News Race Results


Nikki and Chris Win Thursday 5K

Sixteen Spartans enjoyed the Greenway Challenge around Letchworth on Sunday morning.

GAIL MACKIE was 40th overall out of the 296 finishers and WON the female open race with 1 hour 41 minutes 17 seconds.

JENNY MALEKPOUR ran her first ever sub two hours half marathon with 1 hour 54 minutes 21 seconds and was THIRD open woman.

The fastest Spartan man was TOBY ECCLESHALL in 1:42:10 in 43rd place.

ROS INGRAM was the club’s third woman under two hours with her 1:57:50.

PAUL JENNINGS ran a new personal best (PB) of 2 hours 3 minutes 53 seconds on a course he didn’t think he’d get anywhere near to a PB with the hills!  It was an improvement of nearly five minutes.

WENDY THARANI said the Greenway Challenge was well organised and beautifully marshalled with stacks of enthusiasm.  She was really happy and appreciated that the race director allowed her to run even though she was late!  Her official time was 2 hours 14 minutes 37 seconds.

DAVID SCOTT said it was my first half marathon distance event since October and first time running anywhere near that distance at race pace since then.  He finished in 2:05:34.  David said, “TIM ROBINSON kept me company and provided support all the way round, and helped keep me going when I wanted to slow it right back. Thanks Tim!”


JIM BROWN said, “It turned into a great morning and the trail half marathon course was fantastic provided you were relaxed about losing a bit of time at some pinch points and road crossings.  I was not in good form but enjoyed chatting with several other runners on the way round and still, somehow, managed to win my age category.

It was a fun morning for SOPHIE COWAN, HAYLEY YENDELL and SUE HAMER who had a social run round together and came in with 2 hours 28 minutes 51 seconds.  It was a great run by Sue so soon after the London Marathon.


(All sixteen Spartan times can be found near the end of this release).


Wheathampstead 10K

wheathampteadJANE WHITROW said there was a beautiful route for Sunday’s Wheathamptead 10K.  She finished in 1 hour 11 minutes 25 seconds.


Trackstar Roger Biggs

Roger Biggs survived a hail storm at the Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon on Saturday.

A marathon run on an athletics track is really a simple matter, it is 105 laps (each 400m) of the track, plus 195 metres at the start to make 42,195 metres.

Despite the course being flat, and a nice even surface, Roger struggled to overcome the weather and finished in 5:54:52.


Nikki and Chris Win Handicap 5K

Despite some unpleasant weather 31 Spartans recorded some excellent times in the club’s Handicap 5K event on Thursday evening.

Winner was new member Nikki Lufkin, smashing her handicap by 7½ minutes to finish in 29:32, over 3 minutes ahead of the next runner.  Winning man, second overall, improving his 5K year’s best (YB) achieved on the track at Ridlins on Monday by another 15 seconds to 22:08 was Chris Holland, followed by newcomer Malcolm MacGregor beating his handicap by 1½ minutes to 33:43, with Jennifer Malekpour second lady in 4th position overall in a new personal best (PB) time of 23:55, 1:57 quicker than her previous PB.  Third man in a new PB of his own was Matthew Newton in 22:05 with Alison Wood third lady in her first 5k of 2019 in a time of 21:40.

Fastest runner was Paul Shelley, 8th overall, in a new PB time of 19:40, with Adrian Donnelly second quickest in a season best time of 20:31, while David Pattman was 3rd quickest man in a new PB time of 21:55. Alison’s 21:40 was the quickest female time, with Tanya Brazier second quickest in a new PB time of 21:56 and Yuko Gordon 3rd fastest in 23:09.

There were also PBs for Debbie Blantern +0:29 to 28:03, Nick Kleanthous +0:02 to 25:58 and newcomer Sarah Salter despite not managing to stay on the correct course and having to run further than intended!

Liz Carvell 28:35 also achieved a new season best time, and there were also year best times for David Scott, Alison Shelley, Sue Hamer, Roger Biggs, Carole Sheldrick, Hayley Peach, Sally Phillips and Sarah Pike, while Martin Dudley was 27 seconds quicker than his April Handicap 5k time.

28 of the 31 finishers were within 2 minutes of their adjusted handicap time set and total time difference between 2nd-30th position was 4:32.

The next Handicap 5k is scheduled for three weeks time on Thursday evening 30th May.

Don’t forget that runners don’t all start at the same time in handicap races.

(All 31 times can be found near the end of this release).


More Than A Marathon

TIM SABAN ran the River Arun Marathon on Saturday.  He felt it was more of an ultra with feed stations and pretty much self guided except for the two marshals out on the course, as well as being a mile too far.  There was an out and back route which started at Littlehampton Marina and followed most of the river Arun, until it met the South Downs Way. At which point we had to run, (sorry walk) up a steep hill.  A 600ft rise over two miles. Even walking was a challenge.  Tim said, “Running back down once we’d reach the half way checkpoint was tricky enough.  Once we reached the bottom it was just a case of retracing the route back.  Fully loaded with all my ultra kit on my back just to see how that felt.  We endured wind, heavy rain then glorious sunshine just as I finished.  A good training day and a few lessons learnt.”  He finished in 4 hours 9 minutes.



Recently Fairlands Valley Spartans women came first and the club’s men third in an EMAC evening track and field fixture at Sandy.  EMAC is the East of England organisation for veteran athletes.


