37th out of 192 runners).

Exmouth (Devon): JONATHAN PARR 16-46 (1st out of 313 runners). 

Great Notley (Essex): STEVE WELLS 20-11 (3rd out of 221 runners). 

Lee-on-the Solent (Hampshire): ED HARE 27-39 (175th out of 418 runners). 

Letchworth (Hertfordshire): NICK GILL 21-49 (14th out of 128 runners), GEORGIE HOOPER 25-11 (33rd), CAREN THAIN 38-31 (113th). 

Luton Wardown (Bedfordshire): MICHAEL O’KEEFE 28-18 (94th out of 280 runners). 

Medina (Isle of Wight), NICK KLEANTHOUS 28-29 (83rd out of 199 runners). 

University of Stirling (Stirlingshire, Scotland): STUART STABLES 22-31 (18th out of 131 runners).

The 71st Fly 5K – Saturday 18th September.

Four regular Spartans competed in the 71st run anywhere Fly 5K on Saturday.  JIM BROWN was 70th in 27 minutes 41 seconds; NICK KLEANTHOUS 79th in 28:23; NICOLA ANDERSSON 86th in 29:05 and PAUL HOLGATE 97th in 30:55.

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

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

With only two months to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon 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).

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open and you can enter by clicking this link: Stevenage Half Marathon.  This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans.  With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021. 

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

Tables

Handicap 5K in Stevenage on Thursday 16th September

PosFIRST NAMELAST NAMEOWN TIMERFH’CAPTIMECOMP H’CAPPBImpr
1DAVIDPRICE24:3412 17:0041:323:26PB 
2FIONACLARKE26:1415416:0042:172:46YB1:52
3NICOLAHATHERLY34:4426137:3042:202:46YB 
4CAROLYNLINSELL26:2417616:1542:332:21  
5CHLOECHAPMAN26:5819815:4542:432:17SB0:33
6MATTCLARKE23:027 19:4542:452:13SB0:13
7DANNYHUKIN18:341 24:1542:512:11SB 
8STUARTARCHER19:272 23:3042:592:03YB0:22
9ANDYJAY23:4610 19:3043:191:44SB1:40
10DEANCARPENTER21:535 21:3043:231:37YB 
11MARKBEASLEY25:3913 18:0043:411:21YB0:04
12MARIECOLUCCI22:566120:4543:421:19SB 
13SALLYPICKLES36:1227147:3043:431:18YB 
14JANEMcFARLANE27:4221916:0043:451:18SB 
15TRACEYJACKSON23:328220:1543:471:13SB 
16TRACYPEZ23:329320:1543:481:13SB1:09
17PETERSMITH21:404 22:1543:561:05SB0:54
18NICKKLEANTHOUS25:5814 18:0043:581:02YB0:04
19BRIANWHITE21:153 22:4544:001:00  
20VISHALSHAH27:2620 16:3044:191:04  
21NICOLAANDERSSON26:2116518:0044:220:39  
22NIGELSTRONGITHARM24:0711 20:1544:220:38SB0:33
23STEPHANIEBIGGAR36:4528 7:4544:300:30  
24JUDYKING33:29251211:3045:050:01  
25KELLYEVANS26:5418718:3045:24(0:24)YB 
26DZENANATOPIC31:52231014:4546:37(1:37)YB 
27SHARONCROWLEY32:20241114:4546:53(2:05)SB2:21
28TIMROBINSON28:2922 18:4547:13(2:14)  

Stevenage 10K – Sunday 19th September (394 finishers)

PostCatNameCatGun TimeChip TimeAGradeComments
23.3Brian WHITEMV600:42:220:42:2181.9%3MV60  3rd Team
100.29Luke GURNEYMS0:50:450:50:1252.6%3rd Team
109.25Nigel STRONGITHARMMV5051:2050:0362.7% 
118.33James MCSWEENEYMS0:52:000:51:1951.8%3rd Team
168.19Nicola ANDERSSONFV450:55:340:55:1162.4% 
171.11Jim BROWNMV600:55:450:55:2161.6%3rd Team
177.2Carolyn LINSELLFV650:56:310:56:0873.7%2FV65
188.21Sarah ILLINGWORTHFV450:57:120:56:5959.9% 
219.51John HARDINGMS0:59:380:58:2444.8% 
255.19Paul HOLGATEMV601:02:301:01:5654.4% 
262.36Penny SCHENKELFV451:02:591:02:1555.0% 
263.37Sue HAMERFV451:03:011:01:5054.3% 
264.38Erica GRAYSONFV451:03:011:01:4955.7% 
296.19Monica SMITHSONFV551:06:141:05:3055.7% 
313.23Angie KEELINGFV351:07:541:06:4046.2% 
320.26Toni NICHOLSFV351:08:351:07:2045.2% 
326.27Christine ZVEREVFV351:09:121:08:4044.4% 
337.54Tracy HAYGARTHFV451:11:151:10:3149.2% 
342.56Carole SHELDRICKFV451:12:031:10:4945.9% 
344.24Karen PALMERFV551:12:031:10:5050.5% 
Categories
Club News Races

LUKE COMPLETES HIS FIRST MARATHON!

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.

Tables

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 
Categories
Club News Race Results

100 FOR JOHN AT THE STAMPEDE

Spartan JOHN NELMS has run one hundred marathons. That’s 100 full marathons of 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometres) or even longer Ultra Marathons. He ran his 100th at the St Albans Stampede on Saturday. John was escorted across the finish line by his wife Sharon and son Jacob then welcomed to the 100 Club reception by a large number of Spartans.

St Albans Stampede

Altogether twenty Spartans completed at least four four mile laps at the St Albans Stampede.

The Stampede was a 12 hour event around a four mile loop. Runners completed as many laps as they could within the time limit.

TRICIA HOPPER was the leading Spartan with an incredible 11 laps (44 miles).

ADRIAN BUSOLINI ran nine laps or 36 miles in 6 hours 16 minutes 34 seconds while KAREN LIDDLE and BARRY KING did eight (32 miles). Not surprisingly four Spartans did seven as that got them past the significant 26.2 miles. They were YUKO GORDON, JOHN NELMS, HAZEL SMITH and SHARON CROWLEY.

Six laps (24 miles) were completed by CLAIRE EMMERSON, NEAL MUGGLETON and JACQUELINE DOWNES. SUE HAMER, ERICA GRAYSON and DARREN EMMERSON did five (20 miles) while JENNY GARRETT and GERRY ROSEN did four (16 miles).

(Times for all the Fairlands Valley Spartans can be found in a table near the end of this release).

Fairlands Fantastic 4 at the Stampede

There was also a relay team, the Fairlands Fantastic Four at the St Albans Stampede. In the four person team relay event TRACY PEZ (4 laps), ANDY JAY (4), CHRIS HOLLAND (4) and TIM ROBINSON (5) came in 12th out of 28 teams. A total of 17 laps with a time of 11 hours 50 minutes 5 seconds.

The course was four mile lap over undulating off road terrain. Chris started the team off with his first lap under 36 minutes followed by Tim with another 36 minutes lap. Then Andy Jay, who is training for the Manchester Marathon ran four consecutive laps in just under three hours through the hottest part of the day. The team took a short break to greet John Nelms as he finished his 100th marathon, before resuming with more laps. Tim finished his last running lap at 7:50 and it was agreed that two more sub 40min laps would not be achievable to finish before 9pm. The decision was taken to walk one final lap all together as a team by torchlight. Tracy, Chris and Tim completed the lap to finish just inside the cut off – in time for pizza and beer refreshments. A superb local event, recommended.

Bedford Twenty and Half

In the Bedford Running Festival ALISON and PAUL SHELLEY ran their first official twenty mile race. Paul finished in 2 hours 49 minutes 43 seconds and Alison in 3:15:07. They said it was a tough, hot race. DANNY SCANLON was 28th in 2:23:21 and DAVID PATTMAN ran a new personal best (PB) of three hours and thirty seconds (3:00:30).

STEVEN DOBNER came in with 3:03:18; MATT CLARKE with 3:15:43 and FIONA CLARKE with 3:23:12.

In the Bedford “Spring” half marathon KAREN ELLIS said she started too fast but she was third in her age category with 2:07:54.

Spartan Ladies Finish On Top – East of England Track and Field

The Fairlands Valley Spartans women’s team consisting of SUZY HAWKINS, CHRISTINE LATHWELL, STEPHANIE BIGGAR, CALLIE CHAPMAN, ASHLEY JOHNSON, NIKKI WILBY, MONICA BROWN, MARION MORLEY, ALISON WOOD, ANDREA WESTCOTT, TESSA STEPHENSON, CATHY CRAIG, JOYLYN SAUNDERS-MULLINS, KAREN DODSWORTH, SHERYL HANN, IRIS HORNSEY, SHARON CROWLEY and YUKO GORDON have WON their division in the East of England track and field league for veterans (35 plus, EMAC).

Spartan Ladies sealed victory in the EMAC Central Division on Wednesday by winning the last league fixture at Milton Keynes. It was a close run thing, but gutsy performances and the return of two stalwarts saw the team win on the evening by 4 points and take the division by a 77 point margin.

Christine Lathwell and Alison Wood both returned from injury to run the mile, with Christine finishing second woman 35 plus (W35) and Alison winning the W50. Cathy Craig won the W60 mile race after warming up with a victory in the W60 300 metres hurdles! Sharon Crowley also used the hurdles as a warm up, finishing second in the W50 before throwing the hammer and finishing third W60.

Joylyn Saunders-Mullins and Tessa Stephenson continue to dominate the sprint events, both winning the 200m and Joylyn once again dropping an age group to compete in the W50 category. Joylyn also scored points in the javelin, finishing 2nd in W60 with a throw that would have won the W50 category! 

Regular training sessions at the track are paying off for Stephanie Biggar, who threw personal bests (PBs) in both hammer (second place) and javelin (third place). Marion Morley also threw a new PB in the hammer (second place) and also finished second in the javelin.

Other individual points were won on the night by Nikki Wilby, who stayed true to form by winning the W35 high jump, and Callie Chapman, who finished second in the W35 200m. 

The ladies relay teams – Nikki, Callie, Cathy, Christine and Tessa, Sharon, Marian, Alison rounded off the evening in style, winning both races and setting us up nicely for the final on 25th September.

A slightly depleted men’s team battled bravely, finishing fourth on the night and fourth overall in the Central Division. Wins on the night came from DAVE STEPHENSON (M50 200m) and TIM SAUNDERS-MULLINS (M60 hammer). Other points were scored by ANTON McCALLA (third placed in M35 200m, javelin, and triple jump), GRANT RAMSAY (4th placed M35 mile), BARRY OSBORNE (3rd placed M60 mile), PAUL HOLGATE (5th placed M60 200m and 4th placed M60 mile), STEVE GOUGH (4th placed M50 javelin).  The relay team finished 4th.

Parkrun Highlight 4th September 2021

Thirty three Spartans headed out to run at seven different Parkrun venues.

Congratulations to SUZY HAWKINS who got a new PB at Stevenage with a time of 19:38. Suzy also claimed the titles of the Fastest Lady at Stevenage and the Fastest Spartan of the week.

DARRYL STEVENS was in Rosliston (Swadlincote) to try out Parkrun at a new venue to him.

There were no official Parkrun milestones this week but JOHN HARRIS has reached an unofficial milestone of 60 Parkruns at Letchworth.

PETE SMITH was sixth at the East Brighton parkrun in 23:34 and STEVE WELLS won the Ferry Meadows parkrun in 19:49.

Well done and congratulations to all.

Fly 5k

JIM BROWN ran his 50th Fly 5K on Saturday. This was the 69th Fly 5K. There were 147 runners from 38 clubs. He was second in his category and 53rd overall in 26 minutes exactly

PENNY SCHENKEL was 79th in 28:54 and PAUL HOLGATE 103rd in 31:04.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Only just over two months to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon it’s time to start getting ready and entered. This year the race will be on Sunday 21st November

Entries are open and so please follow the link to enter: Stevenage Half Marathon

Tables

Spartans at the Stampede

PosRace NoNameLapsDist DoneTimeFastest LapSlowest LapAverage LapStart
1827Tricia HOPPER114411:14:1400:44:4601:39:5801:01:1708:59:59
2936Adrian BUSOLINI93606:16:3400:27:2501:15:5200:41:5008:59:59
4028Karen LIDDLE83211:14:1400:49:2702:38:2601:24:1608:59:59
4126Barry KING83211:14:1600:49:2802:38:2701:24:1708:59:59
4350Yuko GORDON72804:35:5300:37:5700:41:4800:39:2408:59:59
5458John NELMS72806:16:5800:38:4401:13:5400:53:5108:59:59
5552Hazel SMITH72806:17:0000:39:5101:11:5000:53:5108:59:59
5916Sharon CROWLEY72806:57:0700:49:2801:09:0700:59:3508:59:59
6537Claire EMMERSON62406:17:0000:40:0601:29:1201:02:5008:59:59
6629Neal MUGGLETON62406:17:0100:40:0801:28:5801:02:5008:59:59
6954Jacqueline DOWNES62407:03:4600:39:4903:05:0901:10:3708:59:59
7649Sue HAMER52004:27:0200:47:4001:07:1200:53:2408:59:59
7748Erica GRAYSON52004:27:0300:47:4001:07:1100:53:2408:59:59
7938Darren EMMERSON52004:39:2000:39:5301:16:1500:55:5208:59:59
8256Jenny GARRETT41604:47:4700:40:0602:10:2301:11:5608:59:59
8341Gerry ROSEN41605:12:5200:46:4702:10:3001:18:1308:59:59

There was also a four person relay team consisting of CHRIS HOLLAND (4); ANDY JAY (4); TRACY PEZ (4) and TIM ROBINSON (5) who completed a total of 17 laps in 11:50:05.

Spartans at Parkruns, 4th September


PositionGender PositionParkrunnerTime
Rosliston





16495Darryl STEVENS00:41:40New Venue






Stevenage





91Suzy HAWKINS00:19:38PB

5346Andrew MCGUINNESS00:23:24

6152Barry OSBORNE00:23:45

6756James MCSWEENEY00:24:05

7059Clive CANNON00:24:20

9374Toby ECCLESHALL00:25:40

9677Thomas SAUKA00:25:55

9879Jim BROWN00:26:00

10787Nick KLEANTHOUS00:26:34

11618Caroline BARTER00:27:07

14125Penny SCHENKEL00:28:33

15131Gail MACKIE00:29:28

15533Debbie BLANTERN00:29:42

16339Fiona CLARKE00:30:12

164117Matt CLARKE00:30:13

21767Georgie HOOPER00:33:06

218142Nick GILL00:33:07

25572Beth FOLEY00:33:28

24484Carole SHELDRICK00:34:31

24585Caroline CROFT00:34:32

24686Karen PALMER00:34:33

26999Shelbe MOONBEAM00:37:00






Houghton Hall





8367Michael O’KEEFE00:27:55






Wimpole Estate





25965Sally PHILLIPS00:34:59






Letchworth





8458John Harris00:30:4260th

12044Caren THAIN00:36:53

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ADRIAN CONQUERS THE CCC

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Only eleven weeks to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon and it’s time to start getting ready.  This year the race will be on Sunday 21st November (a couple of weeks later than usual).

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open.  This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans.  With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021.  You have got time to get fit to run and you can train with www.fvspartans.org.uk  Once you join all the many training sessions each week and the advice is free.

The Stevenage Half Marathon began in 1984 and takes place annually with a full marathon every 10 years (the next Stevenage marathon is due 2024).Race headquarters is at Ridlins Athletic Stadium, with the race itself comprising of two loops taking in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage Showground, before passing Stevenage Football Club before returning to Ridlins Stadium for your second lap and then the race to the finish on the track at Ridlins.The route is completely road or cycle way based, so there are no muddy sections to worry about and is completely signposted and marshalled so you can be sure of a warm welcome and encouragement all the way around the 13.1 miles.Although designed as a charity fundraising event, the course is officially measured and previously has hosted the Hertfordshire Road Running Half Marathon and Marathon championships, attracting some of the top local elite athletes and the occasional World Record Holder.The event is a charity fundraiser, with volunteers from Fairlands Valley Spartans Running Club, The Rotary Club of Stevenage, Grange Rotary Club, Stevenage Scouts and Stevenage Air Cadets giving their time freely to make the event a huge success.  All proceeds go to local charities.  The 2019 event provided in excess of £3000 in donations to worthy causes and the Spartans hope the Stevenage Half Marathon 2021 is even more successful.

Each Year the Spartans nominate a charity to support and the chosen charity for 2021 is Feed Up Warm Up.To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

CCC

‘After years of dreaming’ ADRIAN BUSOLINI was in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France for the CCC (Cormayeur; Champex; Chamonix) this weekend.  This Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is a run through Italy, Switzerland and France around the Mont Blanc massif.  Just before the start the cold weather mandatory kit extensions were unexpectedly triggered so he’s got more clothing than in any other event.

With the 100k course having over 6k of ascent it made for the most climbing that Adrian has ever done in a day (possibly even a week!) and it was the first time he had raced with poles. 

Starting in Courmayeur (Italy) the course worked its way through Champex-Lac (Switzerland) and finished in Chamonix (France).  Adrian said, ‘The course was beautiful and brutal in equal measure.  The support from the locals was unparalleled and the nightmare finish in Chamonix was a moment to savour.’  He finished 227th of 2011 participants of which 433 did not finish.  Final running time was 16 hours 45mins 47 seconds.

Hitchin 5K

A number of Spartans took to Hitchin town centre on Sunday to race 5K.  STUART ARCHER was first Spartan home in 19.49 and came 7th overall, winning his age category.  BRIAN WHITE came in with a time of 21.21 and was also 1st in his age category.  YUKO GORDON gained a time of 22.25 and was 3rd over all woman.  She said that she’d hoped to run it inside the British W70 record of 22.12 but it was not the case on the day but it was a nice feeling to have won an open prize.  VISHAL SHAH ran it in 27.29 and ERICA GRAYSON ran the course in 27.38 having gone straight to the race from a night shift!  SUE HAMER swiftly followed her in 28.52.  MONICA SMITHSON looked strong at the finish coming in with 30.05.

Velo Park 10K

On Saturday SHELBE MOONBEAM ran 10K at London’s Velo Park.  Having never been to the course before she thought the course was flat until she arrived and saw the hills!  It is a lap course of 6 one mile loops.  Shelbe said ‘It was the hardest run I think that I have ever done.  By mile 4 I was ready to give up but I carried on and am so proud of myself!’

She wanted to complete the race in 1 hour 20mins but her finished time was actually 1.18.16.

Last Fridays are back

Despite being made to work very hard coaching on Thursday evening JIM BROWN was determined to make it to Hyde Park for the first Last Friday of the Month 5K since February 2020.  With a slow start he went round in 26 minutes 58 seconds which was good enough to get him in the top 100.  This was on the two lap course.  The lunch-time events have been organised by the Serpentine Running Club since 1992.

Flying On Number 68 – Saturday 28th August.

Fly 5K was one of the stars of lockdown keeping runners moving and in touch during the restrictions.

Two Spartans recorded times this week.  JIM BROWN with a time of 26.58.  He was 81st and 3rd in the V65 age category.  PAUL HOLGATE was 118th recording a time of 31.11, he was 4th in the V60 category.  160 times in total were recorded for the Fly 5k this week.

Parkrun Highlights 28th August 2021 – sixth week back

The end Summer holiday season saw Spartans travelling a little further afield for their parkrun fix.

There were plenty of first time runs: JENNY GARRETT at St Albans in 28:14, TRACY STILES at Sedgefield (32.13), BETH FOLEY at Blickling in Norfolk (33:59), MARIAN MORLEY at Sherwood Pines near Mansfield (26:53) and JAMES McSWEENEY at Soham Village College (24:22).

A trio of Spartans at Wimpole Estate: BARRY KING (27:32), NICK WITCOMBE (35:25) and SALLY PHILLIPS in a new PB of 35.26. MICHAEL O’KEEFE was at Houghton Hall near Dunstable (29.07). VERITY FISHER and DANNY SUTTON were at their now “home” parkrun of Rutland Water running 31:38 and 31:39 respectively. KAREN PALMER took a short trip to Letchworth (33:56).

Back in Stevenage, there was a speedy field with the male course record narrowly missed. There were PBs for SUZY HAWKINS (19:52) and ANDREW McGUINESS (21:01).

Tables

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

Spartans in parkruns.  Full results for 28th August are below:

St Albans parkrun

A total of 417 runners took part

PositionGender PositionParkrunner  Run Time  
11Jonathan SCOTT00:17:59
41Rebecca FLAHERTY00:18:54
20140Jenny GARRETT00:28:14


Stevenage parkrun

A total of 287 runners took part

Position  Gender Position  Parkrunner  Run Time  
11Oscar BELL00:15:29
55Jonathan PARR00:16:55
111Harriet KEALY00:19:31
1312Steve WELLS00:19:45
152Suzy HAWKINS00:19:52
2723Andrew MCGUINNESS00:21:01
5146Toby ECCLESHALL00:23:04
6355Martin DUDLEY00:23:50
6958Sam SIMMONS00:24:22
7362Matt CLARKE00:24:26
9779Tim ROBINSON00:25:57
10183Mark BEASLEY00:26:02
12499Steven DOBNER00:27:13
125100Nick GILL00:27:13
12721Georgie HOOPER00:27:17
145111David PATTMAN00:28:37
176132Roger HEAD00:30:54
177133Paul JENNINGS00:30:59
211141Stephen SMITHSON00:32:57
23470Fiona CLARKE00:35:10
244154Kartik SHARMA00:36:10

Sedgefield Parkrun

A total of 234 runners took part

PositionGender Position  Parkrunner  Run Time  
11Andy HARDY00:18:09
251Izzy MORGAN00:23:13
16240Tracy STILES00:32:16

Houghton Hall parkrun

A total of 182 runners took part

Position  Gender Position  Parkrunner  Run Time  
11Perry PAYNE00:16:45
21Rosie MCNABOLA00:18:25
8768Michael O’KEEFE00:29:07

Wimpole Estate parkrun

A total of 333 runners took part

Position  Gender Position  Parkrunner  Run Time  
11Chris DARLING00:17:18
241Carla BROWN00:21:07
144117Barry KING00:27:32
269170Nick WITCOMBE00:35:25
27088Sally PHILLIPS00:35:26

Blicking parkrun

A total of 235 runners took part

Position  Gender Position  parkrunner  Run Time
11Neil ADAMS00:16:57
221Amy MARTIN00:21:18
18265Beth FOLEY00:33:59

Sherwood Pines parkrun

A total of 273 runners took part

Position  Gender PositionparkrunnerRun Time 
11Peter UDALL00:17:47
271Cheralynne TODD MCINTRYE00:22:17
10010Marian MORLEY00:26:53

Rutland Water parkun

A total of 311 runners took part

Position  Gender Position  parkrunner  Run Time  
11Mark POPPLE00:17:12
41Hannah LORD00:18:40
21374Verity FISHER00:31:38
214130Daniel SUTTON00:31:39

Letchworth parkrun

A total of 155 runners took part

Position  Gender Position  parkrunner  Run Time  
11Peter CLARKE00:19:08
451Frances STANTON00:26:05
12741Karen PALMER00:33:56

Soham Village College parkrun

A total of 115 runners took part

Position  Gender Position  parkrunner  Run Time  
11James SMITH00:17:01
51Bethan EVERSON00:19:03
3328James MCSWEENEY00:24:22


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SPARTANS RUNNERS UP

Mid Week League

Fairlands Valley Spartans were runners up in the 2021 series of Mid Week Road Race League 10K races. They were comfortably in second place in the top division with 27 points and a score of 1,624 positions. Trent Park won with 31 points and a score of 1,158 while North Herts were third with 25 points and a score of 1,850. (A low score is a good score as, for example, first place scores only one point). The Spartan men WON while the club’s women were second.

The result was confirmed in the fourth race when the Spartans men and women were both third but overall the club came second. FVS kept up their participation rates compared with other clubs. There are six clubs in division one. In race four 21 of the 76 women were Spartans and 36 of the 94 men were from the Stevenage based club.

Spartan highlights from race four included SIMON JACKSON second overall in 34 minutes 51 seconds; ANDREW PATTERSON third overall in 35:13 and ADRIAN BUSOLINI sixth overall in 36:16.

BRIAN WHITE was first man over 60 with 44:26; BARRY OSBORNE first man over 70 with 44:36 and WILLIAM MORLEY first male under 20 with 55:12. SIMON JACKSON was also second man over 40.

In the women’s race YUKO GORDON was in the top ten and first over 65 with 46 minutes 19 seconds and CAROLYN LINSELL second over 65 with 57:25.

JO BOWDERY was eleventh in 46:58 and TRACY PEZ fifteenth in 48:40. ZOE JACKSON just missed the top twenty at 21st in 51:46.

As the league has not had any massed start races this year all these times were recorded virtually; in the Spartans specially organised wave 10K event or in open and accurately measured 10K races.

24 Spartans ran all four midweek 10K races.

(Look near the end of this release for tables giving results for all 57 Spartans).

Big Half

In the Vitality Big Half Marathon YUKO GORDON was first in her age category, 70 plus, with 1 hour 38 minutes 35 seconds.

Spartan ASHLEY JOHNSON ran an excellent 1 hour 42 minutes 21 seconds in the event which attracted nearly 10,000 runners.

MARIAN MORLEY was running her first race in London and her first half other than the New Forest Virtual Half Marathon in 2020.

She said it was really enjoyable and finished in 2 hours 7 minutes 36 seconds which is a half marathon personal best (PB) and added there was good entertainment on the route and quite a few spectators.

SUE HAMER and ERICA GRAYSON finished together in 2:15:55.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open. This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021. This year the race will be on Sunday 21st November (a couple of weeks later than usual).

To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

Tessa Takes Gold at National Championships

In a very close race, TESSA STEPHENSON became National 200 metres Gold Medallist in the race for Women aged 60 to 64 at the British Masters Championships, held in Derby at the weekend. After trailing the leader all the way, Tessa raised herself to take the lead in the last few metres in a time of 32.58 seconds. Earlier in the day, she had finished in sixth place in the 100m in a time of 15.86 seconds, using this as a warm up for her preferred event. In the category for men aged 55 to 59, her husband DAVE competed in the 400 metres finishing in second for the Silver Medal in a time of 65.45 seconds.

At the same championships GRANT RAMSAY was third man 45 plus in the 3,000 metres steeplechase with 12 minutes 10.84 seconds.

Parkrun Highlights 21st August 2021 – fifth week back

Stevenage Parkrun hit a new post lockdown record with 341 finishers in the fifth week back. 24 of them were Spartans.

Parkrun report by Danik Bates

Steve Wells was the only Spartan to manage a sub-20-minute 5km on Saturday morning at the course in Stevenage whilst Suzy Hawkins was spot on twenty minutes. 341 runners took part in this week’s event. 

Results: STEVE WELLS 19-52 (10th), SUZY HAWKINS 20-00 (13th), BARRY OSBORNE 21-26 (32nd), JAMES MCSWEENY 23-53 (71st), MARTIN DUDLEY 24-07 (79th), CLIVE CANNON 24-29 (92nd), DARREN EMMERSON 24-40 (102nd), KAREN ELLIS 25-29 (118th), SAM SIMMONS 25-55 (132nd), NICK KLEANTHOUS 26-14 (139th), JIM BROWN 26-34 (144th), DANIK BATES 26-38 (147th and with a stroller), NICOLA ANDERSSON 27-26 (164th), STEVEN DOBNER 27-46 (172nd), DAVID PATTMAN 27-47 (173rd), TOBY ECCLESHALL 28-04 (180th), PAUL HOLGATE 29-47 (200th), FIONA CLARKE 32-11 (241st), MATT CLARKE 32-12 (242nd), CHLOE CHAPMAN 32-28 (244th), TRACEY STILES 32-56 (247th), HILARY DAVIES 33-01 (248th), BETH FOLEY 34-30 (267th) and SHELBE MOONBEAM 41-27 (312th). 

Away days: 

Upton House (near Poole, Dorset): JOHN ROXBOROUGH 26-29 (128th), KEN JUDE 26-47 (138th). There were 337 runners.

