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Spartans in Windy City

Abbie Wins * Stevenage Half Coming Soon


In the event where the women’s world record was broken, four Fairlands Valley Spartans members also completed the Chicago Marathon.

chicago2They were STUART HAYCROFT 2:54:47; TODD GRAY 3:25:59; PETER SMITH 3:30:30 and JACKIE DOWNES 4:35:44 who travelled over the pond to run in the windy city’s 42nd marathon.

Starting temperatures were around 4 degrees, with the feels like being zero, it sure was a very cold one.

The sun did come out, but that only improved the feels like temperatures to four degrees.  Chilly winds off Lake Michigan certainly felt a little polar.

Stuart Haycroft led the Spartan charge with his first negative split in a very long time to finish in 2:54:47 with an almost 4 minute personal best (PB).

Todd Gray was racing just two weeks after the Berlin Marathon.  Pete Smith has a lucky number 3, with a finish time of 3:30:30.  Jackie Downes finished in a start line to finish line time of 4:35:44 with the timing mat missing her start.


Abbie Wins – Late News From Standalone

A late result released by the Standalone 10K showed that Fairlands Valley Spartan ABBIE PEZ WON the female under 20 race.  Her time of 47 minutes 24 seconds was a personal best by five minutes and beat the second placed runner by more than six minutes.  She was 275th overall out of the 1336 finishers.

So Fairlands Valley Spartans won the female under 20 and women’s over 65 (Yuko Gordon) first prizes!


Get Ready For The Stevenage Half Marathon

You can run 13.1 miles in Stevenage.

The town’s half marathon will be on Sunday 3rd November.  It’s been organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans since 1984.  More than 375 people had already entered by Wednesday 16th October.  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

Train with the Spartans for the 13.1 miles event.  You can run with the club on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and get discounts on many race entries together with the club’s free events.  Have a look at

Oxford Half Marathon

ericaoxfordSTEVE DOBNER said this was an overpriced disappointing half marathon with enough rain for Noah to float his boat! ¬†He continued, ‚ÄúThe course was exceptionally wet and very tight in places. ¬†For such a beautiful city we hardly saw any of the colleges or sights, running up and down the Banbury Rd and Marston Ferry Rd which are not the most picturesque parts of Oxford.‚ÄĚ ¬†Steve finished in 2 hours 6 hours 6 seconds with new Spartan MO WARRILOW.¬† It was a three minutes personal best (PB) for Mo.

There was a new personal best (PB) of 1:54:35 for SAM SIMMONS.  ERICA GRAYSON continued her return to racing with 2:10:22.

JONATHAN JONES run (or swim) time for the Oxford Half Marathon was 2.26.02


Royal Parks Half

ED HARE did the Royal Parks Half Marathon in 1:51:38.  He managed to make use of carrier bags to avoid the muddy event village and although he had went feet set off on personal best pace but said he lacked stamina in the legs and struggled at the end.  Overall he was pleased with his time as he’s not done too many long runs recently.


Ridgeway 15K

Nick Kleanthous and Neal Muggleton completed the Tring 15K Ridgeway run.  This was a very hilly, wet, windy and muddy trail event climbing for the first two miles.  Both enjoyed it completing in 1:35:15 and 1:35:02.


Victoria Park 10K

ANN TRYSSESOONE enjoyed a very well organised Victoria Park 10K on Sunday.  This was on a three lap course in autumnal clad Victoria Park amongst ancient gnarled oak trees.  She finished in 52 minutes 23 seconds.


Thousands Disappointed in Peterborough

Many Spartans were among the thousands of runners left shivering in the cold and rain for more than half an hour before they were told that that the Great Eastern Run, a half marathon in Peterborough, had been cancelled.  Several are hoping the organisers will at least provide a large marquee to give some shelter if there are similar conditions another time.

In Birmingham the half marathon was shortened by two miles.


Hatfield House

SOPH GEORGIOU completed the Hatfield House 10K in 1 hour 1 minute 12 seconds.


Red Kite Cani Trail

JANE WHITROW says, ‚ÄúRufus (her dog) and I did the Red Kite Cani Trail Canicross event last weekend.¬† Nominally ten miles but actually more than eleven in South Wakes.¬† Beautiful but brutal….¬† lots of hills, water and mud. ¬†I managed to stay upright for the whole thing.¬† It was well organised, goody bag including reusable water cup at the start (nice touch and definitely needed).¬† Around 75 did the 22 mile distance and 75 did the shorter route.

Great weekend away and I would thoroughly recommend it but learnt the hard way that running in Hertfordshire and South Wales are quite different!!‚ÄĚ


Parkrun Highlights 12th October 2019

On the day that saw Eliud Kipchoge beat two hours for a marathon in Vienna 30 Spartans ran at eight different parkrun venues.

Dean Carpenter was sixth overall at Ellenbrook in a new PB of 18:41.

Nicola Hatherly ran a new PB (35:20) at Westmill.

The Clarkes, Fiona and Matt, were at Lytham Hall near Blackpool running 25:33 and 25:21.

(Parkrun results for all Spartans can be found near the end of this release).





Parkrun Results Saturday 12th October


Westmill parkrun

A total of 79 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
63 21 Nicola HATHERLY 00:35:20


Stevenage parkrun

A total of 305 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
27 26 Danny SCANLON 00:21:55
35 34 Martin BLACKBURN 00:22:26
38 37 Daniel SUTTON 00:22:50
66 59 Ryan DUNNING 00:24:11
82 72 Nigel STRONGITHARM 00:25:07
98 86 James MCSWEENEY 00:26:21
112 98 Luke GURNEY 00:26:51
116 102 David PATTMAN 00:26:57
117 103 David SCOTT 00:26:58
133 114 James NICHOLLS 00:27:28
135 20 Verity FISHER 00:27:42
145 22 Alison SHELLEY 00:28:10
146 124 Steven DOBNER 00:28:10
165 33 Claire PULLEN 00:29:31
194 45 Sharon FLAHERTY 00:31:18
200 152 Toby ECCLESHALL 00:31:29
201 49 Gail MACKIE 00:31:30
236 167 David ACKERY 00:33:33


Panshanger parkrun

A total of 310 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
126 21 Mo WARRILLOW 00:27:15
160 132 Barry OSBORNE 00:29:00
229 65 Jane WHITROW 00:31:53


South Oxhey parkrun

A total of 96 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
17 16 John ROXBOROUGH 00:24:07


Lytham Hall parkrun

A total of 247 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
70 64 Matt CLARKE 00:25:21
72 7 Fiona CLARKE 00:25:33


Ellenbrook Fields parkrun

A total of 260 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
6 6 Dean CARPENTER 00:18:41


Letchworth parkrun

A total of 135 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
8 8 John HARRIS 00:23:05
33 28 Barry KING 00:26:18
108 69 Nick WITCOMBE 00:34:28


Jersey Farm parkrun

A total of 160 runners took part.


Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time  
159 65 Grace BROWN 00:50:46

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