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Cruising in Chelmsford * Here Comes Our Half


Fairlands Valley Spartans took full advantage of the last Sunday in “Summertime” for some amazing races from 5K to full 26.2 mile marathons.

CLAIRE EMMERSON completed the Abingdon Marathon in 3.53.57 on Sunday, her goal was sub four hours, so she was really pleased with her result.  It’s a huge personal best (PB) by over 36 minutes.  Claire is women’s captain for Fairlands Valley Spartans.

ANDREW PATTERSON despite suffering with a hip niggle last week and pain through the race took 34 seconds of his personal best to finish in a championship qualifying 2 hours 41 minutes 46 seconds.  He was eleventh overall in the race.


Chelmsford Marathon

The Chelmsford Marathon isn’t flat but conditions were great for tackling 26.2 miles.

Spartan STUART ARCHER came in 102nd with an impressive sub 3:30 3 hours 28 minutes 50 seconds.

JIM BROWN made a last minute decision to run.  He said he had such a bad time at the overheated London Marathon that he thought he should put that behind him before the end of the year and perhaps get a “Good For Age” qualification.  Well he beat his London time by 35 minutes 22 seconds and got his GFA by more than eleven minutes with 3:48:28 and 185th out of the 582 finishers.  He said one of the beauties of an event with a few hundred runners rather than many thousands is that you can get a clear run most of the way.  Jim commented he could have done without some of the climbs in the second half, such as into Willingale, but was delighted with his time.

Now with well over 900 marathons done ROGER BIGGS finished in 6 hours 1 minute 13 seconds and was second veteran 70 plus.


Get 4th November In Your Diary

More than 500 people have already entered the Stevenage Half Marathon which will be on Sunday 4th November.  This superb local event is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans and includes the senior county championships.  It’s on an accurately measured and licensed course starting from Ridlins and including Fairlands Valley Park.  All the surplus from this volunteer organised event will go to charity.  The 2018 Charity for the Stevenage Half Marathon Charity is Kawasaki Kid.  Don’t miss out.  Enter now.  Go to or via


Three Peaks Ultra

THOMAS SAUKA finished the Three Peaks Ultra Marathon in 10 hours 40 minutes 17 seconds.  He said, “I’m well chuffed with that, all I can say is if you think it was easy, think again, a lot is on the Pennine Way and there is 2353 metres of elevation over the 43 miles.  I fell twice but it was a great event if a bit cloudy and drizzly on the tops.”


Bronze for Bowker

It was bronze for Bowker at the Leigh on Sea 10K.  DAVID BOWKER was third Vet 60 in the EMAC (East of England Veterans) Championships for men 60 plus with 43 minutes 34 seconds.


Great South Run – Ten Miles

The Great South Run was ERICA GRAYSON and MAGGIE MONTGOMERY’s third named “Great” Run in less than two months.

Erica ran a new PB (personal best) for ten miles of 1:27:01 and ANGIE KEELING cut her PB by 12 minutes 10 seconds to 1:43:48 but JENNY GARRETT led Team Spartan when she finished in 1 hour 24 minutes 45 seconds, a new PB by nearly two minutes and a course PB by 5:14.

SAM SIMMONS also ran the GSR.  He said, “This was my first big race which was  a fantastic day – from the moment I arrived the atmosphere was amazing.  Weather was beautiful and running along the shores and to see the boats of Portsmouth was fantastic.

I had to earn my PB as I started too far back and got stuck in some congestion but kept cool and managed my first sub 1:35.”

Jonathan JONES ran 10 miles in the Great South Run, Portsmouth in a new PB of 1 hour 37.57, knocking an incredible 22 mins off his time for the same course last year.

SUE HAMER came in with 1:46:11 and Maggie Montgomery in 2:17:42.

The previous day, Saturday, HAZEL JONES ran the Portsmouth 5K in 36:07.


Town and Gown 10K

MEGAN TAYLOR ran the Town and Gown 10K on Sunday morning in Cambridge and got a new PB.  Her official time was 53 minutes exactly.

Her previous PB set in 2013 was 55:08 and her fastest 10K so far this year was 1:01:39 in Hyde Park.


Parkrun Round Up Saturday 20th October

Spartans ran at seven different parkrun locations this weekend with three achieving new PBs and one first timer.  Liz SMITH ran Stevenage, her first parkrun in 25:10 and was 14th female.   Simon SYPULA ran in Ellenbrook for a new PB of 24:08 whilst in Stevenage, Karen ELLIS ran 26:15 PB and was 19thF and David ACKERY 28:53 PB.

Top twenty gender positions included Madeleine PRICHARD 5th in Letchworth 24:51, Verity FISHER 6th in Stevenage 23:59.  Danny SCANLON was 15th in Stevenage 19:29, John ROXBORUGH was 15th in Aldenham 23:58 and John NELMS was 18th in Stevenage 21:03.

(See the end of this release for all Saturday’s Spartan Parkrun results).



Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Time Notes
Aldenham 17 15 John ROXBOROUGH 00:23:58
Ellenbrook Fields 74 63 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:23:51
Ellenbrook Fields 79 67 Simon SYPULA 00:24:08 PB
Great Denham 19 18 John NELMS 00:21:03
Letchworth 34 5 Madeleine PRITCHARD 00:24:51
Malling 61 54 Michael O’KEEFE 00:26:14
St Albans 426 133 Michelle MARCHANT 00:31:07 5th parkrun
Stevenage 16 15 Danny SCANLON 00:19:29
Stevenage 44 42 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:23
Stevenage 51 48 Daniel SUTTON 00:22:48
Stevenage 62 59 David PATTMAN 00:23:26
Stevenage 71 66 James MCSWEENEY 00:23:52 40th parkrun
Stevenage 72 67 Luke VINCENT 00:23:53
Stevenage 76 6 Verity FISHER 00:23:59
Stevenage 80 74 Chris HOLLAND 00:24:08
Stevenage 103 14 Liz SMITH 00:25:10 1st parkrun
Stevenage 134 19 Karen ELLIS 00:26:15 PB
Stevenage 141 121 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:26:35
Stevenage 145 22 Alison SHELLEY 00:26:49
Stevenage 163 135 David SCOTT 00:27:43
Stevenage 177 142 Stephen SMITHSON 00:28:39
Stevenage 187 146 David ACKERY 00:28:53 PB
Stevenage 222 66 Hannah SYPULA 00:30:33
Stevenage 236 70 Ida LEO 00:31:42
Stevenage 240 169 Peter CARPENTER 00:31:54
Stevenage 247 76 Callie CHAPMAN 00:32:30
Stevenage 255 81 Sally MCBRIDE 00:32:47
Stevenage 277 181 Steven DOBNER 00:34:25
Stevenage 298 187 Dave PEACH 00:36:29
Stevenage 317 193 Jon SYPULA 00:38:07

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