OLD YEAR OUT * NEW YEAR IN

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Sixty seven Fairlands Valley Spartans got 2019 off to a great start as sixty five of them joined CALLIE CHAPMAN and STEVE DOBNER running 5K in Stevenage as they celebrated their fiftieth parkrun.

Serpentine NYD 10K

A little further south JIM BROWN and PENNY SCHENKEL began the New Year in great form as they ran their fastest 10K races in more than twelve months at the Serpentine New Year’s Day 10K in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

Despite it being his third race in five days Jim finished in 49 minutes 13 seconds, third in his age group and 232nd overall and Penny easily beat the hour with 57 minutes 48 seconds compared with 1 hour and 49 seconds (1:00:49) on New Year’s Day 2018.

Jim said it was a good way to blow the cobwebs away.  He thought he was struggling but then saw his time at the first kilometre marker and thought let’s go for it despite residual tiredness left from the Buntingford ten mile event on Sunday.  He said there was a bit of a northerly drift to contend with but it actually helped for the last mile which was along the east side of the Serpentine.

 

Ely New Year’s Eve 10K

PAUL HOLGATE said the Ely New Year’s Eve 10K was the perfect way to end the year.

Spartan SIMON JACKSON was ninth in 35 minutes 31 seconds.  A best for 2018 by 39 seconds.  He was third veteran (40 plus).  Paul came in with 57 minutes 16 seconds.  There were 616 finishers.

Peterborough NYE 10K

Others saw out the old year at the Peterborough 10K.  HAZEL SMITH achieved a year’s best 55 minutes 22 seconds (277th); KAREN BROOM came in with 1:00:33 (390th); CALLIE CHAPMAN in 1:03:05 (435th) and TREVOR BROOM in 1:05:53 (490th).

Flitch Way Marathon NYE

TIM ROBINSON went a lot further.  On New Year’s Eve he ran the Flitch Way Marathon.  The marathon starts at Braintree in the Great Notley Country park and follows an out and back trail route along the disused railway track towards Bishops Stortford.  Although the route sounds fairly flat the track continually rises and drops over its length.  There was good support at the two ‘railway station platform’ cafés but for the most part fellow runners were the only company.  He came in with 5 hours 1 minute 24 seconds, the last Spartan marathon of 2018.

 

Tough But Satisfying – County Cross Country

Complete and counting Fairlands Valley Spartans women’s and men’s teams completed the tough but satisfying county championships in Verulamium Park, St Albans on Sunday.

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Only 88 finished the senior women’s race which was over eight kilometres.  NATALIE LAWRENCE won County BRONZE in third place with a time of 30 minutes 36 seconds.  RHIANNON GRIFFIN had a great time and beat her previous time on the same course by five minutes with 39:05, she was 54th.  JULIE SHADBOLT and PENNY SCHENKEL completed the four woman team in 83rd with 45:44 and 86th in 48:55.  They were 13th team out of 18 and had a reserve, SHARON CROWLEY who came in after 51 minutes 22 seconds.

The senior men, that’s age 20 and over, had to run three laps or about 12 kilometres.  Although they were missing some of their faster runners they were determined to finish with a complete team of at least six men.

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59th out of 150 PAUL HEWETT was first in for the Spartans in 45 minutes 21 seconds; then came RICHARD SPRINGALL 88th in 47:28 and PAUL SHELLEY 115th in 52:07.  THOMAS SAUKA ran a well paced race to cut his time by about ten minutes for the same event, he was 134th in 56:44.  One of the oldest in the race and decades older than many JIM BROWN was battling to avoid last place for the first two laps but overtook a handful on lap three to come in with 145th in 61:56 four minutes quicker than his last race on this course in 2015.  TIM ROBINSON made it team complete and smiles all round at 146th in 62:39.  Tough but satisfying and recommended for next year.

The next cross country race for the club will be a league race at Watford on Sunday 13th January.  Dozens of Spartans are expected for that event.

 

Spartan of the Month

SOPHIE COWAN was awarded Spartan of the Month for December recognising her work which included organising the Stevenage Half Marathon and the cross country league fixture in Fairlands Valley Park.

 

Parkrun Highlights New Year’s Day

Lots of Spartans took advantage of being able to run two parkruns on New Year’s Day.  There were plenty of options with start times of local events staggered to allow this.  There were 67 Spartans who made up the 441 record breaking turnout at Stevenage.

So who did the double?

Erica GRAYSON (Barrow and Fell Foot)

Michael O’KEEFE (99th at Luton Wardown and 100th Stevenage).

Grant Ramsay (5th overall at Letchworth and Stevenage).