Parkrun Highlights Saturday 11th May

This week’s parkruns saw Spartans participating across twelve different venues.

There was a parkrun PB for John Harris in Llanelli (19:56).

stevenageprpacersIn Stevenage many Spartans volunteered at the pacer event.  Jonathan Parr was 2nd overall in a new PB of 17:07.  Others PBs in Stevenage were Paul Shelley (19:31), Toby Eccleshall (20:56), Alison Shelley (25:34), Karl Shreeve (26:30) and Debbie Blantern (28:09).  Congratulations go to Jonathan Jones completing his 50th parkrun at Stevenage.  Jim Brown won his age category.

Kelly McHale ran a new PB (23:39) at Ellenbrook Fields.

Adrian Donnelly also ran a new PB (21:32) at Letchworth.



Spartan Results From The Greenway Challenge


Position Name Time Comments
40 GAIL MACKIE 1:41:17 1st Open Woman
50 CRAIG BACON 1:43:33
105 JENNIFER MALEKOUR 1:54:21 3rd Open Woman PB.
132 ROS INGRAM 1:57:50
162 PAUL JENNINGS 2:03:53 PB
170 DAVID SCOTT 2:05:34
172 TIM ROBINSON 2:05:54
196 JIM BROWN 2:08:42 1st Male 65 plus
229 WENDY THARANI 2:14:37
236 SOPH GEORGIOU 2:17:07
266 SOPHIE COWAN 2:28:51
267 HAYLEY YENDELL 2:28:51
268 SUE HAMER 2:28:51


There were 296 finishers.


Parkrun Results – Saturday 11th May.


Llanelli Coast parkrun

A total of 212 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
10 10 John HARRIS 00:19:56


Milton Keynes parkrun

A total of 661 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
246 197 Matthew PATTMAN 00:27:34


Stevenage parkrun

A total of 353 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
2 2 Jonathan PARR 00:17:07
12 12 Paul SHELLEY 00:19:31
19 18 Toby ECCLESHALL 00:20:56
34 33 Danny SCANLON 00:21:58
49 46 Ryan DUNNING 00:22:53
51 48 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:54
57 53 Nick GILL 00:23:04
60 55 Jay PAPA 00:23:16
66 7 Georgie HOOPER 00:23:34
77 11 Jo BOWDERY 00:24:01
84 73 Thomas SAUKA 00:24:30
109 97 Chris HOLLAND 00:25:23
114 14 Alison SHELLEY 00:25:34
118 104 Jim BROWN 00:25:47
140 116 Karl SHREEVE 00:26:30
169 34 Karen PALMER 00:27:39
176 139 Tim ROBINSON 00:28:02
181 41 Debbie BLANTERN 00:28:09
184 142 Richard SPRINGALL 00:28:11
206 153 David ACKERY 00:28:57
207 154 Nick KLEANTHOUS 00:28:59
237 75 Angie KEELING 00:31:03
238 76 Tanya BRAZIER 00:31:04
243 165 Sam SIMMONS 00:31:14
244 166 Paul JENNINGS 00:31:20
253 83 Callie CHAPMAN 00:32:04
254 84 Hazel SMITH 00:32:04
346 145 Sally PHILLIPS 00:45:03


Gunpowder parkrun

A total of 208 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
160 60 Rowena RUTLEDGE 00:59:59


Eastville parkrun

A total of 602 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
84 76 Daniel SUTTON 00:22:38


East Grinstead parkrun

A total of 92 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
79 51 Darryl STEVENS 00:35:07


Panshanger parkrun

A total of 414 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
99 10 Isabel GREEN 00:24:45


Hove Promenade parkrun

A total of 372 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
232 177 Michael O’KEEFE 00:27:42


Rushmere parkrun

A total of 170 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
19 19 John ROXBOROUGH 00:23:06


Ellenbrook Fields parkrun

A total of 290 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
27 26 Barry OSBORNE 00:21:13
57 5 Kelly MCHALE 00:23:39


Letchworth parkrun

A total of 122 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
8 8 Adrian DONNELLY 00:21:32


Pocket parkrun

A total of 200 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
134 86 Nick WITCOMBE 00:34:42


Handicap 5K Thursday 9th May 2019


Pos First Name Last Name Running Time Comments
2 CHRIS HOLLAND 22:08 YB 0:15
5 MATTHEW NEWTON 22:05 PB 1:41
6 DAVID SCOTT 23:10 YB 1:21
8 PAUL SHELLEY 19:40 PB 0:37
9 ALISON WOOD 21:40 YB 1st
10 DEBBIE BLANTERN 28:03 PB 0:29
12 TANYA BRAZIER 21:56 PB 0:25
13 ALISON SHELLEY 26:10 YB 0:55
14 LIZ CARVELL 28:35 SB 0:33
16 NICK KLEANTHOUS 25:58 PB 0:02
17 DAVID PATTMAN 21:55 PB 0:11
20 SUE HAMER 29:08 YB 1st
21 ROGER BIGGS 31:11 YB 0:34
23 YUKO GORDON 23:09
28 HAYLEY PEACH 37:53 YB 1:37
29 SALLY PHILLIPS 30:25 YB 1st
30 SARAH PIKE 26:56 YB 1st
31 SARAH SALTER 49:59 PB New

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