Club News Race Results


Stafford Half Marathon 

There were perfect conditions for NICK GILL and GEORGIE HOOPER at the Stafford Half Marathon.  They made the most of a fast course and both achieved substantial personal bests.  Nick ran a 1:34:01 PB.  His previous best was 1:37:50 at the Stevenage Half Marathon in 2017.  Georgie ran a 1:48:58 PB.  Her previous PB was 1:54:22 at the Richmond Half in 2019. 

Great Yarmouth Endurance Weekend 

Several Spartans enjoyed a weekend of running at Great Yarmouth.  

After several disappointing runs this year JIM BROWN was a bit happier with his half marathon at Great Yarmouth managing to get under two hours with 1 hour 57 minutes 3 seconds, a year’s best by 5 minutes 22 seconds. 

ELLIE McDERMOTT ran the half in 2 hours 28 minutes 18 seconds.  A bit of a cold north easterly breeze but it stayed dry. 

In the Great Yarmouth 10K CHRISTINE ZVEREV raced up and down the seafront and finished in 64 minutes 29 seconds. 

Happy campers at Great Yarmouth!

Ashridge Boundary Run 

SUSAN McANENY and ZOE JACKSON had a beautiful spring day to enjoy the scenic and very undulating course of the Ashridge Boundary trail run. 

They thoroughly enjoyed the run, taking it at a casual pace and walking some of the bigger hills.  They enjoyed reaching Ivinghoe beacon and the views that rewarded them with.  

They finished the 16.5 miles in 3 hour 10 minutes and enjoyed the homemade cake at the finish! 

THOMAS SAUKA finished in 2:42:39 and WENDY THARANI in 3:42:36. 

Blue skies and sunshine at Ashridge!

Parkrun Highlights 19th March 

Twenty-four Fairlands Valley Spartans ran in the Spring sunshine at Parkrun events this weekend, making it a Saturday morning of milestones. 

TOBY ECCLESHALL ran his 100th event on the Stevenage course in a time of 23 minutes and 26 seconds while DARRYL STEVENS ran for the 190th time at the Brockenhurst event in 45 minutes and 48 seconds.  

At Woodhouse Moor, Leeds PAUL MAGUIRE ran a parkrun PB times of 23 minutes and 9 seconds.  Paul said, “This was a three lap run around the park with a hill climb at the end of each lap and the end.  It was a big field of 450 runners and I was very pleased with my time of 23:09.  I was 97th overall and third in my age category.” 

NICK KLEANTHOUS ran a parkrun PB at Preston Park with 25 minutes and 25 seconds. 

In addition, STEVE WELLS was third overall in Thetford running a time of 20 minutes and 24 seconds. 

Stevenage parkrunners


Spartans at Parkrun on Saturday 19th March 

Parkrun Position Gender Position Parkrunner Time 
Stevenage 24 22 Matt CLARKE 00:22:24 
  26 24 Craig BACON 00:22:30 
  32 30 Toby ECCLESHALL 00:23:26 
  36 34 Andrew MCGUINNESS 00:23:46 
  59 55 Steven DOBNER 00:24:52 
  110 99 Darren EMMERSON 00:27:49 
  123 18 Claire EMMERSON 00:28:07 
  127 106 David PATTMAN 00:28:27 
  128 22 Mo WARRILLOW 00:28:28 
  132 25 Debbie BLANTERN 00:28:42 
  137 27 Fiona CLARKE 00:28:57 
  166 42 Sharon CROWLEY 00:30:38 
  178 51 Caroline CROFT 00:31:41 
  268 150 Roger BIGGS 00:47:54 
  271 109 Hazel SMITH 00:56:34 
  272 110 Callie CHAPMAN 00:56:38 
Woodhouse Moor 97 78 Paul MAGUIRE 00:23:09 
Gunpowder 118 64 Paul JENNINGS 00:33:51 
Brockenhurst 124 68 Darryl STEVENS 00:45:48 
Thetford Steve WELLS 00:20:24 
Preston Park 147 111 Nick KLEANTHOUS 00:25:25 

272 finishers at Stevenage.