LOTS OF PRECIOUS METALS AT RIDLINS

CountyChamps

 

Ten GOLD; five SILVER and one BRONZE county medals were among the winnings for Fairlands Valley Spartans in the Hertfordshire County Championships at Ridlins Track, Stevenage on Monday.

SuzyTrackJust eight days after 42 Spartans completed the London Marathon there were lots of FVS stripes on the track running from 100 to 5,000 metres; throwing and jumping.

SUZY HAWKINS smashed it in the women’s 1500 metres winning the GOLD medal for women 40 plus in 5 minutes 35.40 seconds with a good lead over her nearest rival.

SHARON CROWLEY had a good day with GOLDS in the 3K walk and hammer, and SILVER in the 1500 run.

YUKO GORDON took GOLD in the women’s 60 plus 1500 with a tremendous 6:14.55 and MONICA SMITHSON won the 50 plus race with 7:21.55.

Spartan CHRIS HOLLAND won GOLD in the 5K race for men 40 plus with 22:23.39 and TESSA STEPHENSON won the W55 shot with 7.81 metres.

AntonJumpANTON McCALLA won GOLD in the 100 metres plus SILVER in the long jump and triple jump for men (40 plus).  PENNY SCHENKEL won GOLD and BRONZE.  Gold in the 3K run for women 40 plus with 15:07.80 and bronze in the 1500 with 7:10.62.

It was SILVER for STEVE GOUGH in the men’s 40 plus 100 metres with 16.81 seconds and also SILVER for SALLY PHILLIPS in the women’s 50 plus 1500 metres with 7:53.93.

ANDY PATTERSON was third in the open 1500 metres with 4:26.48.  RHIANNON GRIFFIN ran the 1500 in 6 minutes 0.08 seconds (6:00.08) and an open 800 metres in 2:56.26.

GranttrackThe only Spartan that got wet was GRANT RAMSAY.  He won the veteran men 40 plus steeplechase championship, which was over 2,000 metres, in 7 minutes 50 seconds – a season’s best.

Several other Spartans enjoyed other events on what is always an enjoyable way to spend the bank holiday Monday.

 

Dan Wins Watford 10K

Spartan DAN McALPINE won, that’s first place overall, Bank Holiday Monday’s Watford 10K in 35 minutes 48 seconds.

 

100 Miles Under 24 Hours

John Nelms returned to the Thames Path 100 mile race at the weekend – his sixth start at this event – and finally succeeded in breaking the 24 hour mark – earning the coveted 100 miles one day buckle.

This event run by Centurion running started in Richmond upon Thames and follows the meandering river north and west finishing in Oxford.   John finished 87th out of almost 400  starters in 22 hours 57 minutes and says he is now officially retired from 100 mile events – and will now concentrate on getting towards his next goal of 100 marathons.

 

MK Running Festival – marathon and half.

ERICA GRAYSON ran a new marathon person best (PB) of 4 hours 23 minutes 7 seconds (4:23:07) at the Milton Keynes Marathon.

She said, “The weather was much more favourable than the 30 degree heat of last year. Well organised and well supported.   Beautiful scenery and a great course gently undulating for the first 18 miles then more hills and some dead turns.  I loved it all the same. Amazing medal and T shirt. Roll on next year.”

MKMarathonTIM SABAN finished in 3:38:35; WENDY THARANI in 4:41:36 and TIM ROBINSON in 4:49:03.

Wendy said, first 18 miles were lovely, took a trot through Milton Keynes village and past the peace pagoda, lots of lakes and trees.  Lovely chat with Tim Robinson, made the miles slip away quickly.  Miles 18-20 felt harder, and still so far to go!  Then there was a big hill between miles 21 and 22.  It probably wasn’t that massive in reality, but it felt like a lot of hill.  After the hill there was a gentle downhill for the final two miles. I really enjoyed the race, lots of facilities, lots of marshals and well organised.”

In the MK half marathon EMMA MARTIN ran her fastest time round the course, 3 hours 16 minutes 14 seconds and TAHER THARANI finished in 2:39:01.

 

Newport Marathon

ROGER BIGGS was in South Wales for the Newport Marathon.  The course started in the town, but soon crossed the River Usk to  the quiet roads to the East & North,

Apart from the wind, it was a perfect day for marathon running, Roger crossed the finish line in 5:48:29 in 1383rd position.

 

Parkrun Highlights Saturday 4th May

First Saturday of the month saw 56 Spartans don their stripes at ten different venues.

