Every single race position counted in the third race in the Mid Week League on Thursday evening.
Fairlands Valley Spartans improved to win the men’s and women’s races but in an amazingly tight result only by a single point, that’s one race position, in each. The Spartans won the men’s race by 345 points to 346 and the women’s race by 152 to 153. In each case just ahead of Royston. So overall they won the fixture by 497 to 499.
The Spartans won every category on the night. Open men, open women, veteran men (by 11 points), veteran women (by 6 points).
FVS were helped by having a fantastic 57 runners – 26 women and 31 men. That was more than enough for three women’s teams of eight and two men’s teams of twelve.
The club’s big improvement compared with race two was down to having a lot more runners, more depth, and some outstanding performances.
The Spartans had four in the top twenty women and six in the top twenty men.
The four women were SAMANTHA PRETTY-CONNORS, second and first in her category (FV35) with 41 minutes 9 seconds for the approximately 10K of mixed terrain near Sandon and Buckland (not far from Royston); ASHLEY JOHNSON, fourth and second in her category (FV35); CHRISTINE LATHWELL, ninth and second in her category (FV45) with 42:59 and GABRIELLE O’BRIEN 19th in 47:01.
YUKO GORDON won the women aged 65 plus category with 48:29 and was 26th women in the race.
The six men were ANDREW PATTERSON, fifth and first man 40 plus in 34:12; SIMON FRASER, sixth in 34:15; SIMON JACKSON eighth and third man 40 plus in 35:04; JONATHAN PARR, 12th in 36:13; RICHARD BATE 19th in 37:33 and DANNY HUKIN 20th in 38:10.
The other “A” team women were SUZY HAWKINS 27th in 48:32; GEORGIE HOOPER 28th in 48:34 and MARIE COLUCCI 37th in 50:50. HARRIET SMITH and KELLY McHALE led in the “B” team at 38th and 39th with 51 minutes 5 seconds.
Altogether there were 472 runners in the race which included all the second and third division clubs, a total of 15 clubs. The promotion race is very tight. Two will get promoted and the Spartans are second on score with 29 compared with Watford’s 30 and tied with Royston but a little bit behind second on points (race positions) with 1,755 against 1,529. There are six clubs in the second division. It will all depend on the fourth and final race which will be in Trent Park on Thursday evening 29th June.
FVS Women (26)
|Pos||Women||Cat||Vet||Time||First Name||Last Name||Cat||Div||Comments|
|72||2||1||2||41:09||Samantha||Pretty-Connors||V 35||2||1st FV35. Team A|
|94||4||2||3||42:33||Ashley||Johnson||V 35||2||2nd FV35. Team A|
|105||9||2||8||42:59||Christine||Lathwell*||V 45||2||2nd FV45. Team A|
|208||26||1||19||48:29||Yuko||Gordon||V 65||2||1st FV65. Team A|
|209||27||7||20||48:32||Suzy||Hawkins||V 45||2||Team A|
|211||28||10||21||48:34||Georgie||Hooper||V 35||2||Team A|
|251||37||9||26||50:50||Marie||Colucci||V 45||2||Team A|
FVS Men (31)
|Pos||Men||Cat||Vet||Time||First Name||Last Name||Cat||Div|
|6||5||1||1||34:12||Andrew||Patterson||V 40||2||1st MV40. Team A|
|10||8||3||3||35:04||Simon||Jackson||V 40||2||3rd MV40. Team A|
|27||19||6||7||37:33||Richard||Bate||V 40||2||Team A|
|32||20||7||8||38:10||Danny||Hukin||V 40||2||Team A|
|76||47||7||22||41:36||David||Riddell||V 50||2||Team A|
|87||54||18||27||42:16||Adrian||Donnelly||V 40||2||Team A|
|92||59||21||31||42:29||Danny||Scanlon||V 40||2||Team A|
|141||78||4||46||44:55||John||Harris||V 60||2||4th MV60|
|170||91||5||56||46:53||Charlie||Arnold||V 60||2||5th MV60|
Parkrun Saturday 17th June 2023
Congratulation to GAIL MACKIE who ran her 100th parkrun and did it in 27:21.
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