During the hottest August bank holiday weekend ever JIM BROWN ran the Lee Valley Half Marathon. As temperatures soared towards thirty degrees at the finish line more than 11 per cent of the starters failed to finish. On the rolling course with almost no shelter Jim tried to keep it steady and to stay hydrated. He finished the 13.1 miles in 1 hour 57 minutes 19 seconds. Jim won his age group and was 73rd overall – in fact he was the oldest runner to finish!
Leila’s Run – Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire – Sunday 18th August 2019
A week earlier eight Spartans enjoyed Leila’s Run. Leila’s Run is a low key event in memory of Leila Taylor. Leila enjoyed life and many interests and a love for running as an active member of the Garden City Runners and 100 Marathon Club having completed over two hundred marathons. The course includes track covered by Leila during her many training runs atarting in Wheathampstead, taking in Heartwood Forest and Sandridge in a 6½ mile loop that competitors can run once (10km), twice (Half marathon), 3 times (20 miles) or 4 times (marathon).
Marathon (four laps)
Yuko Gordon finished in 3 hours 54 minutes 43 seconds; Mick Andrews 4:52:43; Erica Grayson 5:52:00; Tricia Hopper 6:06:32; Barry King 6:06:32; and Karen Liddle 6:06:32.
20 miles (three laps). Paul Holgate in 6:13:42
Half marathon (two laps). Roger Biggs in 3:35:38
Get Ready For The Stevenage Half Marathon
The Stevenage Half Marathon will be on Sunday 3rd November. Have a look at www.fvspartans.org.uk Train with the Spartans for the 13.1 miles event.
Parkrun Highlights 24th August 2019
Saturday saw 48 Spartans race at 17 different locations. At Stevenage Paul SHELLEY [19:24] was the fastest male Spartan securing fourth place, with a new PB of 19 minutes 24 seconds.
Nine further PBs were achieved for Gail MACKIE [19:49], Toby ECCLESHALL [21:51], John HARRIS [19:54], Suzy HAWKINS [19:56], Andrew MCGUINNESS [21:48], Matt CLARKE [21:58], Claire COKER [28:57], Yuko GORDON [22:35] and Nick KLEANTHOUS [25:22].
JONATHAN JONES ran the Aviemore, Scotland Parkrun on Saturday 24th in a time of 24.41. Like other Scottish parkruns it started at 9.30a.m. The course was undulating with the Cairngorms mountains either side. The path was gravel with masses of heath with small and large Christmas trees either side. He highly recommends the race.
Parkrun Results Saturday 24th August
A full list of the Spartan results is below.
|Llanelli Coast||5||5||John HARRIS||19:54||PB|
|Wimpole Estate||313||220||Paul JENNINGS||32:08|
|Severn Bridge||234||76||Karen BROOM||30:51|
|Severn Bridge||249||163||Trevor BROOM||31:37|
|Wendover Woods||14||13||John ROXBOROUGH||22:53|
|Jersey Farm||89||17||Verity FISHER||28:12|
|Jersey Farm||93||75||Daniel SUTTON||28:22|
|The Old Showfield||175||108||Darryl STEVENS||33:49|