Fairlands Run Fred

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PAUL HEWETT, MARTIN BLACKBURN, STUART ARCHER and ASHLEY SCHOENWETTER were all in the top 100 in Sunday’s Fred Hughes 10 mile race in St Albans.  They were some of the fifteen Fairlands Valley Spartans in the race.

Starting near Verulamium Park and going south west from the town centre into the hills in the nearby countryside there was a particular challenge at around six miles with a climb lasting almost a mile, and, of course, it was cold.

Ashley was fourth senior woman in 1 hour 6 minutes 54 seconds.  Paul ran a new ten mile personal best of 1:02:12 and was 37th out of the 840 finishers.  Martin wanted to beat 64 minutes and did so with 1:03:54 at 52nd and Stuart came in 94th with 1:06:41.

DANNY SCANLON improved on his Buntingford time, three weeks earlier, by one and a half minutes to 1:12:30 and hopes his hamstring problems are now behind him.  GRAHAM BLACKBURN was back in 1:17:16.

ISABEL GREEN improved her best ten mile time by 17 seconds to 1:19:22 running with husband STEVE who was given 1:19:21.

JIM BROWN improved on last year’s event by 1 minute 27 seconds and finished in 1:22:13.  He was sixth in his category in the county championships.

It was the first ten mile race for LIZ CARVELL who completed the race in a time of 1:44:14.  She said it was a lovely day for it and lovely countryside but the hills were quite tough.

Sharon CROWLEY was six minutes faster than Buntingford with 1:44:54.

The others in the Fairlands Fifteen were WENDY THARANI 1:28:58; KEN JUDE 1:33:11; CLAIRE HYDE 1:34:45 and HELEN WHITEHURST who despite pre-race nerves easily beat the time limit with 1:49:06.

 

Essendon 10K

A fab four went to the Essendon 10K on Sunday.  This was a very cold and early morning run along an undulating gold buggy track around the Essendon Country Club with about 400 runners.  JONATHAN JONES ran a new 10K personal best (PB) of 52 minutes exactly; CAROLE SHELDRICK 54:13; CAROLINE CROFT in 1:00:56 and JANE WHITROW in 1:11:53.

 

Georgia On His Mind

ROGER BIGGS reports there’s lots of snow in the USA but fortunately not in Georgia.

He continued his winter trip to the States, with the Jekyll Island Marathon on the Georgia Atlantic Coast.

Overall a good running temperature, but there was a nasty cold wind blowing off the Atlantic. A flat course helped Roger run 5:37:59, his best time since a heart operation in April last year.

His time was good enough to be the 1st Veteran over 70 years old, finishing in 159th of 182.

 

Parkrun Highlights Saturday 19 January

Spartans attended 13 different parkrun locations today – not an unlucky number for Maria SWIFT who picked up a parkrun personal best (PB) in Letchworth of 22:32 and was first lady.  Meanwhile, in Stevenage, 27 Spartans joined Alison SHELLEY who ran her 50th parkrun in a time of 27:14.  Joining her was first timer Annie LOVATT in 30:55.

op finishers included Marie COLUCCI 3rd woman in 24:15 at Letchworth, Stuart HAYCROFT 5th 19:08 Stevenage, Tracy PEZ 7th 26:32 Letchworth, Richard SPRINGALL 11th 20:19 Wimpole Estate, Martin BLACKBURN 12th 20:06 Stevenage, Andy JAY 15th 26:08 Westmill and Zoe JACKSON 19th 25:42 Stevenage.

TREVOR and KAREN BROOM are away in Belfast for the weekend and did the Ormeau park run Saturday morning

Nice two lap course round Ormeau Park, it’s a very busy park run with 468 runners.  Last week there were over 600.   Trevor finished in 32.43 and Karen finished in 31.09

 

 

 

Tables

 

Spartans at the FH10

 