Wimpole Estate (Cambs): BARRY KING 28-38 (144th), NICK WITCOMBE 35-47 (242nd). There were 295 runners.

Rutland Water (Rutland): DANIEL SUTTON 25-56 (90th), VERITY FISHER 32-18 (197th). There were 265 runners.

Millennium County – Forest of Marston (Beds): MICHAEL O’KEEFE 29-02 (68th). There were 129 runners.

Littlehampton Promenade (West Sussex): DARRYL STEVENS 36-53 (162nd). There were 179 runners.

CAROLYN LINSELL enjoyed her first run in her Spartans stripes! She ran the Hunstanton Promenade parkrun was first in her age group and took two seconds of her parkrun PB with 25:57.

A total of 33 Spartans.

Flying On Number 66 and 67

In anticipation of Sunday’s celebration numbers were down a bit for Saturday’s 66th virtual Fly 5K. However there were 151 runners including three Spartans. JIM BROWN was 68th and second in category with 26 minutes 34 seconds; NICOLA ANDERSSON 78th in 27:24 and PAUL HOLGATE second in his category and 99th with 29:46.

Fly 67 was the live celebration on Sunday. It was at Drift Limits, Bovingdon near Berkhamsted on Sunday 22nd August to bring people together who had not seen each other through months of virtual racing. The same three Spartans took part. NICOLA ANDERSSON in a new Fly 5K personal best of 25:43; JIM BROWN in 26:04 and PAUL HOLGATE in 29:36.

Fly 5K was one of the stars of lockdown keeping runners moving and in touch during the restrictions.

Sharon Sprints for Bronze in the Virtual Coast Challenge

After nearly 3,000 kilometres SHARON CROWLEY “sprinted” for club bronze in the Virtual Coast Challenge. She “crossed the line” in Bristol on Tuesday evening having followed an anticlockwise route starting from Bristol and following the coasts and borders of England. As she completed the 2,970 kilometres fourth placed BRIAN WHITE was on 2,921.7 kilometres, less than 50 behind.

The other Spartans through the 2,000 kilometre mark by Tuesday evening were JON SYPULA 2,327.2; KEN JUDE 2,255.6; CATHY CRAIG 2,191.9; HAZEL SMITH 2,174.8, LIZ CROWLEY 2,083.4 and PAUL HOLGATE on 2011.3. They and four other Spartans have until the end of the year to finish the event but the “podium” is complete.

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DEFIB FROM SPARTANS

August 7th, being the first Saturday of the month, saw a number of Fairlands Valley Spartans attending the recently returned Stevenage parkrun in their club vests – the Spartan stripes, and the presentation of a defibrillator which was part funded by a donation made by the club. Richard Glaister, Event Director, said “We really appreciate the £500 donation we have received from Fairlands Valley Spartans. We used to be able to access the defibrillator in the park’s office, but having our own one means we can respond quickly to any incidents.”

David Scott, Chair of Fairlands Valley Spartans added “there has always been a close link between FVS and Stevenage parkrun, with many of our committee members and runners being run directors, volunteers or participants. We are really pleased to be able to help support this event which has, and will continue to have, such a positive impact on the local running community.”

32 Spartans ran Saturday’s event and many others were helping as volunteers. This week there was a total of 327 parkrunners in Stevenage which compares with 256 on restart day (24th July) and 296 last week

Stevenage parkrun takes place from Fairlands Valley lakes at 9am every Saturday morning. Fairlands Valley Spartans have sessions available for runners of all abilities five days a week.

Parkrun Highlights 7th August 2021

Forty four Spartans headed out on the third week of UK Parkrun’s return, to run at 11 different Parkrun venues.

DAN BATES was the furthest travelled Spartan, completing the Dąbrówka Parkrun in Poland with a time of 23:26.

Congratulations to MARION MORLEY got a new PB (personal best) at Stevenage on her 40th parkrun with a time of 26:30. The Fastest Spartan was STEVE WELLS (Stevenage, 20:04) and fastest Spartan lady was EVA RAMSEY (Stevenage, 23:07).

STEPHANIE GAJIC and KAREN HOWLAND were in Stevenage to try out Parkrun for the very first time.

There were no official Parkrun milestones this week but several Spartans reached unofficial milestones including Marion MORLEY (40th), Matt CLARKE (60th), Michael O’Keefe (110th) and Tim ROBINSON (160th). This was FIONA CLARKE’s 100th parkrun in Stevenage. Well done and congratulations to all.

(All the times for all 44 Spartans can be found near the end of this release).

Summer 10K

Four Spartans tackled the St Albans Summer 10K on Sunday. Not so much summer as there was rain for parts of the race and some parts of the course were slippery but perhaps a welcome change for some from the extremely hot conditions at Drift Limits on 18th July.

In the “A” race ANDREW VAUGHAN was 30th in 40 minutes 43 seconds a 1:37 improvement on three weeks earlier.

BARRY OSBORNE won the men 70 plus race with 44:36. He was 73rd.

After a very slow start JIM BROWN “bullied” himself round the “B” race. He was 195th overall in 54 minutes 56 seconds and CATHY CRAIG came in 288th in 63:44. There were 342 finishers.

MK10K and loadsa 10Ks

With Milton Keynes Open University not yet available for sporting events, this year’s Milton Keynes East Midlands Grand Prix (EMGP) 10K moved to a new venue around Willen Lake on Tuesday evening. In almost perfect weather conditions PAUL HOLGATE finished in 200th position of the 219 finishers in a Season’s Best time of 59:43, his fastest 10 kilometre race since the 31st December 2018.

Also on Tuesday 3rd August JAN FRY ran 10K in 61 minutes 31 seconds.

These 10K times matter as the Spartans are now into the “window” for recording times for the fourth Mid-Week Road Race League fixture.

Fairlands Valley Spartans are in second place in Division One (the top division) of the Mid Week Road Race League.

Like the other league fixtures there will not be a single massed start event. Runners race their own accurate 10K and then submit times. The window for race four is between Monday 2nd August and Sunday 15th August (inclusive). There will be a “wave” opportunity for Spartans to record a time on Tuesday 10th August but members can record a time for an accurate 10K on any day and submit it up to 15th August.

Flying On Number 64

Three Spartans took part in the 64th Fly 5K. JIM BROWN was third in his category with 25:59; NICOLA ANDERSSON 28:58 and PAUL HOLGATE second in his category with 29:17.

Fly 5K was one of the stars of lockdown keeping runners moving and in touch during the restrictions. There will be a celebration live Fly 5K at Drift Limits, Bovingdon on Sunday 22nd August.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open. This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021. This year the race will be on Sunday 21st November (a couple of weeks later than usual).

To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

Battle for Bronze in the Virtual Coast Challenge

With only about 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. Sharon is now on 2,844.1 kilometres and Brian on 2826.5.

Other Spartans through the 2,000 kilometre mark are JON SYPULA 2274.0; KEN JUDE 2256.6; CATHY CRAIG 2,100.5 and HAZEL SMITH 2049.9.

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SPARTAN WOMEN STAY ON TOP

Spartan ladies stay on top!  The third of four Eastern Masters Track and Field league competitions was held in Bedford on Wednesday, with the Spartan ladies extending their lead over rivals Marshall Milton Keynes once again.  A spot in the final, to be held in September, is pretty much guaranteed.

The team welcomed another new joiner, the fifth new member this season!  ASHLEY JOHNSON bravely fought through an injury to finish fourth in the W35 (women aged 35 plus) 400 metres.  CALLIE CHAPMAN (third place long jump) and CATHY CRAIG (2km walk B string winner) both recorded personal bests (PBs) with Callie also finishing third in the W35 100 metres sprint.

Wins on the night included JOYLYN SAUNDERS-MULLINS, again dropping down to a younger age group (W50) and winning both 100 and 400 metres.  TESSA STEPHENSON won both W60 400m and shot put.  SUZY HAWKINS (W35) and YUKO GORDON (W60) continue to dominate the distance events in their age groups, both winning their 1500m races.  SHARON CROWLEY came close to a PB and won the 2km A String walk.

The remaining points were scored by SHERYL HANN (third place W60 100m and second place W50 1500m), STEPHANIE BIGGAR (4th place W35 shot put and 5th place discus), MARIAN MORLEY (3rd place W50 shot put and second place discus), IRIS HORNSEY made a welcome return to competition (3rd place W60 discus), ANDREA WESTCOTT (2nd place W50 long jump) and NIKKI WILBY (second place W35 pole vault).  The women also had two relay teams – Callie, Suzy, Nikki and Cathy finished third in the W35 category.  Sharon, Yuko, Joylyn, and Tessa won the W50+ race.

The men’s team had a much improved turn out, finishing in fourth place, just six points behind third spot!  Andy Patterson broke the club 1500m record, finishing second in the M35 race.  Andy also tried his hand at discus (4th place).  ANTON MCCALLA returned to the team, earning points in M35 100m, shot put, long jump, and relay.  STEVE MAYFIELD also multi-tasked, earning points in M50 100m, discus, long jump, and relay.

PAUL HOLGATE seemed to be on the track every time you looked, running the M60 100m, 400m, and 1500m!  The other point scorers were CHRIS WESTCOTT (M35 400m and relay), DAVE STEPHENSON (M50 400m, shot put, and relay), BARRY OSBORNE (M60 1500m and relay), STEVE GOUGH (B string 2km walk and relay), RON WESTCOTT (M60 shot put and discus).  GRANT RAMSAY completed the relay team and also took the opportunity to non-score in 1500m and long jump while he was there.  TIM SAUNDERS-MULLINS also decided on the night to get some practice in by throwing but non-scoring in the discus.

 

London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM)

Some of the really big city events are coming back and five Spartan women were among about 11,000 runners at the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday.  This is London’s central half marathon through Westminster and the City.

Spartan SHELBE MOONBEAM was there doing her very first half marathon.  She was running for Tommy’s Charity who help families who have lost a child.  She did it for Little Moonbeam who was born sleeping in Oct 2009 at 21 weeks and has raised £395 so far.

Shelbe wanted to run a sub 3 hours half – that’s 15 minutes or under each mile.  The first ten miles were all under 15 minutes but by mile 11 she was running on empty.  Her finish time was 3 hours 2 minutes and 4 seconds.  She is very happy and proud of that.

JACKIE DOWNES finished in 2 hours 1 minute 27 seconds, 3735th.

LINDA NOLAN finished in a time of 2 hours 5 minutes 25 seconds for 4,337th.

FIONA CLARKE came in at 2 hours 7 minutes 13 seconds and was 4,643rd, ADA JANUSIENE finished in 2:19:09.  Ada was 6,440th, Jackie, Linda and Fiona were all in the top half.  Shelbe had 574 finishers behind her.

 

Spartan Sets a New British Record at the Running Grand Prix

Spartan YUKO GORDON broke a British record by nearly three minutes in the Running Grand Prix at the Bedford Autodrome recently.  She reduced the half marathon record for women aged 70 and over to just 1 hour 37 minutes 50 seconds and only missed the world record by 12 seconds.

 

Mid-Week Road Race League race four coming up

Fairlands Valley Spartans are in second place in Division One (the top division) of the Mid Week Road Race League and race four is coming up fast.

Like the other fixtures this year runners will race in their localities and then submit times.  The window for race four is between Monday 2nd August and Sunday 15th August (inclusive).  There will be a “wave” opportunity for Spartans to record a time on Tuesday 10th August but members can record a time for an accurate 10K on any day and submit it up to 15th August.

 

Parkrun Returns Week Two – 296 in Stevenage

On the second week since the long awaited return of parkrun, Spartans took part across seven different locations, many taking part as “first timers” making their debut at new venues.

First timers were: SALLY PHILLIPS was at Wimpole Hall (39:44), CAREN THAIN at Letchworth (37:13) and TIM ROBINSON (28:53) joining regular Rutland Water parkrunners DANNY SUTTON (28:54) and VERITY FISHER (35:20).  DARRYL STEVENS was at Prospect parkrun near Reading (42:25) and JO BOWDRY ran a speedy new parkrun personal best of 22:36 at Tetbury Goods Shed.

Back at “home base” in Stevenage, 24 Spartans ran.  There were two personal bests (PBs): ADRIAN DONNELLY in 20:30 and ANDREW MCGUINNESS in 21:24.  STEVEN DOBNER completed his longest run ever of 20 miles with the last three at the Stevenage parkrun.

(Full results are below near the end of this news release).

 

Bedford Paul – Storm Eva

138 runners braved Storm Eva to compete in a Bedford 10K on Friday.  The rain stopped in time for the run but it was still slippery underfoot in patches around the country park course.  PAUL HOLGATE finished in 128th position in one hour and 57 seconds (1:00:57).

 

Flying On Number 63

168 runners from 46 clubs ran in the 63rd virtual Fly 5K on Saturday morning.  Fairlands Valley Spartans qualified in the team competition and came sixth with MARIAN MORLEY second woman 55 plus and 75th with 26 minutes 24 seconds; PAUL HOLGATE 121st in 30:08; JIM BROWN 123rd in 30:13 and PENNY SCHENKEL 124th in 30:14.

Fly 5K was one of the stars of lockdown keeping runners moving and in touch during the restrictions.  There will be a celebration live Fly 5K at Drift Limits on Sunday 22nd August.

 

Parkrun results

24 Spartans were among the 296 enjoying the second Stevenage parkrun since the restart.  296 is up 40 from race one which was the 200th Stevenage parkrun.

Position   Gender Position   Parkrunner   Run Time   Comments
15 13 Adrian DONNELLY 00:20:30 Parkrun PB
25 20 Andrew MCGUINNESS 00:21:24 Parkrun PB
43 34 Toby ECCLESHALL 00:22:29
62 52 Barry OSBORNE 00:23:55
65 54 Danik BATES 00:24:13
68 9 Eva RAMSEY 00:24:19
90 73 Nick KLEANTHOUS 00:26:02
94 15 Natalie WHITE 00:26:12
109 83 Darren EMMERSON 00:26:48
110 20 Jenny GARRETT 00:26:48
122 24 Chloe CHAPMAN 00:27:31
138 28 Fiona CLARKE 00:28:19
153 112 Steven DOBNER 00:29:51 End of 20 miles
161 114 Jim BROWN 00:30:16 3rd VM 65-69
164 41 Penny SCHENKEL 00:30:20
176 49 Catherine CRAIG 00:31:14
183 52 Charlotte SMITH 00:31:50
184 53 Gail MACKIE 00:31:51
192 126 Paul JENNINGS 00:32:29
193 57 Hazel SMITH 00:32:35
194 58 Callie CHAPMAN 00:32:35
202 64 Tracy STILES 00:33:05
214 74 Karen PALMER 00:33:44
251 90 Beth FOLEY 00:36:31

 

 

 

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PARKRUN IS BACK

Spartan Sets a New British Record at the Running Grand Prix

Spartan YUKO GORDON broke a British record by nearly three minutes in the Running Grand Prix at the Bedford Autodrome on Sunday.  She reduced the half marathon record for women aged 70 and over to just 1 hour 37 minutes 50 seconds and only missed the world record by 12 seconds.

The world record of 1:37:38 was set by Lavinia Petrie of Australia,  the old British record was held by Angela Copson in 1:40:33.  Yuko said she was a little tired.  “I didn’t taper for this race.  Apart from the 10K at Drift Limits, I ran the Doug Anderson 5Km at Bedford Park on Wednesday, both races were pretty hot and humid.”

Two other Spartans competed in the event.

JIM BROWN tackled the twenty mile race and got rain early on.  He said a “20” was probably a bit ambitious at the moment but he won the male 65 plus category and was 18th overall with 3 hours 6 minutes 37 seconds.

In the half marathon GRANT RAMSAY was 26th and second man 45 plus with 1:26:42.

 

Wednesday 5K

Warm temperatures did not stop the Doug Anderson 5K from making its return after a two year absence on Wednesday evening.  With an improved wider start position and run in the opposite direction to usual YUKO GORDON finished an impressive 95th in 22:46 and PAUL HOLGATE ran 30:16 for 226th position out of the 291 finishers just three days after completing the previous Sunday’s very hot Off-Road challenge.

 

Huge Smiles In Fairlands Valley as Parkrun is Back!!

Parkrun is back for the first time since March 2020 and there were a lot of Spartans out in force for the 5km events which were held all around the country on Saturday morning (24th July).  Stevenage Parkrun, located at Fairlands Valley Lakes saw twenty-four Spartans among the 256 runners taking part.  Fastest on the day and first one to cross the finish line was JONATHAN PARR in 16-56 and not far behind him was ADRIAN BUSOLINI in 17-34 which gives him a Parkrun-personal best time.  STEVE WELLS was just outside the top ten finishers, coming in 11th at 20-08.  There was a Parkrun PB (personal best) for NICOLA ANDERSSON who finished in 27-07 (109th).

Other Spartan results: TOBY ECCLESHALL 22-28 (33rd), DAVID PATTMAN 23-28 (49th), CLAIRE PULLEN 23-44 (53rd), THOMAS SAUKA 23-47 (55th), MARTIN DUDLEY 23-48 (57th), STEVEN DOBNER 24-06 (59th), DANIK BATES 25-13 (81st and with a buggy), JONATHAN JONES 27-01 (106th), MARK BEASLEY 27-14 (112nd), CHLOE CHAPMAN 28-37 (125th), JIM BROWN 28-50 (129th), DEBBIE BLANTERN 28-53 (130th), PAUL JENNINGS 28-56 (131st), FIONA CLARKE 30-42 (155th), MONICA SMITHSON 30-53 (159th), PAUL HOLGATE 32-00 (176th), HILARY DAVIES 32-44 (181st), TRACY STILES 33-26 (190th), KAREN PALMER 33-56 (194rd) and BETH FOLEY 38-01 (219th).

This was the 200th Stevenage parkrun.  Several of the helpers on the day were from Fairlands Valley Spartans many of whom were in fancy dress to mark the occasion.  The Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Sandra Barr, came along to see everyone off.

Parkrun away days:

Lee-on-the-Solent (Hampshire): EDWARD HARE 23-38 (45th out of 310 runners).

Panshanger (Hertford): KEN JUDE 27-29 (105th out of 187 runners).

Market Harborough (Northamptonshire): ANTON MCCALLA finished in 28-21 (130th out of 231 runners).

Houghton Hall (Bedfordshire): MICHAEL O’KEEFE 32-52 (94th out of 133 runners).

Letchworth (Hertfordshire): JOHN HARRIS 33-17 (73rd out of 111 runners).

Itchen Valley Country (Hampshire): DARRYL STEVENS 44-08 (9th out of 116 runners).

 

Fairland Valley Challenge

Fairlands Valley Spartans hosted the Fairlands Valley Challenge in warm conditions recently.  This was a mostly off road trail event with a choice of four distances – half marathon; 18 miles; marathon (42.2 km) and a 50K ultra marathon.  With a Covid secure wave start participants left Marriotts School between 8a.m. and 9.30a.m.  Altogether 145 took part and had great fun.  There were intermediate checkpoints at Watton-at-Stone; Tewin and Datchworth with several runners making an unofficial lolly and smiles stop in Broadwater.  The last finisher came back at 6.40p.m.  A huge number of volunteer Spartans made the event possible.

143 completed one of the four events and 29 of those were Spartans.  In the half marathon with 42 finishers the 12 Spartans were led in by JENNY GARRATT and CLAIRE EMMERSON at 23rd and 24th in 3 hours 18 minutes 44 seconds.  The full marathon, 26.2 miles of mostly off road trails was the most popular choice.  It had 58 finishers.  STUART WONFOR, at 24th was first Spartan with 6 hours 18 minutes 44 seconds.

Spartan ADRIAN BUSOLINI was second in the 50 kilometres Ultra event coming in at 4 hours 34 minutes 9 seconds and STUART ARCHER sixth with 6:02:33. There were 24 finishers including three Spartans.

In the 18 miles events there were 21 finishers including 7 Spartans.  ZOE JACKSON, LEE PICKERSGILL and SUSAN McANENY were second, third and fourth with 3:56:09; 3:56:09 and 3:56:10.  All on a scorching hot day.

TIM ROBINSON, event organiser on behalf of the club, gave massive thanks to all the helpers.  A large team of people assembled under very difficult circumstances.  They included:

 

  • SHARON CROWLEY and LIZ CROWLEY who sourced food and juice. Liz also put on Mike (Crowley’s) boots and transported food and helpers around.
  • CATHY CRAIG, NICOLA HATHERLY and JUDY KING
  • ANDY PRIOR, KERSTIN WEINER and TONY RANDFIELD.
  • NICK KLEANTHOUS, FIONA CLARKE, CHLOE CHAPMAN, JENNY GARRETT – the Datchworth Dream Team.
  • STEVE SMITHSON who organised the start table.
  • HANNAH SYPULA, JAN FRY and NICK FRY who stayed all day in the heat at the finish line.

145 runners and walkers started and 143 finished.

 

Mid-Week Road Race League race three

Spartans second in Division One race three.  Fairlands Valley Spartans tied with St Albans Striders on nine race points but beat them on individual scores by 535 to 545 to take second spot.  Just one runner turning up can make all that difference.  In the race the Spartan men were second on 312 and the women third on 223.

63 Spartans recorded a time for race three in the Mid Week Road Race League 10K series.  There were 21 women and 42 men.  There will be a fourth fixture.  Like the others runners will race in their localities and then submit times.  The window for race four is between Saturday 2nd August and Sunday 15th August (inclusive).  There will be a “wave” opportunity for Spartans to record a time on Tuesday 10th August.

 

Flying On Number 62

Despite the return of parkrun over 170 runners took part in the 62nd virtual Fly 5K.  JIM BROWN was 113th and second in his age group with 28 minutes 33 seconds and PAUL HOLGATE 146th in 31:53.

Fly 5K and (not) parkrun were two of the stars of lockdown keeping runners moving and in touch during the restrictions.  Parkrun is back but Fly 5K continues.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday mornings some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days.  For example this week JIM BROWN ran 27:26 on Sunday.

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

 

Tables

Spartan Results Mid Week 10K Race Three – Women

 

Pos Cat Vet Time First Name Surname Cat. FVS Team
10 2 8 43:12 Suzy Hawkins V 45 A
14 1 11 46:41 Yuko Gordon V 65 A
27 12 22 52:16 Alison Shelley V 45 A
28 9 23 52:21 Michelle Reeves V 35 A
29 13 24 52:45 Wendy Tharani V 45 A
36 2 30 55:35 Carolyn Linsell V 65 A
39 56:24 Chloe Chapman S A
40 17 33 56:34 Claire Emmerson V 45 A
41 12 34 56:46 Vicky Archer V 35 B
42 13 35 56:58 Fiona Clarke V 35 B
47 19 40 58:15 Nicola Andersson V 45 B
51 21 44 1:01:00 Kerstin Weiner V 45 B
52 22 45 1:01:06 Hazel Smith V 45 B
55 3 48 1:01:57 Jan Fry V 65 B
57 18 50 1:02:06 Linda George V 35 B
63 4 56 1:05:24 Cathy Craig V 65 B
67 25 59 1:06:26 Dzenana Topic V 45
70 10 60 1:08:31 Monica Smithson V 55
75 22 64 1:10:00 Angie Keeling V 35
79 14 68 1:15:02 Sharon Crowley V 55
83 24 72 1:21:31 Stephanie Biggar V 35

 

 

Spartan Results Mid Week 10K Race Three – Men

 

Pos Cat Vet Time First Name Surname Cat. FVS Team
5 2 2 35:07 Simon Jackson V 40 A
6 35:34 Adrian Busolini S A
7 35:38 Andrew Patterson S A
8 35:40 Jonathan Parr S A
21 9 11 38:41 Danny Hukin V 40 A
30 5 16 41:03 Paul Shelley V 50 A
31 6 17 41:13 Steve Wells V 50 A
34 13 20 41:32 Andrew Vaughan V 40 A
37 41:43 Matthew Newton S A
43 43:58 Stuart Archer S A
44 2 28 44:01 Brian White V 60 A
46 44:05 Nick Gill S A
48 44:30 Ronan Maguire S B
50 12 31 44:48 Pete Smith V 50 B
52 45:18 Todd Gray S B
53 19 33 45:24 David Pattman V 40 B
59 47:11 Ben Peachey S B
60 47:58 Andrew McGuinness S B
63 48:12 Dan McAlpine S B
64 23 40 48:13 Steven Dobner V 40 B
66 4 42 48:18 Mark Goodwin V 60 B
68 24 44 49:08 Jon Sypula V 40 B
70 17 46 49:15 Craig Bacon V 50 B
71 49:27 Lee Pickersgill S B
72 18 47 49:41 Darren Emmerson V 50 C
73 19 48 49:48 Nigel Strongitharm V 50 C
77 50:48 Martin Jacob S C
78 51:09 Luke Gurney S C
83 7 54 52:20 Jim Brown V 60 C
85 52:33 Edward Hare S C
88 23 58 53:39 Tim Robinson V 50 C
90 27 60 56:24 Matt Clarke V 40 C
91 56:37 Mick Andrews S C
92 56:43 Daniel Bates S C
95 25 63 57:37 Ken Jude V 50 C
98 30 66 59:26 Kartik Sharma V 40 C
99 27 67 1:00:24 Jonathan Jones V 50
100 10 68 1:00:57 Paul Holgate V 60
101 31 69 1:01:01 Simon Sypula V 40
102 32 70 1:01:19 Paul Jennings* V 40
107 28 75 1:06:54 Taher Tharani V 50
110 1:10:00 John Harding S

 

 

 

Fairlands Valley Challenge 18th July 2021

Half Marathon Distance – Spartan Times

Pos Bib First Name Surname Category Time
23 22 Jenny Garratt WV45 03:18:44
24 23 Claire Emmerson WV45 03:18:44
25 132 Ada Janusiene F 03:40:06
26 134 Sam Simmons M 03:40:07
27 135 Calantha Chapman WV35 03:40:07
28 138 Carolyn Linsell WV55 03:40:17
31 21 Vicky Archer WV35 03:44:02
32 131 Linda Nolan WV55 03:44:03
33 133 Hazel Smith WV45 03:45:28
37 16 Darryl Stevens MV50 04:09:48
41 106 Pauline Hardy WV65 05:40:17
42 107 Robert Hardy MV70 05:40:17

 

 

Fairlands Valley Challenge 18th July 2021

18 Mile Distance – Spartan Times

 

Pos Bib First Name Surname   Start
2 50 Zoe Jackson F 03:56:09
3 51 Lee Pickersgill M 03:56:09
4 52 Susan McAneny WV35 03:56:10
5 24 Wendy Tharani WV35 04:02:05
6 123 Robert Wright M 04:11:56
20 108 Christine Zverev F 06:39:36
21 116 Luke Gurney M 06:39:36

 

Marathon Distance – Spartan Times

Pos Bib First Name Surname   Start
24 66 Stuart Wonfor MV40 06:18:44
33 42 Daniel Bates M 06:58:54
35 15 Paul Holgate MV60 07:28:55
52 14 Sharon Crowley WV55 08:34:22
55 1 Tricia Hopper WV45 10:24:24
56 2 Barry King MV50 10:24:24
57 3 Karen Liddle WV55 10:24:24

 

 

50K Ultra Distance – Spartan Times

 

Pos Bib First Name Surname   Start
2 63 Adrian Busolini M 04:34:09
6 17 Stuart Archer M 06:02:33
11 5 Jon Sypula MV40 06:58:20

 

145 started across the four distances, 143 finished including 29 Spartans.

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FAIRLANDS CHALLENGE IN THE SUNSHINE

Fairlands Valley Spartans hosted the Fairlands Valley Challenge in warm conditions on Sunday. This was a mostly off road trail event with a choice of four distances – half marathon; 18 miles; marathon (42.2 km) and a 50K ultra marathon. With a Covid secure wave start participants left Marriotts School between 8a.m. and 9.30a.m. Altogether 145 took part and had great fun. There were intermediate checkpoints at Watton-at-Stone; Tewin and Datchworth with several runners making an unofficial lolly and smiles stop in Broadwater. The last finisher came back at 6.40p.m. A huge number of volunteer Spartans made the event possible.

