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MANCHESTER MARATHON

Spartan STUART ARCHER ran the Manchester Marathon in 3 hours 4 minutes 59 seconds.  He was 1,538th out of the 14,168 runners in the super flat but chilly race. 

Stuart says his preparation for this one wasn’t great.  It included a rolled ankle in January, Achilles issues in February and Covid in March.  Not the best prep for a marathon but these things don’t stop us 😉 

So, he said, “not really knowing what I could do I chose a different game plan.  Went at a faster pace and tried to hang on for the last 10K.  Hoping to sneak under 3 hours… 

Finished in 3:04:59.  Not sub 3 But still six minutes off my previous best in Liverpool two years earlier.” 

Next in was MATT CLARKE, 5,062nd in 3:45:09.  That was a 4 minutes 35 seconds improvement.  Matt and FIONA CLARKE had both run Manchester in October.  One of the impacts of the race calendar being affected by the pandemic. 

Fiona finished in 4:46:45 which is six minutes quicker than the last attempt and her second fastest marathon.  Considering this was two weeks post Covid recovery, she was very happy with it. 

Matt and Fiona with their medals

CHLOE CHAPMAN ran Manchester marathon.  She was  chuffed with her time of 4:43:29.  She said it didn’t quite go to plan but she cut her PB (personal best) by 39 minutes (previously 5:22:12).  The course was a lot hillier than she expected.  Chloe said the Spartan support was great. 

Chloe all smiles are completing the marathon

WENDY THARANI said it was a very cold Manchester.  She finished in 4:49:43. 

Amazing Wendy!!

Fast At Saffron Walden 

The power of a flat course said LUKE GURNEY after finishing the Essex Half Marathon in a new personal best of 1 hour 44 minutes 25 seconds.  He was proudly wearing his Spartan stripes as he beat his previous time by 12 minutes.  His previous PB was 1:56:09.  Over the moon with this as he had a target of reaching sub 1:50.  Lovely sunny morning and flat course.  Started to tire around the 10 mile mark but got there!  Really happy with this! 

Luke ringing the PB bell!

RICKY PEARCE finished the full marathon in 3 hours 14 minutes 6 seconds.  He was seventh senior man. 

Regents Park 10K 

Regents Park was lovely, beautiful sunshine and nice cafés afterwards for YUKO GORDON’s 10K.  She won her category and was fourth out of all the women in the race with 46:27. 

Zig Zag Cirque du Sore Leg 

CIARAN McANENY won the Zig Zag 6 hour Track Race at Wodson Park in Ware on Sunday.  Official results show that he completed 200 laps of the track (80km) which is a 25 lap personal best over six hours. 

In fact he’s validating the result as he recorded 202 laps on his Garmin and in Strava which would bring his distance over 50 miles in 6:01:50 (6 hours plus the final lap). 

Ciaran and his flying feet!

ELLIE McDERMOTT did the Zig Zag six hour challenge at Ware Track on Sunday.  She covered 25 miles in the Cirque du Sore Legs. 

You’ll be pleased to know they changed direction after three hours! 

First Saturday 

In Letchworth JOHN HARRIS ran the NHRR First Saturday of the month 5K in 20 minutes 34 seconds.  He was seventh overall. 

Parkrun Highlights 2nd April 

Stripey Saturday rolled around again on a chilly morning at Fairlands Valley, Stevenage.  ROGER BIGGS celebrated his 100th parkrun donning the 100 parkrun cape.  Well done Roger! 

Roger in his 100 parkruns cape!

SUZY HAWKINS was first woman in 20:14.  GRAHAM and MARTIN BLACKBURN clocked 24:26 and 21:25 ahead of their move to pastures new.  Congratulations to DEBBIE BLANTERN on her new PB of 27:47 and also JANE WADEY 34:15 on her 25th parkrun.   

KELLY MCHALE ran a new personal best (PB) of 24 minutes 29 seconds at Wimpole Estate. 

There were a trio of Spartans at Gunpowder parkrun: StEVE DOBNER (24:03) plus MO WARRILLOW and DAVID PATTMAN both in 27:07. 

MICHAEL O’KEEFE at Henlow Bridge Lakes (35:51). 

Spartans at the Stevenage parkrun 

A total of 192 runners took part.  19 Spartans. 

Position   Gender Position   parkrunner   Run Time   Comments 
Suzy HAWKINS 00:20:14 First woman 
19 14 Martin BLACKBURN 00:21:25  
21 16 Tony RANDFIELD 00:21:41  
54 44 Graham BLACKBURN 00:24:26  
71 57 Darren EMMERSON 00:25:34  
78 63 Tim ROBINSON 00:26:02  
89 15 Nicola ANDERSSON 00:26:46  
105 21 Claire EMMERSON 00:27:46  
106 22 Debbie BLANTERN 00:27:47 PB 
117 88 Sam SIMMONS 00:28:52  
118 24 Erica GRAYSON 00:28:53  
140 40 Monica SMITHSON 00:30:59  
141 41 Sharon CROWLEY 00:31:33  
143 43 Caroline CROFT 00:32:04  
153 50 Tracy HAYGARTH 00:34:07  
155 52 Jane WADEY 00:34:15 25th parkrun 
169 63 Samantha SUTTON 00:37:38  
187 105 Roger BIGGS 00:48:43 100th parkrun 
189 75 Helen HARRIS 00:54:04