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Spartans on the Winter Runs

Snow stops Stevenage and Watford


Race plans for many Fairlands Valley Spartans were frustrated by the cancellation of the Watford Half Marathon and Stevenage Parkrun due to ice on the running routes but eight enjoyed the London Winter Run 10K.

JONATHAN JONES said “It was minus three degrees when the 2019 London Winter Run started from Trafalgar Square.  It finished outside Downing Street.  More than 20 thousand runners surrounded by polar bears, penguins and snowmen made it a rather crowded course.”

He was fastest of the eight from Fairlands in 51 minutes 59 seconds.  The others were PAUL SHELLEY in 53:38; STEVE DOBNER in 53:51; DAVID PATTMAN in exactly 54 minutes; ALISON SHELLEY in 54:05; LIZ SMITH in 58:11; GEMMA PARKER in 1:14:00 and HAZEL JONES in 1:23:11.


Position Name Time
4725 PAUL SHELLEY 53:38
4850 STEVE DOBNER 53:51
4939 DAVID PATTMAN 54:00
7675 LIZ SMITH 58:11
16074 GEMMA PARKER 1:14:00
17681 HAZEL JONES 1:23:11


Many other Spartans including some seeking a substitute for cancelled races enjoyed a 10 miles off road training run from Ickleford.


Maddie at Letchworth

MADDIE PRITCHARD ran the First Saturday of the Month 5K on Norton Common in 25 minutes 11 seconds.


Parkrun Highlights Saturday 2 February

Remaining snow and ice from the week’s flurries led to the cancellation of the Parkrun in Stevenage on February 2nd, and a much quieter Saturday morning than normal for the Spartans.  Braving the conditions further afield JOHN ROXBOROUGH was the fastest Spartan of the week finishing the Letchworth course in 23 mins and 26 secs, while VERITY FISHER and DANIEL SUTTON completed Ellenbrook Fields in 29 mins and 03 secs and 29 mins and 04 secs, respectively. DAVID ACKERY ran the Gunpowder event in 29 minutes and 5 seconds.

JANE WHITROW was the 60th woman to finish the Panshanger course on her 75th Parkrun in a time of 32 mins and 40 secs and was joined by TRACY STILES in 34 mins and 09 secs. DAVID PATTMAN and STEVEN DOBNER completed the Westmill event for the first time in 32 mins and 26 secs and 32 mins and 27 secs, respectively, and DARRYL STEVENS finished as the 54th male during his first outing at Henstridge Airfield in 36 mins and 45 secs.


Spring Marathon?

Fairlands Valley Spartans are into week five of their marathon training plan.  Are you running a Spring marathon?  Whether you want to get round and enjoy; are a first timer; want a personal best or expect to go “Sub Three” the Spartans are the local club for you, there are group training opportunities five days a week.  Have a look at or the club’s Facebook page.


Join Our Celebration

Fairlands Valley Spartans celebrate their champions and a great year in 2018 with their presentation evening, dinner and dance on Friday 1st March.  Have a look at




Parkruns:  Saturday 2nd February


Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Times Notes
Westmill 50 41 David PATTMAN 0:32:26 first time here
51 42 Steven DOBNER 0:32:27 first time here
Gunpowder 83 66 David ACKERY 0:29:05
Panshanger 246 60 Jane WHITROW 0:32:40 75th
271 76 Tracy STILES 0:34:09
Ellenbrook Fields 124 23 Verity FISHER 0:29:03
125 102 Daniel SUTTON 0:29:04
Letchworth 10 9 John ROXBOROUGH 0:23:26
Henstridge Airfield 87 54 Darryl STEVENS 0:36:45 first time here

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