Club News Race Results


The 3k Relays in the Park, organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans in Fairlands Valley Park, were brilliant.  The 3K course was covered 473 times by runners enjoying a great summer’s evening on Thursday. 

As well as organising the event the local club enjoyed some success with their women taking BRONZE in the County Championships in 48 minutes 13 seconds and their veteran women also winning BRONZE with 54:32. 

All teams – men, women, mixed, senior or veteran – consisted of four runners so ran a total of 12 kilometres. 

The medal winners were ASHLEY JOHNSON (11:38); SAM PRETTY (11:50), GABRIELLE O’BRIEN (12:16) and GAIL MACKIE (12:29) in the senior county championships and SUZY HAWKINS (12:45); MARIE COLUCCI (13:07); TRACEY JACKSON (13:53) and YUKO GORDON (14:47) in the veterans race. 

Our winning ladies! – Photo Credit Callie Chapman

The FVS male team were fourth in the open and county races in 38:42 just eight seconds off bronze.  They were JON PARR (9:20); ANDREW PATTERSON (9:31); ADRIAN BUSOLINI (9:55) and KIRK NDUGU (9:56). 

The fastest Spartan was in the top ten individuals – JON PARR in 9 minutes 20 minutes (9:20).  ASHLEY JOHNSON was the fastest female from Fairlands with her 11 minutes 38 seconds, twelve seconds ahead of SAM PRETTY with 11:50. 

The first woman in the race finished in 9 minutes 28 seconds! 

There were 119 teams.  Luton AC won the open men’s race in 36:57 (for 12 kilometres) and the open mixed race with 41:03; St Albans Striders won the open women’s race in 43:46. 

Doug Anderson 5K – 20th Anniversary 

Last Wednesday MATT TUTTON ran at the Bedford Harriers organised Doug Anderson 5k at Bedford Park.  This was two and half laps of the park on a cool and dry evening. Matt finished in a personal best time of 24:54.  

This was the 20th anniversary of the event.  PAUL HOLGATE has now run 17 of the 20.  The only missing ones were two that fell on his wife’s birthday and one when he was in Mount Vernon Hospital.  He finished in 31 minutes 19 seconds. 

ROGER BIGGS came in with 38:38.   

Bedford Blues Half Marathon 

Spartan JIM BROWN ran the Bedford Blues Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday. 

He was 86th and second MV70 with 2:04:16 (64%).   

Jim said it was nice after recent form to properly run all the way.   

He added it was an almost perfect morning for running.  Only 132 on the half marathon but another 202 on the 10K.  The short out and back sections actually made it a better experience as runners smiled and encouraged each other as they passed. 

Jim with some of the lovely Stevenage Striders ladies – Photo Credit Stevenage Striders

Parkrun Highlights Saturday 22nd July 2023 

MATT TUTTON ran a new parkrun personal best of 24:20.  He was 84th out of the 394 finishers. 

For all the Consolidated Results please click the link.

Club News Race Results


The FVS 3K Relays returned for the first time since 2018 on Thursday with 115 teams taking part.  Fortunately the temperature had dropped from the previous few days, meaning the 460 runners and 30 marshals didn’t get roasted!  It was great to see so many clubs taking part, with male, female and mixed teams all entering.  

In the men’s senior race Luton Athletics Club took first place, with North Herts Road Runners winning for the veterans.  North Herts took the senior women’s title, with St Albans Striders winning the womens vets.  Ware Joggers took both titles for the mixed race. 

Fairlands Valley Spartans were third in the women’s over 35 race with SAM PRETTY 12 minutes 14 seconds; SUZY HAWKINS 11:20; ASHLEY KING 12:15 and MICHELLE REEVES 11:19 running the team’s 47 minutes 8 seconds.   

Sam, Suzy, Ashley and Michelle in action.

