COMRADES ULTRA

Trent Park

 

Stuart Haycroft ran the Gruelling Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa, the largest in the world with over 20000 runners covering a distance of 90km/57miles.  He said, “This marathon is a national institution in South Africa, with the whole country glued to the television sets all day to see the drama unfold, with time based medals and cruel cut-offs.  The worst being the 12 hour cut-off, if you run 12 hours and 1 second, you get no medal and are marked as did not finish.”

This year was the down run, from the City of Petermaritzburg to Durban, although that doesn’t mean it’s downhill, just that is more downhill than up, with the course having a total elevation gain of 1110m / 3642 feet  with a total descent of 1779 metres /5837 feet).

Stuart says he loved the incredible crowd support and excellent organisation of the event and absolutely recommends it to anybody silly enough to want to run 57miles.

Stuart completed the event in a time of 8 hours 25 minutes which is equivalent to running two sub four hour marathons with an extra 5 miles on top.  This time was 2 hours and 7 minutes faster than his previous attempt on the down run.

 

Fairlands Fifty

A fabulous fifty from Fairlands ran in Thursday’s Mid Week League race at Trent Park.  Low light in the woods made a tough race even trickier for some in what was essentially a cross country event.  As a consequence average times were slower than for a normal 10K but there were still some great Spartan performances.

CALLUM STEWART was second out of the 397 finishers in 35 minutes 25 seconds.  DAN McALPINE was also top ten at ninth in 36:48.  SIMON JACKSON was sixth in his category with 38:23 and STEFFAN FORD eighth forty flus 38:45.  RICHARD SPRINGALL was another highly placed Spartan with 41:04.

MICHELLE REEVES was the fastest of the sixteen Spartan women with 46 minutes 39 seconds.  ISABEL GREEN 49:13; CLAIRE EMMERSON 49:52 and MARIE COLUCCI 49:51 also all beat 50 minutes

The fourth Mid Week Road Race League fixture will be in Stevenage on Wednesday evening 27th June.  The start and finish will be near Ridlins Track with the course going into Fairlands Valley Park and back.

(The full Spartan result from Thursday can be found near the end of this release).

 

A First For Sally

On Saturday SALLY McBRIDE ran the Runthroughuk 10k at Dorney Lake, Windsor.  It was the first time she’d ever been there and her fourth 10k race I’ve entered but her first with Fairlands Valley Spartans.

She ran a time of 1:05:04 which was a PB as her previous best was 1:06:16 at the Finsbury Park Chase the Sun.

The weather was quite cloudy when we arrived but the sun soon came through and it ended up being a fairly hot sunny day.

 

Natalie Wins At Windsor

NATALIE LAWRENCE won the Dorney Lake Triathlon.  This was her first triathlon of 2018 & off no structured swim or bike training purely run (18:32 off bike)

She was first female and first in her age category.  In fact she was fifth overall including the men.  This was a sprint distance triathlon with 10:59 for the 750 metres swim; 33 minutes 28 seconds for the 20K bike and 18 minutes 32 seconds for the 5K run.

Natalie said she enjoyed the nice early start time too- 7am at Eton Dorney Olympic rowing lake and that she was pretty happy with the result having done no swimming or cycling preparation, just running, after having baby Louie in January.

 

Chased By Horses

manvhorseANDREW PATTERSON took on the epic Man v Horse Marathon in Wales.  Albeit 22 miles and not quite marathon distance it did include 4000 feet of elevation gain.  The race pitches 600 solo or team of three relay runners against 60 horses and their riders.  The start is in the smallest town in Britain, Llanwrtyd Wells, and after a mile you are ascending the mountain range.  After a 15 minute head start the horses are chasing you down!

