Twenty two Fairlands Valley Spartans competed in Sunday’s Cross Country League race on Therfield Heath. Running the undulating 5.5 miles course in 35 minutes 40 seconds SIMON JACKSON was first finisher for the club in 17th position overall. The club’s fastest woman, CHRISTINE LATHWELL was 51st and second Spartan in just 39 minutes 19 seconds.
ADRIAN DONNELLY was 102nd in 42:43; TRACY PEZ 118th in 43:29; STEVE MAYFIELD 137th in 45:16; DANIEL BATES 152nd in 46:39 and RHIANNON GRIFFIN 162nd in 47:06.
The rest of the men’s team consisted of JOHN ROXBOROUGH, 174th in 48:15; ANDY JAY, 177th in 48:17; MARK CHEADLE, 215th in 51:23; BARRY KING, 218th in 51:23; ANTHONY WHITE, 239th in 54:24; DAVID CADOGAN, 258th in 56:22; NICK WITCOMBE, 285th in 60:05; MARK FREEMAN, 290th in 60:20 and PAUL HOLGATE, 299th in 64:26.
The women’s team was completed by JULIE SIMMONS, 178th in 48:23; PETA WILSON, 243rd in 54:50; KAREN LIDDLE, 249th in 55:08; SHARON CROWLEY, 282nd in 60:00; LORRAINE THOMAS, 297th in 63:39 and LIZ CROWLEY, 300th in 64:29.
Position Name Time
17 SIMON JACKSON 35:40
102 ADRIAN DONNELLY 42:43
137 STEVE MAYFIELD 45:16
152 DANIEL BATES 46:39
174 JOHN ROXBOROUGH 48:15
177 ANDY JAY 48:17
215 MARK CHEADLE 51:23
218 BARRY KING 51:23
239 ANTHONY WHITE 54:24*
258 DAVID CADOGAN 56:22
285 NICK WITCOMBE 60:05*
290 MARK FREEMAN 60:20
299 PAUL HOLGATE 64:26
Position Name Time
51 CHRISTINE LATHWELL 39:19
118 TRACY PEZ 43:29
162 RHIANNON GRIFFIN 47:06*
178 JULIE SIMMONS 48:23
243 PETA WILSON 54:50*
249 KAREN LIDDLE 55:08
282 SHARON CROWLEY 60:00
297 LORRAINE THOMAS 63:39
300 LIZ CROWLEY 64:29
The fifth and final race in the series will be in Watford on Sunday 16th February.
Fairlands Valley Spartans Presentation Evening, Dinner and Disco will be on Friday evening, 28th February. Tickets are £23. More details from www.fvspartans.org.uk
Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including the:
• Handicap 5K on Thursday 23rd January
• Cross country race five at Watford on Sunday 16th February
• Presentation Evening on Friday 28th February 2014
• Veterans Cross Country Championships in Royston on 16th March 2014.
• Off Road Challenge in Stevenage on Sunday 20th July 2014.
• Stevenage Marathon on Sunday 2nd November 2014.
Join The Spartans
Live in or near Stevenage? Like running? Fairlands Valley Spartans is your local running club and is on the up! The club was voted the UK’s Best Running Club in 2010. It now has hundreds of members and encourages participation by all. The Spartans have a varied training programme to suit those who want to run 5 kilometres through to full marathons.
The Spartans weekday training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Go along to the new sports centre at Marriotts School – a Sports College, Brittain Way, Stevenage (SG2 8UT) at 7p.m. Up to five running groups go out on training nights – there will be one to suit you!
The Spartan Starter group starts from Marriotts at 7.30p.m. every Monday (except public holidays) and 7p.m. every Thursday.
Most long Sunday morning training sessions start 9.30a.m. sharp. Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, Stevenage most Saturdays from 9.15a.m. There are events to enter every Sunday. Newcomers are very welcome – those who have not done very much running yet might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.
Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £35 per year, £25 without UKA membership. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website www.fvspartans.org.uk Please ask if you would like a paper copy.
If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509), Vivienne Honey 07702 846304 or visit their website www.fvspartans.org.uk
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More from Jim Brown (Press Officer) 0793 968 7509 or Vivienne Honey (Secretary) 07702 846304