SOLSTICE SHELLEY

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reeceSpartan REECE McCULLAGH has competed the John O’Groats to Lands End epic run.

His original plan was to do this in 30 days but Reece has completed it in 29!!!  1 day ahead of his planned target,  covering 980 miles in total!   It’s been an incredible challenge,  most in horrendously wet conditions,  all the more astonishing bearing in mind that Reece only started running in January 2018 when he signed for FVS!  This has been done totally unsupported.  He has camped and carried all his equipment.  Totally inspirational

He has done this all for the charity Mind.  Please do make a donation to Mind via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/reece-mccullagh

 

Smiling Super Solstice Shelley

This year the St Albans Solstice 10K was precisely on the Solstice and nine from Fairlands Valley Spartans enjoyed Friday’s race.

With an enormous smile on her race as she approached the finish line ALISON SHELLEY was the Spartan star.  She smashed her personal best by four minutes to finish in 51 minutes 7 seconds.

The other Spartans running PBs were RICHARD KENNEDY in 39:55 and PAUL SHELLEY 40:42.

After some set backs in May and early June JIM BROWN was pleased to improve on his last 10K effort by 4 minutes 25 seconds.  ED HARE was willing Alison Shelley over the finish line and came in with 51:06 and DAVE PATTMAN was not far behind in 51:30.

 

Pos Name Net Time Category Cat Pos Gender Gen Pos Comments
28 Richard Kennedy 00:39:55 M40 13 Male 26 PB
35 Paul Shelley 00:40:42 M50 4 Male 32 PB
189 Jim Brown 00:50:48 M60 7 Male 145
196 Edward Hare 00:51:06 Senior 53 Male 148
197 Alison Shelley 00:51:07 W45 8 Female 49 PB 4 minutes
209 David Pattman 00:51:30 M40 62 Male 151
254 Steven Dobner 00:53:44 M40 71 Male 170
474 Tracy Stiles 01:06:49 W45 70 Female 239
523 Emma Southerington 01:13:19 W35 92 Female 274

 

Welwyn 10K – Hot mountain

Suddenly the weather warmed up for Sunday’s Welwyn 10K with fourteen Spartans on the line for its highly civilized 11.10a.m. start time.

Spartan ASHLEY KING was the first senior woman and 38th overall out of the 546 finishers in 41 minutes 56 minutes, just behind MARK VAUGHAN 37th in 41:44.

markwelwynMARK GOODWIN was second veteran 60 plus in 47 minutes 36 seconds and won a SILVER medal in the county championships which were incorporated into the event.

Considering what he called a “mountain” – the 9% White Hill – at 4K JIM BROWN was surprised to beat Friday’s effort on the basically flat Solstice 10K course by two seconds.  Having got to half way in 26:12 he ran the second half in 24:34 despite hitting the “Stinger” like running into a wall with a kilometre to go.

SHERYL HANN said, “On a hot and steamy day I ran around the beautiful Hertfordshire scenery on a slightly hillier course than I imagined.  Finished 12th female in my age over 55 in 1;01:33 62.5%.  I could do better next time by not walking up both hills!”

 

Position Name Time Comments Percentage
37 ANDREW VAUGHAN 41:44 70.6%
38 ASHLEY KING 41:56 1st senior woman 72.3%
100 MARK GOODWIN 47:36 2nd MV60.  Silver. 69.3%
160 JIM BROWN 50:46 7th MV60 68.7%
253 DANIEL SUTTON-FISHER 55:43 47.8%
304 JONATHAN JONES 57:29 53.4%
389 MALCOLM MacGREGOR 61:34 47.9%
391 SHERYL HANN 61:33 7th FV55 62.5%
401 SOPH GEORGIOU 61:59 52.6%
421 LEE PIROTH 63:33 42.1%
455 DEZENANA TOPIC 67:08 51.7%
463 CLAIRE HYDE 68:11 46.0%
477 JOHN ROXBOROUGH 69:22 39.3%
539 ROGER BIGGS 84:43 9th MV70 42.8%

 

There were 536 finishers.

 

Hitchin Half

hitchin hardKAREN ELLIS ran Sunday’s Hitchin Hard Half Marathon with her lovely friend Lorraine Thomas, she was helping her to build her miles up.  Karen said, “What a beautiful course lots of support from marshals too.”  They both finished in 2:34:37.

PAUL BOICHAT was first in for the Spartans with 1:56:10.  Next in was GEORGIE HOOPER well up in the women’s ranking with 2:01:45.  SAM SIMMONS came in with 2:18:26 and ROB WRIGHT with 2:20:22.

 

Hyde Park

Spartan STUART ARCHER was close to his personal best at Wednesday’s Chase the Sun 10K event in Hyde Park with 40 minutes 40 seconds.

 

Swansea Half

Rob Evans achieved a season’s best at the Swansea Half Marathon with 1 hour 56 minutes 48 seconds.

