Club News


This week saw 8 Spartans at the Hitchin Hard Half Marathon, the British 10k in London, 10k in Milton Keynes and a 5k around Norton Common


Off Road Challenge and Relays Coming Soon

Tracy is first lady

Fairlands Valley Spartans’ TRACY PEZ was fastest woman in the North Herts first Saturday of the Month 5K race.  On a course that was muddy and slippery in places she finished in 23 minutes 34 seconds.

Hard Hitchin

Eight Spartans splashed their way around a very wet Hitchin Hard Half Marathon on Sunday.

KERRY FLAIN was 27th out of the 215 finishers in 1 hour 35 minutes 10 seconds; two minutes later JO LAING was 33rd in 1:37:11.  MIKE KING was 48th in 1:41:03 and ANDREW HULL 75th in 1:47:36.

TREVOR SETTERFIELD finished in 1:55:23; MADELEINE PRITCHARD in 1:59:20; BARBARA WILSON in 2:02:23 and PAUL HOLGATE in 2:10:47.

Position Name Time
27 KERRY FLAIN (M) 1:35:10
33 JO LAING (F) 1:37:11
48 MIKE KING 1:41:03
75 ANDREW HULL 1:47:36
156 BARBARA WILSON (F) 2:02:23
186 PAUL HOLGATE (M) 2:10:47

There were 215 runners.

Summer (?) Festival Marathon

On Saturday 7th July just a few days after getting over yet another cold CAROL PAUL travelled to Milton Keynes for the Enigma Summer Festival Marathon.  The race was over an undulating seven and half laps around Caldecotte Lake.  Carol finished in 4 hours 58 minutes 15 seconds.

British 10K London

JANET COX ran her first 10 kilometres race at the British 10K in London on Sunday.  Also a wet race she finished in 1 hour 19 minutes 53 seconds.

Soggy Spartans

Two Spartans braved the rain on Tuesday to take part in the Milton Keynes 10k. Roger Biggs finished 235th of the 392 runners in 47 minutes 44 seconds and Paul Holgate took 52:19 for 311th position.

And dozens of Spartans were lining the streets of Stevenage to see the Olympic flame.  On Monday morning at 7:30a.m. founder Spartan member KEVIN LAWLOR carried the Olympic torch in Luton

Enter Now!

The Spartans host the Fairlands Valley Off Road Challenge this Sunday 15th July and the Relays in the Park on Thursday evening 19th July.  The relays will be in Fairlands Valley Park with each runner racing over three kilometres.  Enter now.  There are details on

Coming Events

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

  • Mob Match at Trent Park on Wednesday 11th July.
  • EVAC Track and Field event in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 11th July.
  • Fairlands Valley Challenge (Off Road) on Sunday 15th July.
  • Relays in the Park (3K legs) on Thursday evening 19th July.
  • County 5K Championships in Stevenage on Sunday 9th September.
  • Paul Maguire Memorial and County 5 Miles Championship in Stevenage on Sunday 23rd September.
  • Stevenage Half Marathon on Sunday 4th 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 over 400 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 drama studio next to the gymnastics centre at Marriotts School — a Sports College, Telford Avenue, Stevenage (SG2 0AN) 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 £27 per year.  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 (01438 354505 or 0793 968 7509), Stephanie Mayfield 01438 815859 or visit their website


More from Jim Brown (Press Officer) 01438 354505 / 0793 968 7509 or Stephanie Mayfield (Secretary) 01438 815859

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