NEW YEAR NEW TARGETS

Nicola and Judy

Spartan Head Coach BRIAN WHITE is a European winner.  Racing in the European Masters Virtual 5K he was 24th overall in 21 minutes 50 seconds and third (bronze position) in the men 65 plus category and part of the winning (gold) GBR team.  Qualifying runs had to be done between 26th and 3st December.

 

New Year

Karen and JulieMany Spartans weren’t going to miss the chance for a resolution run on Friday 1st January and five took advantage of the Fly 5K New Year Specials.  As well as not being on a Saturday they were special in allowing participants to run more than one 5K.  JAMES McSWEENEY was the fastest Spartan with 24 minutes 23 seconds giving him 69th out of the 258 times recorded.  In his first 5K JIM BROWN was 155th and third male 65 plus with 29:30 but in his second he was a bit quicker with 26:28 which moved him up to 109th and second in his category.  PENNY SCHENKEL was 175th in 30:27.  LIZ CARVELL also ran a double in her first she ran 30:30 for fourth female 60 plus then she went again in 34:36.  PAUL HOLGATE was 233rd in 34:17.  This was Fly event 32.

Saturday 2nd being the first Saturday of the month was stripey Saturday for the Spartans and some of those tackled the virtual Fly 5K event 33 which was in the usual Saturday morning slot.  JAMES McSWEENEY was 78th in 25 minutes 50 seconds and JIM BROWN 93rd in 26:30 which was good enough for third in his category.  NICK KLEANTHOUS came in with 28:21 for 117th.  PENNY SCHENKEL was 146th in 31:21 and PAUL HOLGATE 156th in 32:24.  182 times were recorded.  Other Spartans enjoyed training runs in ones and twos.

Unlike Fly 5Ks (not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.  Ten Spartans recorded times for (not) Parkrun number 29 and those that were different to the Fly times were BARRY OSBORNE 24:39; JIM BROWN 25:13 (run on Tuesday); PAUL SHELLEY 26:54; ALISON SHELLEY 26:58; PAUL JENNINGS 27:03 and NICOLA ANDERSSON 27:20.

It’s been a busy few days for Paul Holgate.  In addition to his Fly 5K exploits he ran the BMAF virtual 10K on New Year’s Eve.  His 1 hour 10 minutes 35 seconds got him 407th place.  On Sunday he recorded 1:01:02 in the Virtual Stevenage Cross Country 5 miles Challenge.  That was 1:29 slower than December due to softer ground

 

USA Done Now It’s Canada

Tracy and AbbieVirtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run more than 11,000 miles in their race across North America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

FVS have completed Route 66 and 34 standard, or ultra, marathons across the US.  They are now in Canada and heading to St Johns in Newfoundland to pick up the Trans-Canadian Highway.  On day 56, Saturday, they completed 275 miles with 56 members posting a distance.  Their total distance in this relay is 11,389 miles.

 

Tables

Full results for all Spartans would normally be listed below – back soon.  Here’s the virtual (not) ParkRun Spartan results for the week including 2nd January:

Name Time
JAMES McSWEENEY 24:23
BARRY OSBORNE 24:38
JIM BROWN 25:13
PAUL SHELLEY 26:54
ALISON SHELLEY 26:58
PAUL JENNINGS 27:03
NICOLA ANDERSSON 27:20
NICK KLEANTHOUS 28:21
PENNY SCHENKEL 31:21
PAUL HOLGATE 32:24

 

That was event 29.

 

Fly 5k Event 32 (New Year’s Day)             

James McSweeney          24:23       69

Jim Brown                         26:28    109         2nd MV65

Jim Brown (2)                    29:30     155         3rd MV65

Penny Schenkel                30:27    175

Liz Carvell                            30:30     176         4th FV60

Paul Holgate                     34:17     233

Liz Carvell (2)                     34:36     234

258 times recorded

 

Fly 5k Event 33 (Sat 2/1/21)

James McSweeney          25:50       78

Jim Brown                           26:30       93         3rd MV65

Nick Kleanthous                               28:21     117

Penny Schenkel                31:21     146

Paul Holgate                       32:24     156

182 times recorded

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