85 Spartans including 36 women raced their socks off at the first Mid Week League race of the 2019 season.
Over 6.2 miles some of it off road ANDREW PATTERSON was fourth in the race in 35 minutes 52 seconds and JONATHAN PARR sixth in 36:01. MICHELLE REEVES was fourth woman in 42:09 and SUZY HAWKINS fifth in 42:47, Suzy was also third woman 35 plus.
MARK GOODWIN was third man 60 plus in 46:08 and YUKO GORDON won the women 65 plus category with 46 minutes 18 seconds. Yuko was third counter in the Spartan women’s “A” team.
Then there were dozens and dozens of other Spartans including many being encouraged round their first race.
The FVS women finished third just ten points behind second place Bishops Stortford (196 to 186) and the men fourth, again only just Bishop Stortford (498 to 458), so all to run for in the remaining three races.
Altogether there were 291 finishers, 172 men and 119 women.
The next race will be on Wednesday 5th June.
(All 85 Spartan times can be found near the end of this release).
Stuart Sub Three
Stuart Haycroft ran the Edinburgh marathon, breaking the three hours barrier for the first time in a time of 2 hours 58 minutes 17 seconds (2:58:17).
The race organisers sent out emails with severe weather warnings late last week, which turned out to be a very wet start, and a very windy route.
Stuart said he enjoyed the tail wind along the coastal part heading towards Gosford House, then on the turn back the strong wind killed any sort of pace.
Edinburgh is a lovely race, and Stuart was sad he missed the Spartan trip here last year. Maybe next year 🙂
DAVID HARRIS ran the Edinburgh half marathon of 1 hour 28 minutes 32 seconds and HELEN WHITEHURST came in with 2 hours 21 minutes exactly.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Sunday
There were personal bests for KAREN ELLIS and JULIE SHADBOLT at the Liverpool Rock “n” Roll Marathon. Karen improved her time by 12 minutes to 4:17:48 and Julie by 11 minutes to 4:50:34.
LIZ SMITH ran the Liverpool Half Marathon in 1 hour 54 and 17 secs. She said, “I don’t know what the other Spartans thought, but I loved it. Really well organised and a good course.” KAREN PALMER finished in 2:14:00 and CAROLINE CROFT in 2:19:43.
ERICA GRAYSON said that within a week she had raced on the party isle of Ibiza and in the rock and roll city of Liverpool. On Saturday morning she ran the 5K in a year’s best 26:26 and then Sunday’s half marathon on 2:07:10. She enjoyed warm and beautiful sunshine on Saturday but Sunday was wet and windy. Erica added the medals were amazing.
The seven Spartans in the Liverpool Marathon were:
STUART ARCHER 3:11:37; JOHN NELMS 3:52:57; KAREN ELLIS 4:17:55; HAZEL SMITH 4:50:34; JULIE SHADBOLT 4:50:35; JENNY GARRETT 4:59:52 and CLAIRE EMMERSON also 4:59:52.
The eight Spartans in the Liverpool Half Marathon were:
LIZ SMITH 1:54:17; ERICA GRAYSON 2:07:10; KAREN PALMER and JACKIE DOWNES both on 2:14:00; CAROLINE CROFT 2:19:43; ANGIE KEELING 2:25:06; CALLIE CHAPMAN 2:29:16 and EMMA SOUTHERINGTON 2:38:40.
The nine Spartans in the Liverpool 5K were:
Erica Grayson 26:26; CALLIE CHAPMAN 35:10; EMMA SOUTHERINGTON 34:01; JACKIE DOWNES 35:11; KAREN ELLIS 33:32; JULIE SHADBOLT 35:11; JENNY GARRETT 33:33; CLAIRE EMMERSON 35:11 and HAZEL SMITH 35:11.
JONATHAN PARR was 355th out of about 20,000 runners in 35 minutes 38 seconds and JONATHAN JONES finished in 55 minutes 30 seconds.