TIM ROBINSON, event organiser on behalf of the club, gave massive thanks to all the helpers. A large team of people assembled under very difficult circumstances. They included:

  • Sharon Crowley and Liz Crowley who sourced food and juice. Liz also put on Mike (Crowley’s) boots and transported food and helpers around. 

  • Cathy Craig, Nicola Hatherly and Judy King

  • Andy Prior, Kerstin Weiner and Tony Randfield.

  • Nick Kleanthous, Fiona Clarke, Chloe Chapman, Jenny Garrett – the Datchworth Dream Team.

  • Steve Smithson who organised the start table. 

  • Hannah Sypula, Jan and Nick Fry who stayed all day in the heat at the finish line.

145 runners and walkers started and 143 finished.

The results will be published soon.

Three Firsts for Spartans at Drift Limits

Five Fairlands Valley Spartans went to the Drift Limits races at Bovingdon on Sunday. They came away with THREE first and TWO second places!

Spartan JIM BROWN said it was seriously way too hot, certainly for me, on those runways but five Spartans went to Drift Limits and three WON their categories; another one was second in theirs. One was second overall in their race.

It was officially 27 degrees in the shade but there was no shade and those old airfield runways, now a motor racing circuit were like huge tarmac radiators. The effective or “feels like” temperature was estimated at 33 degrees (91.4F).

In the 5K race JONATHAN PARR WON the M35 category and second overall with 16 minutes 47 seconds. STUART HAYCROFT was second in the M40 with 18:13.

Things were really heating up by the time the 10K race got underway but ANDREW VAUGHAN was 25th overall in 42:20; YUKO GORDON was FIRST woman 70 plus and 33rd in 46:40; and JIM BROWN was FIRST man 65 plus and 43rd in 53:42.

The 10K runners included the postponed and deferred entries from a 10K that would have been in February. In cooler conditions this would have been a very fast event.

Ultra 5K

Three Spartans ran an Ultra 5K at Box End Park near Kempston, Bedford.

Basically it was a 5K race every hour for five hours. The first race was at 9am, then at 10a.m., 11a.m., 12 noon, and 1p.m. All on a very technical off-road course. Spartan BRIAN WHITE said the weather conditions for each 5K were 1. Warm; 2. Hot. 3; Very hot; 4. extremely hot and 5. Mad Dogs and Englishmen (go out in the midday sun).

His series of races were completed in 1. 23 minutes 35 seconds; 2. 24:17; 3. 24:42; 4. 2:.41 and 5. 26:20. His total time was 2 hours 4 minutes 36 seconds giving him sixth position overall and first aged 50 plus.

SUE HAMER was 49th in a total of 3:25:09 and ERICA GRAYSON 50th in 3:25:12.

Nikki for the High Jump

NIKKI WILBY represented EMAC (Eastern veterans) in the high jump at the inter area track and field competition in Nuneaton at the weekend.

It was very competitive and there were some amazing performances in all of the events!

She was very happy to clear 1.30 on her first attempt but couldn’t continue to due to injury. She was fifth. Nikki also jogged 100 metres to get some points for the team.

Mid-Week Road Race League race three

So far 63 Spartans have recorded a time for race three in the Mid Week Road Race League 10K series. These can be found at the end of the release. Full story when the league result is published in a few days.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open. This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021 and this year the race will be on Sunday 21st November, a couple of weeks later than usual.

To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

Flying On Number 61

38 clubs participated in Saturday morning’s Fly 5K and there were five Spartans – NICOLA ANDERSSON was 63rd in 27:11; MARIAN MORLEY second woman 55 plus and 75th in 27:56 for her tenth Fly 5K; PAUL HOLGATE 118th in 29:52 for his 60th Fly 5K; PENNY SCHENKEL and JIM BROWN hugging the shade around the King George V playing fields and Town Centre Gardens for 144th equal in 32 minutes 5 seconds. Jim was second in his age group.

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday mornings some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days. For example this week JIM BROWN ran 26:00 on Thursday.

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

Parkrun Coming 24th July 2021

Fairlands Valley Spartans and many others are looking forward to the 200th Stevenage Parkrun which will be the first local parkrun when the events can restart. It will be at 9a.m. on Saturday 24th July. The 199th Stevenage parkrun was on Saturday 14th March 2020.

(Normally all the week’s Spartan parkrun results can be found near the end of our release).

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 25th May with all 2,970 kilometres done. She was seventh overall in the whole country with a total time of 170 hours 25 minutes and 12 seconds.

She was 434 kilometres ahead of JIM BROWN (2536) and 789 ahead of BRIAN WHITE (2181). At 7.15p.m. on Monday 21st June JIM BROWN ran across the virtual finish line in Bristol to claim second place. He was tenth overall in 231 hours 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

The Spartan podium is almost complete but the race for third sport could be close. On Monday morning 19th July third placed BRIAN WHITE was on 2671 kilometres but fourth placed SHARON CROWLEY was on 2620 as they headed back to Bristol.

The other ten Spartans are still clicking up the kilometres and have until December to finish the event. Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

Tables

Full results for all Spartans when there are a lot at an event will be listed below. It’s back!

MWRRL Race Three 10K Times

Name

M/F

Time

Note

SUZY HAWKINS

F

43:12

Thursday 15th July

YUKO GORDON

F

46:40

Drift Limits Sunday 18th

ALISON SHELLEY

F

52:16

Wave Tuesday

MICHELLE REEVES

F

52:21

Wednesday 14th

WENDY THARANI

F

52:45

Wave Tuesday

CAROLYN LINSELL

F

55:35

Wave Tuesday added

CHLOE CHAPMAN

F

56:24

Wave Tuesday adjusted

CLAIRE EMMERSON

F

56:34

Wave Tuesday added

VICKY ARCHER

F

56:46

Wave Tuesday added

FIONA CLARKE

F

56:58

Wave Tuesday

NICOLA ANDERSSON

F

58:15

Wave Tuesday

KERSTIN WEINER

F

61:00

PH

HAZEL SMITH

F

61:06

Wave Tuesday

JAN FRY

F

61:57

Wave Tuesday

LINDA GEORGE

F

62:06

Wave Tuesday

CATHERINE CRAIG

F

65:24

Wave Tuesday added

DZENANA TOPIC

F

66:26

Hatfield 10K

MONICA SMITHSON

F

68:31

Saturday 17th July

ANGIE KEELING

F

70:00

Saturday 17th July

SHARON CROWLEY

F

75:02

Saturday 10th July

STEPHANIE BIGGAR

F

81:31

PH

SIMON JACKSON

M

35:07

Thursday 15th

ADRIAN BUSOLINI

M

35:34

Wave Tuesday

ANDREW PATTERSON

M

35:38

Thursday 15th

JONATHAN PARR

M

35:40

Hatfield 10K

DAN HUKIN

M

38:41

Thursday 15th

PAUL SHELLEY

M

41:03

Wave Tuesday added

STEVE WELLS

M

41:13

Wave Tuesday

ANDY VAUGHAN

M

41:32

Wave Tuesday

MATTHEW NEWTON

M

41:43

Wave Tuesday

STUART ARCHER

M

43:58

Wave Tuesday

BRIAN WHITE

M

44:01

Wave Tuesday

NICK GILL

M

44:05

Wave Tuesday

RONAN MAGUIRE

M

44:30

Wave Tuesday

PETE SMITH

M

44:48

Saturday 17th track

TODD GRAY

M

45:18

PH

DAVE PATTMAN

M

45:24

Wave Tuesday

BEN PEACHEY

M

47:11

PH

ANDY McGUINNESS

M

47:58

Hatfield 10K

DAN McALPINE

M

48:12

PH

STEVEN DOBNER

M

48:16

Wave Tuesday

MARK GOODWIN

M

48:18

Wave Tuesday

JON SYPULA

M

49:08

Wave Tuesday

CRAIG BACON

M

49:15

Saturday 17th July

LEE PICKERSGILL

M

49:27

Wave Tuesday

DARREN EMMERSON

M

49:41

Wave Tuesday

NIGEL STRONGITHARM

M

49:48

Wave Tuesday

MARTIN JACOB

M

50:48

Wave Tuesday

LUKE GURNEY

M

51:09

Wave Tuesday

JIM BROWN

M

52:20

Thursday 15th

ED HARE

M

52:33

Monday 12th

TIM ROBINSON

M

53:39

Wave Tuesday

MATT CLARKE

M

56:24

Wave Tuesday adj

MICHAEL ANDREWS

M

56:37

Wave Tuesday

DANIEL BATES

M

56:43

PH

KEN JUDE

M

57:37

Wave Tuesday

KARTIK SHARMA

M

59:26

Saturday 17th July

JONATHAN JONES

M

60:24

Hatfield 10K

PAUL HOLGATE

M

60:55

Wave Tuesday

SIMON SYPULA

M

61:01

Wave Tuesday

PAUL JENNINGS

M

61:19

PH

TAHER THARANI

M

66:54

Hatfield 10K

JOHN HARDING

M

70:00

Saturday 17th July

63 (21F and 42M)

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VITALITY SPARTANS

The Vitality London 10K was relocated to Hatfield House and Spartan JONATHAN PARR excelled with sixth out of the 1,428 finishers in just 35 minutes 40 seconds. He was third male senior (18-39). Club Secretary WENDY THARANI said the race was on a gorgeous undulating course through the beautiful Hatfield House gardens. She was 584th in 56:19.

ANDY McGUINNESS was 250th in 47:58 while JONATHAN JONES came in with 1:00:24; DZENANA TOPIC with 1:06:26 and TAHER THARANI with 1:06:54.

Get Your 10K Done

The third remote Mid Week Road Race League 10K is underway and members have up to Sunday 18th July to run an accurate 10K either alone, in a small group or as part of another event. Another “wave” event in Stevenage on Tuesday 13th July has been organised to give another opportunity for members to run.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open. This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021 and this year the race will be on Sunday 21st November.

To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

Before that the club’s Fairlands Valley Challenge (off road) is coming up fast and will be this Sunday 18th July. It’s a classic trail event with several distance options – half marathon, 18 miles, marathon or a 50 kilometre ultra. See http://www.fvchallenge.org.uk/

Flying On Number 60

43 clubs participated in Saturday morning’s Fly 5 and there were three Spartans – JIM BROWN 59th and third male 60 plus in 26:20; MARIAN MORLEY won the women 55 plus category with 27:39 at 73rd and PAUL HOLGATE 115th with 30:54.

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday mornings some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days. For example this week NICOLA ANDERSSON ran a 26:46 5K on Sunday.

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

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 25th May with all 2,970 kilometres done. She was seventh overall in the whole country with a total time of 170 hours 25 minutes and 12 seconds.

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

The Spartan podium is almost complete but the race for third sport could be close. On Sunday 11th July evening third placed BRIAN WHITE and fourth placed SHARON CROWLEY were both in Wales as they followed the border south. Brian was in Penley on 2582 and Sharon in Connah’s Quay on 2544 just 38 kilometres, less than a marathon, behind.

The other ten Spartans are still clicking up the kilometres and have until December to finish the event. Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

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WARE TENS * EMAC WIN

Sunday’s Ware Ten mile race was a tough multi-terrain event with a few hills in the five mile lap.  That didn’t stop Spartan DANNY SCANLON improving his ten mile personal best (PB) by 2 minutes 15 seconds to come 14th out of the 242 finishers and sixth senior man (up to 35) with 1 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds.

Danny said, “I ran the Ware 10 today and finished 14th in a time of 1.05.57, which included a stumble with 500 metres to go!!!   This is a new 10 mile PB, beating my previous 10 Mile PB  of 1:08:12 back in 2018!  It was a well organised race and great to see so many Spartan Stripes out there today!!”

PAUL SHELLEY was next in for the Spartans with 1:14:25, with BRIAN WHITE close behind at 1:14:39 to take second place in the men age 60 plus competition.

MATT CLARKE was another taking a chunk out of his PB, this time 6 minutes 11 seconds, for 1:18:37.  MARK GOODWIN had him in sight at the end, 1:18:54 gave him third place in the men 60 plus category.

The club’s fastest woman was JO BOWDERY in 1:21:54 for sixth senior woman (up to 35).  GRACE COVENTRY was running her first ten mile race and did it with ease finishing in 1:27:53 and tenth female senior.

ANDY JAY and ALISON SHELLEY neatly straddled the mid point in the race.  Andy was 121st in 1:28:30 – a season’s best improvement of six seconds and Alison 122nd in 1:28:31 for sixth in her category.

PAUL HOLGATE, CHLOE CHAPMAN and CHARLOTTE KEARNEY raised a cheer with their sprint finish.  In their first ten miler Chloe was 204th in 1:44:12 and Charlotte 206th in 1:44:13 but Paul just squeaked ahead in 1:44:10 for 203rd.

The other Spartans were DAVID PATTMAN 1:21:19; STEVE DOBNER 1:22:53; JIM BROWN 1:26:00; LEE PICKERSGILL 1:30:00; FIONA CLRKE 1:33:31 and PAUL JENNINGS 1:45:05.

YUKO GORDON ran an amazing age score of 93.5%, was 22nd out of 193 in the whole race and won the women 65 plus category.  She said, “It was lovely, wasn’t it?  The course had a bit of everything and interesting. The atmosphere was one of the friendliest.  I was fourth woman in 48:01.”

KIERAN FEETHAM was leading the 10K for a while but faded in the second half.  However he reduced his season’s best time by 7 minutes 46 seconds and finished twelfth in 46:00.  JONATHAN JONES was 103rd in 1:00:27 and DZENANA TOPIC 144th in 1:07:22.

For many people these were their first open races since February 2020.  Full Spartan results can be found in the table at the end of this release.

 

 

Mid Week League 10Ks

Eighty Spartans helped Fairlands Valley to fourth place in the second Mid Week Road Race League event.  The Spartans contributed 38 of the 142 women and 52 of the 175 men in the race.  There were FIVE Spartans women’s teams and FOUR men’s teams.  Brilliant participation!

Several Spartans achieved in podium positions – SUZY HAWKINS first woman 45 plus, and fifth overall, with 40 minutes 39 seconds; YUKO GORDON first woman 65 plus with 45:18; CLAIRE PULLEN first woman over 55 with 46:28; CAROLYN LINSELL 3rd woman over 65 with 51:48.  The leading senior (20 to 35) was HEATHER JONES with 44:28.

Amongst the men SIMON JACKSON was first man 40 plus and fifth overall in 34:05; BRIAN WHITE was second man 60 plus in 42:30; BARRY OSBORNE first man 70 plus in 46:29 and WILLIAM MORLEY first under 20 in 50:35. ANDREW PATTERSON was the Spartans leading senior man at fourth overall in 34 minutes exactly.

Participation in the Mid Week Road Race League is an important free benefit when members join Fairlands Valley Spartans.

Times for the third race can be recorded between 5th and 18th July or in the club’s “Wave 10K” event on Tuesday 13th July.

All the Spartan times for the second race can be found near the end of this release.

 

East of England Track and Field – FVS Ladies Win Again

 

The ladies track and field team extended their lead in the EMAC (East of England veterans) Central division with a convincing win at Cambridge on Wednesday. The team welcomed another new joiner, NIKKI WILBY, who won both the high jump (HJ and pole vault (PV) competitions in the women’s 35 plus (W35) category.  Fairlands Valley Spartans won three 3 HJ events, with ANDREA WESTCOTT in the  W50 (who also won the W35 hurdles) and KAREN DODSWORTH in the W60 age group. Other wins on the night included JOYLYN SAUNDERS-MULLINS, who not only dropped down an age group to race in the W50 200m, but beat everyone in the W35 age category too! Joylyn added to the points tally, finishing a close runner up in the W60 javelin throw (JT).  TESSA STEPHENSON focussed on the 200 metres and won the W60 by a massive margin. SUZY HAWKINS continues to impress in the distance events, easily winning the W35 3K having lead from the start.
MARIAN MORLEY won the W50 JT which is amazing as she only recently started training in that event.  Marian also competed in the W50 high jump (HT), finishing third.

The remaining points were picked up by CALLIE CHAPMAN (second place in W35 200m), YUKO GORDON (competing against younger athletes in the W50 3K and finishing third), SHERYL HANN (second place in  both the W60 3K and 80 metres hurdles), SHARON CROWLEY (second place in both the 1500 metres A string walk and W60 HT), CATHY CRAIG (first place in 1500m B string walk), STEPHANIE BIGGAR recently took up JT and HT and finished third in both events for W35. The relay races made a welcome return to the competition with Suzy, Callie, Nikki, and Cathy finishing second in the W35 category and Tessa, Joylyn, Yuko, and Karen winning the W50 age group.

The men’s team improved on their previous performance, finishing fourth on the night.  JON PARR made his debut for the team, finishing second in the M35 200m. The team welcomed back DAVE BOWKER (3k and 1500m A string walk), BARRY OSBORNE (3k), and GRANT RAMSAY (relay), bolstering the points tally earned by STEVE MAYFIELD (HT and JT) DAVE STEPHENSON (200m and HJ), Andrew Patterson (3k, HT, and HJ), Ron Westcott (1500m B string walk and JT), TIM SAUNDERS-MULLINS (HT) and STEVE GOUGH (JT).  Several of the team also completed events as non-scorers.  The M35 relay team (Jon, Andy, Grant, and Chris Westcott) had a decent crack at the club record, but couldn’t beat the time recorded in 2018

 

Suffolk Trail Festival

JENNY GARRETT, VICKY & STUART ARCHER, NEAL MUGGLETON, KERSTIN WEINER, DARREN and CLAIRE EMMERSON took part in the 24 hour run at the Suffolk Trail Festival this weekend.  They all had a great time clocking up the 5 mile laps.

Stuart completed 10; Neal 9; Claire 7; Jenny, Vicky and Darren 6 each; Kerstin 5 giving a total of 245 miles.

 

Cathy’s Four in Two

CATHY CRAIG fourth event in two weeks was the Holkham 10k and she finished in 1:06:36. It was on an undulating route and it was very humid on the day.  Cathy was quite happy with the result after completing a 55 mile Ultra two weeks ago and being part of the EMAC relay and completing a race walk in Cambridge on Wednesday.

 

Fen Gallop

Spartan JAMES McSWEENEY ran the Fen Gallop 10K on Sunday.

He said, “Really nicely organised race in Willingham, Cambridgeshire. Quite a lot of uneven trails which made it trickier than expected so I was happy enough with my time of 52 minutes 2 seconds.”

 

First Saturday

Following two back to back Marathons in the previous days, JOHN HARRIS incorporated the North Herts First Saturday of the month 5K, as part of an 11 mile progressive run.  He clocked 22.52 for the 5k distance.

 

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open.  This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans.  With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021 and this year the race will be on Sunday 21st November.

The Stevenage Half Marathon began in 1984 and takes place annually with a full marathon every 10 years (the next Stevenage marathon is due 2024).

Race headquarters is at Ridlins Athletic Stadium, with the race itself comprising of two loops taking in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage Showground, before passing Stevenage Football Club before returning to Ridlins Stadium for your second lap and then the race to the finish on the track at Ridlins.

The route is completely road or cycle way based, so there are no muddy sections to worry about and is completely signposted and marshalled so you can be sure of a warm welcome and encouragement all the way around the 13.1 miles.

Although designed as a charity fundraising event, the course is officially measured and previously has hosted the Hertfordshire Road Running Half Marathon and Marathon championships, attracting some of the top local elite athletes and the occasional World Record Holder.

The event is a charity fundraiser, with volunteers from Fairlands Valley Spartans Running Club, The Rotary Club of Stevenage, Grange Rotary Club, Stevenage Scouts and Stevenage Air Cadets giving their time freely to make the event a huge success.  All proceeds go to local charities.  The 2019 event provided in excess of £3000 in donations to worthy causes and the Spartans hope the Stevenage Half Marathon 2021 is even more successful.

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

To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

Before that the club’s Fairlands Valley Challenge (off road) is coming up fast and will be on Sunday 18th July.  It’s a classic trail event with several distance options – half marathon, 18 miles, marathon or a 50 kilometre ultra.  See http://www.fvchallenge.org.uk/

 

Flying On Number 59 – Spartans Have A Team

Fairlands Valley Spartans had a team compete in Saturday morning’s Fly 5K inter-club competition.  This was the 18th inter club event and was part of the 59th Fly 5K.

The team were NICOLA ANDERSSON 85th out of the 185 finishers in 27 minutes 19 seconds – she was eighth in her age category; MARIAN MORLEY 97th and third in her category with 28:11; PENNY SCHENKEL 104th equal in her 30th Fly 5K with 28:33 and top ten in her category; JIM BROWN also 104th equal in his 40th Fly 5K – he was second in his category; NICK KLEANTHOUS 130th in 30:03 and PAUL HOLGATE 141st in 31:33.  To qualify the club had to have at least six finishers including at least one woman and one man.  FVS had three of each.

The club were sixth in the event which attracted 185 runners from dozens of clubs.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday mornings some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days.  For example this week JIM BROWN ran a 25:53 during a longer event on Sunday morning; NICK KLEANTHOUS 29:21 on Thursday; ALISON SHELLEY 29:42 and PAUL JENNINGS 34:39 both on Saturday.

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

 

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 25th May with all 2,970 kilometres done.  She was seventh overall in the whole country with a total time of 170 hours 25 minutes and 12 seconds.

She was 434 kilometres ahead of JIM BROWN (2536) and 789 ahead of BRIAN WHITE (2181).  At 7.15p.m. on Monday 21st June JIM BROWN ran across the virtual finish line in Bristol to claim second place.  He was tenth overall in 231 hours 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

The Spartan podium is almost complete.  By Sunday 4th July third placed BRIAN WHITE was on 2509 kilometres and in Widnes but SHARON CROWLEY was not far behind.  She’s in Southport with 2450.

The other ten Spartans are still clicking up the kilometres and have until December to finish the event.  Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

 

Tables

All Eighteen Spartans in the Ware 10 (ten miles):

Pos Name Cat Cat Pos Time Grade FVS
14. Danny SCANLON MS 6 1:05:57 68.3% PB (2:15) & 6th MS
39. Paul SHELLEY MV50 10 1:14:25 67.3% YB (New)
41. Brian WHITE MV60 2 1:14:39 76.4% 2nd MV60
56. Matt CLARKE MV40 13 1:18:37 62.1% PB (6:11)
59. Mark GOODWIN MV60 3 1:18:54 70.2% 3rd MV60 & YB
73. David PATTMAN MV40 14 1:21:19 57.1% YB (New)
77. Jo BOWDERY FS 6 1:21:54 60.6% 6th FS & SB (New)
86. Steven DOBNER MV40 18 1:22:53 57.9% YB (4:29)
110. Jim BROWN MV60 6 1:26:00 68.4% YB (1:40) 6th MV60
119. Grace COVENTRY FS 10 1:27:53 56.1% 10th FS 1st attempt
121. Andy JAY MV50 25 1:28:30 59.1% SB (0:06)
122. Alison SHELLEY FV45 6 1:28:31 64.9% 6th FV45
130. Lee PICKERSGILL MS 42 1:30:00 50.1% YB (New)
151. Fiona CLARKE FV35 16 1:33:31 55.7%  
203. Paul HOLGATE MV60 10 1:44:10 53.7% SB (New)
204. Chloe CHAPMAN FS 17 1:44:12 47.4% First attempt.
206. Charlotte KEARNEY FS 18 1:44:13 47.3% First attempt.
208. Paul JENNINGS MV40 33 1:45:05 45.6% PB (2:15)

 

MWRRL – All 38 Spartan Women (38 women out of 142)

 

SCOTT’s TRAVEL MIDWEEK ROAD RACE LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 FVS
RACE 2 – Virtual 10k – 14th-27th June 2021 159
Pos Cat Vet Time Name Surname Cat. Club M/F 8 Team 4
5 1 3 40:39 Suzy Hawkins V 45 FVS F 5 A 3 1st Vet 45
16     44:28 Heather Jones S FVS F 16 A  
17 7 10 44:40 Michelle Reeves V 35 FVS F 17 A 10
20 1 12 45:18 Yuko Gordon V 65 FVS F 20 A 12 1st Vet 65
22 1 14 46:28 Claire Pullen V 55 FVS F 22 A 14 1st Vet 55
25     47:38 Joanne Bowdery S FVS F 25 A  
25 9 17 47:38 Marie Colucci V 35 FVS F 25 A 17
29     49:01 Gail Mackie S FVS F 29 A  
34 10 22 49:48 Tracy Pez V 45 FVS F 34 B 22
36 11 24 50:22 Claire Emmerson V 45 FVS F 36 B 24
38 11 25 50:30 Zoe Jackson V 35 FVS F 38 B 25
48 3 35 51:48 Carolyn Linsell V 65 FVS F 48 B 35 3rd Vet 65
52 14 39 52:14 Wendy Tharani V 45 FVS F 52 B 39
56 20 42 53:21 Vicky Archer V 35 FVS F 56 B 42
58     53:45 Charlotte Smith S FVS F 58 B  
61 17 45 54:01 Jenny Garrett V 45 FVS F 61 B 45
64 19 47 55:51 Debbie Blantern V 45 FVS F 64 C 47
69 22 52 56:26 Nicola Andersson V 45 FVS F 69 C 52
72 23 55 56:49 Alice Poole V 35 FVS F 72 C 55
74 7 57 56:54 Helen Harris V 55 FVS F 74 C 57
89 31 70 59:55 Penny Schenkel V 45 FVS F 89 C 70
89 9 70 59:55 Celia Taylor V 55 FVS F 89 C 70
92 33 73 1:00:00 Mo Warrillow V 45 FVS F 92 C 73
97 5 78 1:01:41 Jan Fry V 65 FVS F 97 C 78
100 36 80 1:02:00 Dzenana Topic V 45 FVS F 100 D 80
104 28 84 1:02:54 Linda George V 35 FVS F 104 D 84
105 15 85 1:02:56 Monica Smithson V 55 FVS F 105 D 85
107 29 87 1:03:30 Christine Zverev V 35 FVS F 107 D 87
118 34 98 1:06:54 Angie Keeling V 35 FVS F 118 D 98
119 18 99 1:07:00 Marian Morley V 55 FVS F 119 D 99
122 35 102 1:07:58 Toni Nicholls V 35 FVS F 122 D 102
128 36 108 1:12:00 Callie Chapman V 35 FVS F 128 D 108
131 42 110 1:15:25 Nicola Hatherly V 45 FVS F 131   110
132 25 110 1:15:25 Judy King V 55 FVS F 132   110
133 43 112 1:16:13 Hazel Smith V 45 FVS F 133   112
139 28 118 1:21:44 Sharon Crowley V 55 FVS F 139   118
141 46 120 1:33:00 Anne-Marie Neatham V 45 FVS F 141   120
142     1:53:00 Elizabeth Crowley S FVS F 142   0

 

MWRRL – All 52 Spartan Men (52 men out of 175)

SCOTT’s TRAVEL MIDWEEK ROAD RACE LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 FVS
       
RACE 2 – Virtual 10k – 14th-27th June 2021 448
Pos Cat Vet Time Name Surname Cat. Club M/F 12 Team 6  
4     34:00 Andrew Patterson S FVS M 4 A    
5 1 1 34:05 Simon Jackson V 40 FVS M 5 A 1 1MV40
10     34:53 Jonathan Parr S FVS M 10 A    
20     36:37 Adrian Busolini S FVS M 20 A    
25     37:15 Alexander Boddy S FVS M 25 A    
43     39:51 Danny Scanlon S FVS M 43 A    
44 16 22 40:07 Jason Anderson V 40 FVS M 44 A 22  
53     40:49 Todd Gray S FVS M 53 A    
57 22 32 41:08 Adrian Donnelly V 40 FVS M 57 A 32  
60 24 35 41:15 Stuart Haycroft V 40 FVS M 60 A 35  
63 11 37 41:18 Steve Wells V 50 FVS M 63 A 37  
64     41:19 Nick Gill S FVS M 64 A    
69 28 41 41:43 Danny Hukin V 40 FVS M 69 B 41  
75 2 47 42:30 Brian White V 60 FVS M 75  B 47 2MV60
84     43:44 Sam Simmons S FVS M 84  B    
87 31 54 44:19 David Pattman V 40 FVS M 87  B 54  
91 23 57 44:45 Pete Smith V 50 FVS M 91  B 57  
95     45:50 Toby Eccleshall S FVS M 95  B    
98 1 63 46:29 Barry Osborne V 70 FVS M 98  B 63  1MV70
99     46:31 David Price S FVS M 99  B    
101 4 65 46:37 Mark Goodwin V 60 FVS M 101  B 65  4MV60
104 37 67 46:46 Jon Sypula V 40 FVS M 104  B 67  
107 26 70 47:04 Craig Bacon V 50 FVS M 107  B 70  
112     47:55 Lee Pickersgill S FVS M 112  B    
113     47:58 Stuart Archer S FVS M 113  C    
113     47:58 Ben Peachey S FVS M 113  C    
118     48:41 Martin Blackburn S FVS M 118  C    
121 6 79 49:21 Mike Reynolds V 60 FVS M 121  C 79  
122 30 80 49:22 Nigel Strongitharm V 50 FVS M 122  C 80  
123     49:24 Martin Jacob S FVS M 123  C    
124 31 81 49:29 Darren Emmerson V 50 FVS M 124  C 81  
126     49:33 Luke Gurney S FVS M 126  C    
128 32 83 49:53 Martin Dudley V 50 FVS M 128  C 83  
129 33 84 49:56 Andy Jay V 50 FVS M 129  C 84  
130 44 85 50:19 Steven Dobner V 40 FVS M 130  C 85  
131     50:32 Terry Sawyer* S FVS M 131  C    
133 1   50:35 William Morley U 20 FVS M 133 D    1MU20
137 47 90 50:56 Matt Clarke V 40 FVS M 137  D 90  
138 35 91 50:59 John Harris V 50 FVS M 138  D 91  
140 9 93 51:12 Jim Brown V 60 FVS M 140  D 93  
141 36 94 51:34 Graham Blackburn V 50 FVS M 141  D 94  
142     51:37 James McSweeney S FVS M 142  D    
147 37 97 52:22 Ken Jude V 50 FVS M 147  D 97  
150 39 100 52:37 Tim Robinson V 50 FVS M 150  D 100  
151 40 101 52:42 Nick Kleanthous V 50 FVS M 151  D 101  
157     55:31 Edward Hare S FVS M 157  D    
160 13 108 57:44 Steve Pike V 60 FVS M 160  D 108  
162 44 110 59:28 Karl Shreeve V 50 FVS M 162  D 110  
165 52 113 1:00:17 Kartik Sharma V 40 FVS M 165   113  
167 47 115 1:01:18 Jonathan Jones V 50 FVS M 167   115  
169 14 117 1:02:16 Paul Holgate V 60 FVS M 169   117  
173     1:07:38 John Harding S FVS M 173    
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MID WEEK DOZENS * MK FUN

Dozens of Fairlands Valley Spartans have registered times for the second Mid Week Road Race League fixture for 2021. Fifty ran in the club’s “Wave 10K” run from Fairlands Valley Park on Tuesday and many others have submitted times which were achieved in other events or virtually. As the pandemic restrictions made it impractical for all the clubs to come together for real race, fixtures one and two were run locally in limited size waves, in other secure events or virtually. Altogether 89 times will be submitted to the league – 37 women and 52 men.

