In a last minute and smoothly organised relocation the Hatfield Five race, already delayed from November, took place on the Drift Limits car racing circuit at Bovingdon, on Sunday.
Seven Spartans enjoyed a flat four lap event though the course was a bit exposed to the wind. DANNY SCANLON improved his personal best by 1 minute 17 seconds by finishing in 30:43. He was 51st of the 324 finishers.
In the second of the three waves YUKO GORDON won the women 70 plus category overall with 37:40. After struggling a bit last week JIM BROWN was happy with 40:44.
KEN JUDE said it was the first time he had worn his Spartan stripes since January 2020 and it was great to be at an event again. He finished in 42 minutes 48 seconds.
ANN TRYESSOONE came in with 44:15.
Racing Round England
For reasons nothing to do with sport it was a bit of a slow week for PENNY SCHENKEL in the Spartans Race Around England but nevertheless she clocked up another 122 kilometres to reach St. Briavels in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) close to the Welsh Border on 2727 kilometres, 91.8% done and only 253 kilometres from the finish line in Bristol.
Even more pre-occupied JIM BROWN managed only 66 kilometres but he is holding onto second place and is in the Lake District AONB with 2279 kilometres done.
BRIAN WHITE is third and at Seaham in Durham on 1,984 kilometres. The Spartan team of fourteen have nearly reached a total of 20,000 kilometres, they are on 19,823.
SHARON CROWLEY is passing Skipsea Sands Holiday Park in Yorkshire with 1815; KEN JUDE is in Gorleston approaching Great Yarmouth on 1424.
Mother and daughter CATHY CRAIG and HAZEL SMITH continue to entertain with Hazel closing the gap again. Cathy is on 1378 kilometres and is in Sizewell, Suffolk with Hazel on 1372 in Thorpeness. JON SYPULA is back up to eighth. He has crossed the Thames and is in Tilbury.
The virtual event started in Bristol and is following the coasts and borders of England in an anti-clockwise direction.
|Bib no.||Now||Last Week||Participant||Location|
|120||2726.6||2604.9||Penny Schenkel||Wye Valley AONB|
|118||2279.02||2212.8||Jim Brown||Lake District AONB|
|115||1983.8||1944.9||Brian White||Seaham, Durham|
|99||1815.0||1764.9||Sharon Crowley||Skipsea Sands Holiday Park, Yorkshire|
|108||1424.1||1368.0||Ken Jude||Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk|
|110||1377.9||1312.3||Cathy Craig||Sizewell, Suffolk|
|128||1372.0||1293.0||Hazel Smith||Thorpeness, Suffolk|
|98||1209.9||1176.6||Jon Sypula||Tilbury, Essex (BACK UP)|
|100||1190.6||1190.6||Liz Crowley||Gillingham, Kent|
|102||1179.6||1125.9||Paul Holgate||Lower Halstow, Kent|
|113||929.0||923.2||Liz Carvell||Climping, Sussex|
|109||883.4||858.4||Tracy Pez||Emsworth, Hampshire|
|136||805.2||766.9||Wendy Tharani||Lymington, Dorset|
|114||646.4||607.1||Lee Pickersgill||Exmouth, Devon|
Fly 5K Number 51
There was a wet start to Saturday morning and some were thinking about some real racing the following day but three Spartans were up and ready to run in the 51st Fly 5K virtual race. NICK KLEANTHOUS was 51st in 25:34; JIM BROWN 72nd and first male 65 plus in 26:46 and PAUL HOLGATE 143rd in 31:59. This was Paul’s 50th Fly 5K.
The Saturday morning virtual Fly races started during the first ock down to help keep people active.
In addition to those using the same effort to record Fly 5K times on Saturday MARIAN MORLEY ran a (not) parkrun 5K in 28:34 and on Sunday JIM BROWN improved to 25:09.
(Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.