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MIDWEEK RACING IS BACK

Mid Week racing is back for the first time in three years.  409 raced in Wednesday evening’s Mid Week League race and 79 of them were from Fairlands Valley Spartans.  The six mile race started and finished at the showground end of Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage. 

There was some amazing running at the front end of the race which was won in 31:25 and the Spartans were fifth on the night. 

First in for the Spartans was SIMON JACKSON 15th out of 259 men in 32:59.  Not far behind came JONATHAN PARR at 17th in 33:03; SIMON FRASER 23rd in 33:39 and ANDREW PATTERSON 26th with 33:52. 

Top four finishers for the men.

PETE SMITH was third man 60 plus in 41:44. 

The quickest woman completed the largely Gunnels Wood Road cycleway based course in 34 minutes 54 seconds.  SUZY HAWKINS 16th woman out of 151 at 40:38 was the fastest of the 34 females from Fairlands and GABRIELLE O’BRIEN was 26th in 41:41 with ASHLEY KING just two seconds behind her 27th in 41:43. 

MARIE COLUCCI (45:27); ABBIE PEZ second under 20 (45:31); GEORGIE HOOPER (46:50), CLAIRE PULLEN (47:09) and TRACY PEZ (also 47:09) completed the FVS women’s “A” team. 

Marie, Tracy, Abbie and Gabrielle being chased down by Pete.

KELY McHALE led in the women’s “B” team with 47:56. 

VICKY ARCHER did a magnificent job as tail runner bringing the last runner in at 1 hour 21 minutes 57 seconds. 

Men’s teams consisted of twelve runners while women’s teams had eight so there were three men’s teams and four women’s from FVS.  The race was organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans and North Herts Road Runners. 

The second Mid Week Road Race League event will be in St. Albans on Wednesday evening 25th May. 

(For all the Spartan MWRRL results please look near the end of this release). 

Hertfordshire County Championships 

JONATHAN PARR raced in the 5,000 metres Hertfordshire County Championships at the weekend and won the trophy. 

He said it wasn’t the fastest race in the wind and the rain but he was really pleased with the result.  He won the GOLD medal in 16 minutes 28 seconds. 

The event was at the Bedfordshire International Athletics Track. 

Jonathon with his trophy!

Oxford Town & Gown 10K

SITA CHITAMBO ran the Oxford Town and Gown 10K in 63 minutes 11 seconds. 

Mammoth Half 

EMMA SOUTHERINGTON and SAMANTHA SUTTON ran the Mammoth Half in Norfolk on Sunday.  On a very tough course from Mundesley to Sheringham Emma finished in 2 hours 49 minutes 28 seconds and Samanth in 2:55:07.  There were 823 feet of climbs. 

Emma and Sam smiling with their well earnt medals!

Parkrun Highlights 

Thirty-three Fairlands Valley Spartans entered Parkrun Events in the May sunshine this weekend. 

SIMON FRASER was first to finish the Stevenage event in a time of 17 minutes and 41 seconds.  He was closely followed by GRANT RAMSAY who was third overall in 18:46, and ALISON SHELLEY was the first Spartans female to finish with 26:35.  Completing his 100th Parkrun event on the same course, TONY RANDFIELD ran in 31 minutes and 50 seconds. 

NICK KLEANTHOUS ran a parkrun PB time at the Gunpowder Parkrun of 24:52.  On the Westmill run, DAVID ACKERLEY finished fifth in 21:34. 

Stevenage parkrunners including Tony in his 100 cape!