Andy said, ”Unfortunately I went in to the race with a slight hamstring injury and wasn’t able to attack the downhill sections as much as I would have liked so the lead group got away and I found myself in fifth spot.  Annoyingly I took a wrong turn and ended up doing 0.8mile longer and dropped to 20th place.  I worked my way back up the field to tenth but at 18 miles the first horse came galloping past.  n the end I was beaten to the finish by three horses.  Gutted to have taken a wrong turn but overall I was pleased with my efforts, really enjoyed it and would absolutely recommend the event.”

He finished in a time of 2 hours 55 minutes.

 

St Albans Half

YUKO GORDON ran her fifth St. Albans Half Marathon on Sunday and it was her fifth win in the women over 55 category.  She said she was quite satisfied to dip under 100 minutes with 1:39:59.

DANNY SCANLON ran his second ever half marathon and managed a PB of 1 hour 32 minutes 6 seconds.!Southend

ADRIAN BUSOLINI was fastest Spartan in 1:27:15.  LIZ SMITH came in with 1:57:48; SUSAN McANENY with 1:59:50 and CLARE HOWELL with 2:20:15.

 

EMAC

Fairlands Valley Spartans were third of the seven men’s teams in Wednesday’s in the second match of the 2018 EMAC track and field league at Bedford.  They are third in the league on 194.5 compared with Bedford who are second on 202 and Milton Keynes first on 275.

The club’s women are in the lead.  Although they were second on the night they lead the league by 257 points to 235.

The third match will be in Cambridge on 4th July.  EMAC organise events for veteran athletes in the East of England.

 

Parkrun Highlights 9th June 2018

Saturday’s Parkruns saw a celebration of 70 years of the NHS with a rendition of happy birthday in Stevenage and some runners donning fancy dress.

At Barclay parkrun in Hoddesdon Ashley SCHOENWETTER was second overall and first female in a new PB of 20.18.

In Stevenage there was another big turnout of 330 people.  Todd GRAY was 9th overall in 19.43.  First Spartan lady was Caroline BARTER who was second female overall in a new PB of 23.02.

Other Spartan PBs to note were Danny SUTTON in 21.52 and Karl SHREEVE 27.47.

Wayne MCMILLAN ran his first parkrun with Chloe EMMERSON.  They both finished in 33.11.  New member Melody BROWN also completed her first Parkrun in 36.24.  It was great to see Roger BIGGS back.   He ran/walked to finish in 39.58.

In Orpington Michael O’KEEFE ran a new PB of 26.01.

Alexandra WHITEHOUSE ran for a second time in Market Harborough in a new PB of 33.49.

 