Tim Saban, Mark Goodwin, Paul Shelley, Thomas Sauka, Steven Dobner, Jonathan Jones, Ken Jude and Tim Robinson  (Panshanger and Stevenage)

Maria Swift and Mylo, Caroline Croft, Carole Sheldrick and David Scott (Letchworth and Stevenage)

Ashley SCHOENWETTER was first lady at Stevenage (20:04) and Natalie Lawrence was first lady and 7th overall (19:00) at Houghton Hall.

Ruth Reilly ran in Panshanger then was kept very busy bar code scanning in Stevenage.

Congratulations to Michael O’Keefe running his 99th and 100th parkrun on New Year’s Day.  Congratulations also go to Callie Chapman and Steven Dobner who completed their 50th parkruns both at Stevenage.  Steven was at Panshanger for his 49th parkrun at 9 am.

Spartan men made up 3 of the top 10 at Stevenage with Jonathan Parr 3rd overall in (17:16), Grant Ramsay (5th 18:17) and running his first parkrun Martin Blackburn (8th in 18:55).

There were PBs for Ashley SCHOENWETTER (20:04), Jonathan Parr (17:16), Nigel STRONGITHARM(23:43), Maria SWIFT (and Mylo) at Stevenage (24:26), Carole SHELDRICK at Stevenage (26:35) and Sean MILWOOD (28:44).

Michael O’KEEFE got a PB at Luton Wardown (26:12) on his 99th parkrun.  James SOUTH ran a new PB at Panshanger (27:14) and Ros INGRAM a new PB at Letchworth (25:46).

 

Saturday parkrun

There was another bumper turnout at Stevenage parkrun on Saturday with over 400 runners.  There were PBs for James McSweeney (23:07) on his 49th parkrun.  First Spartan man was Danny Scanlon (20:26).  Kerry Flain finished his first Stevenage parkrun in 22:39.

Grant Ramsay was first overall at Letchworth in a new course PB of 20:42.  Maria Swift (+ Mylo) was second lady in a new PB of 22:42.  Also running Letchworth were Maddie Pritchard (25:52) and Karen Palmer (29:18).

John Roxborough ran at Victoria Dock in London (near the ExCel) finishing in 21:03.

Rowena Rutledge was at Gunpowder and ran 27:59.

Hannah Neale ran a new PB at Coldhams Common Cambridge (23:08).

 

Full Spartan results for all parkruns can be found at the end of this release.

 

Tables

Parkruns: New Year’s Day and Saturday 5th January

 

New Year’s Day:

 

Luton Wardown parkrun

 

A total of 339 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
108 94 Michael O’KEEFE 00:26:12

Stevenage parkrun

A total of 441 runners took part including 67 Spartans.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
3 3 Jonathan PARR 00:17:16
5 5 Grant RAMSAY 00:18:17
8 8 Martin BLACKBURN 00:18:55
11 11 Stuart ARCHER 00:19:43
13 1 Ashley SCHOENWETTER 00:20:04
17 16 Danny SCANLON 00:20:36
20 19 James KAY 00:21:02
23 22 Tim SABAN 00:21:28
37 35 Kieran FEETHAM 00:22:09
38 36 Graham BLACKBURN 00:22:16
51 48 Peter SMITH 00:22:55
63 57 Mark GOODWIN 00:23:27
67 59 James MCSWEENEY 00:23:38
70 62 Paul MAGUIRE 00:23:42
71 63 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:23:43
74 65 Paul SHELLEY 00:23:50
82 71 Craig BACON 00:24:15
85 13 Maria SWIFT 00:24:26
89 75 Thomas SAUKA 00:24:30
96 81 David PATTMAN 00:24:42
97 82 Andrew SMITH 00:24:44
106 90 Steven DOBNER 00:25:08
141 29 Nikki WILBY 00:26:04
145 115 Michael O’KEEFE 00:26:20
150 33 Ann TRYSSESOONE 00:26:27
154 121 Jonathan JONES 00:26:30
155 34 Susan MCANENY 00:26:30
156 122 Ken JUDE 00:26:31
157 35 Carole SHELDRICK 00:26:35
158 123 Ciaran MCANENY 00:26:36
170 39 Alison SHELLEY 00:27:05
188 142 Paul HOLGATE 00:27:44
193 47 Karen PALMER 00:27:49
194 147 Tim ROBINSON 00:27:50
204 152 Robert SHAW 00:28:15
213 158 Simon SYPULA 00:28:29
215 159 Karl SHREEVE 00:28:33
218 161 Sean MILLWOOD 00:28:44
228 62 Monica SMITHSON 00:29:13
233 170 David ACKERY 00:29:23
236 66 Caroline CROFT 00:29:31
237 171 Stephen SMITHSON 00:29:33
244 68 Carol PAUL 00:29:46
254 71 Liz CARVELL 00:30:07
260 76 Catherine CRAIG 00:30:24
283 89 Andrea WESTCOTT 00:31:45
307 105 Debbie BLANTERN 00:32:42
327 206 Roger BIGGS 00:34:22
335 127 Callie CHAPMAN 00:34:46
337 210 Paul JENNINGS 00:34:47
339 212 David SCOTT 00:34:48
340 128 Bernadette MILLWOOD 00:34:48
341 129 Hazel SMITH 00:34:48
342 130 Rowena RUTLEDGE 00:34:49
343 131 Jenny GARRETT 00:34:49
344 132 Nicola HATHERLY 00:34:50
345 133 Claire EMMERSON 00:34:50
348 134 Chloe EMMERSON 00:34:52
349 215 Darren EMMERSON 00:34:52
363 145 Karen SMITH 00:35:36
371 153 Niki PLUMB 00:36:05
394 224 Matthew PATTMAN 00:39:53
415 187 Rhiannon GRIFFIN 00:42:55
418 189 Maggie MONTGOMERY 00:43:04
427 195 Yuko GORDON 00:45:22
436 199 Verity FISHER 00:50:50
437 238 Daniel SUTTON 00:50:51

