Spartan DANNY SCANLON ran his first race of 2021 in the Essex Half Marathon at Carver Barracks, near Saffron Walden on Sunday.
He said it was a great venue for a personal best (PB). It was a flat course around an airfield with a three lap half marathon and a six lap full marathon taking place at the same time.
Danny achieved his sub 90 half marathon goal in a chip time of 1.27.54! Happy his lockdown training had paid off!
Alexander Palace 10K
SUZY HAWKINS said the Alexander Palace 10K was on a ridiculously difficult course, extremely steep hills, off road sections, but the sun was shining and the views over London from the top were spectacular. It was wonderful to be out racing. The Covid secure measures were good.
Suzy was aiming for the club women 45 plus club record 43:16, but missed by one second with 43:17 so she will have to try again. She was third female, and first in age
Racing Round England
The fabulous Fairlands Fourteen continue their virtual race around England. In the lead PENNY SCHENKEL has completed the left turn in Tyneside, passed through the Kielder Forest and is near Brampton approaching Carlisle. She has run, walked or cycled 2136.4 kilometres out of the 2,970 which will get her back to Bristol.
Second placed JIM BROWN is about two thirds of the way round. He is in Stockton-on-Tees with 1941.5 kilometres. Early leader BRIAN WHITE is third and making good progress with 1,782.4 kilometres and has reached Humbleton in East Yorkshire. Fourth placed SHARON CROWLEY is in Kings Lynn with 1567.5 kilometres.
Daughter and mother HAZEL SMITH and CATHY CRAIG must be able to see each other at times. Hazel is fifth with 1,187.8 kilometres and Cathy only 400 metres behind on 1,187.4.
Three other Spartans are through 1,000 kilometres. They are KEN JUDE 1,149; LIZ CROWLEY 1,087 and JON SYPULA 1,005. PAUL HOLGATE, in tenth place, is almost there with 979 kilometres.
In the virtual race around England the Fairlands Valley Spartans team have already covered a total of 16,899 kilometres, the equivalent of nearly six times round the course, and are now scattered between Devon and Cumbria.
Fly 5K #48
Spartan JIM BROWN notched up a significant Fly 5K milestone with his 30th race. He was 85th in 25 minutes 23 seconds. NICOLA ANDERSSON was 135th in 28:06; NICK KLEANTHOUS 167th in 29:19 and PAUL HOLGATE 224th in 34:35.
The virtual Fly races started during lock down to help keep people active.
In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday JIM BROWN recorded 27 minutes 26 seconds the following day so that gave him a (not) parkrun time. .
(Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.
Group Runs Are Back
The return to club training went really well helped by some glorious evenings. Members have to book in advance to keep the numbers within Covid guidance and there are several starts at different places around Stevenage.