Thirteen men finished in less than 42 minutes and nine women in less than 50 minutes.

Some stand out performances included ANDREW PATTERSON with 34 minutes exactly; SIMON JACKSON improving by three seconds on race one with 34:05 and JONATHAN PARR with 34:53.

SUZY HAWKINS took 1 minute 11 seconds off her race one time with 40:39 and HEATHER JONES a whopping 3 minutes 19 seconds off hers with 44:28. MICHELLE REEVES was also under 45 with 44:40.

The wave format was a great solution and enjoyed by those that took part.

The league result for race two will be declared in a few days. All Spartan times for race two can be found in a table near the end of this release.

Participation in the Mid Week Road Race League is an important free benefit when members join Fairlands Valley Spartans.

Solstice 10K

There was not much chance of chasing the sunset at Monday evening’s Summer Solstice 10K as conditions were appalling with continuous rain, failing light and some dark off road sections.

However five Fairlands Valley Spartans made good work of the race with SIMON JACKSON third overall and second veteran in just 34 minutes 5 seconds; SAM SIMMONS 53rd in 43:44; DAVID PATTMAN narrowly missing a personal best with 44:19 for 59th; STEVE DOBNER 139th in 50:19 and JIM BROWN 146th in 51:12.

It’s just as well all five finished at least thirty minutes before the cut off time of 9.30p.m. By then it was dark in St Albans.

Position

Name

Time

Comments

3

SIMON JACKSON

34:05

2nd male veteran

53

SAM SIMMONS

43:44

59

DAVID PATTMAN

44:19

139

STEVEN DOBNER

50:19

146

JIM BROWN

51:12

There were 338 finishers. The Spartan times also counted towards their mid week league performances.

Spartans at the Milton Keynes Running Festival

Spartans ran 5Ks, a Half and Full Marathons during the Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend. In the Rocket 5K YUKO GORDON ran what would have been a world record for women aged 70 plus in a ratified event. She finished 113th overall in 21 minutes 58 seconds.

THOMAS SAUKA was a bit quicker than he expected. 75th in 20:34. There were 628 finishers.

Yuko said, “The race started at 7am by staggered start. It was like a leisurely Parkrun atmosphere but with much less people. The start area looked pretty empty. I started with only five other ladies but soon I was on my own along the traffic free quiet highway. It was lovely to have the big empty road all to myself but I found it difficult to sustain racing intensity. As it sounds ‘Rocket 5K’, it was a fast course of basically a down hill but there was a little catch of a few twists and turns going in and out of under passes.

My time was 21 minutes 58 seconds, unofficially the new world record for W70, previous record was 12:06 but my time is unlikely be ratified due to the A to B course.”

Have Fun With Fairlands

In Saturday’s Milton Keynes half marathon JAMES UTTING was 34th out of the 1,073 finishers in 1:26:45. Not only was he fast, he was having fun.

Not only was this a PB (personal best) for James but also a world record time for the fastest half marathon dressed in Lederhosen! His time to beat was 1:36:39 and although waiting to be ratified by the team at Guinness it’s certainly a time well beaten!

SAM SIMMONS and MARCUS RIDLEY came in at 196th and 197th with 1:45:08 and 1:45:09. Still in the top third JIM BROWN was 285th in 1 hour 51 minutes 46 seconds and edging closer to his 70% target. He was encouraged when the official website said his age corrected time was 1:22:49!

Then on Sunday despite completing a 100 mile race only two weeks ago ADRIAN BUSOLINI went sub three in the Milton Keynes Marathon. He finished in 2 hours 56 minutes 5 seconds and was an excellent 44th out of the 847 finishers. TIM ROBINSON was 711th in 4:58:27.

All of the races started in waves of up to 24 people and, very unusually, the race finished indoors which was a bit disconcerting on Saturday when you ran in from bright sunshine. Chip timing took care of the fact that different people started at different times.

North Downs 30K

Two Spartans went off road in the North Downs 30K trail race from Gravesend in Kent. JOHN HARRIS finished in 2:43:34 and DAVID BOWKER in 3:20:30. They said it was very tough and hilly on a humid day but enjoyable. It incorporated steep hills, gates, stiles, cattle and the British Masters Championship.

Flying On Number 58

The Spartans are still flying. Despite the return of more or less normal racing there were 185 runners in Saturday morning’s Fly 5K #58. NICOLA ANDERSSON ran 25:49; JIM BROWN recorded 26:14 for 5K during his half marathon; NICK KLEANTHOUS finished in 28:10 and PAUL HOLGATE in 33:00.

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days. For example this week JIM BROWN ran a 25:20 on Monday; NICK KLEANTHOUS 26:08 on Tuesday and PAUL JENNINGS 29:48 on Friday.

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

Parkrun Roundup 26th June 2021 – we have a runner!

We have a Spartan who has run an official Parkrun! Well done JUDY KING, the first for many months, who celebrated her birthday by completing the Guernsey Parkrun in 33 minutes 51 seconds.

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 25th May with all 2,970 kilometres done.

She was 434 kilometres ahead of JIM BROWN (2536) who ran across the virtual finish line in Bristol to claim second place. She was also 789 ahead of BRIAN WHITE (2181) who is currently in third place.

BRIAN WHITE maintained his third place and was on the Lytham Road, Warton heading for Preston with 2412 kilometres done. SHARON CROWLEY, fourth, was near Grange-over-Sands with 2334 and KEN JUDE, fifth, was near Scots Gap with 2,071. On Sunday Brian was on 2446 and approaching Southport.

The other nine Spartans are still clicking up the kilometres and have until December to finish the event. Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open. This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021 and this year will be on Sunday 21st November.

The Stevenage Half Marathon began in 1984 and takes place annually with a full marathon every 10 years (the next Stevenage marathon is due 2024)

To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

Before that the club’s Fairlands Valley Challenge (off road) is coming up fast and will be on Sunday 18th July. It’s a classic trail event with several distance options – half marathon, 18 miles, marathon or a 50 kilometre ultra. See http://www.fvchallenge.org.uk/ 

Tables

Here are all 89 Spartan times from race two with the race one times for the same people for comparison:

Position*

Name

Surname

MWL2

MWL1

Improvement from race one

1

Andrew

Patterson

34:00

33:36

2

Simon

Jackson

34:05

34:08

0:03

3

Jonathan

Parr

34:53

34:20

4

Adrian

Busolini

36:37

36:37

5

Alexander

Boddy

37:15

36:35

6

Danny

Scanlon

39:51

39:45

7

Jason

Anderson

40:07

8

Suzy

Hawkins (F)

40:39

41:50

1:11

9

Todd

Gray

40:49

40:40

10

Adrian

Donnelly

41:08

11

Stuart

Haycroft

41:15

41:34

0:19

12

Steve

Wells

41:18

41:55

13

Nick

Gill

41:19

41:39

0:20

14

Danny

Hukin

41:43

42:32

0:49

15

Brian

White

42:30

16

Sam

Simmons

43:44

43:20

17

David

Pattman

44:19

18

Heather

Jones (F)

44:28

47:47

3:19

19

Michelle

Reeves (F)

44:40

20

Pete

Smith

44:45

44:15

21

Yuko

Gordon (F)

45:18

46:30

1:12

22

Toby

Eccleshall

45:50

46:51

1:01

23

Claire

Pullen (F)

46:28

48:39

2:11

24

Barry

Osborne

46:29

25

David

Price

46:31

50:24

3:53

26

Mark

Goodwin

46:37

47:04

0:27

27

Jon

Sypula

46:46

49:53

3:07

28

Craig

Bacon

47:04

46:34

29=

Joanne

Bowdery (F)

47:38

46:54

29=

Marie

Colucci (F)

47:38

47:57

0:19

31

Lee

Pickersgill

47:55

47:07

32

Stuart

Archer

47:58

44:18

33

Martin

Blackburn

48:41

40:41

34

Gail

Mackie (F)

49:01

35

Mike

Reynolds

49:21

51:50

2:29

36

Nigel

Strongitharm

49:22

48:35

37

Martin

Jacob

49:24

38

Darren

Emmerson

49:29

51:22

1:53

39

Luke

Gurney

49:33

50:22

0:49

40

Tracy

Pez (F)

49:48

48:40

41

Martin

Dudley

49:53

50:38

0:45

42

Andy

Jay

49:56

51:54

1:58

43

Steven

Dobner

50:19

47:36

44

Claire

Emmerson (F)

50:22

54:36

4:14

45

Zoe

Jackson (F)

50:30

51:14

0:44

46

Terry

Sawyer*

50:32

47

William

Morley

50:35

45:07

48

Ben

Peachey

50:38

45:05

49

Matt

Clarke

50:56

50

John

Harris

50:59

51

Jim

Brown

51:12

50:45

52

Graham

Blackburn

51:34

49:31

53

James

McSweeney

51:37

51:34

54

Carolyn

Linsell (F)

51:48

52:38

0:50

55

Wendy

Tharani (F)

52:14

54:40

2:26

56

Ken

Jude

52:22

57

Tim

Robinson

52:37

52:05

58

Nick

Kleanthous

52:42

53:21

0:39

59

Vicky

Archer (F)

53:21

54:36

1:15

60

Charlotte

Smith (F)

53:45

46:50

61

Jenny

Garrett (F)

54:01

52:22

62

Ed

Hare

55:31

63

Debbie

Blantern (F)

55:51

55:06

64

Nicola

Andersson (F)

56:26

52:44

65

Alice

Poole (F)

56:42

66

Helen

Harris (F)

56:54

67

Steve

Pike

57:44

68

Karl

Shreeve

59:28

57:11

69=

Penny

Schenkel (F)

59:55

1:02:00

2:05

69=

Celia

Taylor F)

59:55

71

Mo

Warrillow (F)

1:00:00

1:04:55

4:55

72

Kartik

Sharma

1:00:17

73

Jonathan

Jones

1:01:18

58:11

74

Jan

Fry (F)

1:01:41

1:00:11

75

Dzenana

Topic (F)

1:02:00

1:00:04

76

Paul

Holgate

1:02:16

1:01:59

77

Linda

George (F)

1:02:54

78

Monica

Smithson (F)

1:02:56

1:04:03

1:07

79

Christine

Zverev (F)

1:03:30

1:01:08

80

Angie

Keeling (F)

1:06:54

1:09:58

3:04

81

John

Harding

1:07:38

57:33

82

Toni

Nicolls (F)

1:07:58

1:03:51

83

Callie

Chapman (F)

1:12:51

1:02:00

84=

Nicola

Hatherley (F)

1:15:25

84=

Judy

King (F)

1:15:25

1:11:45

86

Hazel

Smith (F)

1:16:13

56:11

87

Sharon

Crowley (F)

1:21:44

1:40:01

18:17

88

Anne-Marie

Neatham (F)

1:33:00

89

Elizabeth

Crowley (F)

1:53:00

89 so far (37F; 52M)

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ULTRA AND TRAIL WEEKEND FOR SPARTANS

Teamwork makes the dreamwork!! Karen Ellis, Jackie Downes, Neal Muggleton, John Nelms and Hazel Smith ran the Race to the King (RTTK), part of the South Downs Way, in 13 hours 53 minutes and 51 seconds. The route was undulating with 5278 feet of elevation across the 55 miles route. The route started at Goodwood Race Course, Chichester and finished at the beautiful Winchester Cathedral with stunning views along the way.

Altogether Seven Spartans completed the Ultra Marathon in the very humid conditions. This route has around eight quite steep hills and some rough, stony paths. One hill seemed to go on forever and at times only walking was possible. It was Karen Ellis’s longest race, so she was happy to finish strongly. The rest of her team of five consisted of Hazel Smith, Jackie Downes, John Nelms and Neal Muggleton. They finished together at around 9pm, just as a torrential downpour started and darkness began to fall.

The other two Spartans, Sharon Crowley and Cathy Craig finished in 16 hours 30 minutes at around 11.30. For them, running in the dark, with the muddy, slippy conditions underfoot was quite a challenge. Sharon had been injured in 2019, so it was an amazing achievement to train from not being able to run at all to be able to complete such a tough Ultra. Everyone was pleased with what they did and extremely thankful for the support of fellow Spartans Mike Crowley, Jenny Garrett and Julie Shadbolt.

MK24

As if 55 miles wasn’t enough DAVID BOWKER won the Milton Keynes 24 hour race. Here the target is to see how many 6.55 mile laps can you complete in 24 hours. He ran 15 laps in 23 hours and 45 minutes. He won by one lap.

Hampshire Hoppit

The Hampshire Hoppit marathon and half marathon are both multi-terrain trail races, i.e. predominantly off-road and are approximately 26.2 miles and 13.1 miles long. They use routes that are clearly marked and marshalled, and include local sections of famous long distance footpaths, the Wayfarers Walk and (for the marathon) the Harrow Way. Both are scenic single-lap courses that start and end at Kingsclere on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, reaching some of the highest points in Hampshire with views across the county. There is about 650 metres of elevation gain in the marathon. There are occasional quiet road sections or road crossings that have marshals.

Unlike road races, it is accepted that the actual distance for trail races is difficult to measure.

Spartans CHARLOTTE SMITH and ROBERT WRIGHT together with Charlotte’s sister Harriet tackled the full marathon. Robert finished in 4:59:54 and Charlotte in 5:31:30.

The race start had a new location this year. It was on a part of the Kingsclere Stables estate that is around two miles south of the village.

Victoria Park 10K

The Victoria Park 10K started warm and dry but very humid early morning in a quiet London park. It was more like a time trial, with one runner starting every 10 seconds. The Spartans’ YUKO GORDON was seventh woman overall in 45 minutes 18 seconds.

Flying On Number 57

The Spartans are still flying. On Saturday morning total numbers were a down a bit to 185 due to the return of “real” racing but three Spartans were “there” to enjoy the 57th Fly 5K.

JIM BROWN was second in his category with 26 minutes 24 seconds at 65th overall; NICOLA ANDERSSON 90th in 28:39 and PAUL HOLGATE 139th in 31:57.

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days. For example this week ALISON SHELLEY ran a 28 minutes 48 seconds 5K on Wednesday.

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

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 25th May with all 2,970 kilometres done.

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

By Sunday 20th June JIM BROWN, in second place, had less than a parkrun to go, 2.73 kilometres and was 99.91% done. BRIAN WHITE has maintained his third place and is by the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool with 2396 kilometres done. SHARON CROWLEY, fourth, has done some catching up and is near Haverthwaite in the Lake District on 2324.

Meanwhile KEN JUDE is the fifth Spartan through 2,000 kilometres. He’s on 2047 at West Chevington heading west to Carlisle.

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. The other nine Spartans are still clicking up the kilometres and have until December to finish the event. Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

Grant on Track

In the Southern League Meet at Lee Valley, London GRANT RAMSAY ran the 1500 metres in 4:44:18 and the 2000 metres steeplechase in 7:25:65. These were his best performances since 2018.

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SPARTANS WIN IN TOP LEAGUE!

Fairlands Valley Spartans WON the first Mid Week League fixture of 2021 and not only on performance but also participation.

Winning a fixture in division one, the top division, is a huge achievement.

The Spartan men won with a score of 298 giving them six points while their women were third with 184 for four points. That meant they tied on points with North Herts Road Runners but won with a lower total score 482 compared with 576. Remember that in running events the winner gets one point for first place so low totals are better.

The Stevenage club was helped hugely by ANDREW PATTERSON coming second overall with just 33 minutes 36 seconds; SIMON JACKSON sixth in 34:08 and JONATHAN PARR seventh in 34:20. SUZY HAWKINS was ninth in the women’s race with 41:50. There was a stack of women’s category winners with Suzy first woman 45 plus; YUKO GORDON first woman 65 plus in 46:30; ABBIE PEZ first under 20 in 47:45 and CLARE PULLEN first 55 plus in 48:39.

WILLIAM MORLEY was first under 20 in the men’s race with 45:07.

All of the Spartan women’s “A” team of eight runners finished in under 48 minutes. The others were GEORGIE HOOPER 46:08; CHARLOTTE SMITH 46:50; JOANNE BOWDERY 46:54; HEATHER JONES 47:47 and GRACE COVENTRY 47:54. And MARIE COLUCCI led in the “B” team with 47:57.

All twelve of the men in the Spartan men’s “A” team finished in less than 41 minutes. Eight were under 40.

Nearly 100 Spartans ran – 46 women and 51 men. That means FIVE complete Spartan teams, teams of eight, finished the women’s race and FOUR complete teams, teams of twelve, finished the men’s race. Altogether 156 women from six clubs ran in division one. There were 173 men.

They were the only Stevenage based club to finish with complete teams in any division. Free participation in the mid week series is part of the club’s offer. With 97 members finishing between 33 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes you can see that a wide range of abilities was very welcome.

Full results for all 46 women (eight per team) and all 51 men (twelve per team) can be found at the end of this release.

St Albans Hot and Hilly Half Marathon

The temperature was pushing 26 degrees and the 13.1 miles course nothing like flat but that did not stop Spartan HEATHER JONES running an amazing new personal best of 1 hour 43 minutes 50 seconds at Sunday’s St Albans Half Marathon. That’s an improvement of about six minutes.

DANNY SCANLON was so close to beating the “magic” one and a half hours but 1:30:26 was impressive in those conditions. He was 61st out of about 1600 finishers.

Meanwhile after his efforts last week JIM BROWN considered the temperature and thought he’d be pleased to get round with a nine minutes per mile average, giving say 1:58 so just under two hours; but he used all four water stations, carried a bottle for more than half the miles, and felt good enough at ten miles “only a parkrun to go” to speed up a bit for 1:55:36 and got in the top half of the field at 582nd despite another birthday coming along on Monday.

LUKE GURNEY said it was the hardest race he had ever done but came in with 2:05:33. KELLY EVANS was held up while an accident was sorted but came in with 2:07:13. JONATHAN JONES, DZENANA TOPIC and CHRISTINE ZVEREV kept in sight of each other almost all the way round and finished with 2:50:00; 2:50:03 and 2:51:09. New member Christine said, “it was great to finally join in all the fun in a big event. Lovely atmosphere and great encouragement.”

Position

Name

Time

Comments

61

DANNY SCANLON

1:30:26

269

HEATHER JONES

1:43:50

PB (6th F 20-29)

582

JIM BROWN

1:55:36

887

LUKE GURNEY

2:05:33

922

KELLY EVANS

2:07:13

1526

JONATHAN JONES

2:50:00

1527

DZENANA TOPIC

2:50:03

1531

CHRISTINE ZVEREV

2:51:09

SDW 100 – a Century on the South Downs Way

ADRIAN BUSOLINI ran the SDW100 on Saturday, in 21 hours 30 minutes 54 seconds. That’s 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne along the South Downs Way. 

This was his first real 100 mile race, which he completed almost 7 hours faster than last year’s virtual CR1C around Stevenage, comfortably achieving the 24 hour target he had set myself. 

The morning brought perfect running weather, but this soon developed into the heatstroke-inducing conditions that had been predicted for the afternoon (whilst it wasn’t all that hot in absolute terms, there’s almost no shade on the South Downs Way). Correspondingly, there was a high rate of DNFs (did not finish) this year. Adrian said, “Whilst I held up well through much of the afternoon, I really began to struggle late afternoon into the evening, with my pace faltering, muscles failing, hydration and fuelling strategy becoming confused, and willpower and self-belief waning. 

Sunset eventually brought the respite I needed, and soon after I regained my physical and mental form, and an acute determination to break 24 hours. With this, there was strong running, including relentlessly assaulting the hills, all the way to the finish. The only real hiccup was getting somewhat lost after following some incorrect route signage at the summit of the final hill before the descent to Eastbourne. After considerable backtracking and path exploration, I eventually spotted some headlights descending in the distance, which gave me the direction I needed to locate the correct path.

The race finished at the running track at Eastbourne Sports Park, which presented an opportunity to properly open the taps for a sprint finish lap. The legs felt like they were ticking over like clockwork as I gratuitously chased down the runner half a lap ahead (who spotted the danger last minute and surprisingly replied with a stonking 25m sprint finish himself – there were smiles all round at the finish line!) It was an immensely satisfying finish to a successful day on the trails. I was very happy with the PB, and have a lot of positives to take forward into the summer season.”

Peterborough 10K

PAUL HOLGATE reports that the postponed 10K at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough was very well organised.

STEVE WELLS was 82nd out of the 892 finishers and third man 55 plus with 41 minutes 58 seconds and Paul 711th in 1:06:19.

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 25th May with all 2,970 kilometres done.

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

On Sunday 13th June JIM BROWN, in second place, had crossed the River Severn and is closing in on Bristol with 2,805 kilometres (94.45%) done. BRIAN WHITE has maintained his third place and is approaching Fleetwood with 2376 kilometres. SHARON CROWLEY, fourth, is through ~Carlisle and starting to head down the west coast with 2192 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. The other ten Spartans are still clicking up the kilometres and have until December to finish the event. Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

Flying On

The Spartans are still flying. On Saturday morning five took part in the 56th virtual Fly 5K. NICK KLEANTHOUS ran a Fly PB (personal best) of 24 minutes 48 seconds. With the next day’s half marathon on his mind JIM BROWN was 114th in 27:58. NICOLA ANDERSSON was 129th in 28:50; PAUL HOLGATE 166th in 32:54 and PENNY SCHENKEL 178th in 34:32. There were 217 runners from 48 clubs and several different countries.

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days. For example JIM BROWN took 26 minutes 50 seconds to run the first 5K of Sunday’s St Albans Half Marathon.

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

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SPARTANS BACK ON TRACK

The Fairlands Valley Spartans (FVS) Track Teams are back in Action.  Despite the unpredictable weather, it was great to get back to competing in the EMAC (Eastern Veterans Track and Field) league in Sandy on Wednesday evening.  The FVS ladies team won the fixture, finishing 10 points ahead of their major rivals, Marshall Milton Keynes AC.

Four women made their debut for FVS – Marian Morley (2nd place discus throw (DT)), Stephanie Biggar (3rd place in both shot (SP) and DT), Karen Dodsworth (2nd place long jump (LJ), and winner in both triple jump (TJ) and DT), and Joylyn Saunders-Mullins (winning both 100 metres and 400 metres in a younger age group!) while others tried events for the first time – Callie Chapman (3rd place 100m) and Sheryl Hann (2nd place 800m).  Other winners on the night were Suzy Hawkins (800m and 2nd place 400m), Tessa Stephenson (100m and 400m and 2nd place SP), and Monica Brown (LJ and 4th place SP).  The remaining points were won by Andrea Westcott (2nd place 800m, 3rd place LJ, and 2nd place TJ), Yuko Gordon (2nd place 1 mile walk) and Sharon Crowley (4th place 1 mile walk)

The men’s team had six competing, including debutante Steve Gough who did the walk to get his bearings!

Dave Stephenson finished first (400m), 2nd place (100m), and 3rd place (SP). Steve Mayfield contributing to our points tally with his usual four events finishing 3rd (LJ) and 4th (TJ, SP, 100m), Andy Patterson finished 3rd on his debut in triple jump and 4th in 800m.  Ron ‘Pops’ Westcott placed 4th (SP) and 5th (DT), the winner was 15 years his junior! Mark Freeman placed 3rd (1 mile walk) and 5th (100m), Chris Westcott nursing his hamstring to a very respectable 4th place in 400m and Steve Gough finished in 4th place on his debut in the walk.

The competition is fierce as Andy Patterson ran 2.09.07 which is close to the club record to finish fourth!!!  EMAC is great fun and a huge learning curve for all involved!!!

Due to COVID restrictions, there were no relays to round off the evening, but everyone enjoyed the tasty homemade triple chocolate brownies.  The next fixture is in Cambridge on 30th June, where Captain’s Cake of the Day will be lemon drizzle……….

 

Hertfordshire Half and 10K

The Hertfordshire Half and 10K, based on Knebworth House, are – politely – undulating.  This time the challenge was slightly greater with the switch from a cool end of year to summer.  Indeed this was the postponed by pandemic 2020 event.

Three Spartans took on the full 13.1 miles.  Looking at the course and conditions beforehand JIM BROWN thought he’d struggle to get under two hours but he maintained a steady pace throughout to finish in 1 hour 53 minutes 30 seconds.  That gave him third in his category and 394th out of the 1,096 finishers.  Next at 479th came CHARLOTTE SMITH in 1:56:48 with club secretary WENDY THARANI coming in with 2:09:29 (728th).

There was a socially distanced wave start for both races.

In the 10K JAMES McSWEENEY came in with 51 minutes 34 seconds; JONATHAN JONES with 1:02:03 and DZENANA with 1:06:06.  There were 319 finishers.

The even more local Stevenage Half Marathon, organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans, is on Sunday 21st November and entries are open.

 

Yuko at Boston (UK)

On the public holiday Monday Fairlands Valley’s YUKO GORDON ran the Boston (UK) Marathon in 3 hours 26 minutes 29 seconds.  She was first woman 70 plus and 265th out of the 693 finishers.

 

Jonathan WINS Fly 5K Anniversary Run

JONATHAN PARR took Spartan participation in Fly 5K to a new level when he won Saturday’s Fly 5K anniversary race with 16 minutes 49 seconds in his first Fly race.

