Club News Race Results


Individual bronze for Michelle Reeves


speedymedalFairlands Valley Spartans women’s team WON the Hertfordshire County 5 kilometre title on Wednesday night.  MICHELLE REEVES, ALISON WOOD and TANYA BRAZIER took the GOLDS.  Michelle also won BRONZE in the individual county championships.

Ten of the fifteen Spartans in the open race were women as were the first four club members to finish.  They were ASHLEY KING, fourth senior overall in 19 minutes 21 seconds; SUZY HAWKINS, winner of the women 35 plus category in 19:31; Michelle in 19:45; and Alison, third woman 45 plus in 20:18.

Tanya was second woman 35 plus with 21:17 and YUKO GORDON won the women 65 plus event with 22:14.

TIM SABAN was the first man in for the Spartans with 20:27.  He was followed by BARRY OSBORNE second man 60 plus in 20:41 and JIM BROWN in 25 minutes exactly.

GRACE BROWN came in with 25:37; KEN JUDE with 26:14; ANTON McCALLA with 26:25; SHERYL HANN 26:44; ERICA GRAYSON 27:08 and SHARON CROWLEY in 28:54.

The 5K championships for veteran runners are on Wednesday 11th September.


Bedford Running Festival

It was great for runners not to have to endure the extreme temperatures of the previous weekend and many Spartans enjoyed the Bedford Running Festival which included half marathon, 10K and 5K races.

PAUL SHELLEY said, ‚ÄúWhat a great weekend at the Bedford Running Festival.¬† I ran the Twilight 10K on Saturday evening in a new PB (personal best) of 40.35 which felt great – even got a sprint finish in! ¬†Sunday saw the Half Marathon in which I set a new PB of 1.31.26 (with a stop as both shoe laces came undone) but I had nothing left in the tank for the last three miles!! What an amazing weekend with a great atmosphere amongst the runners, spectators and the FVS family.‚ÄĚ ¬†¬†Paul was 133rd out of the 2,516 finishers.

TIM SABAN ran an impressive 1:36:05.

In the half DAVID PATTMAN’s time was 1:44:12 which is roughly eight minutes faster than his previous PB.

Valuable time was lost in the congested first three miles of the half marathon but JIM BROWN cut his time from the previous week by six minutes to 1 hour 51 minutes 51 seconds.

On a bright and sunny Bedford Half Marathon, ROB EVANS beat his two hour target by completing the course in 1:56:47.

There was a double PB for STEVE DOBNER with 52:26 in the Twilight 10K and 1:59:02, a five minute improvement, in the half marathon.

Steve said, “On a tight course with not many places to move through the field to start with I was surprised by my PB in the 10K as I didn’t set out to achieve one.  Sunday’s half marathon was run in ideal conditions and although I felt Saturday evening’s 10K I am very happy to beat my PB by over five minutes.  Many thanks to Ed Hare for pacing me round.

ED HARE had a great weekend with the Spartans at Bedford.¬† He said, ‚ÄúI tried to push as hard as I could during the Twilight 10K and just fell shy of my PB target not helped by the congestion and a very tight course, but I was still very pleased to finish with 47:53 my second ever fastest 10K.¬† I ran the half with Steven Dobner the next morning and had a great time running with him and finishing with a 1:59:02.‚ÄĚ

SAM SIMMONS was another Spartan scoring a double PB (personal best) ‚Äď 24 minutes 27 seconds in the Bedford 5K and 2:00:31 in the half marathon.

ALISON SHELLEY took five minutes off her PB when she finished in 2 hours 2 minutes 46 seconds.

Spartans JON SYPULA and SIMON SYPULA finished in 2:04:29 and 2:05:53.

ERICA GRAYSON ran Saturday’s Bedford Festival of Running Twilight 10K in 57:18 and Sunday’s Half Marathon in 2:13:17 with ROBERT WRIGHT at 2:13:19.

JONATHAN JONES came in with 2:23:40 and KAREN BROOM with 2:30:08.

ROWENA ROUTLEDGE first half marathon as a guide runner.  She said it was a fantastic experience, tough at times, but had a brilliant time and a great result!  They both came in with 2:31:48.  DZENANNA TOPIC completed the 13.1 miles in 2:43:56.

GRACE BROWN ran the Bedford Twilight 10K in 50 minutes 36 seconds.


Maidenhead Half

grantscottishvetsYUKO GORDON was first woman 60 plus in the Maidenhead Half Marathon with 1:36:03,  At ten miles she had run a post 65 PB of 72 minutes and her 5K was faster than Wednesday but the warm sunshine tired her a little towards the end.

Along with Yuko Gordon’s excellent run, GRANT RAMSAY took part and represented the Celtic Nations (combined team from Scotland, Wales and Ireland) against the English Masters.

It was England who went on to win the contest.  Ramsay was happy with his run, despite  re-occurring injury problems and pleased to be the firstt Scottish athlete home, in a time of 1 hour 27 minutes 17 seconds.


