News from the British Masters Athletics Federation 10K, Swansea, St Paul’s Walden, Hampshire, Grunty Fen and the 5k handicap,


Steve Second at St. Paul’s Walden

There was a superb turnout with many fantastic performances for Thursday night’s warm and humid Handicap 5K on the Fairlands and Martins Way course in Stevenage. 47 runners took part including 17 newcomers to Fairlands Valley Spartans 

Winner on the night was JIM MOORE, paced round by wife Clare, in a fantastic time of 28 minutes 52 seconds (3:08 quicker than handicap). Newcomer LIZ CARVELL was first female over the line, in 31:42 (1:18 ahead of handicap), closely followed by second male Callum Beasley, in a new personal best (PB) of 22:03. Another newcomer, Daniel Thorby, was third man home, in a very quick 18 minutes 23 seconds. Sofia Carpenter was second female and 10th overall, in 24:50, and Sue Hamer third woman in25:54, an improvement of 45 seconds on her PB..

Daniel Thorby’s 18:23 was the quickest time of the evening, with Davie Stafford second fastest in a new PB time of 18:56. David Bowker was third quickest, in 19:55.

The fastest female was Nicola Haberland in 23:27, with Sofia second fastest (24:50) and Hayley Faulkner third fastest in a new PB of 24:53.

In handicap races the slower runners, based on previous performances, start first. In theory if everyone runs “to form” they will finish together. Therefore the winners are the greatest improvers.

All 47 times:

Position First Name Last Name Time Time Position Female Time Comments
1 JIM MOORE 28:52 32   1st 5K
2 CLARE MOORE 28:52 33 9  
3 LIZ CARVELL 31:42 38 11 1st 5K
4 CALLUM BEASLEY 22:03 13   PB (0.01)
5 DANIEL THORBY 18:23 1   1st 5K
6 DAVID PEACH 27:04 27   PB (0:34)
7 CHARLIE CRACHTON 28:40 30   1st 5K
8 MARTYN PHILLIPS 28:43 31   1st 5K
9 MARTIN DUDLEY 24:50 20    
10 SOFIA CARPENTER 24:50 21 2  
11 SUE HAMER 25:54 24 5 PB (0:45)
12 JOSH SMITH 21:12 11   1st 5K
13 NICOLA HABERLAND 23:27 16 1  
14 STEVE ELDER 21:00 8   PB (0:20)
15 JACKIE ANGUS 34:03 41 14 1st 5K
16 BEVERLEY HARLOW 27:04 26 7  
17 DEAN CARPENTER 20:09 4   YB
18 DAVIE STAFFORD 18:56 2   PB (0:23)
19 JOHN NELMS 21:27 12   1st 5K
20 VISHAL SHAH 22:44 14    
21 SIMON TANG 20:18 5   1st 5K
22 ROBERT SHAW 27:19 28    
23 MATT GILL 20:20 6    
24 DAVID BATE 29:21 34   SB
25 HAYLEY FAULKNER 24:53 22 3 PB (0:22)
26 MARK BEASLEY 21:07 10    
27 VIVIENNE HONEY 27:55 29 8 SB
28 PAUL MARSHALL 23:58 19   PB (0:00)
29 RICHARD KENNEDY 21:03 9   PB (0:18)
30 DONNA LEE 35:48 42 15 1st 5K
31 SELVAN NAICKER 23:50 17   YB
32 STEVE GREEN 20:37 7   PB (1:21)
33 DAVID BOWKER 19:55 3    
34 RUTH REILLY 26:10 25 6 PB (0:28)
35 KRYSIA MALLABAR 32:30 39 12 1st 5K
36 ANNE SPILLER 25:02 23 4  
37 HAYLEY PEACH 32:35 40 13 PB (1:17)
38 DAVE STEPHENSON 23:53 18   YB
39 HILARY DAVIES 30:46 37 10 1st 5K
40 PAUL MAGUIRE 23:16 15   PB (0:07)
41 PETER CARPENTER 30:40 36   SB
42 BEN CRISP 29:42 35   1st 5K
43 JOHN MAHONEY 38:33 43   1st 5K
44 LOUISE HOLMES 51:02 44 16 1st 5K
45 CHERYL HORTON 51:02 44 16 1st 5K
46 TANYA FRASER 51:02 44 16 1st 5K
47 TESSA STEPHENSON 51:02 44 16 SB


October Handicap 5k will be on Thursday evening 23rd October.


David at Masters

DAVID BOWKER ran in the British Masters Athletics Federation 10K in the Birmingham Alexander Stadium on Sunday. He was fourth in 40 minutes 46 seconds.


Swansea Bay

Despite very warm weather in South Wales, ROB EVANS smashed his previous personal best by over a minute in the Swansea Bay 10k. His time was 44 minutes 31 seconds.

Future Spartans Hywel Evans and James Evans ran the 1k races in around 5 minutes and 7 minutes respectively.


Second At St Paul’s

STEVE GREEN ran the St Paul’s Walden, off road, scenic and undulating 10K on Sunday in a new personal course best of 44mins 16 sec and surprised himself by finishing second man and third overall. Georgina & Daniel Green both completed the 2k fun run in 15mins 57 sec. Steve says the Nigerian food afterwards was fantastic!


Hursley, Hampshire

DANIEL BATES finished 57th out of 525 runners in the 10 kilometres race at Hursley, Hampshire on Sunday this morning with a time of 44-57


Grunty Fry

Recently Spartan JAN FRY completed the Grunty Fen Half Marathon in 2 hours 21 minutes 39 seconds. She was third in her category.


Stevenage Marathon and Half Marathon

Get Sunday 2nd November in your diary. The Stevenage Marathon is only organised every ten years and it takes place this Autumn. The annual half marathon will be on the same day. Visit for more information.


Coming Events

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

  • Wear red for training at 7p.m. on Tuesday 23rd September (Air Ambulance Appeal)
  • County 5K Veteran Championship in Hatfield on Wednesday 24th September
  • Serpentine Last Friday 5K on Friday 26th September
  • Spartans Fall Ball (Autumn Social) in Stevenage on Friday 26th September
  • Henlow 10 on Wednesday 8th October
  • County 5K Senior Championship in Hatfield on Wednesday 8th October
  • Cross Country League at Cheshunt on Sunday 26th October
  • Stevenage 30th Anniversary Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd November
  • Cross Country League at Grovelands on Sunday 23rd November
  • Cross Country League at Watford on Sunday 7th December
  • Buntingford Year End Ten on Sunday 28th December
  • Ely New Year’s Eve 10K on Wednesday 31st 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 9.00a.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 done very much running yet might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.

Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £35 per year, £25 without UKA membership. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website Please ask if you would like a paper copy.

If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509), Vivienne Honey 07702 846304 or visit their website


More from Jim Brown (Press Officer) 0793 968 7509 or Vivienne Honey (Secretary) 07702 846304

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