Tables

Spartans at Mid Week League

SCOTT’s TRAVEL MIDWEEK ROAD RACE LEAGUE – DIVISION 1
RACE 3 – Trent Park 10k – Thursday 7th June 2018
Race Pos Cat Vet No. Time Name Surname Cat. M/F
2 2 2 433 35:25 Callum Stewart S MA
9 9 9 428 36:48 Dan McAlpine S MA
27 27 6 6 427 38:23 Simon Jackson V 40 MA
33 33 8 8 429 38:46 Steffan Ford V 40 MA
64 63 37 430 41:04 Richard Springall S MA
65 64 38 401 41:16 Todd Gray S MA
78 76 45 434 42:09 Adrian Busolini S MA
91 87 51 440 42:57 Paul Robertson S MA
96 92 54 419 43:14 Stuart Archer S MA
108 104 28 45 448 43:43 Steve Green V 40 MA
116 111 64 406 44:02 Danny Scanlon S MA
125 116 33 52 404 44:31 Dean Carpenter V 40 MA
136 122 21 56 345 45:00 Andy Neatham* V 50 M*
142 127 36 60 412 45:20 Thomas Sauka V 40 MB
149 131 26 63 436 45:48 John Harris V 50 MB
156 136 69 420 46:25 Adrian Donnelly S MB
160 22 10 511 46:39 Michelle Reeves S FA
196 35 17 25 527 49:13 Isabel Green V 35 FA
203 40 8 28 529 49:32 Claire Emmerson V 45 FA
211 42 20 29 501 49:51 Marie Colucci V 35 FA
217 172 79 450 50:05 Daniel Sutton S MB
219 173 42 94 400 50:11 Martin Dudley V 50 MB
222 176 80 441 50:24 Andrew Smith S MB
242 190 52 107 437 51:51 Darren Emmerson V 50 MB
267 64 13 42 509 53:13 Ann Tryssesoone V 45 FA
275 207 89 446 53:43 Chris Holland S MB
277 208 90 413 53:59 Mick Andrews S MB
281 210 59 119 414 54:15 Andy Jay V 50 MB
292 217 55 125 445 55:11 James Kilroy V 40 MB
300 80 29 54 508 55:34 Tanya Brazier V 35 FA
301 221 93 411 55:38 David Scott S MB
309 84 28 499 56:03 Verity Fisher S FA
312 86 22 58 510 56:25 Wendy Tharani V 45 FA
313 87 23 59 496 56:26 Liz Smith V 45 FB
321 229 56 135 424 57:03 Tim Robinson V 40 M
322 230 57 136 417 57:04 Simon Sypula V 40 M
328 95 34 67 530 57:26 Sophie Cowan V 35 FB
331 236 11 142 410 57:44 Jim Brown V 60 M
356 247 73 153 407 59:39 Michael O’Keefe V 50 M
370 251 8 157 409 1:02:00 Rob Shaw V 70 M
373 121 42 90 498 1:02:22 Hayley Yendell V 35 FB
379 126 43 94 507 1:05:00 Angie Keeling V 35 FB
384 131 34 98 500 1:06:34 Debbie Blantern V 45 FB
385 132 34 517 1:06:42 Elizabeth Crowley S FB
386 133 20 99 516 1:06:42 Sharon Crowley V 55 FB
387 254 78 160 442 1:07:05 Karl Shreeve V 50 M
389 135 3 101 497 1:08:13 Cathy Craig V 65 FB
391 255 59 161 418 1:09:04 Paul Jennings* V 40 M
392 256 95 453 1:09:10 Nick Witcombe S M
396 257 9 162 416 1:11:38 Peter Carpenter V 70 M

 

Parkruns

 

Market Harborough parkrun

A total of 272 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
219 80 Alexandra WHITEHOUSE 00:33:49

 

Stevenage parkrun

A total of 330 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
9 9 Todd GRAY 00:19:43
24 24 Liam ERRINGTON 00:21:30
30 30 Daniel SUTTON 00:21:52
46 45 David SCOTT 00:22:51
49 2 Caroline BARTER 00:23:02
78 68 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:24:38
79 69 Neil ROBINSON 00:24:41
105 17 Susan MCANENY 00:25:56
114 20 Karen PALMER 00:26:20
125 23 Alison SHELLEY 00:26:44
140 28 Verity FISHER 00:27:27
149 121 Karl SHREEVE 00:27:47
151 122 James SOUTH 00:27:55
243 172 Kartik SHARMA 00:32:27
251 76 Chloe EMMERSON 00:33:11
252 176 Wayne MCMILLAN 00:33:11
255 78 Judy KING 00:33:15
280 95 Melody BROWN 00:36:24
281 186 Jim BROWN 00:36:24
308 190 Roger BIGGS 00:39:58
319 129 Sally PHILLIPS 00:43:28

 

Abingdon parkrun

A total of 400 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
215 59 Lucy May FIELD 00:28:33

 

Orpington parkrun

A total of 256 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
92 85 Michael O’KEEFE 00:26:01

 

Tring parkrun

A total of 251 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
27 27 Thomas SAUKA 00:23:12

 

Barclay parkrun

A total of 110 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
2 1 Ashley SCHOENWETTER 00:20:18
73 50 Paul JENNINGS 00:31:14

 

Letchworth parkrun

A total of 114 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
47 6 Sheryl HANN 00:28:02
88 30 Ella GOWER 00:34:35

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