This was Fly 5K’s first birthday and the 55th event.  There were 220 runners from 48 clubs.  Also on Saturday morning NICOLA ANDERSSON was 101st in 27:32; PENNY SCHENKEL and JIM BROWN were 119th equal with 29 minutes exactly and PAUL HOLGATE was 181st in 33:32.

The first Fly 5K virtual race was on 6th June 2020 and the Saturday morning events, including the window when parkrun would have been, has helped keep many runners motivated and involved during the long months of lockdown.

 

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 25th May with all 2,970 kilometres done.

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

On Sunday 6th June JIM BROWN had reached Woodcroft in the Wye Forest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  Soon he will briefly cross into Wales as he heads to Chepstow Castle / Cas – gwent.  Jim is on 2,738 kilometres (92%).

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.  The other twelve Spartans are still clicking up the kilometres.  Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday some other Spartans ran (not) parkruns on other days.  For example JIM BROWN ran a 5K in 26 minutes 51 seconds, two minutes 9 seconds faster than his Saturday effort during Sunday’s Hertfordshire Half Marathon and on Tuesday ALISON SHELLEY registered qa (not) parkrun in 30:29.

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

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ANDREW WINS HITCHIN 10K

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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PETERBOROUGH FELT VERY REAL!

That definitely felt real.  Eight Spartans headed north for Peterborough Marathon on Sunday morning.

This was essentially a flat race but with some awkward turns and muddy sections.  A bit of a nagging head wind in places but all the Spartans finished in the dry before the day’s deluge began.

CHARLOTTE SMITH beat four hours in only her second marathon and now has a new personal best of 3 hours 55 minutes 43 seconds.  GRANT RAMSAY kept up his amazing record of sub three marathons with 2:54:56.  He was 38th out of the 561 finishers.  Grant had hoped to beat 2:50 but the course was not to his liking.  47 of Grant’s 51 marathons have been under three hours.

MATT CLARKE kept up a consistent pace for 3:49:43.  If it wasn’t for a tricky last four miles JOHN HARRIS may well have beaten four but came in with 4:01:06.

JIM BROWN freely admitted that he hadn’t had the time to prepare for a full marathon but grabbed the opportunity to get one done after so long.  He was pleased and surprised to keep a nine minute mile pace going to the 20 mile marker which he reached in exactly three hours.  Then it became grit and determination and a liquid mud section within the last 5K wasn’t great if you were tired.  Still he got round in 4 hours 6 minutes 13 seconds so achieved a target of running a marathon while he was Mayor of Stevenage.

JOHN NELMS cruised in with 4:10:45 followed by ED HARE at 4:25:20 and FIONA CLARKE setting out on a series of marathons with 4:29:47.  This was Fiona’s first proper” marathon and the first of three raising money for the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals Charity.

The Spartans team (team of three) were 17th in the race.

Position Name Time Comments
38 GRANT RAMSAY 2:54:56 4MV45
243 MATT CLARKE 3:49:43  
282 CHARLOTTE SMITH 3:55:43 PB
305 JOHN HARRIS 4:01:06  
327 JIM BROWN 4:06:13 5MV65
347 JOHN NELMS 4:10:45  
387 ED HARE 4:25:20  
406 FIONA CLARKE 4:29:47  

561 finishers

 

Classic Quarter for Spartan Three

Spartan ADRIAN BUSOLINI was one of three Spartans that tackled the Classic Quarter on Saturday.  It’s at 44 mile trail run from the southernmost point of England to the most westerly.  He said it was a cold, dreary, rainy start (following a 5am coach trip to Lizard Point); but it soon warmed up, and the sun broke through for what was a glorious day on the coastal trail.  It wound its way through hidden coves and beaches, up and down hills, and of course into the headwind (mild, thankfully).  However, it proved difficult to maintain pace as the technical difficulty of the route escalated after Mousehole, with rocky terrain to navigate that sometimes bordered on scrambling, just at the point the legs and mind were tiring.  A confusing factor was seeing participants occasionally shooting past, sprinting up the tricky hills like they’d only just started; these turned out to be relay runners, who had quite literally just started!  There was a fabulous welcome back at the finish line at Land’s End.  It’s one of those routes that feels incredibly rewarding to complete.

Adrian finished the 44 miles in 8 hours 54 minutes 26 seconds and was 20th in the event.

Anthony Hewitson and Jason Hawthorne, both newbies with FVS, also completed the Endurance Ultra Classic Quarter.

What started as a really wet and windy day quickly turned into glorious blue skies on this race from Lizard Point (the most Southerly part of the UK) to Lands End (the most Westerly point).  In Jason’s first Ultra (Anthony is a vet with races like MDS Marathon des Sables under his wings) they ran together and completed the 44 miles in 11 hours 42 minutes, which saw them placed 136 and 137 out of the field of 184 that ran the solo race.  The total number of runners on the day was 551 with many relay teams either sharing a half or a quarter the distance.

They said it was a great event, really well organised and now comes highly recommended.

 

Racing Round England

In the Spartans run, cycle, walk around the coasts and borders PENNY SCHENKEL is only 13 kilometres from the finish line back in Bristol.  That’s 99.57% done.  She hopes to include the Spartans 10K wave running race on Tuesday to get her over the line.

Including some help from Sunday’s marathon JIM BROWN has crossed the Mersey and is in Frodsham, Cheshire.

In bronze medal position BRIAN WHITE is right by Hadrian’s Wall at Greenhead.  He’s on 2120 kilometres.

SHARON CROWLEY, fourth, is through Middlesbrough heading for Haverton Hill with 1949 kilometres done.

KEN JUDE 1611 is at Kirton near Boston in Lincolnshire.  CATHY CRAIG 1503 is in the Norfolk Coast area of outstanding natural beauty.  While HAZEL SMITH 1483, seventh is in West Runton heading for Sheringham.

The virtual event started in Bristol and is following the coasts and borders of England in an anti-clockwise direction.  Many other clubs are participating in the Virtual Coast Challenge.  The team total for all fourteen Spartans is 21,731 kilometres.

Bib no. Now Last Week Participant Location
120 2957.3 2834.6 Penny Schenkel Outskirts of Bristol
118 2521.0 2424.07 Jim Brown Frodsham, Cheshire
115 2119.6 2077.8 Brian White Right by Hadrians Wall at Greenhead
99 1949.1 1899.1 Sharon Crowley Through Middlesbrough, Haverton Hill
108 1610.7 1537.9 Ken Jude Kirton near Boston, Lincolnshire
110 1503.1 1439.1 Cathy Craig Morston, Norfolk Coast AONB
128 1483.1 1414.9 Hazel Smith West Runton, heading for Sheringham
98 1447.2 1332.2 Jon Sypula Horsey, Norfolk
100 1301.6 1190.6 Liz Crowley Martello Beach in Essex
102 1299.2 1248.5 Paul Holgate St. Osyth in Essex
113 968.1 951.2 Liz Carvell Rottingdean, Essex
109 939.1 909.2 Tracy Pez Kingston Course, east of Littlehampton
136 911.8. 863.5 Wendy Tharani Approaching Bognor Regis
114 720.4 690.2 Lee Pickersgill West Dorset Heritage Coast at Langton Herring.

 

Fly 5K Number 53

Four Spartans raced in Saturday morning’s Fly 5K, the 53rd running of the virtual event.

This time NICOLA ANDERSSON was the fastest from Fairlands with 27 minutes 43 seconds.  This was her 30th Fly 5K.

Feeling nostalgic JIM BROWN and PENNY SCHENKEL followed the paused Stevenage parkrun course.  In an otherwise quiet Fairlands Valley Park Jim was second in his age group with 28 minutes 46 seconds and Penny scored 28:48.  They were 123rd and 124th out the 210 finishers.  Jim and Penny are the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress of Stevenage and this was a small compensation for there being no parkruns for their whole time in office.

PAUL HOLGATE came in 186th with 34:40.

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 Friday NICK KLEANTHOUS ran a (not) Parkrun on Monday in 27:39 and JIM BROWN ran a (not) parkrun 26:21 on Thursday.

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

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REUNION 5K! PB ANDY

Spartans ANDREW PATTERSON and ADRIAN BUSOLINI took part in the Reunion 5K on Saturday. This was one of the pilot events in the government’s Events Research Programmes, organised to provide scientific data for the government on how mass-participation events can resume safely from June.

It was held at Kempton Racecourse in Surrey. The weather was horrid on the drive down but held up for the race.

There were two races and Andrew took part in the first one, Adrian was in the second.  There were some differences in the way the two races were organised.

Runners started the first race side by side with another runner two metres apart.  The pairs went off every couple of seconds.  Andrew set off in the 12th pairing.  The course was flat and reasonably fast.  The only tricky part was from 3.5k to 4.5k where it went from tarmac to trail.  He managed to keep to pace over these five furlongs and then manage to make up a few more places to finish third across the finish line with the second best time in the race.  His time was 15:58, which was a Personal Best (PB) by 40 seconds!  Andy said it was great to be racing and hopefully helping to demonstrate that mass participation events can return.  Fingers crossed!

ADRIAN BUSOLINI was in the second race and finished in 17 minutes 32 seconds.

 

Two In Kew

SAM SIMMONS and FIONA CLARKE ran the Kew Gardens 10K on Sunday.

Fiona said the race was completely within Kew Gardens on its tarmac paths, meandering around the greenhouses and exhibits but we did get to see the insides during the race.  There were no spectators allowed which meant the atmosphere was slightly lacking but the race was very well organised.

Sam finished in an impressive 43 minutes 9 second his previous PB (personal best) by over two minutes.  Fiona completed the race in 51:34.

Then they did another 6k cool down on the Thames towpath watching the rowing boats go by.  All in all, a great morning out.

 

Racing Round England

As lock down eases a little more PENNY SCHENKEL is potentially only a day’s cycle ride from the finish line in the Spartans virtual race around the coasts and borders of England.  She has run, walked or cycled 2,834 of the 2,970 kilometres and is closing in on Bristol.

In second place JIM BROWN is by the River Ribble in Penwortham, Preston with 2,424 kilometres or 82% of the event done.

BRIAN WHITE is through 2,000 kilometres and at Scot’s Gap not far from Hadrian’s Wall

SHARON CROWLEY, fourth, has reached the seagulls, dogs, ice cream and fantastic views at Whitby with 1899 kilometres done.  KEN JUDE 1538 and CATHY CRAIG 1439 are both in Norfolk while HAZEL SMITH, seventh is at the most easterly point of England just north of Lowestoft.

The virtual event started in Bristol and is following the coasts and borders of England in an anti-clockwise direction.  The team total for all fourteen Spartans is 20,813 kilometres.

Bib no. New Last Week Participant Location
120 2834.6 2726.6 Penny Schenkel Severn Valley
118 2424.07 2279.02 Jim Brown Penwortham, Preston
115 2077.8 1983.8 Brian White Scot’s Gap
99 1899.1 1815.0 Sharon Crowley Whitby, Yorkshire
108 1537.9 1424.1 Ken Jude Hunstanton, Norfolk
110 1439.1 1377.9 Cathy Craig Hemsby, Norfolk
128 1414.9 1372.0 Hazel Smith Most easterly point, Lowestoft
98 1332.2 1209.9 Jon Sypula Felixstowe
100 1190.6 1190.6 Liz Crowley Gillingham, Kent
102 1248.5 1179.6 Paul Holgate UP ONE.  South Woodham Ferrers
113 951.2 929.0 Liz Carvell Shoreham-by-Sea
109 909.2 883.4 Tracy Pez Approaching Bognor Regis
136 863.5 805.2 Wendy Tharani Fareham, Hampshire
114 690.2 646.4 Lee Pickersgill Charmouth

 

Country to Capital

Recently Spartan JOHN HARRIS ran the Country to Capital 43 mile race with a time of 6 hours 52 minutes 1 second.  Country to Capital is a 43 mile point to point Ultra Marathon starting at the Chiltern Way Academy, Church Lane in Wendover and finishing at the Waterside Cafe in the Little Venice Canal basin close to London’s Paddington station.  The route is a mix of country trails and canal towpath.  John was 66th.  There were 197 finishers.

 

Fly 5K Number 52

Five Spartans raced in Saturday morning’s damp Fly 5K, the 52nd running of the virtual event.  Damp but not unpleasant.

JIM BROWN, in real life running round Fairlands Valley Park, got in the top one hundred at 94th with 26 minutes 2 seconds which was good enough for second place in his category.

Next was JAMES McSWEENEY at 113th in 26:55.  NICK KLEANTHOUS was 144th in 28:32.  PENNY SCHENKEL ran her 25th Fly 5K in exactly 30 minutes for 162nd.  PAUL HOLGATE was 187th in 31:44.  There were 230 finishers.

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 Friday NICK KLEANTHOUS ran a (not) Parkrun in 27:35

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

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HATFIELD FIVE AT BOVINGDON!

In a last minute and smoothly organised relocation the Hatfield Five race, already delayed from November, took place on the Drift Limits car racing circuit at Bovingdon, on Sunday.

Seven Spartans enjoyed a flat four lap event though the course was a bit exposed to the wind.  DANNY SCANLON improved his personal best by 1 minute 17 seconds by finishing in 30:43.  He was 51st of the 324 finishers.

Suzy Hawkins FVS at BovingdonSUZY HAWKINS set a new club record for women aged 40 plus with 32:53 and 76th place.  Just two positions behind and chasing came BRIAN WHITE in 32:58.

In the second of the three waves YUKO GORDON won the women 70 plus category overall with 37:40.  After struggling a bit last week JIM BROWN was happy with 40:44.

KEN JUDE said it was the first time he had worn his Spartan stripes since January 2020 and it was great to be at an event again.  He finished in 42 minutes 48 seconds.

ANN TRYESSOONE came in with 44:15.

 

Racing Round England

For reasons nothing to do with sport it was a bit of a slow week for PENNY SCHENKEL in the Spartans Race Around England but nevertheless she clocked up another 122 kilometres to reach St. Briavels in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) close to the Welsh Border on 2727 kilometres, 91.8% done and only 253 kilometres from the finish line in Bristol.

Even more pre-occupied JIM BROWN managed only 66 kilometres but he is holding onto second place and is in the Lake District AONB with 2279 kilometres done.

BRIAN WHITE is third and at Seaham in Durham on 1,984 kilometres.  The Spartan team of fourteen have nearly reached a total of 20,000 kilometres, they are on 19,823.

SHARON CROWLEY is passing Skipsea Sands Holiday Park in Yorkshire with 1815; KEN JUDE is in Gorleston approaching Great Yarmouth on 1424.

Mother and daughter CATHY CRAIG and HAZEL SMITH continue to entertain with Hazel closing the gap again.  Cathy is on 1378 kilometres and is in Sizewell, Suffolk with Hazel on 1372 in Thorpeness.  JON SYPULA is back up to eighth.  He has crossed the Thames and is in Tilbury.

The virtual event started in Bristol and is following the coasts and borders of England in an anti-clockwise direction.

 

Bib no. Now Last Week Participant Location
120 2726.6 2604.9 Penny Schenkel Wye Valley AONB
118 2279.02 2212.8 Jim Brown Lake District AONB
115 1983.8 1944.9 Brian White Seaham, Durham
99 1815.0 1764.9 Sharon Crowley Skipsea Sands Holiday Park, Yorkshire
108 1424.1 1368.0 Ken Jude Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk
110 1377.9 1312.3 Cathy Craig Sizewell, Suffolk
128 1372.0 1293.0 Hazel Smith Thorpeness, Suffolk
98 1209.9 1176.6 Jon Sypula Tilbury, Essex (BACK UP)
100 1190.6 1190.6 Liz Crowley Gillingham, Kent
102 1179.6 1125.9 Paul Holgate Lower Halstow, Kent
113 929.0 923.2 Liz Carvell Climping, Sussex
109 883.4 858.4 Tracy Pez Emsworth, Hampshire
136 805.2 766.9 Wendy Tharani Lymington, Dorset
114 646.4 607.1 Lee Pickersgill Exmouth, Devon

 

Fly 5K Number 51

There was a wet start to Saturday morning and some were thinking about some real racing the following day but three Spartans were up and ready to run in the 51st Fly 5K virtual race.  NICK KLEANTHOUS was 51st in 25:34; JIM BROWN 72nd and first male 65 plus in 26:46 and PAUL HOLGATE 143rd in 31:59.  This was Paul’s 50th Fly 5K. 

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

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday MARIAN MORLEY ran a (not) parkrun 5K in 28:34 and on Sunday JIM BROWN improved to 25:09.

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

 

 

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COUNTRY TO CAPITAL

Spartan JOHN HARRIS ran the Country to Capital 43 mile race on Saturday with a time of 6 hours 52 minutes 1 second.  Country to Capital is a 43 mile point to point Ultra Marathon starting at the Chiltern Way Academy, Church Lane in Wendover and finishing at the Waterside Cafe in the Little Venice Canal basin close to London’s Paddington station.  The route is a mix of country trails and canal towpath.  John was 66th.  There were 197 finishers.

Racing Round England
In their race around England Spartan team leader PENNY SCHENKEL is closing in on the finish line with 2605 of the 2970 kilometres done.  With more rthan 200 kilometres done in the last week she has been near the Welsh border for a while and has reached Bomere Heath in Shropshire heading for Shrewsbury.
Penny has a lead of nearly 400 kilometres on second placed JIM BROWN on 2213.  He is in Crosscanonby, Cumbria having passed through the Solway Firth Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within sight of Scotland.  Now he’s heading for Workington and settling into the long slog against the prevailing wind
On his way through Middlesbrough BRIAN WHITE is on 1945.
Fourth placed SHARON CROWLEY is coming into Hull with 1765 kilometres.  KEN JUDE is up into fifth place on 1368 and is nearly into Aldeburgh in Suffolk.
CATHY CRAIG and HAZEL SMITH are both in Essex.  Cathy is on 1312 in Thorpe-le-Soken and has opened up a 19 kilometre gap on her daughter who is in Thorrington with 1293.
LIZ CROWLEY is up one place to eighth and in Gillingham, Kent on 1191.  Ninth place JON SYPULA is also in Kent at How Green with 1177 as is PAUL HOLGATE tenth with 1126 and between Margate and Westgate.
The chasers are still going well LIZ CARVELL, 923 in Bognor Regis; TRACY PEZ 858 at Swanwick, Southampton; WENDY THARANI, 767 at Corfe Castle and LEE PICKERSGILL, 607 in Dartmouth just about to get on the ferry to Kingswear.
In the virtual race around England the Fairlands Valley Spartans team have already covered a total of 19,149 kilometres, the equivalent of more than six times round the course, and are now scattered between Devon and Shropshire.  The event started in Bristol and is following the coasts and borders of England in an anti-clockwise direction.

Bib no. Now Last Week Participant Location
120 2604.9 2377.9 km Penny Schenkel Bomere Heath, Shropshire
118 2212.8 2045.1 km Jim Brown Crosscanonby, Cumbria
115 1944.9 1874.7 km Brian White Middlebrough
99 1764.9 1642.0 km Sharon Crowley Coming into Hull
108 1368.0 1249.7 km Ken Jude Approaching Aldeburgh (UP)
110 1312.3 1256.4 km Cathy Craig Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex
128 1293.0 1240.9 km Hazel Smith Thorrington, Essex
100 1190.6 1087.0 km Liz Crowley Gillingham, Kent (UP)
98 1176.6 1100.4 km Jon Sypula How Green, Kent
102 1125.9 1063.7 km Paul Holgate Margate – Westgate, Kent
113 923.2 899.1 km Liz Carvell Just past Bognor Regis
109 858.4 825.1 km Tracy Pez Swanwick, Southampton
136 766.9 737.8 km Wendy Tharani Corfe Castle – Studland
114 607.1 580.7 Lee Pickersgill Dartmouth, Devon

Fly 5K 50th Edition
Five Spartans celebrated the fiftieth Fly 5K.  They were JIM BROWN 112th and second Vet 65 plus in 25 minutes 29 seconds; NICOLA ANDERSSON 116th with a personal best of 25:49; MARIAN MORLEY 179th and second female 55 plus with 28:56; PENNY SCHENKEL 191st in 29:20 and PAUL HOLGATE 201st in 29:57.
The virtual Fly races started during lock down to help keep people active.

(Not) Parkrun
In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday NICOLA ANDERSSON and JIM BROWN ran (not) ParkRun times of 26:28 and 26:52.
(Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.

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20s PLENTY FOR ED

ED HARE ran the Goodwood Running Grand Prix on Sunday morning.  It consisted of 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 20 miles or Marathon distances.  He took on the 20 mile challenge as a training run towards the Peterborough Marathon next month and came away with a 2 hours 48 minutes 51 seconds time which was a personal best (PB) by over 3 minutes.  Ed said it was a fantastic event with almost 1000 competitors and certainly the largest attended event since the pandemic started that he’d seen.

He added, “Runners were sent off socially distanced and in fours and there were staggered starts all morning for all the different events.  It felt very safe around the event village and certainly gives you confidence that larger events can happen this year.  The strangest part of the morning was light aircraft taking off and landing in the middle of the track, but certainly helped taking the attention away from how my legs were.”

 

For Real – a Half Marathon

Jim halfThe half marathon was always a favourite distance for JIM BROWN and on Saturday he was able to run the first real one this year.  Organised by Run Through this was 0.1 miles plus thirteen laps of the cycling circuit in the Lee Valley Olympic Park.  There were plenty of turns and sharp little inclines but at least with only one mile per loop the headwind stretches didn’t last too long.

Jim was keen to tick off every mile at just under nine minutes which, having made great use of the Spartans steady five training session to practice, he did to finish in 1 hour 52 minutes 23 seconds.  He was the last runner across the start line in the phased starting arrangements but with his steady pace caught a few and ended up in the middle of the finishers and second in his age category.  There were over 200 finishers.

 

Rock Up ‘n’ Race

Six months after their last Rock Up ‘n’ Run race along the River Lea towpath from Stanstead St Margarets Paul Holgate and Roger Biggs returned to join the fun organised by Fordy Runners.  Paul beat his October time by 11 minutes 38 seconds, finishing the half marathon in 2:37:48, while Roger was pleased to complete the 10k event in 1:31:50, only slightly slower than his October time despite the chilly headwind to contend with this time.

 

Sunday 25th April: Big Cow Formula 5 Duathlon

A normal duathlon is run-bike-run but the Big Cow Formula 5 Duathlon was run-bike-run-bike-run.  Hence the Formula 5 name.  The run was 5K on mainly an off-road undulating course in Emberton Country Park.  The bike was 40K on roads, around Newport Pagnell which was again undulating, and there was quite a stiff breeze.  BRIAN WHITE entered to test out his endurance fitness and it’s obviously not that bad!  He was second veteran 65 plus and 49th overall in 2 hours 37 minutes 33 seconds.

 

Racing Round England

In their race around England ten of the fourteen Fairlands Valley Spartans have completed more than 1,000 kilometres and team leader PENNY SCHENKEL is already pushing the headwind down the west coast.  She is approaching Fleetwood, northern terminus of the Blackpool Tramways with 2,378 kilometres done.  Penny has a lead of more than 300 kilometres within the Spartans and is eighth overall in the national competition.

Second placed JIM BROWN has just turned left towards Carlisle.  He is at West Chevington near Alnmouth and more than two thirds of the way round with 2045 kilometres.

Early leader BRIAN WHITE is third and making good progress with 1,875 kilometres and has reached Cloughton in North Yorkshire.  Fourth placed SHARON CROWLEY is in Wainfleet St Mary, near Skegness and Gibraltar (!) with 1642 kilometres.

CATHY CRAIG and HAZEL SMITH have switched positions since last week.  Cathy is on 1256 and has opened up a 15 kilometre gap on her daughter but KEN JUDE has got between them again with 1250.  All three are in Essex.

JON SYPULA ON 1,100 IS COMING THROUGH Deal in Kent.  He’s 13 kilometres ahead of LIZ CROWLEY who is in Dover.  PAUL HOLGATE is the latest Spartan through 1,000 kilometres.  He’s on 1,064 and between Dymchurch and Hythe near the narrow gauge stream railway.

In the virtual race around England the Fairlands Valley Spartans team have already covered a total of 17,980 kilometres, the equivalent of six times round the course, and are now scattered between Devon and Lancashire.

 

Bib no. Distance Participant Location
120 2377.9 km Penny Schenkel Fleetwood
118 2045.1 km Jim Brown West Chevington
115 1874.7 km Brian White Cloughton, North Yorks
99 1642.0 km Sharon Crowley Wainfleet St Mary, near Gibraltar
110 1256.4 km Cathy Craig Purleigh, Essex
108 1249.7 km Ken Jude South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
128 1240.9 km Hazel Smith Wickford, Essex
98 1100.4 km Jon Sypula Deal, Kent
100 1087.0 km Liz Crowley Dover, Kent
102 1063.7 km Paul Holgate Dymchurch – Hythe, Kent
113 899.1 km Liz Carvell East Wittering
109 825.1 km Tracy Pez New Forest
136 737.8 km Wendy Tharani Leaving Weymouth
114 580.7 Lee Pickersgill South Devon AONB

 

Fly 5K #49

NICOLA ANDERSSON was the fastest finisher from Fairlands in Saturday’s 49th Fly 5K.  She was 133rd out of runners all over the world in 28 minutes 14 seconds.  PENNY SCHENKEL was on five seconds and two positions behind at 28:19 and 135th.

MARIAN MORLEY was 143rd and third woman 55 plus in 28:35 and PAUL HOLGATE 203rd in 31:52.

Next week’s Fly 5K #50, on Saturday 1st May, includes an inter-club competition and the Spartans are hoping for a successful team entry.

The virtual Fly races started during lock down to help keep people active.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday JIM BROWN recorded 26 minutes 11 seconds in the first 5K of his half marathon race.  NICOLA ANDERSSON had run 27:38 on Friday.  The other (not) parkrun Spartans on Saturday were TOM SAUKA 22:11 and ALISON SHELLEY 28:45.

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

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DANNY SUB 1:30

Spartan DANNY SCANLON ran his first race of 2021 in the Essex Half Marathon at Carver Barracks, near Saffron Walden on Sunday.

He said it was a great venue for a personal best (PB).  It was a flat course around an airfield with a three lap half marathon and a six lap full marathon taking place at the same time.

Danny achieved his sub 90 half marathon goal in a chip time of 1.27.54!  Happy his lockdown training had paid off!

 

Alexander Palace 10K

SUZY HAWKINS said the Alexander Palace 10K was on a ridiculously difficult course, extremely steep hills, off road sections, but the sun was shining and the views over London from the top were spectacular.  It was wonderful to be out racing.  The Covid secure measures were good.

Suzy was aiming for the club women 45 plus club record 43:16, but missed by one second with 43:17 so she will have to try again.  She was third female, and first in age

 

Racing Round England

The fabulous Fairlands Fourteen continue their virtual race around England.  In the lead PENNY SCHENKEL has completed the left turn in Tyneside, passed through the Kielder Forest and is near Brampton approaching Carlisle.  She has run, walked or cycled 2136.4 kilometres out of the 2,970 which will get her back to Bristol.

Second placed JIM BROWN is about two thirds of the way round.  He is in Stockton-on-Tees with 1941.5 kilometres.  Early leader BRIAN WHITE is third and making good progress with 1,782.4 kilometres and has reached Humbleton in East Yorkshire.  Fourth placed SHARON CROWLEY is in Kings Lynn with 1567.5 kilometres.

Daughter and mother HAZEL SMITH and CATHY CRAIG must be able to see each other at times.  Hazel is fifth with 1,187.8 kilometres and Cathy only 400 metres behind on 1,187.4.

Three other Spartans are through 1,000 kilometres.  They are KEN JUDE 1,149; LIZ CROWLEY 1,087 and JON SYPULA 1,005.  PAUL HOLGATE, in tenth place, is almost there with 979 kilometres.

In the virtual race around England the Fairlands Valley Spartans team have already covered a total of 16,899 kilometres, the equivalent of nearly six times round the course, and are now scattered between Devon and Cumbria.

 

Fly 5K #48

Spartan JIM BROWN notched up a significant Fly 5K milestone with his 30th race.  He was 85th in 25 minutes 23 seconds.  NICOLA ANDERSSON was 135th in 28:06; NICK KLEANTHOUS 167th in 29:19 and PAUL HOLGATE 224th in 34:35.