 

50 Mile Ultra

ciaranCiaran McAneny completed his first 50 mile ultra on Saturday, running the Race To The King event in 9 hours 38 minutes, placing him 34th of 748.  This was a route across the South Downs with an elevation totalling 1600 metres / 5000 ft.  For those interested for the future it was one the best organised, signed and supported events he’s ever raced.

 

North Norfolk Ultra

It was a busy weekend for NICOLA and RICHARD KENNEDY.  Richard did the St Albans 10K on Friday, new PB and first sub 40 finish of 39:55, not quite what he wanted but you can never be too unhappy with a PB!

They then jumped straight in their car and headed to North Norfolk where Nicola did her first Ultra on Saturday, the Norfolk 100km, which included a rather cruel four miles along a pebble beach right near the end!  She did an amazing job on a very hot and sunny day to finish in 15:08:22, 9th lady overall and third in her 40-44 age category.

 

Martin Rutherford – Pennine Barrier Ultra 100

MartinMARTIN RUTHERFORD took on another 100 miles, this time it won’t be getting dizzy going round in circles but over the Yorkshire 3 peaks and Yorkshire Dale’s including Buckden Pike in the Pennine Barrier Ultra 100.

With a 6am start it was a tough course with a lot of climbing, and rough terrain (playing football with rocks and boulders doesn’t end well).  He says, “My feet and ankles are pretty battered but I managed to make it around the 101 miles in just over 25 and a half hours which saw me finish in fourth place overall, which I am chuffed to bits with.”

 

Battersea Park 5K

SALLY McBRIDE ran the Battersea Park 5k with Runthrough.uk on Saturday.  Her chip time result was 31:19 which gave her third place in the Female V45 age group and the highest finish she has ever achieved.   She says it was a well organised race and the park is amazing visit.  It was flat and very scenic with a lovely lake and coffee shop to visit for food and drink afterwards.

 

PB at Oval Run

DEAN CARPENTER completed the Harpenden 5 mile Oval Run finishing sixth in a new personal best (PB) of 31:17, knocking 32 seconds of previous PB which was set in 2013.

 

Midsummer 10K

DEBBIE BLANTERN ran the Peterborough Midsummer 10K on Sunday morning and then sulked all afternoon because she thought she’d missed out on a PB by about 3 seconds.  Anyway, she said, “I just found the official result…and I DID get a PB by 12 seconds! So I’m no longer sulking.”

 

Parkrun Highlights 22nd June 2019

Along with the sun 27 Fairlands Valley Spartans’ made it out for another successful week of Parkrun events.  In Stevenage EVA RAMSEY was the first woman to finish in a personal best time of 22 mins and 25 secs.  She was joined by MATT CLARKE and FIONA CLARKE who also recorded PBs with times of 22 mins and 52 secs and 24 mins and 26 secs, respectively. MARTIN DUDLEY ran his 100th event on the course. NICK GILL was the 13th man to finish in 21 mins and 13 secs, GEORGIE HOOPER the 7th woman in 24 mins and 27 secs, and SOFIA CARPENTER the 10th woman in 25 mins and 48 secs.

On the Haverfordwest course ROS INGRAM was the 5th woman to finish in a time of 26 mins and 08 secs, while at Ellenbrook Fields GRACE BROWN finished as the 8th in a time of 24 mins and 26 secs. A first time outing to HARLOW saw JOHN ROXBOROUGH complete the course in 22 mins and 48 secs as the 14th man.

(All the Spartan Parkrun results can be found in a table near the end of this release)

 

Tables

Parkrun Results Saturday 22nd June

 

Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Times Notes
Gorleston Cliffs parkrun 155 19 Maria THORNE 26:36
Stevenage parkrun 13 13 Nick GILL 21:13
26 1 Eva RAMSEY 22:25 PB!
35 33 Matt CLARKE 22:52 PB!
36 34 Martin DUDLEY 22:56 100th Parkrun
58 6 Fiona CLARKE 24:26 PB!
59 7 Georgie HOOPER 24:27
67 58 Jonathan JONES 24:45
75 66 Mark BEASLEY 25:05
83 10 Sofia CARPENTER 25:48
94 81 Michael ANDREWS 26:19
99 85 Nick KLEANTHOUS 26:28
111 94 Lee PICKERSGILL 27:12
115 96 Daniel SUTTON 27:15
123 23 Claire PULLEN 27:30
145 30 Verity FISHER 28:37
160 35 Debbie BLANTERN 29:17
172 41 Jane WHITROW 30:15
236 79 Karen BROOM 34:31
239 158 Trevor BROOM 34:38
240 82 Judy KING 34:40
250 87 Niki PLUMB 35:27
Haverfordwest parkrun 27 5 Ros INGRAM 26:08
Harlow parkrun 14 14 John ROXBOROUGH 22:48
Ellenbrook Fields parkrun 70 8 Grace BROWN 24:26
Jersey Farm parkrun 101 82 Paul JENNINGS 29:58
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun 113 59 Darryl STEVENS 37:42

 

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