Club News Race Results


It was a double win in Hitchin for Fairlands Valley Spartans as ANDREW PATTERSON and ASHLEY JOHNSON won first man and first woman in the Hitchin 5K. 

Andrew won the race in 16 minutes 23 seconds.  Which was 50 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.  And Ashley won the woman’s race in 20:17, again a victory by 50 seconds. 

MONICA SMITHSON ran the Hitchin 5K in 32 minutes 17 seconds. 

Bedford Autodrome 

JIM BROWN ran the Bedford Autodrome 20 miles and improved his “year best” by 15 minutes 29 seconds when he finished in 3 hours 13 minutes 51 seconds. 

This was a bit of a leap up after some indifferent half marathons so his plan was to run six “parkruns” in an average of 30 minutes or just under.  That he did going through 30K in maybe a second under 3 hours. 

Then the last 2.2 kilometres largely into a howling headwind took 13 minutes 51 seconds.  He was second in his age group. 

Spartan CAROLE SHELDRICK won her category in the Autodrome 10K with 56:38. 

Windsor Half 

WENDY THARANI was at the Windsor Half Marathon.  She said it was a busy event, well organised and well attended.  Beautiful scenery through Windsor Great Park, however it is very undulating and felt like more up than down!  Big hill at mile 11! 

She finished in 2:14:15 (chip time). 

Ottawa 10K 

Spartan Andy Jay travelled to Ottawa, Canada for a memorial and charity event, raising funds for injured and veteran members of the Canadian armed forces. 

With the start and finish in Downtown Ottawa, the race went past famous Landmarks such as Parliament buildings and the famous Chateau Laurier Hotel.  The race headed east alongside the Ottawa River before returning for a tough finish up on Parliament Hill. 

Andy ran the 10k distance, finishing in 55.17. 

Vitality Westminster Mile 

JONATHAN PARR was fifth in the Vitality Westminster Mile with 4 minutes 42 seconds. 

Parkrun Saturday 23rd September 

Michael O’Keefe ran a new course PB at Letchworth with 29:05 

At Stevenage there was a new parkrun PB for William Morley 19:52; Claire Pullen ran her 50th parkrun in 24:41; and Grant Ramsay was sixth at Stevenage on his 100thparkrun with 19:26 

Please click the link for the Consolidated Results 

Club News Race Results

Hitchin 5k, Half’s, Marathons, Hills and More!

Hitchin 5k 

Nine Spartans raced round Hitchin in the town’s 5K race.  Only a week after running a fast time in the London Marathon it was won by FVS own ANDREW PATTERSON in 16 minutes 2 seconds. 

HARRIET SMITH was the second woman 20 plus and fastest female from Fairlands in 23 minutes 51 seconds. 

ADRIAN DONNELLY was 15th in 20:01.  The other Spartans were SAM SIMMONS 21:06; MARC RIDLEY 23:06; DAVID KENNEDY 23:23 NICK KLEANTHOUS 26:54; MATT TUTTON 27:24 and MONICA SMITHSON 30:32.  There were 228 finishers. 

Runners at Hitchin 5k

Willow 10K 

Spartans DANNY SCANLON, JIM BROWN and JUDY KING made the short trip to Hatfield for a 10K race.  This was a friendly multi-terrain charity event for the Willow Foundation in the picturesque grounds of Hatfield House.  Danny was 10th in 44 minutes 3 seconds, Jim finished 60th in 55:37 and Judy came in 184th with 1:16:10.  There were 211 finishers.  Judy said her run has really boosted her confidence for future races including the Great South Run (10 miles) and the Stevenage Half Marathon on 6th November.  Willow organises special days for seriously ill young adults. 

Danny and Judy at the Willow run

Royal Parks Half 

CRAIG BACON finished the Royal Parks Half Marathon in less than 1 hour 40 minutes with 1:39:23. 

VISHAL SHAH did the run round London in 2:13:52 and CALLIE CHAPMAN finished in 2:47:19. 

Craig, Callie and Vish with their medals

Chicago Marathon 

Spartans DUNCAN FLOUNDERS and ROSS GALLAGHER were in Chicago for the marathon.  Duncan ran a couple of events for the first time in a long time this weekend. 

He finished the Chicago 5K in 26 minutes 29 seconds (26:29) and then the full Chicago Marathon in 3 hours 53 minutes 14 seconds (3:53:14). 

Duncan said, “The marathon was an awesome experience despite being two years late. Crowds lined the course for pretty much every step of the way and they were all amazing. The whole city heats up for this for days beforehand and it didn’t disappoint. Lots of fun, the inevitable pain around 30k but managed to work through that and actually enjoyed the last few kilometres.  Great event. 

ROSS GALLAGHER completed the Chicago marathon in a time of 3:08:43. 

Target was a sub 3:10 so he was delighted to walk away with 3:08 and a 15 minute PB from London 2022. 

Ross said, “After a chilly start the sun came up for what were perfect running conditions.  Great crowd and support which were particularly needed for the last three miles ‘these felt much longer than just a park run’.  

International Spartan Ross!

Tring Ridgeway Run 

On Sunday 9th October Tim Robinson ran the 40th Tring Ridgeway Run. A 15km trail run in the Chilterns organised by Tring Running Club who organise several very good races throughout the year in the Chiltern Hills.  The race starts in Tring and heads up to the Bridgwater Monument on the Ashridge Estate before winding through the woods down to Steps Hill and over Pitstone Hill back to Tring for a total ascent of around 750ft.  The ascent to the Bridgewater Monument was fairly steady going but once into the woods the constant up and down meant several walk breaks and there was a strong headwind on Pitstone Hill despite the sun.  Tim took advantage of the long downhills to make up for lost time and finished 256th in a time of 1:35:45. 

Tim enjoying the rolling hills!

Maverick Lincolnshire 

JANE WHITROW and her dog Rufus had a day trip out to do a 10k…actually a 10.5k Canicross run at the beautiful Grimsthorpe Castle park.  It was the first Maverick event for them – they loved it and the alcohol free cold beer at the finish was very welcome! 

Official time was 1 hour 17 minutes on a beautiful and “undulating” course. 

A happy Jane and Rufus!


For all the Spartan Parkrun results from the 8th October 2022 please click the link – Parkrun Consolidated Results 8th October