Four Fairlands Valley Spartans took on the New Year’s Eve 10K race at Peterborough. A congested start and muddy course slowed times but STEVE WELLS was second male 60 plus and 60th overall in 41 minutes 40 seconds; JOHN HARRIS 97th and fourth male 55 plus in 44:15; MARIA SWIFT 439th overall in 58:22 and PAUL HOLGATE 670th in 1:06:00.
There were 875 finishers. John Harris ran 2001 miles in the year 2021.
Parkrun Highlights on New Year’s Day 1st January 2022
New Year’s Day 2022 and a lovely morning brought forty-five Fairlands Valley Spartans out to the first Parkrun events of the year.
JONATHAN PARR was first overall to finish the Stevenage course in a time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds, closely followed by GRANT RAMSAY and DANNY SCANLON with times of 19 minutes and 41 seconds and 20 minutes 8 seconds respectively. ASHLEY SCHOENWETTER was the second female at the event in 21 minutes and 39 seconds, and YUKO GORDON third woman in 23 minutes and 33 seconds.
Yuko won her age category as did CATHY CRAIG with her 34 minutes 16 seconds and JIM BROWN with his careful return to racing 29 minutes 56 seconds.
The 39 Spartans at Stevenage contributed to a post lockdown record of 351 parkrunners in Fairlands Valley Park.
Festive holidays meant a first time visit to Thetford for JAMES MCSWEENEY who completed the run in 25 minutes and 50 seconds, and to Haverhill for BARRY OSBORNE who ran the course in 25 minutes and 57 seconds.
(Parkrun times for all 45 Spartans can be found near the end of this release).
Flitch Way for Tim
On New Year’s Eve TIM ROBINSON took part in the Flitch Way Marathon. The trail Marathon followed the Flitch Way from Felsted Eastwards to Rayne, then west as far as Takeley Street and back to Felsted. Following a lot of rain the old railway track was extremely boggy in parts, particularly miles 13 to 20. Although the warmest New Year’s Eve on record meant less layers the track seems flat but rises and falls continuously and is very wearing on the legs. Tim finished in 43rd place with a time of 5:25:07.
Magnificent Seven Spartans Complete the Coasts and Borders
By the deadline of 31st December seven Spartans had completed the virtual challenge to run the coasts and borders of England, a total of 2,970 kilometres “starting” and “finishing” in Bristol.
They were PENNY SCHENKEL who finished in a moving time of 170 hours 51 minutes 5 seconds; JIM BROWN; BRIAN WHITE; PAUL HOLGATE; CATHY CRAIG: LIZ CROWLEY and SHARON CROWLEY.
This was one of the virtual events that kept Spartans going during the pandemic restrictions.
The Spartans of the Month for December were VICKY ARCHER and HAZEL SMITH. Vicky, FVS Vice-Chair, for all her work on Spartan social media and Hazel for encouraging so many people during training sessions and at cross country.
Spartans at parkruns on New Year’s Day:
|Houghton Hall||84||57||Michael O’KEEFE||00:30:50|
|Lymington Woodside||128||76||Darryl STEVENS||00:42:03|
|Teignmouth Promenade||50||41||Andy JAY||00:24:03|
|Hunstanton Promenade||10||2||Nicola KENNEDY||00:22:30|