The virtual Fly races started during lock down to help keep people active.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday JIM BROWN recorded 27 minutes 26 seconds the following day so that gave him a (not) parkrun time. .

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

 

Group Runs Are Back

The return to club training went really well helped by some glorious evenings.  Members have to book in advance to keep the numbers within Covid guidance and there are several starts at different places around Stevenage.

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AMAZING YUKO

It’s confirmed, Fairlands Valley Spartans YUKO GORDON is a national record holder!  Full details can be found in Athletics Weekly by following the link below:

Fast 5K

JONATHAN PARR’s new 5K Fairlands Valley Spartans club record is 15 minutes 57 seconds.

Royal Parks Virtually
On Sunday CRAIG BACON ran the Royal Parks Half virtually around Stevenage.  Since it was still not possible to hold the main event in London, over 3000 runners followed their own routes wherever they were to complete the 13.1 miles.
People were encouraged to run through as many green spaces as possible, so Craig ran through Shephalbury Park, Fairlands Valley Park, the Town Centre Park, King George V playing fields and Bury Mead.
The weather was ideal on Sunday morning for running, dry and around 8 degrees.  Craig had two pace makers to help him around, Moira Morley and Steve Cook, and he was very pleased to post a time of 1:42:30 to come 267th overall and raise over £600 for local charity Phase, who work with children and young people in Hitchin promoting wellbeing and resilience

Racing Round England
In the virtual race around England the Fairlands Valley Spartans team have already covered a total of 15,781.4 kilometres and are now scattered between Cornwall and Tyneside.
Team leader PENNY SCHENKEL is in North Shields having run, walked or cycled 2008 kilometres.  She is more than two thirds of the way round the event.
Despite the closure of the bridge JIM BROWN has made it across the Humber and is in Hornsea on the way to Bridlington with 1805 kilometres down.
Meanwhile third placed BRIAN WHITE is at Miami Beach.  No, not that one, he’s in Lincolnshire on 1677 kilometres.
SHARON CROWLEY has reached Mundesley in Norfolk with her 1466 kilometres and HAZEL SMITH, fifth, is in Margate, Kent on 1134.  The other Spartans over 1,000 kilometres are CATHY CRAIG 1097, KEN JUDE 1068 and LIZ CROWLEY 1032.

Fly 5K #47
The return to group training certainly did not do PENNY SCHENKEL any harm as she took another 53 seconds off her Fly 5K personal best and finished Saturday’s event in 27 minutes 59 seconds.  JIM BROWN finished with the same time.
NICK KLEANTHOUS was the fastest Spartan with 25:37 and PAUL HOLGATE came in with 36:52.
The virtual Fly races started during lock down to help keep people active.

(Not) Parkrun
In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday JIM BROWN recorded 27 minutes 26 seconds the following day so that gave him a (not) parkrun time. .
(Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.

Group Runs Are Back
The return to club training went really well helped by some glorious evenings.  Members have to book in advance to keep the numbers within Covid guidance and there are several starts at different places around Stevenage.

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BACK TO RACING FOR FV SPARTANS

St Albans 10K – Good Friday

Nine Spartans enthusiastically grabbed the opportunity of the first real race of the year which was just down the road in Hertfordshire.  Five achieved new personal bests.  They ran the St. Albans 10K, a wave start socially distanced event, but a race nevertheless.  Fairlands Valley’s SIMON JACKSON cut his 10K personal best (PB) by 70 seconds with in an outstanding 33 minutes 39 seconds for a top ten finish, ninth out of 540, and third male 40 plus.  Simon said it was lovely to race again.

ANDREW PATTERSON was in the top twenty.  19th with 34 minutes 13 seconds.  A PB improvement by 49 seconds

MATT and FIONA CLARKE both cut their PBs by two minutes.  Matt to 46:51 and Fiona to 49:15, her first 10K run under 50 minutes.  She said it was great having people around again.  ROBERT WRIGHT ran a new personal best of 47:08.

The other Spartans were WILLS JENNINGS 50:55; NEIL ROBINSON 51:25; JIM BROWN 52:58 and ANN TRYSSESOONE 54:07.

Everyone got into the UK’s top 500 rankings as this was the first licensed 10K race of the year.

Position Name Time Comments
9 SIMON JACKSON 33:39 3M40.  PB by 70 sec.
19 ANDREW PATTERSON 34:13 PB by 49 seconds.
218 MATT CLARKE 46:51 PB by 2 minutes
224 ROBERT WRIGHT 47:08 PB
277 FIONA CLARKE 49:15 PB by 2 minutes first sub 50
307 WILLS JENNINGS 50:55
314 NEIL ROBINSON 51:25
355 JIM BROWN 52:58
384 ANN TRYSSESOONE 54:07

 

There were two big starts with seven Spartans off at 9a.m. and two at 10.15a.m. and little waves within the big starts.  540 finishers.

 

Saturday Marathons – two winners in two marathons.

Saturday was day two of “real” races and Fairlands Valley Spartans were at two marathons.

Sam SimmonsAt Dorney Lake ADRIAN BUSOLINI ran a new personal best of 2 hours 50 minutes 9 seconds and was 98th out of the 444 finishers.  SAM SIMMONDS had a great run.  Sam said, “It’s been a whole year of training and keeping focussed for a marathon as I missed out on my target sub 4 hours by 3 minutes.  I ran the Dorney Lake marathon. It was so well organised rolling starts everything was social distanced as well to make things safer. So lucky to have James Kilroy filming live and other Spartans there running around the course.  I ran a new PB of 3:26:31.”

YUKO GOIMG_7053RDON was first woman 70 plus with a fantastic 3:29:01.

Meanwhile GRANT RAMSAY was running his 50th marathon and 46th under three hours at Kempton Park.  His 2:56:13 won him the men 45 plus category and he was sixth overall.

The course involved eight laps on flat surface, but conditions were windy. Ramsay ran a good steady race.

This race increased Grant’s sub three hour time span to 22 years, with his first “sub 3 marathon ” dating back to 1999.  He said it was a good first race back following the recent COVID restrictions.

 

Awards

While they couldn’t hold their presentation evening and dinner due to pandemic restrictions past chair Sophie Cowan chased around Stevenage to make sure four special awards were presented.

She said, “Whilst 2020 was a year that many will want to forget, there were some amazing club achievements.  Here are a few highlights – this is not an exhaustive list!

Ashley King, Brian and TimMichelle Reeves, Gail Mackie, Suzy Hawkins and Ella May Hard completed their marathon relay in 2:54:43 in April 2020 with the handovers streamed for us to watch.

Jonathan Parr broke the club 5K record at the Milton Keynes 5K in March 2020, recording a time of 16 minutes 35 seconds.

Simon Jackson’s World Record for indoor iron man of 8hr 17 minutes 12 seconds. Many Spartans spent a lovely sunny day supporting Simon at SG1 radio.

Michelle Reeves broke the club women’s marathon record and three hours with 2:58:03 at Dorney Lake in October 2020.

All the members who contributed miles to the marathons of the world!

Without further ado, the award winners for the year were:

 

Starter of the Year           Steph Biggar

Steph started running in lockdown 1 and completed the couch to 5k in her garden! Since joining FVS, Steph has become a regular at Monday, Tuesday and Thursday sessions. Steph clearly loves her running and that enthusiasm is contagious. Congratulations Steph.

 

Chair’s Award                    Jim Brown

Jim has been an FVS member since 1992.  He has been Press Officer since 1996, 25 years, and first joined the Committee in the last century.  Jim has been involved in coaching and leading groups for many years and got his first coaching qualification in 2010.  Jim’s commitment to the club is apparent. Over the lockdown, Jim has worked tirelessly to keep a flow of Spartan news in the press – no easy task.  Thank you for your commitment to FVS Jim.

 

Head Coach’s Award          Tim Robinson

This year’s Head Coach award goes to Tim for all his work on IT and coaching groups behind the scenes.

 

Spartan of the Year            Brian White

The 2020 Spartans’ Spartan of the Year is very well deserved. Thank you for all the planning behind the scenes involved in getting the pod sessions back up and running and for posting daily challenges and keeping everyone motivated over lock down 1, 2 and 3!

Due to the very disrupted race calendar the 2020 and 2021 club championships will be combined.

 

Racing Round England

While their relay race round the Americas finished last week fourteen Spartans continue their virtual race around England.

The Fairlands Valley Spartans team have already covered a total of 14,751.7 kilometres and are now scattered between Cornwall and Yorkshire.

PENNY SCHENKEL has built on the lead she took two weeks ago and well up the east coast at Filey in Yorkshire.  She is 1,854 kilometres into the 2,970 kilometre event.

It is so bracing for JIM BROWN who has reached Skegness after battling a chilly north wind.  His 1642 kilometres means he’s taken second place by 29 kilometres.

BRIAN WHITE is also well past half way.  In third place with 1,613 kilometres he is approaching Boston in Lincolnshire.

SHARON CROWLEY is in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and fourth with 1362.

Next come three Spartans with just over 1,000 kilometres.  They are HAZEL SMITH, fifth in Folkestone with 1,071; CATHY CRAIG up to sixth just past Rye and into Kent with 1,040 and KEN JUDE, seventh on 1,021 at St. Leonards.

PAUL HOLGATE is in Emsworth, ninth with 883 while a 127 kilometre week has shot JON SYPULA into the top ten with 792.

The event, the Virtual Coast of England Challenge started in Bristol and Fairlands Valley Spartans together with many others are running, walking or cycling 2,970 kilometres anti-clockwise round the coasts and borders of the country.

TRACY PEZ (744 approaching West Lulworth); LIZ CARVELL (707 in the West Dorset Heritage Coast); WENDY THARANI (577 in the South Devon AONB) and LEE PICKERSGILL (482 near Caerhays Castle) continue their pursuit though will have to accelerate a bit if they are going to be in the pack for the finish..

If not they are well on target to be back in Bristol by the end of the year.

 

Position Name Distance Last Week Location
1. PENNY SCHENKEL 1,853.5 1596.6 Filey in Yorksire
2. JIM BROWN 1,641.9 1450.1 Skegness so bracing, up from third.
3. BRIAN WHITE 1,613.3 1482.2 Nearly in Boston.
4. SHARON CROWLEY 1,361.5 1247.3 Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
5. HAZEL SMITH 1,070.9 966.1 Folkestone, Kent.
6. CATHY CRAIG 1,039.6 945.1 Just past Rye. Up from  seventh.
7. KEN JUDE 1,020.5 958.3 St Leonards.
8. LIZ CROWLEY 966.4 894.7 Brighton Marina.
9. PAUL HOLGATE 883.2 816.4 Emsworth
10. JON SYPULA 792.0 665.3 Friars Cliff, Christchurch.  Up from 12th.
11. TRACY PEZ 743.8 701.9 Approaching West Lulworth
12. LIZ CARVELL 706.8 667.2 West Dorset Heritage Coast
13. WENDY THARANI 576.6 510.8 South Devon AONB.
14. LEE PICKERSGILL 481.9 442.6 Caerhays Castle.

Team total = 14,751.7 kilometres.

Stripey Saturday and Fly 5K #46

And Saturday 3rd was the first of the month and Stripey Saturday when the Spartans have donned their club kit for Fly 5K, (not) parkrun and training runs since before the pandemic.  Something they’ve kept up throughout the restrictions.

Club numbers were down a bit in the Fly 5K possible due to the restart of real races and the Easter weekend but some enjoyed the virtual 5K motivator.  Having raced the previous day JIM BROWN was content with 28:26 which gave him second in category.  PENNY SCHENKEL 30:32.  PAUL HOLGATE 32:09 and MARIAN MORLEY 47:06.

The virtual Fly races started during lock down to help keep people active.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday JIM BROWN recorded 26 minutes 12 minutes in the first half of his 10K run on Friday so that gave him a (not) parkrun time. .  NICOLA ANDERSSON ran 29:36 on Wednesday, THOMAS SAUKA 21:12 on Saturday and ALISON SHELLEY 24:12 on Sunday.

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

 

Group Runs Are Back

The return to club training went really well helped by some glorious evenings.  Members have to book in advance to keep the numbers within Covid guidance and there are several starts at different places around Stevenage.

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SPARTANS RUN FOR SARAH

Spartans Cathy Craig, Hazel Smith, Jenny Garrett and Vicky Archer joined women across the country to run 5K in pairs at 8pm Saturday night, lighting up the night to celebrate the life of Sarah Everard in the Run for Sarah.  They each donated to the ‘Womans Aid’ charity which helps to raise vital funds to help build a world where domestic abuse is not tolerated.

 

Sharon on the South Downs Way

After the North Downs Way of course comes the South Downs Way!  Sharon Crowley has just finished the 200 hundred miles from Winchester to Eastbourne and back (virtually) with a week to spare, saying hopefully not too long before we can get out on the trails for real!

 

Racing Round England

The Fairlands Valley Spartans team have already covered a total of 13,344.1 kilometres and are now scattered between Cornwall and Lincolnshire.

PENNY SCHENKEL has consolidated the lead she took last week, she is the first Spartan through the half way mark and has reached Holbeach in Lincolnshire with 1597 kilometres.

Second placed BRIAN WHITE is very nearly at halfway (1485 kilometres).  He is in Cromer on the Norfolk coast with 1482 kilometres.  In third place JIM BROWN has caught up a little and is approaching Happisburgh, Norfolk with 1450 kilometres.

SHARON CROWLEY has crossed the Thames and is in Essex at South Woodham Ferrers with 1247.  She is fourth.

HAZEL SMITH remains in fifth place.  She’s at Brighton Marina with 966.  However KEN JUDE has got between daughter and mother.  He’s between Portslade and Hove on 958.

There’s not much in it as CATHY CRAIG is seventh on 945 and is in Worthing.  LIZ CROWLEY is steadily ticking off the distance and has reached Chichester Harbour with 895 and eighth place.

Meanwhile PAUL HOLGATE is enjoying the North Solent National Nature Reserve at 816 kilometres and TRACY PEZ completes the Spartan Top Ten on 702 kilometres.  She is at West Bay near Bridport.

The event, the Virtual Coast of England Challenge started in Bristol and Fairlands Valley Spartans together with many others are running, walking or cycling 2,970 kilometres anti-clockwise round the coasts and borders of the country.

LIZ CARVELL (667 at Dunscombe Manor); JON SYPULA (665 at Salcombe Regis); WENDY THARANI (511 at Lansallos) and LEE PICKERSGILL (443 on the Lizard) continue their chase.

There’s still plenty of scope for catching up.  All aim to finish by the end of the year.  The team total so far is 13,344 kilometres – the equivalent of going round the course four and a half times.

Position Name Distance Last Week Location
1. PENNY SCHENKEL 1596.6 1,426.6 Holbeach near Spalding.
2. BRIAN WHITE 1482.2 1,387.1 Cromer, Norfolk.
3. JIM BROWN 1450.1 1,286.4 Happisburgh, Norfolk.
4. SHARON CROWLEY 1247.3 1,145.8 South Woodham Ferrers.
5. HAZEL SMITH 966.1 878.5 Brighton Marina.
6. KEN JUDE 958.3 856.0 Portslade – Hove.
7. CATHY CRAIG 945.1 875.2 Worthing.
8. LIZ CROWLEY 894.7 822.7 Chichester Harbour.
9. PAUL HOLGATE 816.4 743.5 North Solent National Nature.
10. TRACY PEZ 701.9 665.9 West Bay near Bridport.
11. LIZ CARVELL 667.2 600.2 Dunscombe Manor.
12. JON SYPULA 665.3 590.6 Salcombe Regis.
13. WENDY THARANI 510.8 452.6 Lansallos, Cornwall.
14. LEE PICKERSGILL 442.6 402.3 Lizard, Cornwall.

How far can they get by the end of the month?

 

Fly 5K #45

Spartan PENNY SCHENKEL ran her 20th Fly 5K and a new Fly personal best of 28 minutes 52 seconds on Saturday morning.  That also gave her a new (not) parkrun PB.  She was 199th.  JIM BROWN ran exactly the same time and was third in his category.

PAUL HOLGATE was 247th in 30:55.  He has run 44 of the 45 Fly 5K events.

The virtual Fly races started during lock down to help keep people active.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday NICOLA ANDERSSON ran a 29:39 (not) parkrun on Thursday.

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

 

30,000 Miles Done In Americas Relay

Yes they can.  Fairlands Valley Spartans ran more than 30,000 miles in their relay race across the Americas.  By Saturday night they had run 29,880 miles and on Sunday, day 140, they ran 335 miles to give a total of 30,215 miles.

The challenge ended on Sunday 28th March, the first day of summertime and the day before group training could restart.

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SPARTANS FIND WALLY

Where’s Wally?

On Sunday Spartans Stephanie Biggar, Sally Pickles, Peter Carpenter and Pam (Bentley) Taylor did the Where’s Wally virtual 10k for the National Literacy Trust.

They went in two separate groups in opposite directions, running three laps of a hilly route around the Old Town in Stevenage and all finished in 1 hour 15 minutes or less.

They said it was fab and they found Wally at the end.

 

Racing Round England

The pack has been shuffled and there’s a new leader as Fairlands Valley Spartans continue their race around the coasts and borders of England.

They started in Bristol and are running, walking or cycling 2,970 kilometres anti-clockwise round the coasts and borders of the country.

PENNY SCHENKEL has taken the lead and is almost half way.  She is in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and on 1427 kilometres.

BRIAN WHITE is in scenery made famous in the film “Yesterday.”  He’s between Dunwich and Walberswick on the Suffolk coast and near “John Lennon’s house” on 1387 kilometres.  Remember this is all virtual.

The third man, or rather third Spartan, is still JIM BROWN.  He’s in Wivenhoe on the way to Clacton-on-Sea in Essex with 1286 kilometres.

SHARON CROWLEY on 1146 kilometres is at the Seaview Holiday Park near Swalecliffe in North Kent

The running total for the Spartans team is 12,133 kilometres.  That’s more than four times round the whole course.

Meanwhile HAZEL SMITH and CATHY CRAIG have both jumped up by one place.  Hazel is just 3.3 kilometres ahead of her mum.  Hazel, fifth, is in Havant, Hampshire with 878 and Cathy, sixth, on Portsdown Hill looking down on Cosham and Portsmouth with 875.

KEN JUDE on 856 is in Lower Swanwick near Southampton and LIZ CROWLEY, eighth, is near Beaulieu Motor Museum with 823.

West Loulworth is almost in sight for PAUL HOLGATE on 744 kilometres and the Spartan Top Ten is completed by TRACY PEZ who has just passed Sidmouth with 666.

All but one of the Spartans have turned the corner at Lands End and there’s still plenty of scope for catching up.  All aim to finish by the end of the year.  The team total so far is 11,107.60 kilometres – the equivalent of going round the course nearly four times.

Position Name Distance Last Week Location
1. PENNY SCHENKEL 1,426.6 1,288.6 K Great Yarmouth.  New leader.
2. BRIAN WHITE 1,387.1 1,308.0 K Dunwich – Walberswick, Suffolk.
3. JIM BROWN 1,286.4 1,129.6 K Wivenhoe, Essex.
4. SHARON CROWLEY 1,145.8 1,046.3 K Swalecliffe, North Kent
5. HAZEL SMITH 878.5 805.3 km Havant.  Up from sixth.
6. CATHY CRAIG 875.2 794.0 km Portsdown Hill.  Up from seventh.
7. KEN JUDE 856.0 810.4 km Lower Swanwick.
8. LIZ CROWLEY 822.7 744.6 km Beaulieu.
9. PAUL HOLGATE 743.5 671.7 km West Lulworth.
10. TRACY PEZ 665.9 623.1 km Sidmouth, Devon.
11. LIZ CARVELL 600.2 563.2 km Strete, South Devon AONB
12. JON SYPULA 590.6 551.3 km South Allington, South Devon.
13. WENDY THARANI 452.6 399.5 km Trebah Garden, near Boslowick.
14. LEE PICKERSGILL 402.3 368.8 km Penzance – Marazion.

How far can they get by the end of the month?

 

Fly 5K

Saturday saw the 13th inter club event as part of the Fly 5K series of virtual races.  A team from Fairlands Valley Spartans were 15th out of 61 participating clubs.

They were JIM BROWN 192nd in 26:03; NICK KLEANTHOUS celebrating his 30th Fly 5K with 26:21 for 200th position; NICOLA ANDERSSON 208th in 26:39; JAMES McSWEENEY 217th in 27 minutes exactly; PENNY SCHENKEL 295th in 30:05; PAUL HOLGATE 313th in 31:28 and MARIAN MORLEY 387th in 50:03.

 

 (Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday NICOLA ANDERSSON ran a 26:14 (not) parkrun on Thursday.

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

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!  Around the World with FVS!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run nearly 29,000 miles in 133 days in their relay race across North, Central and South America.  Can they reach 30,000 miles by the end of the event this Sunday 28th March?

Having covered the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America they are now many days into South America

By Monday morning they were heading for Curitiba in Brazil which has a marathon.  On Sunday, day 133, they completed 404 miles with 45 members running.  The total distance so far is 28,807 miles.

This challenge will end on Sunday 28th March, the first day of summertime and the day before it looks likely that group training can restart.

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SPARTANS IN FLY RACES

Spartan JIM BROWN won two events in Sunday’s Fly races.  He was first man 65 plus in the half marathon with 1:59:21 and also first in the same category in the five miles with 43:31.

Jim Brown FVS virtual Fly Half Marathon on 14 March 2021 Martins Way by Penny Schenkel

While not as extreme as Saturday it was still a windy day on Sunday.  Running solo in a virtual event you’ve no idea how other runners are doing so I had a vague target to beat two hours on the far from flat 13.1 miles course I’d given myself around Stevenage.  I achieved that with a few seconds to spare and the first place was a nice bonus.

Overall he was 35th out of 58.

NICOLA ANDERSSON also registered times for two events.  She was 32nd out of 52, and fifth woman 50 plus, in the ten miles with 1:38:32 and 41st out of 72 in the 10K with 59:52.

PAUL HOLGATE recorded times for four distances as he ran his ten mile race.  He finished the “ten” in 1:55:54; 10K in 1:10:33; 5 miles in 55:40 and 5K in 34:32.  He was fourth man 60 plus in the ten miles, 10K and five miles.

 

Saturday’s Fly

Overall numbers dipped to 282 in Saturday’s Fly 5K races and some did not race 100% as some participants prepared for Sunday’s efforts there were still four Spartans.  JIM BROWN was second in his category at 166th with 28:58; NICOLA ANDERSSON at 179th in 29:45; PENNY SCHENKEL 202nd in 31:05 and PAUL HOLGATE 209th with 31:45.

 

Racing Round England

Fairlands Valley Spartans are racing round England.  They started in Bristol and are running, walking or cycling 2,970 kilometres anti-clockwise round the coasts and borders of the country.

At the end of Sunday the men’s and women’s leaders were chasing each other across Essex and only 20 kilometres apart.  In the lead BRIAN WHITE is through Clacton on 1,308 kilometres with PENNY SCHENKEL at Wivenhoe with 1289 kilometres having gained 24 kilometres in the last week.  They should have the prevailing wind behind them for a while now.

Third placed JIM BROWN is in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent with 1,130 kilometres.  Fourth placed SHARON CROWLEY is the latest through 1,000 kilometres at 1,046 and is approaching Old Romney in Kent.

KEN JUDE is running through the North Solent Nature Reserve with 810.4 kilometres while HAZEL SMITH is just a few paces beyond 500 miles with 803.3 kilometres having caught band passed Cathy Craig.  She is in Lymington.

CATHY CRAIG, in seventh on 794 has just passed through Christchurch and LIZ CROWLEY is approaching Lulworth Cove with 745 kilometres.

Seaton is almost in sight for PAUL HOLGATE on 672 kilometres and the Spartan Top Ten is completed by TRACY PEZ who is in Torquay with 623.

All but one of the Spartans have turned the corner at Lands End and there’s still plenty of scope for catching up.  All aim to finish by the end of the year.  The team total so far is 11,107.60 kilometres – the equivalent of going round the course nearly four times.

Position Name Distance Location
1. BRIAN WHITE 1,308.0 km Clacton, Essex
2. PENNY SCHENKEL 1,288.6 km Wivenhoe, Essex
3. JIM BROWN 1,129.6 km Westgate-on-Sea, Kent
4. SHARON CROWLEY 1,046.3 km Old Romney, Kent
5. KEN JUDE 810.4 km North Solent Nature Reserve
6. HAZEL SMITH 805.3 km Lymington
7. CATHY CRAIG 794.0 km Christchurch
8. LIZ CROWLEY 744.6 km Lulworth Cove
9. PAUL HOLGATE 671.7 km Seaton, Devon
10. TRACY PEZ 623.1 km Torquay, Devon
11. LIZ CARVELL 563.2 km Ford, South Devon AONB
12. JON SYPULA 551.3 km River Yealm, South Devon AONB
13. WENDY THARANI 399.5 km Penzance, Cornwall
14. LEE PICKERSGILL 368.8 km Amalvear, Cornwall

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday NICOLA ANDERSSON ran a 26:36 (not) parkrun on Tuesday followed by 27:29 from NICK KLEANTHOUS on Wednesday and PAUL JENNINGS with 29:07 on Friday.

On Saturday PAUL SHELLEY ran a new parkrun personal best of 23:29 while JIM BROWN recorded 26:26 at the start of his virtual half marathon on Sunday.

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

 

Fiona Runs For CharityFiona Clarke FVS marathon runner at Chells

Spartan FIONA CLARKE will be running THREE marathons for charity.  They are the Richmond Marathon, planned for 16th May; Peterborough Marathon on 23rd May and Manchester Marathon on 10th October.  She’s raising funds for the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals Charity 25th Birthday.

 

Meanwhile JIM BROWN is still raising money for the Mayor’s charities via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JimBrown20

 

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!  Around the World with FVS!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run over 27,000 miles in 127 days in their relay race across North, Central and South America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America they are now several days into South America and reached Cordoba and ran the local marathon on Sunday.  They also visited Miramar and Lake ‘Laguana Mar Chiquita.’  Now they are still in Argentina but heading for Parana.  On Sunday 54 members recorded a total of 127 miles giving an overall total of 27,344.  That’s more than one round the world.

This challenge will end on Sunday 28th March, the first day of summertime and the day before it looks likely that group training can restart.

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YUKO WINS IN ONE MILE CHALLENGE

British Masters One Mile Challenge

By 10a.m. Monday morning a magnificent 39 Spartans had already recorded times for their one mile challenge.  Participants had until Sunday evening 7th Match to complete their race.

YUKO GORDON WON her category.  She took first place in the women’s 65 plus age group with 6 minutes 58 seconds and was 879th overall out of 1210 finishers.  She led the Spartans women’s team to second in that category with CATHY CRAIG in 8:21 and JAN FRY in 8:48.  Their total time of 24:07 compared well with the winners 23:14 and second place in 23:16.

The provisional results show that the 38 Spartans were

Position Name Time Cat Place Comments
31 JASON ANDERSON 4:49 12
58 ANDREW PATTERSON 4:56 27
79 SIMON JACKSON 5:01 17
225 DAN HUKIN 5:26 53
250 STEFFAN FORD 5:29 66
365 PAUL SHELLEY 5:45 55
489 CRAIG WILSON 5:57 99
500 SUZY HAWKINS 5:58 16 16th FV45
538 BRIAN WHITE 6:02 11 11th MV65
607 DAVID STEPHENSON 6:12 58
673= ALISON WOOD 6:20 20 20th FV50
673= STEVEN DOBNER 6:20 128
696 DANIEL BATES 6:24 104
722 PETER SMITH 6:30 74
767 LEE PICKERSGILL 6:38 107
880= SUSAN McANENY 6:58 51
880= YUKO GORDON 6:58 1 1st FV65.  2nd team.
904 TRACY PEZ 7:03 68
920 HAZEL SMITH 7:08 70
925 KEN JUDE 7:09 92
928= NICK KLEANTHOUS 7:10 93
928= MARIAN MORLEY 7:10 33
934 FIONA CLARKE 7:11 56
948 ZOE JACKSON 7:15 48
958 JON SYPULA 7:18 140
977 NIKKI WILBY 7:21 51
1010 KELLY EVANS 7:31 53
1034 KARTIK SHARMA 7:40 128
1051 NICOLA ANDERSSON 7:45 48
1055 JIM BROWN 7:46 47
1069 ANDY PRIOR 7:49 109
1079 KERSTIN WEINER 7:53 51
1129 CATHY CRAIG 8:21 14 2nd team FV65.
1147 WENDY THARANI 8:36 99
1157 JAN FRY 8:48 10 2nd team FV65.  10th FV70.
1160 LIZ CARVELL 8:52 38
1177 PAUL HOLGATE 9:23 53
1193 SALLY PICKLES 10:19 54
1201 PAM TAYLOR 11:15 56

They were competing in the British Masters Athletics Federation virtual one mile challenge.

