Fairlands Valley Spartans organised Sunday’s cross country league race at Willian, provided dozens of marshals AND had nearly sixty runners with many tremendous performances including four top twenty finishers out of about 450 runners.
GRANT RAMSAY and ANDY PATTERSON were close together throughout the five mile race with Grant nudging ahead by five seconds to take third place overall in 27 minutes 34 seconds and Andy fourth in 27:39. CHRIS WESTCOTT, 15th in 28:37 and SIMON JACKSON, 16th in 28:42 were separated by only five seconds. CRAIG HALSEY, 24th in 29:06; JASON ANDERSON, 30th in 29:30; MIKE GREEN, 64th in 31:30 and DANNY HUKIN, 83rd in 32:245 made up the rest of the men’s “A” team (eight runners count for each male team).
MICHELLE REEVES beat most of the men when she finished 150th in 35:38, she was ninth woman across the line. CLAIRE PULLEN 199th in 37:51; ISABEL GREEN, 203rd overall in 38:07; new member ROS INGRAM, 239th in 39:34; and HAZEL CLARK, 242nd in 39:44 completed the women’s “A” team for Fairlands Valley Spartans (there were five runners in the women’s teams). KELLY McHALE led in the women’s “B” team. She was 286th in 41 minutes 21 seconds.
Altogether five women’s teams, 25 women and 34 men from the club completed the race.
|3||GRANT RAMSAY||27:34||M||MV40||FVS men’s “A”|
|4||ANDY PATTERSON||27:39||M||SM||FVS men’s “A”|
|15||CHRIS WESTCOTT||28:37||M||MV40||FVS men’s “A”|
|16||SIMON JACKSON||28:42||M||MV40||FVS men’s “A”|
|24||CRAIG HALSEY||29:06||M||SM||FVS men’s “A”|
|30||JASON ANDERSON||29:30||M||SM||FVS men’s “A”|
|64||MIKE GREEN||31:30||M||SM||FVS men’s “A”|
|83||DANNY HUKIN||32:24||M||MV40||FVS men’s “A”|
|150||MICHELLE REEVES||35:37||F||SW||FVS women’s “A”|
|199||CLAIRE PULLEN||37:51||F||FV45||FVS women’s “A”|
|203||ISABEL GREEN||38:07||F||FV35||FVS women’s “A”|
|239||ROS INGRAM||39:34||F||FV35||FVS women’s “A”|
|242||HAZEL CLARK||39:44||F||FV35||FVS women’s “A”|
|286||KELLY McHALE||41:21||F||FV35||FVS women’s “B”|
|302||JULIE SIMMONS||42:14||F||FV55||FVS women’s “B”|
|312||CLAIRE COX||42:52||F||FV45||FVS women’s “B”|
|315||SOPHIE COWAN||42:57||F||FV35||FVS women’s “B”|
|316||NICOLA TOUT||42:59||F||FV45||FVS women’s “B”|
|348||PETA WILSON||45:17||F||FV45||FVS women’s “C”|
|355||CALLIE CHAPMAN||45:39||F||SW||FVS women’s “C”|
|356||BECKY PRATT||45:45||F||FV35||FVS women’s “C”|
|359||STEPH MAYFIELD||45:51||F||FV35||FVS women’s “C”|
|360||WENDY THARANI||45:54||F||FV35||FVS women’s “C”|
The next league race will be in Watford on 15th January.
On Sunday Carol Paul ran the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon which started at Southsea pier and went out to Hayling Island and back. The course was a mixture of paths and trails with a little bit on the beach and pebbles. Carol completed the marathon in 4:23:35
The last was the best!
Roger Biggs was in Pisa at the weekend, to run his 41st and last marathon of 2016. In almost perfect weather conditions, on a pretty flat course, Roger produced his best marathon time of the year, to finish in a time of 4:25:29. The last time Roger ran a time quicker than this was in October 2014.
At Stevenage parkrun JOHN NELMS was first Spartan finisher, crossing the line in 20:33 for sixth place. PAUL BATTERBEE was 26th in 22:55 and CHRIS HOLLAND just behind in 22:56 for 27th place. For the women, VERITY FISHER was fourth in a new course PB time of 22:55 and back to within a whisker of her very best form. TRACY STILES was 26th in 28:30, also a new course PB, and MONICA SMITHSON was 27th in 28:39.
There were also new course PBs for HILARY DAVIES (30:57) and CAREN THAIN (33:12). The Other Spartan running were DANIEL SUTTON (23:32), DARREN EMMERSON (23:53), CHLOE EMMERSON (29:40), SALLY PHILLIPS (32:23), CLAIRE COX (33:11), and HEATHER MALONEY (34:42).
At Panshanger ANDY JAY joined the parkrun volunteering community on pacemaking duties and crossed the line in an almost perfect 25:53 while pace-making for the 26 minutes target group. ISABEL GREEN finished in 35:50, four seconds behind daughter GEORGINA who accompanied her round the course. TIM ROBINSON went to Raphael parkrun in Romford, finishing in a new course PB of 23:04. Finally, GRAHAM HILL ran a new course PB of 33:06 at Milton Keynes and DARRYL STEVENS ran 39:15 at Brockenhurst.
Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including cross country league. The opportunities include:
- Boxing Day Five in Witham on Monday 26th December.
- Buntingford Year End 10 on Tuesday 27th December.
- Serpentine New Year 10K in Hyde Park on 1st January 2017.
- Herts Cross Country Championships at Haileybury on Sunday 8th January.
- Fourth Cross Country League Race at Watford on Sunday 15th January.
- Fred Hughes 10 at St Albans on Sunday 22nd January.
- Southern Seniors Cross Country at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday 28th January.
- Watford Half Marathon inc. County Senior Champs on Sunday 5th February.
- Fifth and Final Cross Country League Race at Royston on Sunday 12th February.
- Veterans County Cross Country Championships on Sunday 19th February.
- Finchley 20 on Sunday 11th March.
- County 1500 Championships in Stevenage on Monday 1st May (TBA).
- Stirling Marathon on Sunday 21st May.
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, Telford Avenue, 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 9a.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 yet done very much running might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.
Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £37 per year, £25 without UKA affiliation. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website www.fvspartans.org.uk Please ask if you would like a paper copy. You can also join online.
If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509), Andy Neatham 0777 197 5499 and 01438 816889; or Karen Palmer (07734678566) or visit their website www.fvspartans.org.uk