There was an amazing performance at the Bedford Autodrome Half Marathon as Spartans managed a podium clean sweep in the women’s race.
Twelve weeks ago GAIL MACKIE, MICHELLE REEVES and ASHLEY KING targeted a sub-90 minutes half marathon. The weather prevented the attempt at Peterborough, but two weeks later they lined up at Bedford.
Gail won the women’s race in a time of 1:28:45, with Michelle finishing second in 1:29:08. Ashley was not far outside the 90 minutes and made it the clean sweep for the Spartan ladies, finishing third in 1:31:22.
JAMES KAY ran in the men’s race, completing in 2:10:28.
In the 10k Event RICKY PEARCE was 7th male overall in a time of 37:58 while SUSAN McANENY was 14th woman in 48:57. Both were third in their category.
The Snowdon Marathon started wet, but dried up nicely through the day, although too late to prevent the path down to the finish becoming extremely dangerous with plenty of runners losing their footing into a mud bath.
YUKO GORDON finished 1st V65 (21st female overall) in an unbelievable 3:40:57, although she was on for Sub 3:30 until the muddy section.
KAREN ELLIS kept under 5 hours with an excellent 4:55:47 and MICK ANDREWS finished in 5:17:13 despite needing over an hour for the final tricky 3 miles.
MARIA THORNE was a pleasing 5:41:23 finishing with ex-Spartan Lorraine Thomas, and SHARON CROWLEY maintained her record of the most female Snowdon marathon finishes in her 28th Snowdon marathon with a time of 5:44:54.
Despite his foot injury and absence of distance training in the last 6 months PAUL HOLGATE also persevered with his record of finishing every Snowdon marathon since 1988, limping round the 26.2 miles, 3,178 feet of ascent, in 8:28:54 for his 31st consecutive Snowdon marathon finish.
Spartans Finishing Times
Yuko Gordon 256 3:40:57
Karen Ellis 1498 4:55:47
Mick Andrews 1733 5:17:13
Maria Thorne 1994 5:41:23
Sharon Crowley 2025 5:44:54
Paul Holgate 2313 8:28:54
There were 2314 finishers from 2369 starters.
In the Dublin Marathon, ROB WRIGHT completed in 4:20:06, a new personal best. In the women’s race KAREN BROOM completed in 5:41:34.
Don’t Miss Out – Last Chance to Enter The Stevenage Half
There are still some last minute places left for the town’s half marathon will be on Sunday 3rd November so you can run 13.1 miles in Stevenage. It’s been organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans since 1984. The two lap route, including alongside the lakes in Fairlands Valley Park, follows the town’s famous cycleways and tarmac footpaths with the finish on Ridlins Athletics Track.
All proceeds from the Stevenage Half go to charity. This is a community event organised by a voluntary local running club. The charity for 2019 is Mind, the mental health charity.
On line entries are possible via https://www.activetrainingworld.co.uk/events/2019/11/03/Stevenagehalf. Entries will close on 31st October.
Parkrun Highlights 26th October 2019
Despite the decidedly Autumnal start to the weekend 30 Fairlands Valley Spartans ran in the week’s Parkrun events. Personal best times were achieved by three runners. In Stevenage, JONATHAN PARR came 2nd overall in a PB time of 15 mins and 54 secs, while JON FILBY ran a time of 21 mins and 28 secs. MO WARRILLOW achieved a PB on the Panshanger course in 25 mins and 36 secs.
JOHN HARRIS was 4th overall at the Letchworth course in a time of 22 mins and 08 secs, and DANNY SCANLON 10th at Westmill parkrun in a time of 23 mins and 05 secs. Milestone runs saw DARRYL STEVENS finish his 140th event at Shepton Mallet in 35 mins and 50 secs, and TOBY ECCLESHALL complete his 70th in Stevenage in 21 mins and 44 secs joined by DANIEL SUTTON who ran 25 mins and 09 secs on his 240th outing.
Parkrun Results Saturday 26th October
|Shepton Mallet parkrun||118||60||Darryl STEVENS||35:50||140th PR|
|Westmill parkrun||10||9||Danny SCANLON||23:05|
|Stevenage parkrun||2||2||Jonathan PARR||16:54||PB|
|18||17||Toby ECCLESHALL||21:44||70th PR|
|68||60||Daniel SUTTON||25:09||240th PR|
|Gunpowder parkrun||113||73||David ACKERY||31:09|
|Panshanger parkrun||73||64||Steven DOBNER||25:35|
|Ellesmere Port parkrun||19||19||Ryan DUNNING||26:31|
|Letchworth parkrun||4||4||John HARRIS||22:08|