News Release                                                                                                 16th December 2012



Park Run and an Enigma

Fairlands Valley Spartans were first team at Sunday’s Festive Five.  SIMON JACKSON, ANDREW PATTERSON and DAVIE STAFFORD beat the host club, Garden City Runners, by just one point (17 to 18).

This was the second annual Festive Five in Welwyn Garden City and five Spartans were racing.  Between them they achieved five new personal bests (PBs) and a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finish in the race for Spartans.

After finishing third in the race in 2011, Simon Jackson returned to the event and won the event in 28 minutes 33 seconds.  However the performance of the race was by Andy Patterson who managed to beat the 5 mile personal best which he has had for five and a half years.  He finished an impressive third in 29.13.  Davie Stafford ran his quickest five miles ever – 33 minutes 12 seconds for 12th place.

RHIANNON GRIFFIN continued her good year and was second woman in her first race over five miles with 34 minutes 17 seconds.  IRIS HORNSEY was 13th female in 45 minutes 31 seconds.  Rhiannon and Iris made up the third women’s team.

The race was on a two lap, fast, flat course and the weather was cold and crisp.

St.   Albans Park Run

Spartans VISHAL SHAH and ANDY PRIOR ran last Saturdays St Albans Park Run.

Andy managed a new personal best of 23 minutes 14 seconds and was 48th out of the 116 finishers.  Vish was 51st in 23:50.

The course is very flat & potentially fast if you get the start right as it can be congested over the first kilometre.

Andy will be returning on the 21st for another crack at a sub 23 time.

Enigma Christmas Trail Marathon — Saturday, 15th December 2012

ROGER BIGGS completed the Enigma Marathon for the seventh time on Saturday.

The Enigma is over a 7.5 lap course around Caldecotte Lake in Bletchley, near Milton Keynes.  In good conditions, although slightly windy, Roger navigated this twisty course in 3:58:33, over 6 minutes quicker than his previous best for this event.

Coming Events

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

  • Christmas Social Run on Tuesday 18th December.
  • Misden Chapel Run on Sunday 23rd December.
  • Buntingford Ten on Sunday  30th December.
  • Handicap 5K on Thursday  evening 3rd January 2013.
  • County Cross Country Championships at Haileybury College on Sunday 6th  January.
  • Cross Country League on Therfield Heath, Royston on Sunday 13th January.
  • Cross Country League in Watford on Sunday 17th February.
  • Virgin London Marathon on 21st April.

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