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Gold and bronze at British Masters Pentathlon

Spartans hit the Trent Triffic Trail

MONICA BROWN is the new British Masters Pentathlon Champion in the W50 age group. She won her hurdles race and cleared 1m 36cm in the high jump on her way to winning gold in Oxford.

TESSA STEPHENSON also brought home a medal, winning bronze in the W55 age group. STEVE MAYFIELD was a creditable 6th in his men’s category including a brilliant finish in his 1500m race. All three athletes finished with age-group PB scores for the outdoor Pentathlon.

Full event results will be available next week.


Spartans in the Triffic Trail 10k

Five Spartans headed to the beautiful surroundings of Trent Park on Sunday for the multi-terrain Triffic Trail 10k race.

KARL CLARK was first of the five to finish, crossing the line in 42nd place in 45 mins 13 secs. ANDREW JORDAN was 65th in a new course best of 47:09 and TIM SABAN was 133rd in 50:23.   DEAN CARPENTER (172nd, 53:37) and TIM ROBINSON (173rd, 53:38) were the other finishers.


South Downs Marathon – Saturday, 18th June 2016

ROGER BIGGS ran in The South Downs Marathon, the course for which leaves Slindon College in West Sussex and climbs North up into the South Downs to join the South Downs Way at 5.5 miles. The course then heads West, all the way to the finish at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, adjacent to the A3 and just in Hampshire.

With significant climbs at 4, 8, 14, 18, 20 & 24 miles, an overall ascent of 3300ft and some very stony trails, this has to be one of the toughest marathons in the country. Biggs decided it was a day to survive and finished near the back of the field in 6:24:35.


Macmillan Runathon 10k

Robert Clark was proud to have run his first ever 10k race on Sunday. He competed in the Macmillan Runathon, a new festival of running taking place in Regent’s Park. He completed the 10k route in 57:03.


parkrun Report

Spartans continued to support the Stevenage parkrun in numbers this week, and again had the first finishers for both men and women.

For the women, NATALIE LAWRENCE was running with a buggy again and knocked over half a minute off last week’s time to cross the line in 20 mins 04 secs. ALISON WOOD was second woman finisher in 20:11 and CLAIRE PULLEN 3rd woman in a new course PB of 22:03.

CRAIG HALSEY was first male finisher in 16:59 (a new course PB), IAIN MCKEAN was 5th man in 18:45 and DAVID RIDDELL was 7th man in 19:17.


The full list of 36 Spartan finishers was as follows:


Pos Gender Pos parkrunner Time Notes
1 1 Craig HALSEY 00:16:59 New PB!
5 5 Iain MCKEAN 00:18:45 First Timer!
7 7 David RIDDELL 00:19:17 First Timer!
10 1 Natalie LAWRENCE 00:20:04 PB stays at 00:18:47
12 2 Alison WOOD 00:20:11 First Timer!
23 21 Liam ERRINGTON 00:20:55 New PB!
25 23 Martin WOOD 00:21:07 First Timer!
32 30 Tim SABAN 00:21:49 First Timer!
36 34 Mark BEASLEY 00:22:01 PB stays at 00:21:56
37 3 Claire PULLEN 00:22:03 New PB!
40 37 Darren EMMERSON 00:22:26 New PB!
42 39 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:30 New PB!
50 45 Paul MAGUIRE 00:23:04 First Timer!
51 46 Callum BEASLEY 00:23:06 New PB!
85 14 Carol PAUL 00:25:18 New PB!
90 17 Olwen BATTY 00:25:39 New PB!
109 89 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:26:34 First Timer!
110 21 Karen PALMER 00:26:36 New PB!
117 24 Sue HAMER 00:26:48 First Timer!
123 27 Lesley AITKINS 00:27:24 New PB!
135 32 Victoria BRETT 00:28:11 New PB!
143 108 John WALSH 00:28:29 PB stays at 00:27:45
145 37 Lauren HARNETT 00:28:34 First Timer!
152 111 Nick WITCOMBE 00:29:25 New PB!
171 56 Tracy PEZ 00:30:41 PB stays at 00:22:45
173 58 Hazel SMITH 00:30:45 New PB!
182 63 Claire DRAKE 00:31:08 New PB!
184 121 Andrew SMITH 00:31:18 First Timer!
191 124 Andy PRIOR 00:31:46 PB stays at 00:24:05
208 132 Ian ALEXANDER 00:33:04 PB stays at 00:32:06
228 89 Vikki MEREDITH 00:35:07 PB stays at 00:34:46
242 100 Emma MARTIN 00:36:37 New PB!
252 109 Claire COX 00:37:09 PB stays at 00:23:33
253 110 Chloe EMMERSON 00:37:10 PB stays at 00:30:09
259 113 Caren THAIN 00:38:56 PB stays at 00:38:04
265 117 Janet COX 00:43:16 First Timer!


Elsewhere, DARRYL STEVENS ran 39:28 at Brockenhurst to finish as 71st male, JAMES SOUTH was 12th man to finish at Pymmes parkrun in North London in 24:36.

Finally, DANIEL SUTTON was 35th male finisher at Feel Foot in the Lake District in a time of 24:40 and VERITY FISHER was 41st woman there in 30:14.


Coming Events


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


  • Fourth event, Midweek League in Stevenage (FVS) on Tuesday 21st June.
  • County Senior Championships at the Welwyn 10K on Sunday 26th June.
  • Milton Keynes 10K on Tuesday 28th June.
  • EMAC (Veterans Track & Field) event in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 6th July.
  • County Track 10K on Sandy on Thursday 7th July.
  • Fairlands Valley Challenge on Sunday 17th July.
  • Bedford 5K on Wednesday 27th July.
  • Relays in the Park, our 3K Relays in Fairlands Valley on Thursday 28th July.
  • EMAC (Veterans Track & Field) event in Stevenage on Wednesday 3rd August.
  • Harlow 10 on Sunday 4th September.
  • FVS Handicap 5 / 10 in Stevenage on Sunday 25th September.
  • Standalone 10K including County Vets Championships on Sunday 2nd October.
  • Peterborough Half Marathon on Sunday 9th October.
  • Abingdon Marathon on Sunday 23rd October.
  • Stevenage Half Marathon, a Stevenage 70 event, on Sunday 6th November.
  • St Neots Half Marathon on Sunday 20th November.
  • County Five Miles Open Championship in Hatfield on 27th November.
  • Spartans Christmas Social on Saturday 10th December.


Join The Spartans


Live in or near Stevenage?  Like running?  Fairlands Valley Spartans is your local running club and is on the up!  The club was voted the UK’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 Marriotts School – a Sports College, Telford Avenue, Stevenage (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 9a.m. sharp.  Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, Stevenage most Saturdays from 9.15a.m.  There are events to enter every Sunday.  Newcomers are very welcome – those who have not yet done very much running might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.

Try a few sessions before joining.  Membership is only £37 per year, £25 without UKA affiliation.  Concessions are available.  Membership forms are available on the Spartans website  Please ask if you would like a paper copy.  You can also join online.

If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509), Andy Neatham 0777 197 5499 and 01438 816889; or Karen Palmer (07734678566) or visit their website

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