Congratulations to Andy JAY who completed his 100th Parkrun at Panshanger leading a Spartans takeover at the venue.  29 Spartans joined Andy at Panshanger to celebrate this milestone.  Nick GILL was the fastest Spartan at Panshanger with 20:22 and Kelly MCHALE the fastest female Spartan with 24:28.

There were two new PBs for Spartans at Stevenage.  Toby ECCLESHALL was 22nd finisher with 21:28 and Rhiannon GRIFFIN ran a new personal best of 23:55.

Steffan FORD was fourth finisher at Stevenage in 18:17, followed by Todd GRAY, 16th place in 20:46. Claire PULLEN was 4th female in 23:40 and Rhiannon GRIFFIN was 6th. At Dunstable Downs, Isabel GREEN was first female in 23:24 and at Letchworth, Adrian DONNELLY was 6th in 21:46.

 

Tables

Milton Keynes Marathon

 

Position Name Time Comments
380 TIM SABAN 3:38:35
1094 ERICA GRAYSON 4:23:07 PB
1322 WENDY THARANI 4:41:36
1410 TIM ROBINSON 4:49:03

 

Parkrun Results – Saturday 4th May.

 

Parkrun Position Gender Parkrunner Time Notes
St Albans 409 145 Michelle MARCHANT 00:31:33
Torbay Velopark 80 69 Daniel SUTTON 00:24:15
Torbay Velopark 145 31 Verity FISHER 00:27:07
Milton Keynes 568 358 Graham HILL 00:38:50
Medina I.O.W. 99 85 Nick KLEANTHOUS 00:26:25
Stevenage 4 4 Steffan FORD 00:18:17
Stevenage 16 15 Todd GRAY 00:20:46
Stevenage 22 21 Toby ECCLESHALL 00:21:28 PB
Stevenage 43 41 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:57
Stevenage 44 42 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:22:57
Stevenage 56 4 Claire PULLEN 00:23:40
Stevenage 63 6 Rhiannon GRIFFIN 00:23:55 PB
Stevenage 65 59 Darren EMMERSON 00:23:57
Stevenage 105 93 Jonathan JONES 00:25:31
Stevenage 124 110 Mark BEASLEY 00:26:29
Stevenage 169 29 Penny SCHENKEL 00:28:12
Stevenage 179 32 Debbie BLANTERN 00:28:40
Stevenage 185 151 Jim BROWN 00:28:49
Stevenage 243 65 Dzenana TOPIC 00:31:50
Stevenage 311 113 Caren THAIN 00:39:04
Stevenage 327 124 Emma POULTER 00:44:52
Conkers parkrun 41 39 Richard COWLISHAW 00:21:10
Harrow Lodge 199 129 Darryl STEVENS 00:33:46
Panshanger 24 24 Nick GILL 00:20:22
Panshanger 59 57 John ROXBOROUGH 00:22:10
Panshanger 69 67 Brian WHITE 00:22:46
Panshanger 75 71 Mark GOODWIN 00:22:57
Panshanger 99 92 Craig BACON 00:23:33
Panshanger 118 108 Barry OSBORNE 00:24:01
Panshanger 122 111 David PATTMAN 00:24:08
Panshanger 129 114 Steven DOBNER 00:24:21
Panshanger 140 16 Kelly MCHALE 00:24:48
Panshanger 146 17 Yuko GORDON 00:24:54
Panshanger 155 136 Ryan DUNNING 00:25:09
Panshanger 193 28 Jo BOWDERY 00:25:56
Panshanger 200 169 Edward HARE 00:26:12
Panshanger 229 190 Vishal SHAH 00:27:02
Panshanger 262 214 Paul JENNINGS 00:28:07
Panshanger 275 221 Chris HOLLAND 00:28:30
Panshanger 284 226 Karl SHREEVE 00:28:43
Panshanger 286 60 Sheryl HANN 00:28:45
Panshanger 345 259 Tim ROBINSON 00:30:36
Panshanger 353 90 Fiona CLARKE 00:30:57
Panshanger 355 91 Liz SMITH 00:31:00
Panshanger 380 112 Jane WHITROW 00:31:56
Panshanger 395 121 Hazel SMITH 00:32:13
Panshanger 396 122 Callie CHAPMAN 00:32:13
Panshanger 399 123 Catherine CRAIG 00:32:29
Panshanger 415 136 Monica SMITHSON 00:33:03
Panshanger 428 145 Tracy STILES 00:33:59
Panshanger 442 291 Andy JAY 00:34:50
Panshanger 443 292 Barry KING 00:34:58
Panshanger 444 293 Nick WITCOMBE 00:34:59
Letchworth 6 6 Adrian DONNELLY 00:21:46
Dunstable Downs 14 1 Isabel GREEN 00:23:24

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