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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.

AWoodWith 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!


Position Name Time Cat Comments
52 DEAN CARPENTER 30:51 M40 PB (0:26)
84 JAMES KAY 32:38 Senior PB
117 BRIAN WHITE 33:55 M60 County Bronze.  SB
120 TIM SABAN 33:56 M50 SB
130 ALISON WOOD 34:45 W50 County Gold
137 WILLIAM MORLEY 35:26 Senior First 5 miles.
140 DANNY SCANLON 35:54 Senior YB
147 EVA RAMSEY 36:12 Lady
152 YUKO GORDON 36:35 W60 County Gold.  YB
167 MARK GOODWIN 37:02 M60 4th County V60.  YB
170 MARTIN WOOD 37:12 M50 SB
192 SAM SIMMONS 37:53 Senior
235 SUSAN MCANENY 39:32 W40 PB
252 JIM BROWN 40:32 M60
261 KELLY EVANS 40:57 Lady PB (1:46)
270 VISH SHAH 41:25 Senior PB (2:07)
342 SHERYL HANN 44:13 W60
346 MARIAN MORLEY 44:17 W50 PB (1:21)
502 LIZ CARVELL 50:43 W50 PB (0:59)
544 LISA POTTER 53:50 W40 SB
560 SHARON FLAHERTY 54:29 Senior
608 COURTNEY FISHER 59:01 Lady


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.

BassbteamKAREN ELLIS said it was a lovely route.  She was happy with her run and her time which was 1:26:32.

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.

vickybassbJenny Garrett, Vicky Archer and Claire Emmerson ran the race together.  It was Vicky’s first 10 mile race and they all finished in 1:44:20.

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

LukeHertsHalfSpartan 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).


Coming Events

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


Position Name Time Comments
10 GRANT RAMSAY 1:02:51 3rd MV 40.  YB
37 STEPHEN CURRY 1:11:58
101 STEVEN DOBNER 1:20:34 PB
149 KAREN ELLIS 1:26:32
188 HAZEL SMITH 1:31:20 YB
295 VICKY ARCHER 1:44:20 First 10 miles
308 CATHY CRAIG 1:46:40


Spartans at the Hertfordshire Half Marathon


Position Name Time Comments
190 JOSEPH DOVE 1:39:36 3rd MV55
323 MATT CLARKE 1:44:59
512 LUKE SILVER 1:52:04
520 ROBERT WRIGHT 1:52:09
851 LUKE GURNEY 2:02:34
914 TIM ROBINSON 2:04:35
1317 JONATHAN JONES 2:23:45
1513 KAREN BROOM 2:51:04
1524 SALLY PHILLIPS 2:54:42 First half


Parkrun Results Saturday 23rd November


Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Times Notes
Southampton parkrun 135 126 Daniel SUTTON 22:07
489 101 Verity FISHER 28:45
St Albans parkrun 197 31 Jo BOWDERY 26:19
Stevenage parkrun 15 14 Stuart ARCHER 20:44
17 2 Gail MACKIE 20:47
19 17 Toby ECCLESHALL 20:57
29 27 Thomas SAUKA 21:48
39 4 Eva RAMSEY 22:41
40 36 Dean CARPENTER 22:42
46 41 Craig BACON 23:03
49 44 Darren EMMERSON 23:08
51 46 Martin DUDLEY 23:13
57 51 Chris HOLLAND 23:35
69 60 Matt CLARKE 24:02
89 77 Steven DOBNER 25:18
90 78 David PATTMAN 25:18
106 91 James NICHOLLS 25:52
156 30 Carole SHELDRICK 27:32
184 44 Sofia CARPENTER 29:05
204 151 Tim ROBINSON 30:04
216 59 Debbie BLANTERN 30:45
237 168 David ACKERY 31:51
241 72 Sally PICKLES 32:11
250 76 Dzenana TOPIC 32:55
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

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