Four more Spartans won County Medals in the second evening 5K race at Hatfield. This open race included the Hertfordshire championships for veterans (women over 35 and men over 40).
TANYA BRAZIER won BRONZE in the 35 plus category with 21:02; ALISON WOOD BRONZE in the FV45 with 20:05 and YUKO GORDON took GOLD in the FV65 with 21:15.
Yuko got the highest age graded percentage out of everyone in the race with 96.0%!
CATHY CRAIG won SILVER in the FV65 race with 30:19 and Alison, Tanya and Yuko took SILVER in the team race.
In the open race ASHLEY KING was second female senior (18 to 34) in 19:29 and MICHELLE REEVES third in 19:55.
SUSAN McANENY set an new personal best of 23 minutes 19 seconds.
SIMON JACKSON was in the top ten overall at ninth with 17 minutes 1 second. Twenty five Spartans ran.
(All 25 Spartan results can be found near the end of this release.
10K in Stevenage
A hot day plus some tough uphill climbs held times back for the 35 Spartans taking part in the Stevenage 10K, but there were still personal bests (PBs) for new members Debbie Bassett (1:03:49) and Andy McGuinness (48:13) together with Steven Dobner (50:27, a two minute improvement), Luke Gurney (56:13), Nick Kleanthous (54:45), Nikki Lufkin (1:00:58). There were Year Best times for Sam Simmons (58:57) and Robert Wright (also 58:57), while Grant Ramsay ran exactly his previous year’s best (YB) time to be the first veteran runner to finish and third overall in 37 minutes 58 seconds.
ANDREW VAUGHAN was third veteran and ninth overall with 41 minutes 27 seconds.
ROGER BIGGS won the veteran 70 plus award in 1 hour 16 minutes 1 second and JIM BROWN was third veteran 60 plus with 52 minutes 25 seconds.
STEPHEN CURRY took part in the Reigate half Sunday and completed in 1:35:44.
Duck ‘n’ Dash
At the other end of the results table, Nicola Hatherly finished 101st out of 107 in the Duck and Dash (a 400 metres swim in Letchworth outdoor pool followed by a 5km run). She crossed the line last, hand in hand with her mini-me but enjoyed every minute of it. Cries of “This should be easy for a Spartan” didn’t really help, but high fives from small children did and as she was the only one wearing a stripy vest, that has to count for something right?!
Inaugural Five Rivers Challenge
On Sunday FIONA CLARKE completed her first marathon, the Five Rivers Challenge. She was joined by Matt Clarke, Tim Robinson and Hazel Smith.
SUSAN McANENY ran the half marathon version of the inaugural Five Rivers Challenge with LEE PICKERSGILL, SIMON SYPULA and CHRIS HOLLAND with a moving time of 2 hours 15 minutes. Simon said it was a scenic and well organised event.
Also in the Five Rivers half TIM SABAN ran a time of 1:47:16 and came fourth. He said it was a brilliant event, with an excellent route and signage so as not to get lost. Tim definitely recommends the race and shall be doing it again next year.
Wimpole 24 Hour Countdown
MARTIN RUTHERFORD had his FVS stripes on at Wimpole this weekend at the Wimpole 24 hour countdown event.
He said, “The weather was hot and I felt cold at night, my strategy went right out the window as it always does. I was to pace 10 min miles for first 10 Laps and then drop to 9 min miles until 20 Laps and then 8:30 min miles for remainder. I went out at 8:30 min miles and roughly maintained it up till 40 miles but didn’t maintain my fueling strategy and so blew up at 2:30 am and finished 15 hours later at 3am, 67 miles in and in fourth place.
Get Ready For The Stevenage Half Marathon
The Stevenage Half Marathon will be on Sunday 3rd November. It’s been organised since 1984. Have a look at www.fvspartans.org.uk Train with the Spartans for the 13.1 miles event. The route follows the town’s famous cycleways and tarmac footpaths through the parks of Stevenage. All proceeds go charity. The charity for 2019 is Mind, the mental health charity.
Parkrun Highlights 14th September 2019
This Saturday’s Parkrun events saw a bumper week for Personal Best (PB) times, eight from a total of 42 Spartans who headed out in the early Autumn sunshine. PBs on the Stevenage course saw DEAN CARPENTER run a time of 19 mins and 15 secs, RICHARD KENNEDY 20 mins and 39 secs, EVA RAMSAY 21 mins and 33 secs as the second woman to finish, JON FILBY 22 mins and 40 secs, NICOLA KENNEDY 22 mins and 50 secs (5th woman overall), CHLOE CHAPMAN 26 mins and 50 secs on her 50th Parkrun outing, and MARIAN MORLEY 28 mins and 02 secs. Further afield JOHN ROXBOROUGH tackled the Houghton Hall run in a PB time of 21 mins and 23 secs.
GAIL MACKIE joined the achievements in Stevenage finishing as the 3rd woman overall in 21 mins and 37 secs and JAMES MCSWEENDY ran his 60th event in a time of 29 mins and 46 secs on the Finsbury course.
(Parkrun results for all Spartans can be found near the end of this release).
Hatfield 5K – All the Spartan results
|9.||4.||Simon JACKSON||MV40||0:17:01||82.1%||4th MV40|
|71.||2.||Ashley KING||FS||0:19:29||75.6%||2nd female senior|
|78.||3.||Michelle REEVES||FS||0:19:55||74.1%||3rd female senior|
|82.||3.||Alison WOOD||FV45||0:20:05||84.7%||FV45 Bronze. Team silver|
|91.||3.||Tanya BRAZIER||FV35||0:21:02||71.0%||FV35 Bronze. Team silver|
|97.||1.||Yuko GORDON||FV65||0:21:15||96.0%||FV65 Gold. Team silver|
|212.||3.||Catherine CRAIG||FV65||0:30:19||65.1%||FV65 Silver|
Parkrun Results Saturday 14th September
|Finsbury||369||275||James MCSWEENEY||29:46||60th Parkrun|
|130||24||Chloe CHAPMAN||26:50||PB 50th Parkrun|
|Houghton Hall||13||13||John ROXBOROUGH||21:23||PB|