Pos Name Time Category Cat Pos Gender Comments
37 Paul Hewett 01:02:12 Senior U40 23 Male
52 Martin Blackburn 01:03:54 Senior U40 30 Male
94 Stuart Archer 01:06:41 Senior U40 48 Male
97 Ashley Schoenwetter 01:06:54 Lady U35 4 Female 4th senior
185 Danny Scanlon 01:12:30 Senior U40 68 Male 1:30 imp Bunt
261 Graham Blackburn 01:17:16 M50 40 Male
294 Isabel Green 01:19:22 W35 22 Female PB 17 seconds
295 Steve Green 01:19:21 M40 89 Male
363 Jim Brown 01:22:13 M60 12 Male 1:27 better 2018
519 Wendy Tharani 01:28:58 W45 57 Female
580 Ken Jude 01:33:11 M50 81 Male
622 Claire Hyde 01:34:45 W35 91 Female
721 Liz Carvell 01:44:16 W55 36 Female First 10 miles
727 Sharon Crowley 01:44:54 W55 39 Female 6 min imp Bunt
760 Helen Whitehurst 01:49:06 W45 114 Female

 

840 finishers.

 

Essendon 10K

 

Pos Name Net Time Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos
63 Jonathan Jones 00:52:00 47 Male 48
83 Carole Sheldrick 00:54:13 24 Female 24
139 Caroline Croft 01:00:56 49 Female 49
192 Jane Whitrow 01:11:53 90 Female 90

 

Parkruns:  Saturday 19th January

 

Parkrun Position Gender Parkrunner Time Notes
Bedford 42 39 John NELMS 00:22:16
Oak Hill 44 39 John ROXBOROUGH 00:22:15
Westmill 16 15 Andy JAY 00:26:08
Westmill 31 26 Ken JUDE 00:28:03
Wanstead Flats 156 128 Nick GILL 00:27:29
Pymmes 42 38 Michael O’KEEFE 00:28:22
Stevenage 5 5 Stuart HAYCROFT 00:19:08
Stevenage 12 12 Martin BLACKBURN 00:20:06
Stevenage 50 47 Martin DUDLEY 00:23:02
Stevenage 62 58 Gareth COWELL 00:23:30 10th parkrun
Stevenage 85 71 David PATTMAN 00:24:59
Stevenage 105 88 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:25:41
Stevenage 107 19 Zoe JACKSON 00:25:42
Stevenage 118 98 Jay PAPA 00:26:15
Stevenage 120 21 Liz SMITH 00:26:20
Stevenage 150 30 Alison SHELLEY 00:27:14 50th parkrun
Stevenage 151 121 Steven DOBNER 00:27:14
Stevenage 152 122 Paul SHELLEY 00:27:16
Stevenage 182 139 Paul JENNINGS 00:28:19
Stevenage 199 153 David ACKERY 00:28:51
Stevenage 202 155 Sean MILLWOOD 00:28:58
Stevenage 209 52 Karen PALMER 00:29:14
Stevenage 215 158 Jon SYPULA 00:29:24
Stevenage 248 71 Anne LOVATT 00:30:55 1st timer
Stevenage 291 95 Chloe EMMERSON 00:33:22
Stevenage 294 98 Hazel SMITH 00:33:26
Stevenage 295 99 Jenny GARRETT 00:33:27
Stevenage 301 103 Bernadette MILLWOOD 00:33:38
Stevenage 303 200 Nick WITCOMBE 00:33:43
Stevenage 311 201 Peter CARPENTER 00:34:16
Stevenage 342 130 Callie CHAPMAN 00:37:40
Stevenage 358 139 Hazel JONES 00:40:37
Stevenage 367 146 Gemma PARKER 00:42:35
Stevenage 378 153 Caren DOWSETT 00:46:44
Mile End 414 275 Tim ROBINSON 00:33:53
Wimpole Estate 12 11 Richard SPRINGALL 00:20:19
Ormeau (Belfast) 311 112 Karen BROOM 00:31:09
Ormeau (Belfast) 351 216 Trevor BROOM 00:32:43
Exeter Riverside 31 28 Adrian DONNELLY 00:21:18
Holkham 28 27 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:24:07
Castle Park 48 48 Daniel SUTTON 00:23:13
Castle Park 192 41 Verity FISHER 00:28:50
Letchworth 8 1 Maria SWIFT 00:22:32 PB
Letchworth 19 3 Marie COLUCCI 00:24:15
Letchworth 38 7 Tracy PEZ 00:26:32
Letchworth 86 66 Dave SMITH 00:32:17 60th Parkrun

 

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