Tables 

Spartans in Race One of the Mid Week League 

Race Pos Cat Vet No. Time Name Surname Cat. Team M/F 12 
15 15 1055 32:59 Simon Jackson V 40 15 
17 17   1045 33:03 Jonathan Parr 17 
23 23   1065 33:39 Simon Fraser 23 
26 26 1053 33:52 Andrew Patterson V 40 26 
45 43   1084 35:07 Adrian Busolini 43 
48 46   1067 35:22 Kelvin Beyioku 46 
58 54 19 23 1073 35:58 Danny Hukin V 40 54 
61 57 20 24 1086 36:07 Steffan Ford V 40 57 
77 72 27 32 1074 37:32 Grant Ramsay V 40 72 
83 77   1049 37:43 Paul Hewett 77 
85 79   1071 37:47 Stuart Archer 79 
91 83   1057 38:03 Ross Gallagher 83 
95 86   1066 38:38 Mark Williams 86 
96 87   1050 38:39 Mike Jeffs 87 
106 93   1046 39:25 Nick Gill 93 
113 99 13 45 1078 40:04 Paul Shelley V 50 99 
124 108 17 53 1041 40:37 John Harris V 50 108 
133 115 58 1052 40:54 Steve Wells V 60 115 
142 121 42 64 1085 41:17 Mark Collins V 40 121 
147 123   1081 41:31 Robert Wright 123 
155 127 69 1042 41:44 Pete Smith V 60 127 
181 148 28 87 1061 43:05 Matt Clarke V 50 148 
189 155 32 92 1083 43:31 Martin Wood V 50 155 
190 156 55 93 1048 43:32 Thomas Sauka V 40 156 
199 162   1047 43:58 Sam Simmons 162 
204 165 60 100 1079 44:27 David Pattman V 40 165 
211 171 105 1051 44:43 Tony Randfield V 60 171 
218 176 37 109 1059 45:04 Craig Bacon V 50 176 
230 182 11 114 1044 45:41 Mark Goodwin V 60 182 
248 192 44 123 1043 46:38 Paul Maguire V 50 192 
269 203 49 134 1064 47:59 Darren Emmerson V 50 203 
274 207 73 138 1076 48:43 Steven Dobner V 40 207 
275 208   1075 48:43 Luke Gurney 208 
286 215 54 145 1082 49:32 Tim Robinson V 50 215 
305 225 19 154 1062 50:54 Nick Kleanthous V 60 225 
308 227 58 156 1063 51:12 Mark MacDonald V 50 227 
320 232   1068 52:34 Chris Parsons  232 
323 233 59 161 1058 52:47 Karl Shreeve V 50  233 
331 236 21 164 1054 53:24 Steve Pike V 60  236 
336 238 22 165 1056 53:56 Jim Brown V 60  238 
341 241 80 168 1060 54:41 Simon Sypula V 40  241 
342 242   1080 54:41 Steve Tinsley  242 
389 252 70 178 1069 1:03:08 Jonathan Jones V 50  252 
391 253 71 179 1070 1:03:19 Taher Tharani V 50  253 
405 256 25 182 1072 1:19:15 Paul Holgate V 60  256 

45 FVS men 

Women 

Race Pos Cat Vet No. Time Name Surname Cat. Club M/F 
127 16 11 1159 40:38 Suzy Hawkins V 45 16 
153 26   1183 41:41 Gabrielle O’Brien 26 
154 27 12 19 1169 41:43 Ashley King V 35 27 
224 44 15 31 1164 45:27 Marie Colucci V 35 44 
227 46  1186 45:31 Abbie Pez U 20 46 
249 56 19 40 1185 46:50 Georgie Hooper V 35 56 
253 58 42 1168 47:09 Claire Pullen V 55 58 
254 59 21 43 1187 47:09 Tracy Pez V 45 59 
268 65 21 49 1157 47:56 Kelly McHale V 35 65 
291 73 28 57 1162 49:46 Karen Ellis V 45 73 
309 81 27 64 1158 51:23 Kelly Evans V 35 81 
322 89 34 71 1171 52:39 Nicola Andersson V 45 89 
326 91 35 73 1181 53:00 Claire Emmerson V 45 91 
329 93 36 75 1167 53:15 Wendy Tharani V 45 93 
332 95 37 77 1166 53:29 Carole Sheldrick V 45 95 
356 109 44 90 1161 56:02 Sarah Illingworth V 45 109 
358 111 46 92 1160 56:10 Debbie Blantern V 45 111 
371 119 32 100 1176 58:57 Christine Zverev V 35 119 
374 122 18 103 1175 59:24 Monica Smithson V 55 122 
384 132 54 113 1178 1:02:27 Mo Warrillow V 45 132 
390 136 33 117 1188 1:03:19 Callie Chapman V 35 136 
395 139 58 120 1170 1:05:27 Tracy Haygarth V 45 139 
396 140 26 121 1182 1:05:58 Jane Wadey V 55 140 
398 141 27 122 1184 1:09:25 Sally Phillips V 55 141 
399 142 59 123 1165 1:09:32 Samantha Sutton V 45 142 
400 143 60 124 1172 1:10:33 Nicola Hatherly V 45 143 
401 144 28 125 1173 1:11:18 Sally Pickles V 55 144 
402 145 29 126 1180 1:11:27 Jane Whitrow V 55 145 
403 146 30 127 1179 1:11:28 Judy King V 55 146 
404 147 34 128 1163 1:11:54 Stephanie Biggar V 35 147 
406 148 61 129 1174 1:19:54 Amanda Vickers V 45 148 
407 149 35 130 1190 1:21:57 Nichola Durent V 35 149 
408 150 31 131 1189 1:21:57 Sharon Crowley V 55  150 
409 151 36 132 1177 1:21:57 Vicky Archer V 35  151 

