Spartan BRIAN WHITE was a prize winner at Sunday’s Fred Hughes 10, an undulating ten mile road race on the south western outskirts of St Albans. He said it was a very sunny and bright morning if a little cold. The initial frost did result in a couple of slippery sections. Brian was second male 60 plus in 1 hour 11 minutes 35 seconds.
The next Spartan in was John Roxborough with 1:14:32; Matt Clarke came in with 1:25:28 and Jim Brown completed the men’s county team (of four) with 1:27:40.
Steve Dobner, Alison Shelley and Fiona Clarke worked brilliantly as a team and supported each other which helped Fiona to a new personal best of 1:27:29. It was a great run.
Steve came in with 1:27:22 and Alison with 1:27:34.
Fiona and Alison headed up the Spartan women’s county team (of three) and were supported by Wendy Tharani who finished in 1:34:36.
Carol Paul 1:41:03; Taher Tharani 2:00:11 and Roger Biggs 2:24:05 brought the Spartans total up to twelve in the tough event.
All Twelve Spartans at FH10
JONATHAN JONES time for the Essenden 10K was 55 minutes 35 seconds. He said the course was undulating and the temperature was below freezing to start, but the course was run on mainly paths and was well gritted. A very good and picturesque course and country location worth visting.
The other Spartans at the Essendon 10K were Caroline Barter 55:27; Dzenana Topic 65:34 and Lisa Potter 75:06. Julie Gray ran the Essendon 5K in 36:50
John Nelms (photo above) ran his 80th marathon on the Thames Towpaths in 4:27:58
Running A Spring Marathon?
More than 100 Spartans enjoyed the club’s 20:20 training session on Tuesday. Are you running the London Marathon, or another Spring marathon? If you join Fairlands Valley Spartans now you’ll get access to all the club’s free training sessions, on five days in every week; participation in the marathon hub; a training programme; advice and a 20 mile training run on 29th March.
All Spartans get free use of Ridlins Athletics Track at 9.15a.m. on Saturday morning. That benefit alone is worth about £100 a year. To join the Spartans visit www.fvspartans.org.uk or come along to a Spartans training session which include Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7p.m. from Marriotts Sports Centre, SG2 0AN. Sign up now and you’ll be a member until April 2021.
Parkrun Highlights 18th January 2020
Fifty-four Fairlands Valley Spartan’s ran in the mid-January sunshine early on Saturday morning. At another huge Stevenage turnout, CLAIRE DRAKE ran a PB time of 27 minutes and 26 seconds alongside DEAN CARPENTER who was 7th overall in 19 mins and 34 secs and HAZEL JONES who ran her 50th event in 55 mins and 54 secs.
New parkrun PB times were also recorded by NICOLA KENNEDY on the Hunstanton Promenade course with a time of 22 min and 03 secs, GRACE BROWN at the Ellenbrook Fields event in 23 mins and 10 secs, and MARK BEASLY who completed the Carine Glades run in 27 mins and 02 secs.
Running for the 150th time at a Parkrun event, DARRYL STEVENS finished the Brockenhurst course in 1 h 02 min and 05 secs.
543 finishers at Stevenage.
(You can find all the Spartan parkrun results near the end of this release).
Spartan Parkrun Results for Saturday 18th January
|Bedford parkrun||273||49||Sheryl HANN||28:01|
|Milton Keynes parkrun||1076||671||Graham HILL||40:19|
|Stevenage parkrun||7||7||Dean CARPENTER||19:34|
|188||34||Claire DRAKE||27:26||New PB|
|543||232||Hazel JONES||55:54||50th Parkrun|
|Brockenhurst parkrun||239||140||Darryl STEVENS||1:02:05||150th Parkrun|
|Preston Park parkrun||274||234||Nick KLEANTHOUS||25:54|
|Carine Glades parkrun||67||49||Mark BEASLEY||27:02||New PB|
|Panshanger parkrun||100||7||Mo WARRILLOW||26:13|
|Ellenbrook Fields parkrun||49||2||Grace BROWN||23:10||New PB|
|Hunstanton Promenade parkrun||8||8||Richard KENNEDY||20:16|
|14||2||Nicola KENNEDY||22:03||New PB|
Over 500 finishers again at Stevenage. 543 this time.