News Race Results


Callum Wins * Two Thirds and Three PBs at Oakley


It ain‚Äôt flat said JIM BROWN about the Oakley 20 mile race but it produced some excellent Spartan performances including an enormous personal best (PB) for ‚ÄúBirthday Girl‚ÄĚ ANN TRYESSOONE.¬† She finished in 2:59:30, her first time under three hours for a ‚Äú20.‚ÄĚ

Undulating was probably an understatement for the first lap of twelve miles.  At least after passing the start line runners knew they were well over halfway round and did not need to do two of the most testing hills a second time.

ISABEL GREEN, Jim Brown and MARK GOODWIN were together or in sight of each other for most of the race.  In the end Isabel got away at about 18 miles and finished in an excellent 2:46:48.  JIM said he was surprised and delighted to improve his time for 2019 by 2 minutes 40 seconds, and he got another early season suntan.  He was third man aged 65 to 69 in 2 hours 48 minutes 19 seconds.

MARK GOODWIN was third aged 60 to 64 in 2:50:54.¬† LIZ CARVELL came in with a new PB of 3:46:35.¬† An improvement of 13 minutes¬† She said, ‚ÄúIt was a lovely run in nice weather, the uphills were quite tough but the downhills made up for it.‚Ä̬† KAREN ELLIS was pleased with her new PB of 3:09:58 and MARIA THORNE finished in 3:50:48.

The Oakley 20 maybe tough but it’s seen as excellent preparation for a Spring Marathon.


Pos Name Bib Time Comments
130 Steve Green 150 2:35:29 MV45
236 Isabel Green 151 2:46:48 FV40
254 Jim Brown 937 2:48:19 3rd MV65 (YB 2:40)
288 Mark Goodwin 935 2:50:54 3rd MV60
398 Ann Tryssesoone 225 2:59:30 PB FV50
523 Karen Ellis 927 3:09:58 PB FV50
782 Liz Carvell 869 3:46:35 PB (13 minutes) FV55
807 Maria Thorne 932 3:50:48 FV45


There were 870 finishers


Callum Stewart Won at the Lee Valley Run Fest

Sixteen Spartans raced in the Lee Valley Run Fest – nine in the half marathon and seven in the 10K.

CALLUM STEWART won the 10K race in an amazing 33 minutes 38 seconds.¬† YUKO GORDON was fourth woman overall and won the 60 plus award with 45 minutes 40 seconds.¬† She said, ‚ÄúPersonally, this was my first outing in a shorter distance this year and out of spring marathon training, legs were still a bit slow and heavy.¬† So, I was satisfied with the time today.‚ÄĚ

MONICA SMITHSON was 244th in the race with a chip time of 60 minutes 24 seconds just ahead of SHERYL HANN at 245th with a chip time of 60 minutes exactly (but a gun time of 60:37 compared with Monica’s 60:36).

TREVOR BROOM came in with a new personal best 62:20, that’s a one minute improvement, and SALLY McBRIDE, in her first race this year, with 63:46.  New member DZENANA TOPIC finished with 65:07.

They all helped out with registration before their runs today and said the course as always was fast, flat and just a lovely route along the river.


Position Race No Name Net Time Category Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos
1 951 Callum Stewart 33:38 Senior U40 1 Male 1
50 679 Yuko Gordon 45:40 W60 1 Female 4
244 938 Monica Smithson 60:24 W50 12 Female 89
245 701 Sheryl Hann 60:00 W60 5 Female 90
282 554 Trevor Broom 62:20 M50 37 Male 171
305 804 Sally McBride 63:46 W40 44 Female 128
329 970 Dzenana Topic 65:07 W50 Female



Lee Valley Half

ERICA GRAYSON said the Lee Valley Half Marathon was a very well organised event.  It was on a flat course but unfortunately no shade in the unexpected beautiful March sunshine.  Her time of 1 hour 58 minutes 32 seconds was her best this year.  She was 275th.  Another Spartan, LIZ SMITH, was just behind at 276th in 1:58:42.

STEVEN DOBNER said, ‚ÄúA gorgeous morning greeted all the runners, although the support was sparse it was a very flat run over mostly good, dry trails with the odd bridge thrown in to test the hip flexors. ¬†I was happy to sneak a PB (personal best) even though it didn‚Äôt feel like I deserved one.‚Ä̬† Steve finished in 2:04:29 and DAVE PATTMAN in 2:04:30.

PAUL JENNINGS, DAVID ACKERY and JONATHAN JONES times for the Lee Valley Half Marathon were 2:08:47; 2:18:48 and 2:23:33 while KAREN BROOM added some more miles to her London Marathon preparation with 2:25:48.  PRIYA CLARKE beat three hours with precisely 2:59:59.