 

Barrow parkrun

A total of 196 runners took part.

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
74 19 Erica GRAYSON 00:27:49

Houghton Hall parkrun

A total of 429 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
7 1 Natalie LAWRENCE 00:19:00

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge

A total of 251 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
123 37 Erica GRAYSON 00:29:38

Panshanger parkrun

A total of 521 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
59 57 Tim SABAN 00:22:11
64 62 John ROXBOROUGH 00:22:21
71 69 Mark GOODWIN 00:22:42
153 138 Paul SHELLEY 00:25:27
157 140 David PATTMAN 00:25:32
162 143 Thomas SAUKA 00:25:39
165 146 Steven DOBNER 00:25:45
172 152 Ken JUDE 00:25:57
225 188 James SOUTH 00:27:14
353 254 Tim ROBINSON 00:31:03
354 100 Ruth REILLY 00:31:04
487 303 Matthew PATTMAN 00:39:15

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun

A total of 337 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
38 36 John ROXBOROUGH 00:21:47

Letchworth parkrun

A total of 167 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
5 5 Grant RAMSAY 00:19:22
41 5 Maria SWIFT 00:24:21
42 6 Marie COLUCCI 00:24:26
50 8 Madeleine PRITCHARD 00:25:37
52 9 Ros INGRAM 00:25:46
55 46 Jonathan JONES 00:26:03
87 19 Carole SHELDRICK 00:28:39
112 30 Caroline CROFT 00:31:06
124 89 David SCOTT 00:32:37.

 

Saturday Parkruns – Spartan results:

 

Stevenage parkrun

A total of 408 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
12 12 Danny SCANLON 00:20:26
33 33 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:39
34 34 Kerry FLAIN 00:22:39
44 44 James MCSWEENEY 00:23:07
60 57 Ryan DUNNING 00:23:37
71 66 John NELMS 00:24:22
72 67 Darren EMMERSON 00:24:23
76 71 Daniel SUTTON 00:24:38
84 79 Lee PICKERSGILL 00:24:54
109 97 Chris HOLLAND 00:26:26
110 98 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:26:28
119 106 Steven DOBNER 00:26:44
151 133 David PATTMAN 00:27:52
152 19 Claire EMMERSON 00:27:52
153 20 Jenny GARRETT 00:27:53
154 21 Alison SHELLEY 00:27:53
160 136 Paul HOLGATE 00:27:59
190 151 Jonathan JONES 00:28:59
215 169 Paul JENNINGS 00:30:18
237 59 Verity FISHER 00:31:08
238 60 Debbie BLANTERN 00:31:09
273 80 Sally MCBRIDE 00:32:19
289 203 Nick WITCOMBE 00:33:05
290 87 Chloe EMMERSON 00:33:06
307 208 Michael ANDREWS 00:33:53
370 143 Gemma PARKER 00:37:56
391 236 Simon JACKSON 00:42:12

 

Gunpowder parkrun

A total of 264 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
110 28 Rowena RUTLEDGE 00:27:59

 

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun

A total of 301 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
8 8 John HARRIS 00:19:56
30 27 Barry OSBORNE 00:22:47

 

Letchworth parkrun

A total of 147 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
1 1 Grant RAMSAY 00:18:42
10 2 Maria SWIFT 00:22:42
32 11 Madeleine PRITCHARD 00:25:52
51 17 Karen PALMER 00:29:18

 

Victoria Dock parkrun

A total of 160 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
32 32 John ROXBOROUGH 00:21:03

 

Coldham’s Common parkrun

A total of 299 runners took part.

 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
72 10 Hannah NEALE 00:23:08

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