 

Saturday’s Fly 

386 runners from 71 clubs competed in Saturday morning’s Fly 5k event.  The Spartan Seven were BRIAN WHITE who won his category with 21 minutes 16 seconds; JIM BROWN in 25:25; PENNY SCHENKEL in 29:29; NICK KLEANTHOUS in 29:48; LIZ CARVELL in 31:48; PAUL HOLGATE in 34:25; and STEPH BIGGAR in a new Fly 5K personal best (PB) of 36 minutes 23 seconds.

Position Name Time Comments
62 BRIAN WHITE 21:16 1st VM 65 plus.  3rd Fly.
166 JIM BROWN 25:25 4th VM 65 plus.  24th Fly.
280 PENNY SCHENKEL 29:29 17th Fly.
289 NICK KLEANTHOUS 29:48 29th Fly.
312 LIZ CARVELL 31:48 7th VW 60 plus.  8th Fly.
347 PAUL HOLGATE 34:25 41st Fly.
359 STEPH BIGGAR 36:23 Fly PB.  2nd Fly.

This was stripey Saturday and many Spartans running their Fly 5K; their one mile challenge or on training runs were wearing their club kit.  CHLOE CHAPMAN and FIONA CLARKE enjoyed their stripey Saturday with a run around the Stevenage Heritage Trail.

On Sunday 14th March there will be a range of Fly virtual events from 5K to an ultra 50K.

 

Racing Round England

Fairlands Valley Spartans are racing round England.  They started in Bristol and are running, walking or cycling 2,970 kilometres round the coasts and borders of the country.

By the end of Sunday 7th March three – BRIAN WHITE, PENNY SCHENKEL and JIM BROWN had all completed more than 1,000 kilometres.

Brian has crossed the Thames and is in Tilbury, Essex on 1,210 kilometres.  Soon he will start on the long run up the east coast of England.  Penny is 44 kilometres behind between Faversham and Sittingbourne on 1166.  Having reached the Meridian Line for the first time in Peacehaven on Friday night Jim is very nearly in Kent at East Guldeford with 1040 kilometres.

SHARON CROWLEY, in fourth, is well through 500 miles and is in Brighton on 956 kilometres.  Eight other Spartans are past 500 kilometres.  They are KEN JUDE (760, Corfe Castle); CATHY CRAIG (737, Leaving Weymouth); HAZEL SMITH (734, Leaving Weymouth); LIZ CROWLEY (670, Branscombe); PAUL HOLGATE (611, Brixham); TRACY PEZ (578, Kingsbridge); LIZ CARVELL (547, Plymouth) and JON SYPULA (510, Fowey).

Nearly all the Spartans have turned the corner at Lands End.  All aim to finish by the end of the year.  The team total is 10,240.49 kilometres – the equivalent of going round the course more than three times.

Position Name Distance Location
1. BRIAN WHITE 1,210.3 km Tilbury, Essex
2. PENNY SCHENKEL 1,165.9 km Between Faversham and Sittingbourne
3. JIM BROWN 1,040.2 km East Guldeford, East Sussex
4. SHARON CROWLEY 955.7 km Brighton
5. KEN JUDE 759.6 km Corfe Castle
6. CATHY CRAIG 736.9 km Leaving Weymouth
7. HAZEL SMITH 733.7 km Leaving Weymouth
8. LIZ CROWLEY 670.3 km Branscombe, South Devon
9. PAUL HOLGATE 611.3 km Brixham, Devon
10. TRACY PEZ 577.9 km Approaching Kingsbridge
11. LIZ CARVELL 547.1 km Plymouth
12. JON SYPULA 510.4 km Fowey, Cornwall
13. WENDY THARANI 374.4 km Nearing the turn in Cornwall
14. LEE PICKERSGILL 346.7 km Near Godrevy National Trust

 

(Not) Parkrun

Many Spartans combined their effort to record a Fly 5K time with registering a (not) Parkrun effort.  In addition THOMAS SAUKA notched up a fine 22 minutes 4 seconds in a (not) Parkrun solo run on Saturday.  (Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.

 

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run over 25,000 miles in 119 days in their relay race across North, Central and South America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico they have now several days into South America and are moving on to Antofagasta in Chile.  53 members recorded a total of 311 miles on Saturday giving a total distance of 25,248 miles.

This challenge will end on Sunday 28th March, the first day of summertime and the day before it looks likely that group training can restart.

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LEADERS REACH KENT IN ENGLAND RACE

 

Another Fly team.  Although the minimum size for Fly 5K teams has been increased Fairlands Valley Spartans got onto the leaderboard for the 12th Fly inter-club competition on Saturday morning.  Teams have to include women and men with at least six finishers.

Enjoying a great local morning four Spartan women and three men ran the virtual race.

They were MARIAN MORLEY 167th in 25 minutes 15 seconds; NICOLA ANDERSSON 213th in a new personal best (PB) of 26:37; JIM BROWN 264th in 28:10; PAUL HOLGATE 307th in 29:48; NICK KLEANTHOUS 321st in 30:21; PENNY SCHENKEL 354th in 32:05 and STEPHANIE BIGGAR in 36:33.

Overall participation hit a new record with 432 runners.  The Spartans were 13th equal team in what is rapidly becoming an international competition.  This was the 41st Fly 5K.

These are virtual events.  Everyone runs between 8a.m. and 12 noon on a Saturday morning but in different places and only in ones and twos.

The next Spartan stripey Saturday will be on Saturday 6th March.  On Sunday 14th March there will be a range of Fly virtual events from 5K to an ultra 50K.

 

Racing Round England

Fairlands Valley Spartans are racing round England.  They started in Bristol and are running, walking or cycling 2,970 kilometres round the coasts and borders of the country.

By the end of February two, BRIAN WHITE and PENNY SCHENKEL had already completed at least 1,000 kilometres and two others JIM BROWN and SHARON CROWLEY had exceeded 500 miles.

Brian still leads.  He has reached Walmer in Kent with 1,094 kilometres but Penny is closing the gap.  She is on 1,037 kilometres and in Rye, East Sussex.
Jim has clocked up 892 kilometres (554 miles) and is “in” Chichester, West Sussex with Sharon heading towards Debden Purleigh after a peep at the Solent.  Sharon is on 838 kilometres.

The others of the ten who have covered more than 500 kilometres are KEN JUDE 700 at West Bay, near Bridport; HAZEL SMITH 677 who is near Seaton tram terminus; CATHY CRAIG 671 at Branscombe; LIZ CROWLEY 587 kilometres; PAUL HOLGATE 531 kilometres and TRACY PEZ 519 kilometres.

Nearly all the Spartans have turned the corner at Lands End.  All aim to finish by the end of the year.  The team total is 9,135 kilometres.

 

(Not) Parkrun – Scanlon Sub 20

In addition to those combining (not) Parkrun times with Fly 5Ks five other Spartans ran (not) Stevenage Parkruns.  On Monday NICK KLEANTHOUS ran 29 minutes 21 seconds; on Tuesday JIM BROWN ran a 5K in 27:10; on Thursday PAUL JENNINGS 27:48 and on Friday DANNY SCANLON beat 20 minutes with 19:10.  Then on Saturday ALISON SHELLEY ran her virtual 5K in 27 minutes 59 seconds.  The average time at Stevenage was 31 minutes 11 seconds.

On Sunday HÉLÈNE FOUCOURT ran the Wimpole Hall virtual (not) Parkrun in 37 minutes 31 seconds.  (Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.

 

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run almost 24,000 miles in just over 100 days in their relay race across North, Central and South America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico they have now several days into South America and heading for Lima in Peru where there is a marathon and the start of the Inca Trail.  On Saturday, day 112, they completed 106 miles with 65 members posting a distance.  The total distance so far is 23,652 miles.

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North Downs Sharon

Spartan SHARON CROWLEY has completed another National Trail virtually.  This time it was the North Downs Way (virtual) 250 kilometres / 150 miles from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent (where Sharon was born) then up to Canterbury.  Sharon was pleased to finish with 10 days to spare.  All her actual running and walking was local!

 

Fly 5K Reaches 40

An almost Spring morning brought out a new record 370 runners for the 40th edition of the Fly 5K.  Fairlands Valley Spartans participation reached double figures for the first time.

Club head coach BRIAN WHITE was the fastest of the club’s ten runners.  He returned for his second Fly 5K and won the men 65 plus race with 21 minutes 23 seconds which gave him 47th overall.

JAMES McSWEENEY was 113th in 23:46.  In his 22nd Fly 5K JIM BROWN was third in his category with 25 minutes 16 seconds.

NICK KLEANTHOUS came in with 26:22 for his 27th Fly 5K.  Meanwhile MARIAN MORLEY was the club’s fastest women, 190th overall in 27:22.  She was third woman 55 plus.

NICOLA ANDERSSON is another Spartan who has run more than half the Fly 5Ks that have been organised so far.  She finished in 27 minutes 42 seconds.

PENNY SCHENKEL improved on her recent 5K times with 29 minutes exactly.

Holding the club record for participation PAUL HOLGATE has only missed one with 39 out of 40.  He beat the half hour with 29 minutes 47 seconds.

LIZ CARVELL came in 30 minutes 57 seconds and TESSA STEPHENSON achieved another Fly 5K personal best (PB) in her third race with 31:08.  In her fourth Fly 5K BETH FOLEY ran the distance in 38:01.

Saturday’s finishing times ranged from 14 minutes 44 to 64 minutes 57 minutes.  Give it a go.

These are virtual events.  Everyone runs between 8a.m. and 12 noon on a Saturday morning but in different places and only in ones and twos.

The next Spartan stripey Saturday will be on Saturday 6th March.  On Sunday 14th there will be a range of Fly virtual events from 5K to an ultra 50K.

 

Race Around The Coast of England Virtual Challenge

Eighteen Spartans continue their quest to each complete the 2,970 km around the coast of England by the 31st December.  They started in Bristol and are following an anti-clockwise route.

By 9p.m. on Sunday 21st February those registered on the Fairlands Valley Spartans team had completed a total of 7,609 kilometres.  Eight of them had already run, walked or cycled more than 500 kilometres.

BRIAN WHITE has already reached Eastbourne in East Sussex.  He has a substantial lead and has already covered 997.5 kilometres.  After a slow start PENNY SCHENKEL is chasing hard.  She has reached Beaulieu in the New Forest with 819 kilometres.

SHARON CROWLEY and JIM BROWN are both in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  Sharon is near Lulworth with 742 kilometres and Jim at Chickerell on 722.

On 606 kilometres HAZEL SMITH is preparing to get on the Dartmouth Ferry and may spot the steam trains from Kingswear.  CATHY CRAIG is not far behind her on 599 kilometres having just passed Slapton Ley in Devon.

KEN JUDE is near Ford in the South Devon AONB.  He has covered 564 kilometres.  Meanwhile LIZ CROWLEY is on 536 kilometres.  She’s in Cornwall, and has passed through Anthony and will soon be at HMS Raleigh.

 

(Not) Parkrun

In addition to those combining with Fly 5Ks other Spartans ran (not) Stevenage Parkruns.  On Monday NICK KLEANTHOUS ran a new personal best of 24 minutes 45 seconds and on Thursday PAUL JENNINGS ran a 5K in 29:06.

On Sunday HELENE FOURCOURT ran the Wimpole Hall virtual (not) Parkrun in 38 minutes 16 seconds.  (Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run 22,000 miles in just over 100 days in their relay race across North, Central and South America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico they have now reached Buga, in Columbia and are heading down the coast towards Pasto.

On Saturday, day 105, the Spartans completed 257 miles with 48 members posting a distance.  So far they have run a total of 21,996 miles.

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CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS ARE IN

The FVS Cross Country Challenge results are in.  In this event Spartans were challenged to run five kilometres and/or five miles on tarmac in November and see how close they could get to those times cross country in December or January when the ground was likely to be quite soft.

There were 18 finishers in the 5 mile event and 22 for the 5 kilometres.  The women’s event was far closer than the men’s, with some ladies even beating their road times in the mud!

The leading places in the 5 miles were:

Ada Urbonaite-Janusiene won the women’s competition by ONE second beating her road time by 2mins 25 seconds; Linda Nolan was second, 2 minutes 24 seconds quicker; and Jan Fry third with 2 minutes 53 slower.  Normally you would expect the cross country times to be slower.

Paul Holgate won the men’s event, 1 min 30 secs slower; Pete Smith was second at 2 min 12 secs slower and Craig Bacon third at 3 mins 32 secs slower

Over five kilometres (3.1 miles) mother and daughter SHARON and LIZ CROWLEY were joint winners of the women’s competition going 1 minute 26 seconds faster than their road time.  YUKO GORDON was second 1 minute 35 slower and ELLA CERULO third 1 minute 35 slower.  Liz Carvell missed out on 3rd place by just 1 second!

KEN JUDE won the men’s contest with a cross country time 2 minutes 14 slower than on road.  PETER CARPENTER was second 3 mins 52 slower.  JIM BROWN who took the running in snow on KGV field option was third man at 4 minutes 18 slower

Organiser NIKKI WILBY congratulated everyone who took part – She hoped everyone enjoyed it and that it encouraged some more to go out and get muddy.  The Spartans hope they can get to enjoy some real cross country races next winter.

 

Fly 5K

It was seriously cold on Saturday morning but while overall participation fell from 410 to 307 the Fairlands Valley Spartans contingent increased from seven to eight!  Five women and three men.

JAMES McSWEENEY beat the chill with a new Fly 5K personal best (PB) of 23 minutes 5 seconds.  He was 66th overall.  Despite a short section of walking to negotiate ice on Grace Way JIM BROWN won his category with 26 minutes exactly.

NICOLA ANDERSSON finished her 21st Fly 5K in 28 minutes 19 seconds.  In her second Fly 5K LIZ CARVELL reduced her time to 30:18.

Next came organiser of the day PAUL HOLGATE completing his 38th Fly 5K race in 30:31.  Feeling a long way from the southern hemisphere PENNY SCHENKEL came in with 31:21.

TESSA STEPHENSON was running her second Fly 5K and reduced her PB to 31:37 and BETH FOLEY ran her third in 37:10.

The landmark 40th Fly 5K event is this Saturday.

Position Name Time Comments
66 JAMES McSWEENEY 23:05 Fly 5K PB.  6th Fly 5K
124 JIM BROWN 26:00 1st MV65 plus.  21st Fly
181 NICOLA ANDERSSON 28:19 21st Fly 5K
219 LIZ CARVELL 30:18 Fly 5K PB.  2nd Fly 5K
223 PAUL HOLGATE 30:31 38th Fly
234 PENNY SCHENKEL 31:21 14th Fly
242 TESSA STEPHENSON 31:37 Fly 5K PB.  2nd Fly.
288 BETH FOLEY 37:10 3rd Fly 5K

These are virtual events.  Everyone runs between 8a.m. and 12 noon but in different places and only in ones and twos.

 

Race Around The Coast of England Virtual Challenge

The 18 Spartans continued their quest to complete the 2,970 km around the coast of England by the 31st December.  Following an anti-clockwise route starting from Bristol, at the end of week six, BRIAN WHITE is through Portsmouth on the South Coast, 901 kilometres into the journey, with PENNY SCHENKEL closing in on Weymouth (720 km) and SHARON CROWLEY close to Dartmouth at 620 km.

JIM BROWN is approaching Blackpool, the one in South Devon (599 km), while CATHY CRAIG (516 km) and HAZEL SMITH (513 km) are between St Austell and Plymouth, closely followed by KEN JUDE (505 km), while LIZ CROWLEY (450 km) and PAUL HOLGATE (418 km) are approaching Lands End.  TRACY PEZ (378 km) and LIZ CARVELL (385 km) are around Penzance and JON SYPULA (340 km) has reached Newquay, closely followed by KERSTIN WEINER (304 km), while LEE PICKERSGILL (257 km) is at Widemouth Bay.  ANDY PRIOR (226 km) and WENDY THARANI (214 km) are between Ilfracombe and Newquay while SIMON SYPULA (69 km) and LISA JERROM (40 km) are now outside of Bristol at the start of their journeys.

BRIAN WHITE                     901 km                 30%

PENNY SCHENKEL               720 km                 24%

SHARON CROWLEY          621 km                 21%

JIM BROWN                        599 km                 20%

CATHY CRAIG                     516 km                 17%

HAZEL SMITH                     513 km                 17%

KEN JUDE                             505 km                 17%

LIZ CROWLEY                      450 km                 15%

PAUL HOLGATE                 418 km                 14%

LIZ CARVELL                        385 km                 13%

TRACY PEZ                           378 km                 13%

JON SYPULA                        340 km                 11%

KERSTIN WEINER              304 km                 10%

LEE PICKERSGILL               257 km                   9%

ANDY PRIOR                       226 km                   8%

WENDY THARANI             214 km                   7%

SIMON SYPULA                   69 km                   2%

LISA JERROM                        40 km                   1%

In addition to those combining Fly 5Ks three other Spartans ran (not) Stevenage Parkruns.  They were PAUL JENNINGS 27:35; ALISON SHELLEY 27:48 and NICK KLEANTHOUS 29:54.

And in the ValeStephanie Biggarntine’s Gin Run virtual half marathon STEPH Pam Bently TaylorBIGGAR and PAM BENTLEY-TAYLOR followed a single lap course around Stevenage.  They both finished in 3 hours 10 minutes.  It was a first 13.1 miles for them but although it was windy, cold and hard work they both loved it.

 

 

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run nearly 21,000 miles in their relay race across North, Central and South America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA, Canada and Mexico they are now close to San Jose in Puerto Rico.

On Sunday, day 99, they completed an impressive 570 miles with 68 members recording a distance.  So far they have run a total of 20,719 miles.

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STRIPEY SPARTAN SATURDAY

On the day that the Parkrun World Record for women was reduced to 15 minutes 45 seconds by Lauren Reid in Parramatta several Spartans were racing around their virtual Fly 5Ks, (not) Parkruns or enjoying training runs.  This was the Spartans’ Stripey Saturday.

Nicola AndersonAttendance for the 38th Fly 5K reached a new record of 410 as runners seek motivation in the continued absence of Parkruns and “real” races.

This time there were a magnificent seven Spartans.  This time three of them got into the top half of the field and two reached the milestone of their 20th Fly 5K.  Having followed the Spartans 5K improver programme JIM BROWN was pleased to get under 25 minutes for the first time in a while with 24 minutes 53 seconds which gave him 171st overall and second in his category.  He was running his twentieth Fly 5K.  MARIAN MORLEY was running her first Fly 5K and put in a tremendous effort with 25:06, second in her category and 180th overall.

Next was NICK KLEANTHOUS in 26:08 for 202nd.  NICOLA ANDERSSON was the second Spartan running a twentieth Fly 5K.  She finished with 27:47.

PENNY SCHENKEL continued to chip a few seconds off her time with 29:22 fifteen seconds better than the previous week which was 23 better than the week before that.

PAUL HOLGATE and LIZ CARVELL completed the Spartan team with 29:29 and 31 minutes 23 seconds.

It was also the day for Fly 5Ks inter-club competition and the Spartans try to get a complete team of finishers.

 

Position Name Time Comments
171 JIM BROWN 24:53 2MV65.  20th Fly
180 MARIAN MORLEY 25:06 2FV55.  1st Fly
202 NICK KLEANTHOUS 26:08
256 NICOLA ANDERSSON 27:47 20th Fly
295 PENNY SCHENKEL 29:22
298 PAUL HOLGATE 29:29
332 LIZ CARVELL 31:25

 

This was the 11th Fly Inter Club competition and this time each club had to have at least five finishers including at least one female and one male.  The Spartans had four women and three men.  They were 11th in the 11th competition with 595 points.

In addition PAUL JENNINGS 27:43; BETH FOLEY 37:01; ALISON SHELLEY with Berties the dog 30:25 and JUDY KING with a new personal best of 32:11 ran (not) parkruns.   Marian Morley’s 25:06 was a (not) Parkrun personal best.

 

Coast Challenge

Nick KleanthousAt the end of Week Five into the Virtual Coast of England Challenge, on Sunday, there were now 18 Spartans taking part with BRIAN WHITE continuing to lead the way 772 kilometres into the challenge at Poole on the South Coast.  PENNY SCHENKEL has already completed 640 km and is between Dawlish and Exmouth with SHARON CROWLEY at Plymouth (540 km).  JIM BROWN is between Fowey and Looe in Cornwall on 512 kilometres.  CATHY CRAIG (450 km) and KEN JUDE (444 km) are near Falmouth and PAUL HOLGATE (362 km) is at St Ives. LIZ CROWLEY (346 km), TRACY PEZ (344 km) and LIZ CARVELL (340 km) are between Newquay and St Ives and HAZEL SMITH is coming into Newquay. JON SYPULA (265 km) is at Bude and KERSTIN WEINER (248 km) and LEE PICKERSGILL (229 km) are between Ilfracombe and Newquay. Meanwhile ANDY PRIOR (177 km) is approaching Ilfracombe with WENDY THARANI (158 km), SIMON SYPULA (69 km) and LISA JERROM (20 km) on their way to Ilfracombe.

The challenge started in Bristol and goes anti-clockwise around England.  The total distance will be almost 3,000 kilometres – 2,970 kilometres – running, walking and cycling all count towards the totals.  The team total is already 5,521.4 kilometres but who will finish first?

There may be no live races, with all the restrictions, but there are many opportunities to take part in virtual events or enjoy training runs in ones and twos.

 

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run more than 19,000 miles in their race across North, Central and South America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA and Canada they are now on the Pan – American Highway through Mexico.  A tour of South America will follow.

On day 91, Saturday, the Spartans completed 341 miles with 48 miles posting a distance.  Total distance 19,157 miles.

Chichen Itza in Mexico was visited and on Sunday they were due to reach Cancun which has a marathon.

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THE COAST OF ENGLAND VIRTUAL CHALLENGE

Fourteen Spartans took up the Coast of England Virtual Challenge organised by ResultsBase to give their training a continued focus through lockdown and beyond, aiming to complete the 2970 kilometres around the coast of England by the 31st December 2021, competing at their own pace, fast or slow, on a bike, or walk, a run or swim.  The challenge began in Bristol near the Severn Estuary and started by tackling the south coast path around Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

From Plymouth the route heads east across the bottom of the UK including the Jurassic Coast.  Following this you then journey towards Southampton, Brighton and finally Dover before following the Kent coast to the Thames Estuary.  But it doesn’t stop there!  You then continue to the east coast and onto the north Norfolk path heading through small towns such as Sheringham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Hunstanton.  Once this has been tackled it’s time to head up north, exploring the Yorkshire coast and cities like York and Whitby.

The Northumbrian coast is next before heading up to the Scottish border where the Spartans will venture to Hadrians Wall and then back down to the Lake District.  Coming back more inland they then walk, bike or run to Liverpool before brushing by Wales and taking on the final part of their epic journey by heading to Offa’s Dyke, then through the stunning Forest of Dean back to Bristol.

At the end of January BRIAN WHITE leads the way 672km into the challenge and is now heading along the South coast between Exmouth and Weymouth.  SHARON CROWLEY has completed 410km as she makes her way around Lands End, with KEN JUDE close behind at 360km through St Ives.  CATHY CRAIG has completed 342 km, midway between Newquay and St Ives, while TRACY PEZ (297km), PAUL HOLGATE (294km), LIZ CARVELL (294km) and LIZ CROWLEY (277km) are all heading towards Newquay, with JON SYPULA (222km) and LEE PICKERSGILL (200km) both now through Ilfracombe.  KERSTIN WEINER (201km), ANDY PRIOR (136km) and WENDY THARANI (109km) are heading towards Ilfracombe, and SIMON SYPULA (69km) and LISA JERROM (8km) have both left Bristol on the start of their journeys.

Fairlands Five in Fly 5K.  Despite poor weather in many areas a record 301 runners raced in Saturday’s virtual Fly 5K race.  The conditions may have been reflected by JIM BROWN taking more than two minutes longer than the previous week but winning his category with 27 minutes 15 seconds.

NICOLA ANDERSSON returned to Fly 5K action with 28:28.  NICK KLEANTHOUS took 29 minutes 21 seconds.  PENNY SCHENKEL improved by 23 seconds on seven days earlier with 29:37 and PAUL HOLGATE came in with 31:01.

 

Jim         Brown                                                   27:15     160

Nicola    Andersson                                          28:28     183

Nick       Kleanthous                                         29:21     206

Penny   Schenkel                                              29:37     215

Paul       Holgate                                                31:01     242

 

As (not) Parkruns don’t have to be run on a Saturday some different times are possible.  This week they were Marian Morley 25:19; Paul Shelley 26:34 (Wednesday); Jim Brown 26:44; Nick Kleanthous 27:15 and Alison Shelley 27:26.

There may be no live races, with all the restrictions, but there are many opportunities to take part in virtual events or enjoy training runs in ones and twos.

 

USA Done Now It’s Canada

CanadaVirtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run nearly 18,000 miles in their race across North America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA they have completed a tour of Canada by running more than 800 miles over the weekend.  On Saturday they have completed the Vancouver Marathon, something Spartan CAROL PAUL has done in real life, and visited Vancouver Island.  From there it was a short journey to Victoria for the Spartans completion of the Trans – Canadian Highway.  On day 84, Saturday, FVS completed 217 miles with 39 members posting a distance.

Then on Sunday, day 85, 79 members ran an impressive 609 miles to complete the Trans Canadian Highway.  That had kept the Spartans busy for a total of 22 days, 5205 miles and had included seven marathons.

The total distance run so far is 17,898 miles.

Now they are taking a bus trip to San Antonio in Texas where they will pick up the Pan – American Highway through Mexico.  A tour of South America will follow.

 

On and Off Road Challenge

Results will soon be available for the Spartans’ on and off road challenge.  They were encouraged to run a 5K and/or 5 miles in November and then see how close they could get off road over the same distances in December or January.

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SPARTAN 1 – 2 IN FLY 5K

There may be no live races, with all the restrictions, but there are many opportunities to take part in virtual events or enjoy training runs in ones and twos.

 

Fly 5K

Although it was about zero degrees dry surfaces, sunshine and a lack of wind meant some good times were likely for those running their Fly 5K virtual race in Stevenage on Saturday morning.

Fairlands Valley Spartans had three new runners – Brian White, Michael Andrews and Tessa Stephenson – who helped to bring them up to nine participants.

There was a Spartan one two in the male 65 plus category with BRIAN WHITE first, and 31st overall, with 21 minutes 12 seconds and JIM BROWN maintaining his second place from last week and 94th overall with 24:39.

Marion MorleyNICK KLEANTHOUS was next in 28:21 at 165th.  MICHAEL ANDREWS teamed up with PAUL HOLGATE to come 173rd equal with 28 minutes 43 seconds – a new Fly 5K personal best for Paul.

PENNY SCHENKEL chipped 29 seconds off last week’s time to come 200th exactly in thirty minutes exactly.

In her first Fly 5K TESSA STEPHENSON was 229th in 32:16; LIZ CARVELL was 235th in 32:35; and BETH FOLEY, running her second Fly 5K, was 258th in 37:04.  275 times were recorded.

As well as the Fly 5Ks several other 5K times were recorded in (not) Parkruns which do not have to be run on Saturday morning.  On Thursday PAUL JENNINGS took 29:05; on Friday NICOLA ANDERSSON finished in 31:30 while on Saturday there was MARIAN MORLEY in 25:35 and JUDY KING in 34:31.

