There were double figure Spartans at four events over the weekend – the Hatfield Five including county championships; Bass Belle 10; Hertfordshire Half Marathon and the Stevenage Parkrun.
Golds and Bronze at Hatfield Five
24 Spartans brought back two GOLDS and a BRONZE from the County Five Mile championships which were held at Hatfield on Sunday.
With a finishing time of 34 minutes 45 seconds ALISON WOOD won GOLD for women 45 plus. The amazing YUKO GORDON won GOLD for women 65 plus with 36:35 and BRIAN WHITE won BRONZE for men 60 plus with 33:55.
And the women’s trio of Alison Wood; Yuko Gordon and Susan McAneny won BRONZE in the team competition.
Mark Goodwin was fourth man 60 plus with 37:02.
In the open race DEAN CARPENTER took 26 seconds off his personal best (PB) with 30 minutes 51 seconds.
JAMES KAY said, “My chip time was 32:38 and a PB. Very pleased considering I collapsed at the Bedford half a few weeks ago.”
SUSAN McANENY and KELLY EVANS ran new personal bests of 39:32 and 40:57. VISH SHAH took 2 minutes 7 seconds off his PB with 41:25 and MARIAN MORLEY improved to 44:17.
LIZ CARVELL took 59 seconds off her PB with 50:43.
PETER CARPENTER had wanted to be under the hour… but did finish without stopping and wasn’t last, main target achieved!
|52||DEAN CARPENTER||30:51||M40||PB (0:26)|
|117||BRIAN WHITE||33:55||M60||County Bronze. SB|
|130||ALISON WOOD||34:45||W50||County Gold|
|137||WILLIAM MORLEY||35:26||Senior||First 5 miles.|
|152||YUKO GORDON||36:35||W60||County Gold. YB|
|167||MARK GOODWIN||37:02||M60||4th County V60. YB|
|261||KELLY EVANS||40:57||Lady||PB (1:46)|
|270||VISH SHAH||41:25||Senior||PB (2:07)|
|346||MARIAN MORLEY||44:17||W50||PB (1:21)|
|502||LIZ CARVELL||50:43||W50||PB (0:59)|
There were 641 finishers.
Bass Belle 10 Miles
GRANT RAMSAY ran the Bass Belle ten mile race a minute faster than last year despite picking up a calf injury and having to run in discomfort for the last three miles. His 62:51 was good enough for 10th overall and third man 40 plus. STEPHEN CURRY came in with 1:11:58.
There were new personal bests (PB) of 1:17:31 for DAVID PATTMAN and 1:20:34 for STEVEN DOBNER.
ALISON SHELLEY ran the Bass Belle for the second time along with a great gang of Spartans and like several others, got a PB which was 1:27:38.
HAZEL SMITH No official results yet but I have a watch time of 1:31:20 for the 10 miler today.
JULIE SHADBOLT really enjoyed the race. She held a happy pace and was chuffed how she felt and came in with 1:35:14.
“Considering I have hardly trained in a fair few weeks,” said DEBBIE BLANTERN, “due to, literally, a pain in the backside, I was very happy with my time of 01:39:03. I was just 32 secs off my 10 mile PB…so imagine if I’d trained! Watch this space next year. It was a lovely race, perfect weather conditions and beautifully organised. And there was mud, a lot of mud! We love the Spartans!” There was a 1.5 mile off road section to the route based on Bassingbourn.
CATHY CRAIG’s time was 1:46:40. She said having just about recovered from an infected Poison Ivy arm and a virus, I just took it easy and enjoyed the race and was pleasantly surprised with my time. Only nine minutes slower than last year. Cathy added it was a nice catch up with my fellow Spartans including my running daughters.
Hertfordshire Half Marathon at Knebworth House
Spartan Tim Robinson was one of ten Spartans who took part in the Hertfordshire Half Marathon on Sunday 24th November. The race starts in the grounds of Knebworth House before heading out to Whitwell and surrounding villages over a very undulating course. He said he ran the first few miles but overconfidence got the better of him during miles 7 and 8 leaving not a lot left for mile 10 and 11 and the climb out of Whitwell. But the last couple of miles saw a recovery and Tim finished in 2:04:35.
Matt Clarke ran the Hertfordshire Half Marathon in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 59 seconds and Jonathan Jones came in with 2:23:45.
SALLY PHILLIPS said her time was 2:54:42. “It was my first ever half marathon which I found had lots of hills, maybe I will pick a flat one next time.”
