Grant wins bronze in the European Marathon Champs held in Turkey, and Andy sets records for 1500 metres and 5 kilometres

GRANT RAMSAY was very happy to win a bronze medal in the European Marathon Champs which were held in Turkey. He finished eleventh, out of 110 starters (16 dropped out). Grant came sixth in his age group, in a time of 2 hours 51 minutes 44 seconds. Pretty good considering temperatures peaked at 35°C. He was part of Team GB which came third.

Watford and Oak Hill

ANDY NEATHAM set records for 1500 metres and 5 kilometres over the past week.

On Wednesday he was at the Watford Harriers Open Track Meeting where he was second in the 1500 metres in 4 minutes 28.59 seconds. A new FVS club record for the male 40 plus as well as 45 plus age groups. Then on Saturday he raced the Oak Hill Park Run, New Barnet where he was second out of the 99 finishers in 17 minutes 51 seconds, a male 45 plus course record.


It was mild, dry and breezy for the popular Last Friday of the Month 5K race round the Serpentine in Hyde Park London.

JIM BROWN has been pounding the bike a lot recently but was happy enough with his time of 23 minutes 2 seconds which gave him a series average of 69.9%. He was 114th in the event which was won in 15:40 with the first woman on 19:11 and the last runner at 35:07. Naturally Jim will be trying to tip his average over 70% before the end of the year.

Stevenage Marathon and Half Marathon

Get Sunday 2nd November in your diary. The Stevenage Marathon is only organised every ten years and it takes place this Autumn. The annual half marathon will be on the same day. Visit for more information.

Fairlands First Aid

Another ten from the Fairlands Valley Spartans coaching team qualified as First Aiders on Saturday. They were Jim Brown, Jan Fry, Bev Harlow, Andy Jay, Katy Jinks, Barry King, Trudie Molloy, Dave Stephenson, Tessa Stephenson and Kirstin Weiner.

Coming Events

Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including the:

Handicap 5K in Stevenage on Thursday 18th September.

County 5K Veteran Championship in Hatfield on Wednesday 24th September

Spartans Fall Ball (Autumn Social) in Stevenage on Friday 26th September

Henlow 10 on Wednesday 8th October

County 5K Senior Championship in Hatfield on Wednesday 8th October

Stevenage Marathon and Half on Sunday 2nd November

Buntingford Year End Ten on Sunday 28th December.

Join The Spartans

Live in or near ? Like running? Spartans is your local running club and is on the up! The club was voted the ’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 – a , , (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 9.30a.m. sharp. Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, most Saturdays from 9.15a.m. There are events to enter every Sunday. Newcomers are very welcome – those who have not done very much running yet might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.

Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £35 per year, £25 without UKA membership. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website Please ask if you would like a paper copy.

If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509), Vivienne Honey 07702 846304 or visit their website


More from Jim Brown (Press Officer) 0793 968 7509 or Vivienne Honey (Secretary) 07702 846304


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