News from the Fairlands Valley Challenge and more

News from the Fairlands Valley Challenge and more

Eastern Vets Track & Field Championships

It was a blisteringly hot afternoon at Sandy for the Eastern Vets Track & Field Champs on Saturday. To drum up extra support it was opened up to other Vets Area clubs, which helped spice up the competition.

Steve Mayfield won M45 Silver in the Pole Vault, M45 Silver in the Long Jump, M45 Gold in the 100 metres, & M45 Bronze in the 400 metres.

Steph Mayfield won F40 Gold in the Pole Vault

Andy Neatham won M45 Gold in the 1500 metres.

Iris Hornsey won F70 Gold in the 1500 metres

John Harris won M50 Silver in the 800 metres & M50 Silver in the 400 metres

Sharon Crowley won F55 Gold in the 2km walk.

Spartans in the Middle

In the last event of a midweek 5 race series, a 10km in Welwyn Garden City, the Spartans team finished 8th of 15 teams. This meant 7 teams in front and 7 teams behind. Rather typical that the club sits right on the cusp, getting promoted one year, and relegated the next. This was the relegation year!

Spartan Times/Positions were as follows:
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
Julie Simmonds 23 47:53 Isabel Green 28 50:27 Hayley Faulkner 47 53:14
Beverley Harlow 68 58:00 Caren Bridgman 71 58:16 Sophie Cowan 73 59:49
Sue Hamer 80 61:41 Felicity Evans 83 62:27

Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
Grant Ramsay 5 35:04 Andy Neatham 26 38:02 Simon Jackson 27 38:08
Steve Green 85 42:34 Bernie Barnaby 106 44:18 Daniel Bates 129 46:14
Mark Goodwin 135 46:26 Paul Whyte 142 47:03 Selvan Naicker 171 49:38
Vishal Shah 172 49:46 Alan Marshall 181 50:45 Mark Cheadle 192 51:58
James Kilroy 198 53:25 Andy Jay 202 54:22 Rob Shaw 206 55:37
Paul Holgate 218 58:53 David Peach 220 59:49 Nick Witcombe 228 64:02
Gopolan Naidoo 229 64:52


It wasn’t particularly a sunny day, but runners in the 20th Fairlands Valley Challenge had to put up with warm and suffocating air over courses ranging from 12 to 31 miles from Marriots School in Stevenage.

There was 31 Spartans amongst a total of 355 runners who completed the 4 distances.

Spartan finishers in the 50km event were:
Thomas Sauka in 6:04:32
Daniel Bates in 6:31:59
Carol Paul in 7:40:49
Sue Hamer in 7:56:30
Jon Sypula in 7:56:30
Kerstin Weiner in 7:56:30

Spartan finishers in the Marathon event were:
Dave Stafford in 4:27:05
David Cadogan in 4:51:31
Dean Carpenter in 5:06:23
Clare Moore in 5:56:28
Lisa Gray in 5:56:28
Paul Marshall in 6:05:36
Tricia Hopper in 6:22:23
Karen Liddle in 6:22:23
Barry King in 6:22:23
Mike Newbitt in 6:25:51
Roger Biggs in 6:55:01
Robert Hardy in 6:55:01
Paul Holgate in 7:24:55
Sharon Crowley in 7:29:06

It was a blisteringly hot afternoon at Sandy for the Eastern Vets Track & Field Champs today. To drum up extra support it was opened up to others Vets area clubs which helped spice up the competition, though it still less well attended than previous years. I haven’t got all the Spartans results, but here’s the list of who took part and the stats I have got, hopefully everyone else will respond and help fill in the blanks.

Steve Mayfield; PV 2.10m (M45 silver), LJ 4.32m (M45 silver), 100m 13.4s (M45 gold), 400m 60.3s (M45 bronze).
Steph Mayfield; PV 1.80m (F40 gold).
Andy Neatham; 1500m 4:35.3? (M45 gold).
Iris Hornsey; 1500m 7:46? (F70 gold).
John Harris; 800m 2:23? (M50 silver), 400m ? (M50 silver)
Chris Westcott; 800m 2:11?
Andrea Westcott; HT
Sharon Crowley; 2k walk
Mark Freeman; 100m and 200m
Peta Wilson; 800m (DNF)

Milton Keynes Enigma Half Marathon

Grant Ramsey recently competed in the Milton Keynes Enigma Half Marathon at Caldecott Lake, Milton Keynes finishing in 1st position in a time of 1 hr 19minutes and 32 seconds which is a new course record.

Coming Events

Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including the:

Post League Get Together on Friday 25th July.
Relays in the Park in Stevenage on Thursday 31st July
Handicap 5K in Stevenage on Thursday 14th August.
Handicap 5K in Stevenage on Thursday 18th September.
County 5K Veteran Championship in Hatfield on Wednesday 24th September
Spartans Fall Ball in Stevenage on Friday 26th September
County 5K Senior Championship in Hatfield on Wednesday 8th October
Stevenage Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd November

Join The Spartans

Live in or near Stevenage? Like running? Fairlands Valley Spartans is your local running club and is on the up! The club was voted the UK’s Best Running Club in 2010. It now has hundreds of members and encourages participation by all. The Spartans have a varied training programme to suit those who want to run 5 kilometres through to full marathons.

The Spartans weekday training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Go along to the new sports centre at Marriotts School – a Sports College, Telford Avenue, Stevenage (SG2 8UT) at 7p.m. Up to five running groups go out on training nights – there will be one to suit you!

The Spartan Starter group starts from Marriotts at 7.30p.m. every Monday (except public holidays) and 7p.m. every Thursday.

Most long Sunday morning training sessions start 9.30a.m. sharp. Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, Stevenage most Saturdays from 9.15a.m. There are events to enter every Sunday. Newcomers are very welcome – those who have not done very much running yet might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.

Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £35 per year, £25 without UKA membership. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website Please ask if you would like a paper copy.

If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509), Vivienne Honey 07702 846304 or visit their website


More from Jim Brown (Press Officer) 0793 968 7509 or Vivienne Honey (Secretary) 07702 846304

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