And on Sunday it snowed……

 

USA Done Now It’s Canada

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run nearly 16,000 miles in their race across North America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA they are now in Canada.  Having completed the Winnipeg Marathon they are heading for Regina in Saskatchewan, which also has a marathon.

On Saturday, day 77 of their virtual relay, they completed 313 miles with 55 members posting a distance.  The total distance covered so far in 15,879 miles.

 

On and Off Road Challenge

There are just a few days for Spartans to run their off road part of the club’s on and off road challenge.  They were encouraged to run a 5K and/or 5 miles in November and then see how close they could get off road in December or January.

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SHARON UP THE SPINE

Sharon and Liz Crowley have been running and walking along the backbone of England, well at least virtually!  The pair have just completed the Montane Spine Challenger, 108 miles on the Peninne Way from Edale in the Peak District to Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. They completed the event well before the cut off which was the end of January!

There may be no races, with all the restrictions but many times sub three hour marathon runner GRANT RAMSAY says he is enjoying ticking over at 42 miles per week on average for the last seven weeks.  He’s been really consistent with his Sunday 20 mile training runs – 6 December 2 hours 11 minutes 38 seconds; 13 Dec 2:09:58; 20 Dec 2:08:35; 27 Dec 2:12:42; 3 Jan 2:10:59; 10 Jan 2:09:51 and 17 Jan 2:12:21.  All were run on a full circuit all within five miles of home.  He says he is doing far better now compared to recent years.  Consistency, avoiding injuries and enjoyment is key.

 

Fly 5K

Slow, slushy and sensible was JIM BROWN’s comment about Saturday morning’s virtual Fly 5K.

Jim BrownEarly morning snow followed by slush on Saturday morning made conditions difficult for fast times in our part of the world but five Spartans were determined to record qualifying times by the 12 noon deadline.  They were NICK KLEANTHOUS 26:12; JIM BROWN moving up from third in his category last week to second this time with 29:18; PENNY SCHENKEL running her tenth Fly 5K in 30:29; PAUL HOLGATE 30:35 and LIZ CARVELL 30:54.  There were 229 finishers from 44 clubs, many in and around Hertfordshire but others from much further away including Hampshire, Devon, Cornwall and Sydney, New South Wales.  Nick was 103rd, Jim 142nd; Penny 160th; Paul 164th and Liz 30:54.

Then it was a lovely calm sunny day on Sunday with many Spartans enjoying long training runs in ones and twos…..

As well as the Fly 5Ks several other 5K times were recorded in (not) Parkruns which do not have to be run on Saturday morning.  On Monday Jim Brown and Nick Kleanthous ran 5K in 25 minutes 21 and 25:35.  On Tuesday NICOLA ANDERSSON ran 5K in 27:22 and on Friday HELEN FOUCOURT took 38:51.  The additional Saturday runners were MARIAN MORLEY in 27:48 and PAUL JENNINGS in 28:18.

 

USA Done Now It’s Canada

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run nearly 15,000 miles in their race across North America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA they have started the Trans-Canada highway route and are now leaving Val-D’or and heading for Thunder Bay and a visit to Lake Superior .

On day 71 the Spartans completed 330 miles with 62 members posting a distance.  Their total distance so far is 14,604 miles.

 

New Challenges In Strange Times

BRIAN WHITE, Spartans Head Coach, is coming up with some fresh challenges to keep Spartans motivated and running during the new lockdown.  The first one is to improve 5K times over a four week period.

There are five sessions a week starting with a benchmark 5K; hill technique; recovery run; interval set; and easy time on feet longer run but continuing with different sessions each week.

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A NEW CHALLENGE TO KEEP RUNNING

Five Spartans tooHelene Foucourtk up the Fly 5K virtual challenge on Saturday morning.  They were JAMES McSWEENEY 24:18; JIM BROWN 26:40; PAUL HOLGATE 30:01; LIZ CARVELL 30:46 and PENNY SCHENKEL 31:05.  There were 229 finishers with James at 67th; Jim third in his category at 111th; Paul at 166th; Liz at 174th and Penny at 178th.

The 10th inter club FLY 5K league event will be this Saturday morning 16th January.  The club will be trying to get at least four women and four men taking part.  This is a virtual event and runs can be anywhere between 8a.m. and 12 noon.

 

USA Done Now It’s Canada

Trans canada highwayVirtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run nearly 13,000 miles in their race across North America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA they have started the Trans-Canada highway route and are heading for Moncton where they will visit the Magic Mountain.

On Saturday, day 63 of their relay, they completed 254 miles with 42 members posting a distance.  The total distance run so far is 12,856 miles.

 

New Challenges In Strange Times

BRIAN WHITE, Spartans Head Coach, is coming up with some fresh challenges to keep Spartans motivated and running during the new lockdown.  The first one is to improve 5K times over a four week period.

There are five sessions a week starting with a benchmark 5K; hill technique; recovery run; interval set; and easy time on feet longer run.

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NEW YEAR NEW TARGETS

Spartan Head Coach BRIAN WHITE is a European winner.  Racing in the European Masters Virtual 5K he was 24th overall in 21 minutes 50 seconds and third (bronze position) in the men 65 plus category and part of the winning (gold) GBR team.  Qualifying runs had to be done between 26th and 3st December.

 

New Year

Karen and JulieMany Spartans weren’t going to miss the chance for a resolution run on Friday 1st January and five took advantage of the Fly 5K New Year Specials.  As well as not being on a Saturday they were special in allowing participants to run more than one 5K.  JAMES McSWEENEY was the fastest Spartan with 24 minutes 23 seconds giving him 69th out of the 258 times recorded.  In his first 5K JIM BROWN was 155th and third male 65 plus with 29:30 but in his second he was a bit quicker with 26:28 which moved him up to 109th and second in his category.  PENNY SCHENKEL was 175th in 30:27.  LIZ CARVELL also ran a double in her first she ran 30:30 for fourth female 60 plus then she went again in 34:36.  PAUL HOLGATE was 233rd in 34:17.  This was Fly event 32.

Saturday 2nd being the first Saturday of the month was stripey Saturday for the Spartans and some of those tackled the virtual Fly 5K event 33 which was in the usual Saturday morning slot.  JAMES McSWEENEY was 78th in 25 minutes 50 seconds and JIM BROWN 93rd in 26:30 which was good enough for third in his category.  NICK KLEANTHOUS came in with 28:21 for 117th.  PENNY SCHENKEL was 146th in 31:21 and PAUL HOLGATE 156th in 32:24.  182 times were recorded.  Other Spartans enjoyed training runs in ones and twos.

Unlike Fly 5Ks (not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.  Ten Spartans recorded times for (not) Parkrun number 29 and those that were different to the Fly times were BARRY OSBORNE 24:39; JIM BROWN 25:13 (run on Tuesday); PAUL SHELLEY 26:54; ALISON SHELLEY 26:58; PAUL JENNINGS 27:03 and NICOLA ANDERSSON 27:20.

It’s been a busy few days for Paul Holgate.  In addition to his Fly 5K exploits he ran the BMAF virtual 10K on New Year’s Eve.  His 1 hour 10 minutes 35 seconds got him 407th place.  On Sunday he recorded 1:01:02 in the Virtual Stevenage Cross Country 5 miles Challenge.  That was 1:29 slower than December due to softer ground

 

USA Done Now It’s Canada

Tracy and AbbieVirtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run more than 11,000 miles in their race across North America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

FVS have completed Route 66 and 34 standard, or ultra, marathons across the US.  They are now in Canada and heading to St Johns in Newfoundland to pick up the Trans-Canadian Highway.  On day 56, Saturday, they completed 275 miles with 56 members posting a distance.  Their total distance in this relay is 11,389 miles.

 

Tables

Full results for all Spartans would normally be listed below – back soon.  Here’s the virtual (not) ParkRun Spartan results for the week including 2nd January:

Name Time
JAMES McSWEENEY 24:23
BARRY OSBORNE 24:38
JIM BROWN 25:13
PAUL SHELLEY 26:54
ALISON SHELLEY 26:58
PAUL JENNINGS 27:03
NICOLA ANDERSSON 27:20
NICK KLEANTHOUS 28:21
PENNY SCHENKEL 31:21
PAUL HOLGATE 32:24

 

That was event 29.

 

Fly 5k Event 32 (New Year’s Day)             

James McSweeney          24:23       69

Jim Brown                         26:28    109         2nd MV65

Jim Brown (2)                    29:30     155         3rd MV65

Penny Schenkel                30:27    175

Liz Carvell                            30:30     176         4th FV60

Paul Holgate                     34:17     233

Liz Carvell (2)                     34:36     234

258 times recorded

 

Fly 5k Event 33 (Sat 2/1/21)

James McSweeney          25:50       78

Jim Brown                           26:30       93         3rd MV65

Nick Kleanthous                               28:21     117

Penny Schenkel                31:21     146

Paul Holgate                       32:24     156

182 times recorded

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SPARTANS RUN 10,000 MILES

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run more than 10,000 miles in their race across America.

On day 50 339 miles were completed by 47 Spartans.  They ran the Washington (Virginia) and Philadephia Marathons and are now heading for the New York Marathon.

Despite Lockdown Two and Tier Four they have run the historic Route 66 and many marathons in the USA including the Las Vegas, Death Valley, Big Sur, San Francisco, Napa Valley, El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, La Fayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Gulf Shores, Talahassee Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wrightsville, Kitty Hawk and Richmond Marathons plus covering the ground in between and have thrown in some ultra (i.e. longer than 26.2 miles) events including the Western States, Badwater 135, and Grand to Grand Ultra runs.

 

Flying High At Christmas

Sally and NikkiFor the second time Fairlands Valley Spartans had a qualifying team in the Fly 5K inter club event and they are moving up.  Their 286 points brought them sevenths position.  This was part of the 31st Fly on Boxing Day and Team Spartan consisted of JAMES McSWEENEY 42nd and second in category with a Fly PB of 23 minutes 30 seconds; JIM BROWN whose 25:35 moved him up from third in recent races to WIN his category and make it into the top half of the field at 76th; NICOLA ANDERSSON was 110th in 28:14; PENNY SCHENKEL 143rd in 31:52 and PAUL HOLGATE 150th in 33:10.  There were 170 finishers.

The 30th Fly 5K was a Christmas Day Special.  Nicola Andersson was 41st in 28 minutes 51 seconds and Jim Brown Santa Cantered around in a full Father Christmas outfit for 31 minutes 44 seconds and 117th out of the 137 finishers.

The next Fly 5K virtual race will be on New Year’s Day with more on stripey Saturday morning 2nd January.  The events are free but you need to register via the Fly 5K Facebook page.

The Spartans have been active in many virtual races, you run the distance wherever you like but time yourself and submit it to the organisers.

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JONATHAN IS A RECORD BREAKER

A Fairlands Valley Spartans club record tumbled on Saturday with JONATHAN PARR running 5K in just 15 minutes 57 seconds.

The previous record 16 minutes exactly had been held by Callum Stewart since 18th August 2018.  Jonathan improved on the 16:13 he ran in February this year to beat that by three seconds.  Appropriately he was running at the Olympic Park.

 

Really In Essex

The Spartans were in action at three other “real” races on Sunday.  All were on Debden Airfield with club members in the 5K; 10K and half marathon.  These were the postponed Essex Remembrance events.

Not the greatest conditions greeted the Spartans arrival at Debden Airbase with plenty of rain in the air.  A well planned, Covid secure, start saw them called forward in sixes by their bib numbers as they set off in small groups at 20 second intervals.

The course was mainly flat with a few minor slopes, the major obstacles were the giant, and deep, puddles covering the width of the track at around 4K & 8K.  DAVID PATTMAN ran a new personal best in the 10K.  His 44:06 was a 1 minute 9 second improvement on his previous 45:15.

STEVEN DOBNER was surprised to find at 8K that he was on target to be close to his personal best as he had set off just running to how he felt with no time in mind.  Having noticed the opportunity he upped the pace in the final 1500 metres to sneak a new personal best by nine seconds with 48:41.  Extremely surprising having been out with an ankle ligament injury for a month in September/October and the race being his first since the pre covid days!

Paul and Alison SHELLEY ran the Essex Remembrance Run 10K.  They said it was very cold, wet and windy, but they finally got to wear real race numbers again, and the start was well organised and socially distanced.

Paul was super pleased to run his first ever sub-40 10K with a personal best (PB) chip time of 39:56.  Alison surprised herself with a two second PB at 51:05.

Position Name Time Comments
30 PAUL SHELLEY 39:56 PB.  4VM50
54 DAVID PATTMAN 44:06 PB (by 1:09)
70 STEVEN DOBNER 48:41 PB (by 9 seconds).
84 ALISON SHELLEY 51:05 PB (by 2 seconds).  4VW50.


YUKO GORDON ran the 5K.  She said she was lucky as it was still dry and added, “I liked the flat open course but I needed better awareness of the 6×6 start.  The five others in my wave were young and fast, my initial rhythm was messed up, over paced and I lost it. I was glad it was only 5K.”  Nevertheless she still won the women 60 plus category in 23 minutes 19 seconds.

Jim BrownThe weather well and truly arrived for 1p.m. and the start of the half marathon on Debden Airfield.  With next to no shelter the wind howled across the course and it was a battle to keep moving let alone “sprint” for the last 500 metres.  The race consisted of three laps, each just over seven kilometres.  Lap one wind and rain; lap two just wind; lap three wind getting stronger and rain back.  Not a steeplechase but runners had to negotiate a watersplash through a flood on each lap.  With the conditions it was almost dark for some of the slower runners as they battled their way across the finish line.  JIM BROWN said it was hard but a big thank you to the organisers, ATW, for finding a Covid secure way to let runners race.  Not quite what he wanted but 1 hour 53 minutes 23 seconds was not bad in the circumstances.

 

Ultra John (Harris)

John Harris ran the “Twas the run before Xmas Off road Ultra” at Horseheath Racecourse in Cambridgeshire.   He covered 36 miles in 6 hours 8 minutes in very muddy and wet conditions.  He ran the furthest of all the competitors, eleven laps and a new ultra course record.

 

Running in the USA

Lockdown Take Two did not stop Fairlands Valley Spartans running and they are going to keep running across the USA until New Year’s Eve.

They have completed the historic Route 66, the Las Vegas, Death Valley, Big Sur, San Francisco, Napa Valley, El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, La Fayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Gulf Shores, Talahassee Jacksonville and Orlando Marathons. Also the Western States, Badwater 135, and Grand to Grand Ultra runs.

By Saturday evening, day 36, they had run a total of 7,720 miles with 40 members posting a total of 183 miles on that day.

 

Hard Soft Challenge – Time To Get Muddy

NIKKI WILBY now has more than fifty entrants in her hard soft motivator.  Run 5K or 5 miles on tarmac in November then see how close you can get to matching the time cross country in December.  Times up for the November on road qualifiers.  Now it’s time to get muddy.

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SANTA SPARTANS STARTING TO STIR

Clearly three Spartans had been longing for a real race, or the lock down training had been really effective.

They roared round Drift Limits motor circuit, Hemel Hempstead in Sunday’s postponed Hertfordshire Remembrance Run 10K.

Stuart Haycroft

Despite thick fog and near freezing conditions STUART HAYCROFT easily beat 40 minutes with 38 minutes 15 seconds; JIM BROWN ran his fastest 10K for almost two years and beat what he thought was an unachievable target for this year, sub 50 and an age related score over 70%, with 49 minutes 21 seconds and PAUL HOLGATE ran a season’s best 59:49, a big improvement to get under the hour for the first time in 2020.  Jim was fifth man 60 plus; Stuart eighth man 40 plus and Paul eighth man 60 plus.  There were 181 runners in this Covid secure but timed and accurately measured event.

 

Position Name Time Comments
46 STUART HAYCROFT 38:15  
112 JIM BROWN 49:21 Year’s Best.  5M60.  71.7%.
160 PAUL HOLGATE 59:49 SB (10:18)

 

Virtual Spartans

Jim BrownAnd the Spartans have been active in many virtual races, you run the distance but time yourself and submit it to the organisers.

In the 27th Fly 5K on Saturday morning NICK KLEANTHOUS was 101st in 27 minutes 42 seconds; NICOLA ANDERSSON 117th in 28:39; JIM BROWN 123rd in 28:53; PENNY SCHENKEL 124th in a new Fly 5K personal best of 28:54 – an improvement by 1 minute 39 seconds on the previous week which was also a PB; and PAUL HOLGATE 136th in 30:01.  There were 190 finishers.

Paul HolgateThe 25th (not) Stevenage ParkRun brought out JAMES McSWEENEY 25:15 and JIM BROWN 27:00 in addition to those who ran the Fly event.  While Fly 5Ks have to be run on a Saturday morning (Not) parkruns can be run any day of the week.

JENNY GARRETT and VICKY ARCHER ran the Virtual Hatfield Five Mile race on the day the event would have taken place.  Jenny finished in 47:25 and Vicky in 47:30.  The real race has been postponed to Sunday 27th December.

 

 

Running in the USA

Lockdown Take Two did not stop Fairlands Valley Spartans running and they are going to keep running across the USA until New Year’s Eve.

FVS are on the road again.  They have completed the historic Route 66, the Las Vegas, Death Valley, Big Sur, San Francisco, Napa Valley, El Paso, San Antonio and Houston Marathons. Also the Western States, Badwater 135, and Grand to Grand Ultra runs.

On day 31, Sunday, they completed 394 miles with 54 members posting a distance.  The Spartans are now heading for Florida.  They completed the La Fayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans Marathons yesterday.  The next marathon is the Gulf Shores.  So far they have run a total of 6821 miles in their virtual relay.

 

Hard Soft Challenge – Time To Get Muddy

NIKKI WILBY now has more than fifty entrants in her hard soft motivator.  Run 5K or 5 miles on tarmac in November then see how close you can get to matching the time cross country in December.  Times up for the November on road qualifiers.  Now it’s time to get muddy.

PAUL HOLGATE was out there on the first day possible, 1st December, to run his Virtual Stevenage Cross Country five miles in 59 minutes 33 seconds.

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NOW 5,000 MILES IN LOCKDOWN 2 RELAY

 

Lockdown Take Two did not stop Fairlands Valley Spartans running.  With a series of virtual events; a new relay – this time across the USA; a hard soft challenge and “buddying” opportunities as an alternative to running solo they kept very active.

They have run the whole of the historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles and gone on to complete the Las Vegas, Death Valley, Big Sur, San Francisco and Napa Valley Marathons and the 100 mile Western States Endurance Run.

On day 23, Saturday, they completed 245 miles with 52 members posting a distance.

Then on day 24, Sunday, they completed 482 miles with 61 members.  On their way to Houston they visited the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and completed the El Paso Marathon.  By Sunday evening their total distance so far was 5,429 miles.

It looks like the new health restrictions will allow some real races from 5th December and we look forward to reporting those.

 

Hard Soft Challenge – Time To Get Muddy

NIKKI WILBY now has more than fifty entrants in her hard soft motivator.  Run 5K or 5 miles on tarmac in November then see how close you can get to matching the time cross country in December.  Time’s up for the November on road qualifiers.  Now it’s time to get muddy.

 

Flying With A Team

It was a first for Fairlands Valley Spartans on Saturday with a team qualifying for the Fly 5K interclub competition for the first time.

This was the 26th Fly 5K virtual run on a Saturday morning but the eighth inter-club competition.  Fly 5K sprang up when parkruns were suspended.  265 including the five Spartans team of five ran in edition 26.  Although participants in this virtual event all have to start by 12 noon on a Saturday morning they are running in different places at different times.

Running around Stevenage on Saturday morning JIM BROWN repeated his third in category performance with 25 minutes 57 seconds.  He was 144th.

NICK KLEANTHOUS was 154th in 26:19; NICOLA ANDERSSON 168th in 27:09; PAUL HOLGATE 210th in 30:02 and PENNY SCHENKEL 220th with a Fly 5K personal best of 30:33, an improvement by 1 minute 6 seconds.

While Fly 5Ks have to be run on a Saturday morning (Not) parkruns can be run any day of the week.  In addition to the Fly times MARIAN MORLEY ran a 26:00; ALISON SHELLEY 29:37 and PAUL JENNINGS 30:22.

ALISON SHELLEY, CLAIRE EMMERSON and JENNY GARRETT all ran the Virtual Bass Belle 10 miles on the weekend the “real” event would have taken place.  Alison took 1 hour 29 minutes while Claire and Jenny both completed the course in 1 hour 36 seconds.

The cancellation of mass start races during the second lockdown upset his plans but JIM BROWN ran another virtual half marathon in Stevenage on Sunday.  This time was 1:58:05.  In November he ran better than the average equivalent of a parkrun every day.  All part of his efforts to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities.  Other Spartans are raising money for Feed Up Warm Up.

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ROUTE 66 IN ELEVEN DAYS

 

Lockdown Take Two has not stopped Fairlands Valley Spartans running.  With a series of virtual events; a new relay; a hard soft challenge and “buddying” opportunities as an alternative to running solo they are keeping very active.

They have run the whole of the historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

By Saturday evening the Spartans were 1,837 miles into their virtual relay run.  On Saturday, day 10 of their lockdown two challenge they visited the Grand Canyon with the 32 runners covering 169 miles between Seligman in Arizona and Needles in California.

Then on Sunday, day 11 they completed a huge 435 miles with 61 members posting a distance.  They reached Santa Monica and have finished Route 66 with a total distance of 2,272 miles.  They got their kicks on Route 66.  Now they will continue and complete various marathons in the surrounding States.

 

Hard Soft Challenge

And NIKKI WILBY now has more than twenty entrants in her hard soft motivator.  Run 5K or 5 miles on tarmac in November then see how close you can get to matching the time cross country in December.

 

Other Virtuals

Running around Stevenage on Saturday morning JIM BROWN was second man 65 plus in the 24th virtual Fly 5K event with 26 minutes 3 seconds.  He made it into the top half at 100th out of the record 212 participants.  NICK KLEANTHOUS, also top half at 106th, finished in 26:24, NICOLA ANDERSSON was 129th in 27:57 and PAUL HOLGATE 170th in 30:26.

Fly 5Ks have to be run on a Saturday morning.  (Not) parkruns can be run any day of the week.  In addition to the Fly times NICK KLEANTHOUS ran 26:08; JAMES McSWEENEY 26:14; MARIAN MORLEY 26:42; NICOLA ANDERSSON 28:39; PAUL JENNINGS 29:56 and PENNY SCHENKEL 32:11.

NICK GILL ran the virtual Silverstone 10K in 43 minutes 5 seconds.

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KEEP ON RUNNING

 

Lockdown Take Two has not stopped Fairlands Valley Spartans running.  With a series of virtual events; a new relay; a hard soft challenge and “buddying” opportunities as an alternative to running solo they are keeping very active.

Nineteen Spartans ran the Stevenage 10K virtual event.  They included ANDY McGUINNESS 15th overall out of 388 in a new personal best (PB) of 46 minutes 32 seconds, an improvement of 1 minute 45 seconds; GRAHAM BLACKBURN who equalled his season’s best (SB) with 48:54 which gave him 31st overall and fourth in his category; new member DANIK BATES 51st with 50:53; JIM BROWN fourth in his category at 63rd with 52:10; KELLY HURREN fifth in  her category and 78th with 54:16; NICOLA ANDERSSON made the top 100 with 55:49 and was seventh in her category; ANGIE KEELING ran a season’s best 70:55 and TONI NICHOLS beat her personal best by 1 minute 56 with 73:23.

(You’ll find all the Spartan results in a table near the end of this release).

 

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

Spartans keep on running.  The twin towns relay was hugely popular in the first lockdown.  Now head coach BRIAN WHITE has come up with another challenge – Route 66.  Very topical with the recent US election.

route66-2The Spartans started in Chicago by running the marathon, now they are following the heritage route 66 all the way to Los Angeles.  It’s about 2,300 miles and scenic updates will be provided along the way.  On Saturday, day three, they completed 223 miles with 42 Spartans posting a distance to get between Sullivan and Carthage in Missouri. They have run 541 miles so far.

On Day 4, Sunday, 45 Spartans ran another 328 miles so Team Spartan is now between Tulsa and Clinton in Oklahoma.  869 miles covered so far.

The States they are running through are (election result): Illinois (blue, Democrat); Missouri (red, Republican); Oklahoma (red); Texas (red); New Mexico (blue); Arizona (blue) and California (blue).  So they are heading for lots of blue states!

Get your kicks on Route 66
Well it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2000 miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66

Well it goes from St Louis, down to Missouri
Oklahoma city looks oh so pretty
You’ll see Amarillo and Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona don’t forget Winona
Kingsman, Barstow, San Bernadino
Would you get hip to this kindly trip
And take that California trip
Get your kick on Route 66

 

Hard Soft Challenge

And NIKKI WILBY has come up with another motivator.  Run 5K or 5 miles on tarmac in November then see how close you can get to matching the time cross country in December.

 

Other Virtuals

Running around Stevenage on Saturday morning JIM BROWN was second man 65 plus in the 23rd virtual Fly 5K event.  NICK KLEANTHOUS finished in 26:32 and PAUL HOLGATE improved his 2020 5K time by 8 seconds with 29:49.

Competitors were recording times as far away as Sydney, Australia.  There was a record 244 participants.

Fly events have to be run on a Saturday morning.  In addition in the 21st (not) Stevenage ParkRun 5K PAUL JENNINGS completed in 27:15; MARIAN MORLEY in 28:06 and

RACHEL SKYE ran her own Virtual ParkRun 5K in 28:20K.

DANNY SCANLON and MATT CLARKE both ran virtual half marathons.  Danny in a new season’s best 1:32:16 and Matt in 1:59:30.

 

Tables

Spartans at the virtual Stevenage 10K

Position Name Time Comments
15 ANDY McGUINNESS 46:32 PB (1:45)
31 GRAHAM BLACKBURN 48:54 4th in category.  Equals SB
51 DANIK BATES 50:53
63 JIM BROWN 52:10 4th in category.
78 KELLY HURREN 54:16 5th in category.
100 NICOLA ANDERSSON 55:49 7th in category
170 STEVEN DOBNER 60:02
256 CATHY BAKER 70:17
260 ANGIE KEELING 70:55 SB (1:37)
282 TONI NICHOLS 73:23 PB (1:56)
288 MATTHEW PATTMAN 74:09
294 PENNY SCHENKEL 75:35
303 RACHAEL MILLER 76:53
309 SALLY PICKLES 77:49
316 STEPH BIGGAR 79:14
333 PAM TAYLOR 83:09
356 EMMA SUTHERINGTON 96:36
387 KAREN BROOM 2:39:00
388 SALLY McBRIDE 2:46:45
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LAST CHANCE OLYMPIC

 

calliehazelgrantCALLIE CHAPMAN and HAZEL SMITH ran the Olympic Park 10K on Sunday in the final race before new lockdown comes into force.  The race was well managed with waves of four runners setting off at a time to complete four laps of the park.  In the warm but windy conditions Callie completed the course in 1:05:07 and Hazel in an excellent 51:23.

GRANT RAMSAY and ANDY McGUINNESS were also at the Olympic Park.  Grant was twelfth in the race with 38 minutes 13 seconds and Andy 50th in 44:14.  There were 280 finishers.

 

Virtual Verity

Spartan VERITY SUTTON FISHER ran a virtual marathon, only her second 26.2 miles event, on Sunday.  To raise money for Huntingdon’s Disease she ran between Stevenage and Letchworth, including the Greenway, and finished in 5 hours 4 minutes 49 seconds.

JAMES McSWEENEY ran the Adnams Virtual 10K in 49 minutes 10 seconds.  That was better than his 10K time from Standalone but this was on the flat Suffolk fens.

 

Other Virtuals

In the 22nd virtual Fly 5K event NICOLA ANDERSSON was 88th in 28 minutes 38 seconds; NICK KLEANTHOUS 99th in 29:12 and PAUL HOLGATE 128th in 34:46.

Nicola was faster in the 20th (not) Stevenage ParkRun 5K with 26:48 while Nick and Paul had the same times.  The others in the virtual parkrun were James McSweeney 24:56; Paul Jennings 26:45; Jim Brown 27:30 and Marian Morley 28:01