Position Bib Name Time Cat Cat Pos
275 224 Erica Grayson 1:58:32 W50 7 Female 65
276 1150 Liz Smith 1:58:42 W40 22 Female 66
341 455 David Pattman 2:04:30 M40 85 Male 241
342 158 Steven Dobner 2:04:29 M40 86 Male 242
383 311 Paul Jennings 2:08:47 M40 95 Male 257
446 1 David Ackery 2:18:48 Senior U40 127 Male 284
465 317 jonathan jones 2:23:33 M50 47 Male 290
477 72 Karen Broom 2:25:48 W50 27 Female 181
547 96 Priya Clarke 2:59:59 Lady U40 115 Female 227


London Landmarks Half Marathon.

‚ÄúThe weather was superb for the London Landmarks Half Marathon,‚ÄĚ said Spartan NEAL MUGGLETON ‚Äúand really showed London at its best.‚Ä̬† This was a massive event with thousands of runners, some taking 30 minutes to cross the start line, and Neal finished in 2:03:11.

It was 2:03:13 for HAZEL SMITH at London Landmarks.


Thorney 10K

Debbie Blantern ran the Thorney 10K in 58:17, more than 3 and a half minutes quicker than her previous best.



Margaret Montgomery did the Limmasol Half Marathon in 3:23:29.


Gade Valley

Some other Spartans including Paul Maguire, Tim Sagan, Nick Gill and Wendy Tharani ran a pre-marathon training event with Gade Valley Harriers in Kings Langley.


Parkrun Highlights Saturday 23 March

Steffan Ford was fourth at Stevenage in a new PB of 18:13.  Danny Sutton also ran a new PB of 21:06.  To complete the trio David Ackery ran a new PB of 27:15.  Brian White was back in parkrun action running 22:19.

Congratulations to Lee Pickersgill and Roger Biggs who both completed their 50th parkrun at Stevenage.

Ashley Schoenwetter ran 25:31 in her second visit to St Albans.  Darryl Stevens paid his first visit to Rickmansworth and ran 34:36.

Andy Jay is edging closer to his 100th parkrun notching up his 95th run and going sub 25 at Panshanger (24:43).  He was joined by Tom Sauka who ran 25:23.

John Harris and Jo Bowdery made the short trip to Letchworth.  John was 6th overall in a new PB of 21:00.  Jo was 7th female in 25:44.

John Roxborough was in North Wales at the Newborough Forest parkrun near Caernarfon.  He was 12th overall in 22:23.

Full Spartan Parkrun results can be found near the end of this release.

(All the Spartan parkrun results can be found at the end of this release).


Spring Marathon?

Fairlands Valley Spartans are into week twelve of their marathon training plan.¬† Are you running a Spring marathon?¬† Whether you want to get round and enjoy; are a first timer; want a personal best or expect to go ‚ÄúSub Three‚ÄĚ the Spartans are the local club for you, there are group training opportunities five days a week.¬† Have a look at or the club‚Äôs Facebook page.



Parkrun Results


St Albans parkrun

A total of 528 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
178 25 Ashley SCHOENWETTER 00:25:31


Rickmansworth parkrun

A total of 463 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
359 214 Darryl STEVENS 00:34:36



Stevenage parkrun

A total of 396 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
4 4 Steffan FORD 00:18:13
11 11 Martin BLACKBURN 00:19:24
17 16 Stuart ARCHER 00:20:12
26 24 Daniel SUTTON 00:21:06
49 44 Brian WHITE 00:22:19
62 56 Ryan DUNNING 00:22:58
67 60 Stephen SMITHSON 00:23:26
83 73 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:24:18
84 74 Darren EMMERSON 00:24:19
97 85 Mark BEASLEY 00:24:40
118 103 David SCOTT 00:25:23
126 110 Callum BEASLEY 00:25:42
161 139 David ACKERY 00:27:15
212 41 Verity FISHER 00:29:42
213 172 Chris HOLLAND 00:29:42
223 46 Debbie BLANTERN 00:30:20
225 178 Dave SMITH 00:30:23
282 196 Nick WITCOMBE 00:33:19
292 203 Roger BIGGS 00:34:21
342 121 Hazel JONES 00:37:23
396 234 Paul JENNINGS 00:54:30


Panshanger parkrun

A total of 354 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
79 75 Andy JAY 00:24:43
95 88 Thomas SAUKA 00:25:23


Letchworth parkrun

A total of 127 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
6 6 John HARRIS 00:21:00
37 7 Jo BOWDERY 00:25:44


Newborough Forest parkrun

A total of 118 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
12 9 John ROXBOROUGH 00:22:23

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