34 FVS women.   

Spartans at parkrun 

Parkrun Position Gender Position Parkrunner Time Comments 
Stevenage Simon FRASER 00:17:41 Winner 
  Grant RAMSAY 00:18:46 Third 
  48 46 Thomas SAUKA 00:23:20  
  66 59 Ryan DUNNING 00:24:26  
  67 60 Darren EMMERSON 00:24:33  
  107 14 Alison SHELLEY 00:26:35  
  110 15 Ashley SCHOENWETTER 00:26:44  
  126 106 Matt CLARKE 00:27:12  
  130 21 Claire EMMERSON 00:27:30  
  138 114 Mark BEASLEY 00:27:47  
  154 28 Mo WARRILLOW 00:28:19  
  155 125 David PATTMAN 00:28:19  
  156 126 Steven DOBNER 00:28:20  
  164 131 Jim BROWN 00:28:37  
  165 32 Debbie BLANTERN 00:28:41  
  170 135 Toby ECCLESHALL 00:28:56  
  189 46 Nicola ANDERSSON 00:30:25  
  190 47 Karen ELLIS 00:30:26  
  204 57 Erica GRAYSON 00:31:48  
  205 146 Tony RANDFIELD 00:31:50 100th 
  263 167 Simon SYPULA 00:39:14  
  278 172 Roger BIGGS 00:47:56  
  279 103 Sharon CROWLEY 00:47:57  
           
Southsea 337 99 Tracy HAYGARTH 00:34:04  
           
Bedford 106 88 Sam SIMMONS 00:26:05  
           
Westmill David ACKERLEY 00:21:34  
  24 20 James MCSWEENEY 00:25:51  
           
Gunpowder 45 36 Nick KLEANTHOUS 00:24:52 Parkrun PB 
           
Houghton Hall 101 22 Annabelle WHITE 00:31:22  
           
Brockenhurst 75 44 Darryl STEVENS 00:44:16  
           
Henlow Bridge Lakes 28 28 Paul MAGUIRE 00:23:59  
           
North Walsham 62 20 Samantha SUTTON 00:37:43  
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SPARTANS RUNNERS UP

Mid Week League

Fairlands Valley Spartans were runners up in the 2021 series of Mid Week Road Race League 10K races. They were comfortably in second place in the top division with 27 points and a score of 1,624 positions. Trent Park won with 31 points and a score of 1,158 while North Herts were third with 25 points and a score of 1,850. (A low score is a good score as, for example, first place scores only one point). The Spartan men WON while the club’s women were second.

The result was confirmed in the fourth race when the Spartans men and women were both third but overall the club came second. FVS kept up their participation rates compared with other clubs. There are six clubs in division one. In race four 21 of the 76 women were Spartans and 36 of the 94 men were from the Stevenage based club.

Spartan highlights from race four included SIMON JACKSON second overall in 34 minutes 51 seconds; ANDREW PATTERSON third overall in 35:13 and ADRIAN BUSOLINI sixth overall in 36:16.

BRIAN WHITE was first man over 60 with 44:26; BARRY OSBORNE first man over 70 with 44:36 and WILLIAM MORLEY first male under 20 with 55:12. SIMON JACKSON was also second man over 40.

In the women’s race YUKO GORDON was in the top ten and first over 65 with 46 minutes 19 seconds and CAROLYN LINSELL second over 65 with 57:25.

JO BOWDERY was eleventh in 46:58 and TRACY PEZ fifteenth in 48:40. ZOE JACKSON just missed the top twenty at 21st in 51:46.

As the league has not had any massed start races this year all these times were recorded virtually; in the Spartans specially organised wave 10K event or in open and accurately measured 10K races.

24 Spartans ran all four midweek 10K races.

(Look near the end of this release for tables giving results for all 57 Spartans).

Big Half

In the Vitality Big Half Marathon YUKO GORDON was first in her age category, 70 plus, with 1 hour 38 minutes 35 seconds.

Spartan ASHLEY JOHNSON ran an excellent 1 hour 42 minutes 21 seconds in the event which attracted nearly 10,000 runners.

MARIAN MORLEY was running her first race in London and her first half other than the New Forest Virtual Half Marathon in 2020.

She said it was really enjoyable and finished in 2 hours 7 minutes 36 seconds which is a half marathon personal best (PB) and added there was good entertainment on the route and quite a few spectators.

SUE HAMER and ERICA GRAYSON finished together in 2:15:55.

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon

Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open. This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021. This year the race will be on Sunday 21st November (a couple of weeks later than usual).

