NO HITTING THE WALL IN BERLIN

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Thirty eight Spartans took part in Sunday’s Paul Maguire Memorial Handicap Five Mile race in Stevenage.

Race winner REECE McCULLAGH completed the five miles a huge 5 minutes quicker than handicap to record a new personal best (PB) time of 33 minutes exactly, with JULIE SIMMONS in second position overall the leading woman with 41:30, 2:15 ahead of her handicap.  ANDREW PATTERSON was second man (third overall) in a new PB time of 27:21 and SIMON JACKSON third man in 28:52.

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JOANNE BOWDERY was second lady in a new PB time of 40:08 just ahead of ZOE JACKSON with 44:14 in her first five mile race.

Andrew Patterson was also fastest runner of the day with his 27:21, with Simon Jackson second quickest and Grant Ramsay third fastest.  MARIE COLUCCI was quickest female in a new PB time of 36:56 with ISABEL GREEN second fastest in 37:30 and Joanne Bowdery third fastest woman.

DANNY SCANLON 32:00, STUART ARCHER 32:55, SALLY PHILLIPS 50:30 and CAROLE SHELDRICK 43:52 all also improved their 5 mile personal bests, while there were season best improvements for PAUL HOLGATE (45:20) and KAREN PALMER (44:03), and year best improvements for JIM BROWN (40:07) and ROGER BIGGS (54:45).

The event was first organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans in 2009 to pay tribute to Paul Maguire, who won the Stevenage running club’s Spartan of the Year award prior to his death in 2008 at the age of 42.  This year the event was raising funds for Societi – the UK Kawasaki Disease Foundation.

 

No Walls in Berlin

Fairlands Valley Spartans were not hitting the wall in Sunday’s Berlin Marathon.  Although it was hotter than expected JENNY GARRETT ran a new PB (personal best) of 4 hours 14 minutes 6 seconds taking 4 minutes 26 seconds off her London time.

Trevor and KAREN BROOM also ran the marathon.  It was TREVOR BROOM’s first full marathon since he started running 16 months ago he finished in 6.25.19.  KAREN BRROM finished in 5.19.13 which gave her a 21 minutes PB.  They are both so happy with that as it was hot sunny day.  Trevor and Karen are both big success stories from the starter section of Fairlands Valley Spartans, which takes complete non runners to marathon running athletes.

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JACKIE DOWNES took seven seconds off her PB with 4.35:39.

TIM SABAN went really well with 3.27:06 but STUART HAYCROFT was fastest from Fairlands.

He finished tantalisingly close to the three hour mark with 3:00:38, which was a PB of just under 14 minutes.  He said he loved the race, not just because it’s fast, but because the marathon takes over Berlin, the atmosphere and experience is unlike anything he has ever done.

 

Chase The Sun

JAMES McSWEENEY ran his twelve Chase the Sun 10K since April and it was a personal best of 47 minutes 12 seconds.  Thursday’s race was at the Olympic Park, Stratford

He said: This was my 12th Chase Sun since April and it was my PB – smashing my previous by 2:41.  I felt like I was struggling in the middle after Tuesday night’s Surge Session but pushed on, keeping a steady pace and a sprint finish.  Glorious sunset behind Olympic Park midway through.

On a more general note the Tuesday night interval sessions at FVS (I only joined last month) have done wonders for my times and for my mental approach to running.

 

Great East Run in Ipswich

ERICA GRAYSON said she had her second “great” run in eight days and commented the Great East Run was very hot.  Well organised with a stadium finish. Amazing marshals but not enough first aid support.  She stopped three times to help runners and twice participated in first aid.  It was an undulating course with a couple of surprise hills.

Erica finished the half marathon in 2:20:39 and MAGGIE MONTGOMERYin 3:05:41

 

Harvest Trail Half Marathon

Richard Hazeldene, Karen Liddle, Tricia Hopper and Barry King all ran together at the Royston Harvest Trail Half Marathon.  This is an extremely tough hilly off road course and the Spartans were happy to complete the course in a time of 2.50.18

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Shelford 5K Fun Run

DAVE BOWKER enjoyed the Shelford 5K fun run saying it was a good course on traffic free roads and he finished 12th out of 292 in 20:21.

 

Get 4th November In Your Diary

More than 270 people have already entered the Stevenage Half Marathon which will be on Sunday 4th November.  This superb local event is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans and includes the senior county championships.  It’s on an accurately measured and licensed course starting from Ridlins and including Fairlands Valley Park.  All the surplus from this volunteer organised event will go to charity.  The 2018 Charity for the Stevenage Half Marathon Charity is Kawasaki Kid.  Don’t miss out.  Enter now.  Go to https://www.activetrainingworld.co.uk/events/2018/11/04/stevenage_half_marathon or via www.fvspartans.org.uk

 

Parkrun Round Up Saturday 8th September

The weekend saw 34 Spartans running five different Parkruns.  In Stevenage there were three personal bests: Jonathan Jones (23.41), Nigel Strongitharm (23.46) and Michael Andrews (24.33).  Steve and Isabel Green took a trip to a forest.  Their times 21:07 and 28:42.  Tom Sauka ran for the first time in Houghton Hall and came 7th overall in 20:51.  In Letchworth John Harris was 6th (22:02) and Paul Jennings (28:36).  John Roxburgh was in Ulverston Cumbria and finished in 11th position in 23:34.