Silverstone Half Marathon
Perfect weather for Sunday’s Silverstone Half Marathon. With a popular 5k and equally popular 10k also starting at the same time care was required to not let the faster runners drag you off too fast or mess up your pacing when they started accelerating for their finish. Duncan Flounders finished 291st in a new Year Best time of 1:38:34, 11:31 quicker than his previous best time for 2019, while Richard Cowlishaw was not far behind, 436th in 1:43:06 and Rowena Rutledge was 1,682nd in 2:18:31. Paul Holgate continued his progress in getting his body back up to half marathon distance even with his now long running foot injury, beating last week’s St Neots half marathon time by 6:46 for a new Year Best time of 3:02:01 in 2,035th position. There were 2,055 finishers in addition to the 1,872 10k finishers and 520 5k finishers.
Duncan Flounders 291 1:38:34 YB 11:31
Richard Cowlishaw 436 1:43:06
Rowena Tutledge 1,682 2:18:31
Paul Holgate 2,035 3:02:01 YB 6:46
2,055 finishers (+ 1,872 10k finishers + 520 5k finishers)
Duncan said, “I ran the Silverstone half marathon, finishing in 1hr 38 mins 34 seconds.
It’s a decent event, pretty flat except for a footbridge at about 8 miles! Felt good for the first half but struggled over the last 4K or so, happy to come in under the 1hr 40 mark.”
Yuko is a Record Holder
Fairlands Valley Spartans have a runner in the Age World Record Holders List for 2019. YUKO GORDON has the highest grading for a marathon. At 68 years and 218 days she ran a marathon in 3 hours 19 minutes 37 minutes.
Parkrun Highlights 23rd November 2019
This weekend saw 28 Fairland Valley Spartans head out to run in Parkrun events around the country. ASHLEY KING ran a PB on the Cassiobury course, coming in as the second woman, in 19 mins and 33 secs. Elsewhere MO WARRILLOW was the 8th woman to finish the Panshanger run in a time of 25 mins and 30 secs, and in Stevenage GAIL MACKIE was the second woman in 20 mins and 47 secs and EVA RAMSEY the fourth in 22 mins and 41 secs.
Representing the men, STUART ARCHER finished 15th overall on the Stevenage course in 20 mins and 44 secs and TOBY ECCLESHALL 19th in 20 mins and 57 secs.
(You can find all the Spartan parkrun results near the end of this release).
Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks:
- Serpentine 5K in Hyde Park on Friday 29th November.
- Bedford Harriers Half Marathon on Sunday 1st December.
- Cross Country League Race Two in Trent Park on Sunday 1st December.
- FVS AGM and London Marathon draw on Tuesday evening 3rd December.
- Finsbury Park 10K on Sunday 15th December.
- Cross Country League Race Three in Stevenage (FVS) on Sunday 22nd December.
- Witham Boxing Day Five on Thursday 26th December.
- Serpentine 5K in Hyde Park on Friday 27th December.
- Buntingford Year End ten miles on Sunday 29th December.
- New Year 10K in Hyde Park on Monday 1st January 2020.
- County Cross Country Championships in Stevenage on Sunday 5th January.
- Cross Country League Race Four in Watford on Sunday 12th January.
- Fred Hughes Ten (10 mile race) on Sunday 19th January.
- Watford Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd February.
- Cross Country League Race Five in Royston on Sunday 9th February.
- Bramley 20 miles on Sunday 16th February (entries are open).
- St Valentine’s 30K in Stamford on Sunday 16th February.
- Baldock Beast on Sunday 23rd February.
- Berkhamsted Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March.
- Hillingdon 20 including Hertfordshire county championships on Sunday 8th March (entries are open).
- Oakley 20 on Sunday 29th March.
- Peterborough Marathon on Sunday 5th April.
- Maidenhead Easter Ten on Friday 10th April.
- The 2020 London Marathon is on Sunday 26th April.
Bass Belle Ten Miles
|10||GRANT RAMSAY||1:02:51||3rd MV 40. YB|
|295||VICKY ARCHER||1:44:20||First 10 miles|
Spartans at the Hertfordshire Half Marathon
|190||JOSEPH DOVE||1:39:36||3rd MV55|
|1524||SALLY PHILLIPS||2:54:42||First half|
Parkrun Results Saturday 23rd November
|Southampton parkrun||135||126||Daniel SUTTON||22:07|
|St Albans parkrun||197||31||Jo BOWDERY||26:19|
|Stevenage parkrun||15||14||Stuart ARCHER||20:44|
|Brockenhurst parkrun||210||116||Darryl STEVENS||49:26|
|Panshanger parkrun||84||8||Mo WARRILLOW||25:30|
|Cassiobury parkrun||9||2||Ashley SCHOENWETTER||19:33||PB!|
|Letchworth parkrun||111||39||Grace BROWN||54:50|