Spitfire 10K

On Saturday morning a few Spartans completed the Spitfire 10K at the Hendon RAF base, hilly course with a nice finish though the hanger and under the Sunderland aircraft.  LEE PICKERSGILL’s time was 50 minutes 58 seconds.

In his first official races since the Brighton Marathon last April GERRY ROSEN did a double header with the Spitfire 10K at the RAF museum in 1 hour 9 minutes 22 seconds and then with tired legs the Bedford Twilight on Saturday evening in 1:15:11.


Twisty 5K

ANDREW PATTERSON ran the Inter Advertising 5k on Thursday night around Regent’s Park. The course was flat but quite twisty. ¬†Media firms seem to generate speedy runners with the top three finishing in sub 16:15s. ¬†A summer of injuries made for a tough slog, he finished seventh in 16:54.


St Albans Stampede

Roger Biggs competed in the St Albans Stampede at the weekend.  The event is a 12 hour ultra, held in the Village of Sandridge near Wheathampstead over a four mile multi terrain undulating course.  Roger took part in the solo event, where each entrant can run for up to twelve hours.  He completed his fifth lap (20 miles) in a time of 6:10:21.  Roger finished in 78th of the 87 runners.


Last Friday

It was dry and sunny with a medium breeze for the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5K.  On the two lap boathouse course JIM BROWN improved on Wednesday evening’s time at Hatfield by six seconds to finish in 24:54.


Get Ready For The Stevenage Half Marathon

The Stevenage Half Marathon will be on Sunday 3rd November.  Have a look at  Train with the Spartans for the 13.1 miles event.


Parkrun Highlights 31st  August 2019

Another busy parkrun Saturday saw Simon Jackson finish second at Blandford in Hampshire in a new PB of 16:59.

Congratulations to John HARRIS who completed his 50th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields in 19:32.

At Stevenage Eva Ramsay was first lady in 22:42.  Dean Carpenter was 6th in 19:17.  There was a new PB of 25:13 for Nick Kleanthous.  Jon Filby completed his first parkrun in 24:29.

Over at Jersey Farm near St Albans John Roxborough ran a new PB (22:34).

Over 1,000 runners were at Willen Lake Milton Keynes.  Graham Hill finished in 39:18.

Four Spartans were in Bedford, Andy Jay was in Teignmouth and Darryl Stevens at his regular haunt in Brockenhurst.  Barry King and Nick Witcombe continued on Nick’s faffing to 50 parkruns at off road Wimpole.




Parkrun Results Saturday 31st August


A full list of the Spartan results is below.


Bedford parkrun

A total of 367 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
14 13 Simon BELL 00:20:01
107 14 Annette BELL 00:25:46
239 169 David PATTMAN 00:30:28
240 170 Steven DOBNER 00:30:29


Milton Keynes parkrun

A total of 1075 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
864 497 Graham HILL 00:39:18


Stevenage parkrun

A total of 377 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
6 6 Dean CARPENTER 00:19:27
16 16 Stuart ARCHER 00:21:21
20 20 Adrian DONNELLY 00:21:43
32 32 Danny SCANLON 00:22:41
33 1 Eva RAMSEY 00:22:42
39 38 Thomas SAUKA 00:23:04
50 48 Darren EMMERSON 00:23:47
53 50 Barry OSBORNE 00:23:50
65 59 Ryan DUNNING 00:24:15
66 60 Jon FILBY 00:24:29
70 64 Michael ANDREWS 00:24:42
77 70 Robert Lloyd EVANS 00:24:59
86 78 Nick KLEANTHOUS 00:25:13
109 99 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:26:05
125 110 Tim ROBINSON 00:26:42
131 115 Andy PRIOR 00:27:10
134 17 Fiona CLARKE 00:27:21
169 30 Sofia CARPENTER 00:28:42
170 140 David ACKERY 00:28:44
171 31 Marian MORLEY 00:28:49
172 32 Debbie BLANTERN 00:28:50
178 145 Luke GURNEY 00:29:00
188 36 Jenny GARRETT 00:29:14
189 37 Kerstin WEINER 00:29:14
198 41 Alison SHELLEY 00:29:36
202 43 Julie SIMMONS 00:29:39
205 161 Paul JENNINGS 00:29:44
349 136 Caren THAIN 00:41:58
371 217 James SOUTH 00:53:33
377 158 Hazel JONES 00:57:34


Brockenhurst parkrun

A total of 134 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
117 73 Darryl STEVENS 00:35:19


Wimpole Estate parkrun

A total of 399 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
164 136 Barry KING 00:27:33
298 217 Nick WITCOMBE 00:33:48


Blandford parkrun

A total of 229 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
2 2 Simon JACKSON 00:16:59


A total of 321 runners took part.


Ellenbrook Fields parkrun

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
15 15 John HARRIS 00:19:32
88 12 Kelly MCHALE 00:24:54



Teignmouth Promenade parkrun

A total of 262 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
66 57 Andy JAY 00:25:47


Jersey Farm parkrun

A total of 206 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
19 18 John ROXBOROUGH 00:22:34

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