To enter have a look at https://stevenagehalfmarathon.org.uk/

Tessa Takes Gold at National Championships

In a very close race, TESSA STEPHENSON became National 200 metres Gold Medallist in the race for Women aged 60 to 64 at the British Masters Championships, held in Derby at the weekend. After trailing the leader all the way, Tessa raised herself to take the lead in the last few metres in a time of 32.58 seconds. Earlier in the day, she had finished in sixth place in the 100m in a time of 15.86 seconds, using this as a warm up for her preferred event. In the category for men aged 55 to 59, her husband DAVE competed in the 400 metres finishing in second for the Silver Medal in a time of 65.45 seconds.

At the same championships GRANT RAMSAY was third man 45 plus in the 3,000 metres steeplechase with 12 minutes 10.84 seconds.

Parkrun Highlights 21st August 2021 – fifth week back

Stevenage Parkrun hit a new post lockdown record with 341 finishers in the fifth week back. 24 of them were Spartans.

Parkrun report by Danik Bates

Steve Wells was the only Spartan to manage a sub-20-minute 5km on Saturday morning at the course in Stevenage whilst Suzy Hawkins was spot on twenty minutes. 341 runners took part in this week’s event. 

Results: STEVE WELLS 19-52 (10th), SUZY HAWKINS 20-00 (13th), BARRY OSBORNE 21-26 (32nd), JAMES MCSWEENY 23-53 (71st), MARTIN DUDLEY 24-07 (79th), CLIVE CANNON 24-29 (92nd), DARREN EMMERSON 24-40 (102nd), KAREN ELLIS 25-29 (118th), SAM SIMMONS 25-55 (132nd), NICK KLEANTHOUS 26-14 (139th), JIM BROWN 26-34 (144th), DANIK BATES 26-38 (147th and with a stroller), NICOLA ANDERSSON 27-26 (164th), STEVEN DOBNER 27-46 (172nd), DAVID PATTMAN 27-47 (173rd), TOBY ECCLESHALL 28-04 (180th), PAUL HOLGATE 29-47 (200th), FIONA CLARKE 32-11 (241st), MATT CLARKE 32-12 (242nd), CHLOE CHAPMAN 32-28 (244th), TRACEY STILES 32-56 (247th), HILARY DAVIES 33-01 (248th), BETH FOLEY 34-30 (267th) and SHELBE MOONBEAM 41-27 (312th). 

Away days: 

Upton House (near Poole, Dorset): JOHN ROXBOROUGH 26-29 (128th), KEN JUDE 26-47 (138th). There were 337 runners.

Wimpole Estate (Cambs): BARRY KING 28-38 (144th), NICK WITCOMBE 35-47 (242nd). There were 295 runners.

Rutland Water (Rutland): DANIEL SUTTON 25-56 (90th), VERITY FISHER 32-18 (197th). There were 265 runners.

Millennium County – Forest of Marston (Beds): MICHAEL O’KEEFE 29-02 (68th). There were 129 runners.

Littlehampton Promenade (West Sussex): DARRYL STEVENS 36-53 (162nd). There were 179 runners.

CAROLYN LINSELL enjoyed her first run in her Spartans stripes! She ran the Hunstanton Promenade parkrun was first in her age group and took two seconds of her parkrun PB with 25:57.

A total of 33 Spartans.

Flying On Number 66 and 67

In anticipation of Sunday’s celebration numbers were down a bit for Saturday’s 66th virtual Fly 5K. However there were 151 runners including three Spartans. JIM BROWN was 68th and second in category with 26 minutes 34 seconds; NICOLA ANDERSSON 78th in 27:24 and PAUL HOLGATE second in his category and 99th with 29:46.

Fly 67 was the live celebration on Sunday. It was at Drift Limits, Bovingdon near Berkhamsted on Sunday 22nd August to bring people together who had not seen each other through months of virtual racing. The same three Spartans took part. NICOLA ANDERSSON in a new Fly 5K personal best of 25:43; JIM BROWN in 26:04 and PAUL HOLGATE in 29:36.

Fly 5K was one of the stars of lockdown keeping runners moving and in touch during the restrictions.

Sharon Sprints for Bronze in the Virtual Coast Challenge

After nearly 3,000 kilometres SHARON CROWLEY “sprinted” for club bronze in the Virtual Coast Challenge. She “crossed the line” in Bristol on Tuesday evening having followed an anticlockwise route starting from Bristol and following the coasts and borders of England. As she completed the 2,970 kilometres fourth placed BRIAN WHITE was on 2,921.7 kilometres, less than 50 behind.

The other Spartans through the 2,000 kilometre mark by Tuesday evening were JON SYPULA 2,327.2; KEN JUDE 2,255.6; CATHY CRAIG 2,191.9; HAZEL SMITH 2,174.8, LIZ CROWLEY 2,083.4 and PAUL HOLGATE on 2011.3. They and four other Spartans have until the end of the year to finish the event but the “podium” is complete.