585 runners from 20 clubs ran in the Mob Match at Welwyn Garden City on Thursday evening and 84 of them were from Fairlands Valley Spartans.
This was a celebration for the Stevenage based club which was promoted to Division One of the Mid Week League in the last counting race of the reason.
Many Spartans ran together in groups often encouraging new members who were running their first ever 10K race but this did not stop the club finishing third out of twenty beating several who will be in Division One next year. A very positive indicator for 2020.
The FVS women did really well. They came third, beating clubs like St Albans Striders and Garden City Runners. ASHLEY KING led in the 33 women in seventh place with a time of 41 minutes 45 seconds. Four others beat 50 minutes – MICHELLE REEVES eleventh in 43:15; GAIL MACKIE 18th in 44:53; YUKO GORDON winning the 65 plus competition at 25th in 47:04 and EVA RAMSEY 47th in 49:42.
The men, with a total of 51 runners, were fifth but scored well enough to contribute to the third place overall. CALLUM STEWART was third in the race with 33 minutes 48 seconds. GRANT RAMSAY 38:04; KEITH COUGHLIN 39:03 and DANNY HUKIN 39:29 also beat forty minutes.
(All 84 Spartan times can be found near the end of this release).
Race to the Stones
Ultra took over from 10K at the weekend. Eleven Spartans took on the 100 kilometre Race to the Stones. That’s 100km along the oldest path in Britain, The Ridgeway, and finish at the iconic Avebury Stone Circle.
TIM SABAN ran the race straight through on Saturday. His official time was 11:20:15 giving him 52nd overall and third in his age group. He says. “I had a brilliant run on a very difficult and challenging course let alone it being over 62 miles long. Erica Grayson followed me in the car, whilst I ran, offering roadside support and encouragement along the way.”
Nine other Spartans finished – Neal Muggleton 18:58:40; Julie Shadbolt 18:59:44; Claire Emmerson 18:59:45; Hazel Smith 18:59:45; John Nelms 19:02:42; Jackie Downes 19:12:57; Calantha Chapman 19:49:04; Cathy Craig 20:33:04 and Sharon Crowley 20:33:04.
Jenny Garrett pulled out at 75km after persevering with a damaged calf muscle.
Hazel said the terrain was very tough with many uneven chalky surfaces. Well the path is 5,000 years old. Night running was the toughest but we kept moral high by singing and enjoying the spectacular views along the way! They’d like to thank their fabulous support team (Darren Emmerson and Jenny’s husband Andy). Without them this would not have been possible. Darren even put on his running shoes and supported by running 25K of the route!!
He managed the following times. Race 1. 22.54; Race 2. 23.55; Race 3. 24.15; Race 4. 25.56 and Race 5. 27.50
He said it was a well organised enjoyable race with lots of food, gels, cakes, drinks and massages included! It was a tough race and he did find it tough as the races went on as his legs tightened and tightened. Danny recommends this one.
CHARLOTTE KEARNEY loved the City 10K in Shoreditch and she achieved a new personal best of 1:02:22.
Milton Keynes 10K
486 runners took part in this year’s Milton Keynes 10K race in the East Midlands Grand Prix series including Spartans Roger Biggs and Paul Holgate who have taken part now every year since 2002. In fairly humid conditions and in his 254th 10k race, Paul improved on his Stevenage 10K time from 2 weeks ago by 7 minutes and 21 seconds to finish in a Year Best time of 72:54, while Roger, taking part in his 170th 10k race, improved on his Stevenage 10K time by 4:57 to finish in 74:51
Fairlands Valley Challenge
The Fairlands Valley Challenge off road events are coming up this Sunday 21st July. They start and finish in Stevenage. Have a look at www.fvspartans.org.uk The Relays in the Park will be on Thursday evening 25th July. The Stevenage Half Marathon will be on Sunday 3rd November.
Parkrun Highlights 13th July 2019
Thirty one Fairland Valley Spartans headed out to run at seven different Parkrun venues on a cooler morning. It has been a weekend of newcomer, new venues, milestones and PBs.
The quickest Spartan and quickest female Spartan both ran at Ellenbrooks Field with Dean CARPENTER finishing with a time of 18:51 and Alison SHELLEY finishing with a time of 24:08 (PB).
Five Spartans recorded new PBs including Matt CLARKE (22:50 at Stevenage), David PATTMAN (21:21 at Ellenbrooks Field), Paul SHELLEY (19:04 at Ellenbrooks Field), Dean CARPENTER and Alison SHELLEY.
Andrew VAUGHAN completed his first Parkrun at Ellenbrooks Field in 19:32.
Three Spartans tried out new venues with Dean CARPENTER and Paul SHELLEY at Ellenbrooks Field and John ROXBOROUGH (22:24) at Aylesbury.
Grace BROWN (25:37) and Nick KLEANTHOUS (25:39) completed their 30th and 60th Parkrun at Ellenbrooks Field respectively and Debbie BLANTERN completed her 60th Parkrun at Stevenage.
(All the Spartan Parkrun results can be found in a table near the end of this release)
Some other Spartans including YUKO GORDON, CAROL PAUL, PENNY SCHENKEL and JIM BROWN enjoyed the Baldock Cycle Challenge which was organised by Baldock Events Forum and Cycling UK Stevenage.
33 Spartan women at the Mob Match
|Race||Women||First Name||Last Name||Cat||Vet||Time||Cat.|
51 Spartan men at the Mob Match
|Race||Men||First Name||Last Name||Cat||Vet||Time||Cat.|
Parkrun Results Saturday 13th July
|Aylesbury||32||29||John ROXBOROUGH||00:22:24||New venue|
|Ellenbrooks Field||6||6||Dean CARPENTER||00:18:51||PB, New venue|
|Ellenbrooks Field||8||8||Paul SHELLEY||00:19:04||PB, New venue|
|Ellenbrooks Field||11||11||Andrew VAUGHAN||00:19:32||First timer|
|Ellenbrooks Field||37||35||David PATTMAN||00:21:21||PB|
|Ellenbrooks Field||77||8||Alison SHELLEY||00:24:08||PB|
|Ellenbrooks Field||78||70||Steven DOBNER||00:24:09|
|Ellenbrooks Field||118||14||Grace BROWN||00:25:37||30th|
|Ellenbrooks Field||119||105||Nick KLEANTHOUS||00:25:39||60th|
|Wimpole Estate||152||123||Barry KING||00:26:55|
|Wimpole Estate||303||201||Nick WITCOMBE||00:34:00|