The fastest Spartans men’s team took 38 minutes 49 seconds with SIMON JACKSON 9:29; SIMON FRASER 9:23; JONATHAN PARR 9:40 and ADRIAN BUSOLINI 10:17. 

Simon J, Simon F, Jonathan and Adrian all concentrating on their run.

Every team consisted of four runners covering a total of 12 kilometres.  There were two men and two women in mixed teams. 

The relays in Fairlands Valley Park were great to run and to watch on a lovely sunny evening. 

A selection of our lovely Spartan teams!

They included the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire road relay championships. 

Full results are now available here 

Wimpole Hall Trail 10K 

In the Wimpole Hall Trail 10K JOHN HARRIS was 12th in 43:45. 

Brilliant Coach John at Wimpole Hall

Brandon Country 

Roger Biggs travelled to Brandon Country Park near Thetford, for a 10km trail event. 

It was hilly, rough in places, a bit over-distance, and very warm.  Roger completed the two lap course in 2:02:48. 

The legendary Roger Biggs!

Parkrun Highlights Saturday 23rd July – Nicola’s 100th at the Stevenage 250th 

Stevenage Parkrun 250th, Nicola’s 100th and little furry Marlo’s 100th on his 10th birthday!

It was a big week at Stevenage parkrun with the venue celebrating its 250th parkrun.  There was a Spartan ladies 1 and 2 with Gail Mackie first female (22:14) and Suzy Hawkins second female (22:15).  Stuart Archer was third overall (18:44), Grant Ramsay fifth (18:55) and Tony Randfield 10th overall (20:24) won his age group and achieved a magnificent age related score of 81.45%  Congrats to  Nikki Nation with a new parkrun PB (30:31).  Many congratulations to Nicola Andersson celebrating her 100th parkrun.   There were 23 Spartans amongst the 252 runners. 

72,801 people have run the 250 Stevenage parkruns since 2016. 

Gail, Suzy, Stuart and Grant at Stevenage Parkrun.

Further afield, Maria Swift was a first timer at Sandringham parkrun (29:36).  There was a new parkrun PB for Michael O’Keefe at Kingdom parkrun near Tonbridge (29:38) in his third run there.  Also a PB for Darryl Stevens at Lymington Woodside (35:57). 

A tale of two Paul’s at Letchworth parkrun: Paul Maguire (25:08) and Paul Jennings (34:10). 

A posse of Spartans took a trip to Westmill: Paul Shelley (26:14), Alison Shelley ran a new PB (29:22), David Pattman (32:17), Mo Warrillow (32:21) and Steve Dobner (32:18). 

Mike Reynolds ran the Panshanger parkrun in 25:26. 

The full Spartans at Stevenage results are below. 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time   Comments 
Stuart ARCHER 00:18:44 Third overall 
Grant RAMSAY 00:18:55  
10 Tony RANDFIELD 00:20:24 81.45%.  Age group winner. 
33 Gail MACKIE 00:22:14 1st woman 
34 Suzy HAWKINS 00:22:15 2nd woman 
63 59 Martin DUDLEY 00:24:10  
78 70 Matt CLARKE 00:25:38  
82 74 James MCSWEENEY 00:25:55  
101 88 Jim BROWN 00:26:46 Age group winner 
110 94 Mark BEASLEY 00:27:31  
126 107 Nick KLEANTHOUS 00:29:04  
137 20 Debbie BLANTERN 00:29:12  
155 32 Nikki NATION 00:30:31 New parkrun PB 
157 120 Darren EMMERSON 00:30:36  
158 34 Chloe CHAPMAN 00:30:37  
159 35 Fiona CLARKE 00:30:39  
160 36 Claire EMMERSON 00:30:39  
164 122 James SOUTH 00:31:03  
177 45 Nicola ANDERSSON 00:32:07  
197 55 Jane WADEY 00:33:26  
206 59 Hilary DAVIES 00:34:16  
238 151 Roger BIGGS 00:45:48  
246 83 Helen HARRIS 00:55:32