(See the end of this release for all Saturday’s Spartan Parkrun results).

 

 

Tables

Paul Maguire Handicap 5 Mile

Pos First Name Last Name Time R F PB Impr H’cap Comments
1 REECE McCULLAGH 33:00 8 PB New 5:30 Overall winner.  1st 5.
2 JULIE SIMMONS 41:30 21 4 YB New 2:15 First woman
3 ANDREW PATTERSON 27:21 1 PB 1:19 3:09 Fastest man.  PB (1:19)
4 SIMON JACKSON 28:52 2 YB New 2:38 2nd fastest man
5 STEVEN DOBNER 45:35 29 PB New 1:40
6 GRANT RAMSAY 29:10 3 SB New 2:20 3rd fastest man
7 KEN JUDE 40:27 18 PB New 2:03
8 JOANNE BOWDERY 40:08 17 3 PB 1:15 2:07 3rd fastest woman
9 ZOE JACKSON 44:14 25 8 PB New 2:01
10 RICHARD SPRINGALL 31:15 4 PB New 2:00
11 DANNY SCANLON 32:00 6 PB 2:00 2:00
12 KARL SHREEVE 44:42 26 PB New 1:48
13 STUART ARCHER 32:55 7 PB 0:23 1:35
14 MATTHEW NEWTON 38:30 14 PB New 1:30
15 ISABEL GREEN 37:30 11 2 YB New 1:15 2nd fastest woman
16 JAMES McSWEENEY 38:30 13 PB New 0:45
17 JIM BROWN 40:07 16 YB 0:33 0:53
18 ANDY SMITH 40:04 15 PB New 0:26
19 STEFFAN FORD 31:24 5 SB New 0:36
20 MATT GILL 37:40 12 SB New 0:35
21 STEVE GREEN 33:45 9 YB New 0:30
22 MONICA SMITHSON 46:47 32 10 YB New 0:28
23 PAUL HOLGATE 45:20 28 SB 2:10 0:25
24 SALLY PHILLIPS 50:30 35 13 PB 5:00 0:15
25 ALISON SHELLEY 45:10 27 9 PB New 0:05
26 MARIE COLUCCI 36:56 10 1 PB 0:08 0:04 Fastest woman
27 CALLIE CHAPMAN 48:30 34 12 PB New (0:15)
28 CLAIRE PULLEN 43:32 22 5 SB New (0:32)
29 KAREN PALMER 44:03 24 7 SB 11:48 (0:33)
30 CAROLINE CROFT 47:05 33 11 SB New 0:25
31 CAROLE SHELDRICK 43:52 23 6 PB 0:16 (0:37)
32 JONATHAN JONES 41:30 20 PB New (1:15)
33 ROGER BIGGS 54:45 38 YB 4:48 (2:45)
34 ROWENA RUTLEDGE 51:12 36 14 PB New (2:57)
35 VISHAL SHAH 46:17 30 SB New (3:32)
36 SHELBE MOONBEAM 53:22 37 15 PB New (3:37)
37 SIMON SYPULA 46:18 31 YB New (4:33)
38 JOHN NELMS 41:20 19 SB New (5:20)

 

Parkrun Highlights Saturday 15th September

Heartwood Forest parkrun

A total of 218 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
25 25 Steve GREEN 00:21:07
127 38 Isabel GREEN 00:28:42

 

Stevenage parkrun

A total of 319 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
7 7 Danny SCANLON 00:19:25
27 27 Dean CARPENTER 00:22:05
42 40 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:46
51 47 Ryan DUNNING 00:23:26
55 51 Jonathan JONES 00:23:41
57 53 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:23:46
58 54 Chris HOLLAND 00:23:46
62 57 Wills JENNINGS 00:24:01
67 8 Jo BOWDERY 00:24:10
74 64 Michael ANDREWS 00:24:33
75 65 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:24:35
90 13 Claire EMMERSON 00:25:08
93 79 Andy PRIOR 00:25:14
106 90 David SCOTT 00:26:01
117 22 Karen PALMER 00:26:44
118 96 Daniel SUTTON 00:26:45
133 109 Michael O’KEEFE 00:27:31
140 26 Sofia CARPENTER 00:27:54
153 120 Stephen SMITHSON 00:28:41
155 35 Alison SHELLEY 00:28:47
185 53 Callie CHAPMAN 00:30:39
192 56 Chloe EMMERSON 00:31:04
219 146 Roger BIGGS 00:32:49
230 81 Jane MCFARLANE 00:33:32
242 92 Judy KING 00:34:13
279 113 Hazel JONES 00:38:24
289 169 Steven DOBNER 00:39:31
302 132 Sharon CROWLEY 00:44:01
303 133 Verity FISHER 00:44:02
316 173 James SOUTH 00:53:52

 

Houghton Hall parkrun

A total of 241 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
7 7 Thomas SAUKA 00:20:51

 

Letchworth parkrun

A total of 134 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
6 6 John HARRIS 00:22:02
62 50 Paul JENNINGS 00:28:36

 

Ford parkrun

A total of 108 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
12 11 John ROXBOROUGH 00:23:34

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