Spartan JONATHAN PARR was a top ten finisher in Sunday’s Hertfordshire County Cross Country Championships for seniors (aged 20 and over). Fifteen Fairlands Valley Spartans tackled the championships which were at Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City.
The county championships are a real step up in standard and this was a chance for Spartans to test themselves against many of the best in Hertfordshire.
First the women went on an eight kilometres (about five miles) course. NICOLA ANDERSSON was the fastest female from Fairlands with 43 minutes 38 seconds and in 53rd place. Next came LINDA NOLAN 67th in 51:45. SHARON CROWLEY came in 71st with 55:23; CATHY CRAIG 73rd with 57:23 and NIKKI NATION 74th in 60:43. Women’s teams consisted of the four fastest runners.
The men raced 11.25 kilometres (about seven miles) over five full laps. Jonathan Parr came in eighth in 46 minutes 48 seconds. Six men counted towards the team championships. Despite missing some of their faster runners the Spartans men’s team were 13th.
PAUL HEWETT was 58th in 53:45 and STUART ARCHER 69th in 55:16. The other “counters” were JOHN HARRIS 90th in 58:57; MARK WILLIAMS 99th in 60:13 and MARTIN WOOD 111th in 63:25. There were 127 finishers.
(Result tables towards the end of this release).
There’s another opportunity to try cross country this weekend. The league race at Watford on Sunday morning 16th January.
Victoria Park Half
Both GERRY ROSEN and ROB WRIGHT competed in the Victoria Park Half Marathon on Sunday. Gerry said it wasn’t pretty. Rob helped get him round after a non existent few weeks running. They both finished in 2 hours 39 minutes 26 seconds.
Tony at the Essex Run Fest
New member TONY RANDFIELD ran the 5K at the Essex Runfest at Carver Barracks, Debden near Saffron Walden. He was fourth on chip time with 21 minutes 50 seconds and first in the men 60 plus category. There were 27 finishers. Tony said icy conditions prevented a really fast time but it is a flattish and fast course normally.
Parkrun report for 8th January
In this week’s roundup of Spartans on the Parkrun circuit, two Spartans get a top ten place finish at Stevenage – GRANT RAMSAY fifth in 19 minutes 35 seconds and DANNY SCANLON 10th in 20:10. ASHLEY JOHNSON was third woman at Stevenage in a course PB (personal best) of 22:06. STEVE WELLS just missed out on a sub-20 minute time at Poole.
Stevenage Parkrun Results where 326 runners including 31 Spartans took part. GRANT RAMSAY 19 minutes 35 seconds (5th), DANNY SCANLON 20-10 (10th), ASHLEY JOHNSON 22-06 (32nd and third female finisher, plus course PB), TONY RANDFIELD 22-52 (38th), SAM SIMMONS 24-13 (60th), HAZEL SMITH 24-14 (61st, 5th female and 1st in her age category), MARTIN DUDLEY 24-30 (70th), DARREN EMMERSON 24-40 (72nd), MARIAN MORLEY 26-23 (106th and course PB), NICK KLEANTHOUS 26-39 (111th), MATT CLARKE 26-55 (114th), LEE PICKERSGILL 27-21 (124th), NICOLA ANDERSSON 28-18 (138th), DEBBIE BLANTERN 28-46 (154th), GRACE COVENTRY 29-00 (167th), SUSAN MCANENY 29-08 (168th), ZOE JACKSON 29-08 (169th), JIM BROWN 29-30 (175th), MIKE REYNOLDS 29-32 (176th), CLAIRE EMMERSON 31-08 (212nd), DAVID SCOTT 31-08 (213th), CAROLE SHELDRICK 31-43 (224th), CAROLINE CROFT 31-46 (226th), CHARLOTTE KEARNEY 32-42 (240th), PAUL JENNINGS 32-59 (243rd), CALLIE CHAPMAN 34-11 (255th), MO WARRILLOW 39-39 (302nd), STEVEN DOBNER 48-48 (322nd), DAVID PATTMAN 48-48 (323rd) and ROGER BIGGS 49-42 (324th).
Poole (Dorset): STEVE WELLS 20-08 (26th out of 508 runners). Brockenhurst (Hampshire): DARRYL STEVENS 46-56 (124th out of 124th runners).
Hertfordshire Cross Country Championships
Women (8 kilometres – 5 miles). Teams of four.
Men (11.25 kilometres – 7 miles). Teams of six.
127 finishers. 13th team.