Fairlands Valley Spartan Jonathan Parr to Represent Hertfordshire!
As a result of doing so well in the County Cross Country race, speedy Spartan Jonathan has been selected to represent Hertfordshire Senior Men at the Inter Counties Cross Country race in Loughborough on the 12th March!
Subsequent to his selection he scored another top ten place in Sunday’s cross country league race on Therfield Heath.
Up, Down and Around Therfield for the Cross Country League
The final race in this season’s cross country league took place on Sunday and 32 Spartans were on Therfield Heath for the encounter. JONATHAN PARR and ADRIAN BUSOLINI were both in the top twenty with Jonathan tenth with 36:31 and Adrian 15th with 37:36.
CHRISTINE LATHWELL had a fantastic run. She was third Spartan to finish and fifth woman in the whole race with 39 minutes 56 seconds.
In this the last race the Spartan men were sixth out of 19 and their masters (or veterans) team eighth. The club’s women were mid-table at 10th out of 19.
Over the whole series the men were also sixth and the women tenth. In the combined scores, women and men, the Spartans were sixth.
Love Welwyn 10K
Not quite the 14th February but fourteen Spartans enjoyed the Love Welwyn 10K and six were under 50 minutes. MIKE JEFFS and ANDREW VAUGHAN were pretty much locked together for the last couple of kilometres but Mike got away by just seven seconds at the very end to be 22nd overall in 41 minutes 35 seconds with Andrew 23rd in 41:42. NICK GILL was also in the top thirty at 27th in 42:30.
MARK GOOWIN just missed out on a podium place with fourth in the 60 plus category with 47 minutes 53 seconds.
CAROLE SHELDRICK was the fastest woman from Fairlands with 53 minutes 46 seconds.
The other Spartans were CRAIG BACON 46:10; DAVID KENNEDY 48:34; CHRIS SAUNDERS 56:06; JIM BROWN 56:18; SUE HAMER 57:38; ERICA GRAYSON 58:43; MONICA SMITHSON 63:04; JONATHAN JONES 67:15 and DZENANA TOPIC in 68:40.
Stamford 30K – Yuko
YUKO GORDON went to one of her annual fixtures. The Stamford 30K.
This was a very very hilly road race and one of the toughest road races in the region. The only positive was the beauty of the course. Yuko said she had often run poorly in this event in the past and Sunday was no exception. The wet and gusty condition over the uphills made her really think ‘why am I running?’ Still she was glad that she didn’t drop out but was 10 minutes slower than two years ago with 2 hours 30 minutes 7 seconds – still wining the 70 plus category.
41st Fat Choi
The 41st Fat Choi run celebrates the year of the tiger and YUKO GORDON ran this with CATHY CRAIG at Fairlands Valley Park.
It was a virtual 8k run and you could run between the 1st and 15th February. Yuko came in with a time of 52.51 and Cathy 53.23. Yuko used to belong to the Hong Kong Ladies Road Runners Club and it was a race that they did annually. Yuko has kept up the tradition.
Parkrun Highlights 12th February.
There were only four venues covered this week but lots of Spartans were out getting their parkrun fix in Stevenage on Saturday.
GRANT RAMSAY was second in Stevenage in 19:10 and Alison Wood was first woman with 21:47. MARIAN MORLEY got a new PB of 25:47 on her 43rd parkrun. SAMANTHA SUTTON completed her 99th parkrun in 36:23. Former Chair and recently returned to the Club, TONY WILLSON, ran his first parkrun in 34:57.
Further afield DARRYL STEVENS was at Brockenhurst (39:03).
A Spartan trio of PAUL SHELLEY, GEORGIE HOOPER and NICK GILL made a trip to Letchworth. Paul was 3rd overall in 21:46. Georgie and Nick finished in 28:55.
There were 29 Spartans at the Stevenage parkrun where there was a total of 303.
All 32 Spartans at Sunday’s Cross Country League Fixture:
|37||Christine Lathwell||39:56||FV45||5th woman. FA||7:18|
FA = women’s “A” team. MA = men’s “A” team.
All 14 Spartans at the Love Welwyn 10K:
|Pos||BIB||Name||Time||Category||Cat Pos||Gender||Gen Pos||Percent||Pace|
|22||160||Mike JEFFS||41:35||Ages 20 – 39||13||Male||21||64.89||4:09 min/km|
|23||10||Andrew VAUGHAN||41:42||Ages 50 – 59||5||Male||22||71.14||4:10 min/km|
|27||40||Nick GILL||42:30||Ages 20 – 39||14||Male||26||62.19||4:15 min/km|
|62||103||Craig BACON||46:10||Ages 50 – 59||13||Male||56||64.72||4:37 min/km|
|77||245||Mark GOODWIN||47:53||Ages 60 – 69||4||Male||70||70.20||4:47 min/km|
|85||131||David KENNEDY||48:34||Ages 20 – 39||31||Male||77||54.92||4:52 min/km|
|151||132||Carole SHELDRICK||53:46||Ages 45 – 54||15||Female||35||61.01||5:24 min/km|
|185||37||Chris SAUNDERS||56:06||Ages 20 – 39||55||Male||138||47.94||5:38 min/km|
|188||260||Jim BROWN||56:18||Ages 60 – 69||12||Male||141||62.55||5:39 min/km|
|202||242||Sue HAMER||57:38||Ages 45 – 54||19||Female||57||58.61||5:48 min/km|
|215||241||Erica GRAYSON||58:43||Ages 45 – 54||21||Female||67||58.19||5:55 min/km|
|255||75||Monica SMITHSON||1:03:04||Ages 55 – 64||15||Female||97||56.96||6:20 min/km|
|287||167||Jonathan Clive JONES||1:07:15||Ages 50 – 59||37||Male||170||46.33||6:45 min/km|
|291||207||Dzenana TOPIC||1:08:40||Ages 55 – 64||17||Female||120||51.73||6:54 min/km|
Spartans at parkruns Saturday 12th February
Spartans 29 out of 303 finishers.
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Run Time|