The fastest female from Fairlands Valley Spartan was NICOLA PATTMAN in 1:02:00.
|355||Jonathan Parr (GBR)||00:35:38|
|1205||Andrew Vaughan (GBR)||00:40:36|
|2153||Danny Scanlon (GBR)||00:43:49|
|2357||Toby Eccleshall (GBR)||00:44:27|
|2831||John Roxborough (GBR)||00:45:49|
|4416||Edward Hare (GBR)||00:49:12|
|8092||Jonathan Jones (GBR)||00:55:30|
|11271||Steven Dobner (GBR)||01:00:26|
|12202||Nicola Pattman (GBR)||01:02:00|
|12652||Trevor Broom (GBR)||01:02:47|
|13194||Dzenana Topic (GBR)||01:03:51|
|15606||Karen Broom (GBR)||01:09:18|
|7655||Ella Gower (GBR)||01:16:45|
|18634||Maggie Montgomery (GBR)||01:24:14|
ADRIAN BUSOLINI ran the Copenhagen Marathon in 3 hours 17 minutes 18 seconds. He just inched a PB (personal best) by a couple of minutes. Most of the city seemed to be out supporting along the route on what was a glorious sunny day.
Hatfield Broad Oak 10K
The Hatfield Broad Oak 10K is a great village race with a highly civilised start time of 11a.m. The Big “O” Broad Oak road race has been held on the late May Bank Holiday Monday for 34 years. With a limit of 1,500 runners it was not too crowded.
GRANT RAMSAY was 40th in 38 minutes 22 seconds.
Having been a bit battered recently JIM BROWN and PENNY SCHENKEL ran together in a shade under one hour. Jim was 887th in 59:47 and Penny 891st in 59:49.
ROGER BIGGS was 1,245th in 1:13:59.
Another Win For Yuko
The England Masters 10K Age Group Championship was at Birmingham over the weekend. Spartan YUKO GORDON won the women 65 plus (W65) category in 44:22 over the tough undulating course.
She said, “Wednesday’s hilly Mid Week League race sharpened up my recent staleness and I felt my old self again today. I didn’t look my watch and ran to my feeling this morning to avoid my mistake in the London Marathon. It could have been a bit of over pace earlier but I did not want to pay for it. I had to watch and hold off two ladies in my age group, so the last two kilometres was tough but I thoroughly enjoyed being challenged! They said they gonna catch me next time, I’m so excited to hear it.”
Parkrun Highlights Saturday 25th May
Forty Fairlands Valley Spartans headed out to run at Parkrun events on Saturday May 25th. Finishing fourth overall, MARTIN BLACKBURN achieved a PB run at the Stevenage event in 18 mins and 47 seconds. He was joined by MELANIE BUTT who got a PB of 31 mins and 10 secs and ASHLEY SCHOENWETTER who was the first woman to finish in 20 mins and 28 secs. Further afield PB times were recorded for RICHARD COWLISHAW at the Dishley run in a time of 20 mins and 42 secs and ANDY JAY at Teighnmouth Promenade in 23 mins and 35 secs. On the Ellenbrook Fields course, FIONA CLARK ran her 70th event in 26 mins and 12 secs.
The Bank Holiday weekend saw many Spartans heading out to new events. DANIEL GREEN ran at Dunstable Downs in 28 mins and 09 secs; MARIA THORNE finished the Panshanger event in 30 mins and 47 secs; SALLY PHILLIPS completed the Swaffham course in 30 mins and 58 secs; TRACEY STILES the Holkham run in 31 mins and 15 secs; KAREN PALMER and CAROLINE CROFT took part at the Princes event in Liverpool in times 31 mins and 15 secs and 31 mins and 16 secs, respectively; and, DARRYL STEVENS finished in Hereford in 33 mins and 59 secs.
Caroline Croft and Karen Palmer ran Princes Park parkrun in Liverpool. On their way into the park they stopped a fellow runner to ask directions and they met Terry Forrest who revealed he was running parkrun then dashing down to complete the rock and roll 5K event. On Sunday he planned to run the 1 mile event, half and full marathon. Quite amazing.
Caroline finished in 31:16 and Karen in 31:15.
(All the Spartan Parkrun results can be found in a table near the end of this release)
85 Spartan finishers in the Mid Week League
|M/F||Cat||First Name||Last Name||Cat.||M/F||Time||PB||Impr||Comments|
|4||Andrew||Patterson||S||M||35:52||YB||1st||4th man. “A” team|
|6||Jonathan||Parr||S||M||36:01||PB||New||6th man. “A” team|
|25||8||Keith||Coughlin||V 40||M||38:44||YB||1st||8th MV40. “A” team|
|37||12||Dean||Carpenter||V 40||M||39:58||SB||1:48||“A” team|
|46||5||Paul||Shelley||V 50||M||41:37||PB||12:01||5th MV50. “A” team|
|47||15||Martin||Rutherford||V 40||M||41:42||PB||New||“A” team|
|4||Michelle||Reeves||S||F||42:09||PB||0:46||4th woman. “FA” team|
|53||8||Tim||Saban||V 50||M||42:28||YB||1st||“A” team|
|5||3||Suzy||Hawkins||V 35||F||42:47||PB||0:31||3rd FV35. “FA” team|
|67||22||Mark||Collins||V 40||M||43:47||SB||1st||“A” team|
|72||24||Adrian||Donnelly||V 40||M||44:10||x||“A” team|
|81||27||John||Nelms||V 40||M||44:52||SB||5:22||“B” team|
|92||3||Mark||Goodwin||V 60||M||46:08||SB||0:01||3rd MV60|
|15||1||Yuko||Gordon||V 65||F||46:18||x||1st FV65. “FA” team.|
|102||38||Thomas||Sauka||V 40||M||47:51||YB||1st||“B” team|
|107||39||David||Pattman||V 40||M||48:19||PB||2:06||“B” team|
|112||24||Martin||Dudley||V 50||M||49:00||YB||1st||“B” team|
|117||25||Darren||Emmerson||V 50||M||49:58||YB||1st||“B” team|
|118||26||Nigel||Strongitharm||V 50||M||49:58||PB||New||“C” team|
|119||40||John||Holmes||V 40||M||50:08||PB||New||“C” team|
|122||41||Chris||Holland||V 40||M||50:42||YB||1st||“C” team|
|125||42||Matt||Clarke||V 40||M||51:18||PB||New||“C” team|
|126||43||Ryan||Dunning||V 40||M||51:34||SB||1st||“C” team|
|129||44||Neal||Muggleton||V 40||M||51:40||YB||1st||“C” team|
|33||16||Susan||McAneny||V 35||F||51:50||PB||0:06||“FA” team|
|131||45||Robert||Evans||V 40||M||52:04||SB||1st||“C” team|
|36||17||Fiona||Clarke||V 35||F||52:14||x||“FA” team|
|38||10||Tracy||Pez||V 45||F||52:06||SB||1st||“FA” team|
|133||46||Tony||Vickers||V 40||M||52:38||SB||1st||“C” team|
|46||11||Lisa||Gray||V 45||F||53:56||SB||1st||“FB” team|
|140||29||Nick||Kleanthous||V 50||M||54:51||PB||New||“C” team|
|51||21||Kelly||McHale||V 35||F||55:26||YB||1st||“FB” team|
|53||12||Alison||Shelley||V 45||F||55:31||x||“FB” team|
|58||16||Carole||Sheldrick||V 45||F||56:35||x||“FB” team|
|62||19||Karen||Palmer||V 45||F||57:09||YB||1st||“FB” team|
|73||21||Hazel||Smith||V 45||F||1:00:07||YB||1st||“FB” team|
|74||28||Vicky||Archer||V 35||F||1:00:07||PB||2:21||“FB” team|
|79||29||Nikki||Lufkin||V 35||F||1:00:53||PB||New||“FC” team|
|80||30||Tanya||Brazier||V 35||F||1:00:53||x||“FC” team|
|85||31||Sophie||Cowan||V 35||F||1:02:37||YB||1st||“FC” team|
|164||4||Rob||Shaw||V 70||M||1:02:31||YB||1st||4th MV70|
|86||4||Cathy||Craig||V 65||F||1:02:37||YB||1st||4th FV65. “FC” team|
|88||32||Callie||Chapman||V 35||F||1:03:56||YB||1st||“FC” team|
|90||14||Sheryl||Hann||V 55||F||1:04:39||x||“FC” team|
|96||33||Angie||Keeling||V 35||F||1:05:56||x||“FC” team|
|99||34||Toni||Nicholls||V 35||F||1:06:20||PB||New||“FC” team|
|170||5||Roger||Biggs||V 70||M||1:15:10||x||5th MV70|
(Note: Male and female positions are separated in column one which is why, for example, 171 appears to come before 119).
Parkrun Results – Saturday 25th May.
|St Albans||58||57||John ROXBOROUGH||21:56|
|Princes, Liverpool||332||93||Karen PALMER||31:15|
|17||1||Ashley SCHOENWETTER||20:28||First woman|
|Ellenbrook Fields||19||18||John HARRIS||19:47|
|149||32||Fiona CLARKE||26:12||70th parkrun|
|Teighnmouth Promenade||39||33||Andy JAY||23:35||PB|
|Dunstable Downs||57||48||Daniel GREEN||28:09|