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SPARTANS PROMOTED! 

The Spartans are promoted!  In the final counting race of the Mid Week series Stevenage based Fairlands Valley Spartans squeezed past Royston Runners to grab second spot and thus promotion to the top division in the Mid Week League. 

In the end it couldn’t have been much closer with Watford first with 39 points, Spartans second with 38 and Royston missing out with third and 37. 

They did it by coming second in the men’s contest while Royston slipped to fourth.  While the Spartans were third in the women’s event, with home team Barnet winning Royston coming two places behind in the men’s race gave FVS the opportunity. 

The Trent Park race had a largely off road six miles course.  There were 449 runners overall for the combined divisions two and three event and 43 were Spartans. 

There were some brilliant Spartan performances including SAMANTHA-PRETTY CONNORS (41:30); ASHLEY JOHNSON (41:45) and CHRISTINE LATHWELL (42:02) all top ten at fourth, fifth and sixth in the women’s race.  Samantha won her category (FV35); Ashley was second and Christine was second in the FV45.  YUKO GORDON was first woman 65 plus with 49:36. 

And the FVS men had four in the top ten.  ANDREW PATTERSON (33:45); SIMON FRASER (33:54); ADRIAN BUSOLINI (34:17) and SIMON JACKSON (35:06) were fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth!  Andrew was the fastest man over 40 and Simon Jackson third. 

As a bonus the club won the veterans championship with 41 points ahead of Watford on 39 and Barnet on 27 – having beaten Watford by one race position on Thursday, just one race position by one runner – but what they are really celebrating is promotion to division one. 

Ware 10 miles 

Spartan MIKE JEFFS ran an amazing new personal best (PB) of 64 minutes 14 seconds in the challenging Ware ten mile race on Sunday morning.  He was fourth senior man, fifth overall. 

JIM BROWN defended his 70 plus “title” which he won last year.  This time he finished in exactly 100 minutes and exactly four minutes ahead of his nearest rival.   

MO WARRILLOW was fourth FV45 in 1:29:30 and ROBERT WRIGHT was another Spartan top ten in his category.  He was seventh MV40 in 1:14:07. 

DAVID PATTMAN and STEVEN DOBNER came in with 1:22:37 and 1:23:33.  There were 220 finishers. 

Photo Credit to Tony Randfield
Pos Cat Pos  Name Cat Gun Chip Comments 
5. 6087 Mike JEFFS MS 1:04:15 1:04:14 PB 
29. 6155 Robert WRIGHT MV40 1:14:07 1:14:03   
84. 25 6144 David PATTMAN MV40 1:22:37 1:22:30   
90. 26 6143 Steven DOBNER MV40 1:23:33 1:23:25   
122. 6168 Mo WARRILLOW FV45 1:29:38 1:29:30   
178. 6094 Jim BROWN MV70+ 1:40:10 1:40:00 1st MV70 

7 Peaks in Snowdonia 

Spartan JOHN NELMS took part in a national police competition on Saturday joining teams from 30 different forces racing on a 22 mile all off road route over 7 peaks in Snowdonia.  With almost 9000 feet of elevation and weather ranging from freezing rain to glorious sunshine, the team finished 21st out of 40 and 2nd in the super veterans’ category (all four team members had to be over 50 on race day). 

Parkrun Highlights Saturday 1st July 2023 

Congratulations to MATTHEW NEWTON running a parkrun PB of 18:50 at St Albans.

For the Consolidated Results please click the link.

Tables 

Women at Trent Park (Division 2 Race) – Thursday 29th June 

Tkt Race Name Surname Time Div Pos Cat Vet Cat M/F Team 
89 Samantha Pretty-Connors 41:30 V 35 
92 Ashley Johnson 41:45 V 35 
94 Christine Lathwell* 42:02 V 45 
27 174 Georgie Hooper 46:14 17 10 V 35 
30 177 Gabrielle O’Brien 46:21 19   
35 196 Marie Colucci 47:16 21 12 V 45 
56 239 Yuko Gordon 49:36 32 17 V 65 
93 326 Mo Warrillow 54:18 58 14 34 V 45 
102 341 Nicola Andersson 55:13 63 16 39 V 45  
108 349 Chloe Chapman 55:51 68    
119 365 Anna Swanepoel 57:07 74 16 47 V 35  
146 411 Sharon Crowley 1:03:08 89 15 58 V 55  
156 425 Monica Smithson 1:07:00 96 16 64 V 55  
170 445 Callie Chapman 1:17:22 101 19 69 V 35  
171 446 Hazel Smith 1:17:22 102 27 70 V 45  

Men at Trent Park (Division 2 Race) – Thursday 29th June 

Ticket Race Name Surname Time Div Pos Cat Vet Cat M/F Team 
Andrew Patterson 33:45 V 40 
Simon Fraser 33:54   
Adrian Busolini 34:17   
12 12 Simon Jackson 35:06 V 40 
17 17 Jonathan Parr 36:08 14   
24 24 Richard Bate 37:14 19 V 40 
39 39 Mike Jeffs 38:34 25   
41 41 Nick Gill 38:39 26   
79 84 Adrian Donnelly 41:09 51 20 26 V 40 
85 93 Ross Gallagher 41:58 55   
86 96 Danny Scanlon 42:03 56 23 30 V 40 
97 110 Stuart Archer 42:47 61   
106 123 Robert Wright 43:46 65 27 37 V 40 
111 130 Matt Gifford 44:08 68 11 40 V 50 
121 141 David Pattman 44:42 74 29 44 V 40 
125 146 Alexey Zherdev 44:54 75 30 45 V 40 
139 163 Francois Swanepoel 45:54 84 35 53 V 40 
148 178 Pete Smith 46:22 87 56 V 60 
157 191 Craig Bacon 46:58 90 15 59 V 50 
187 248 Charlie Arnold 50:02 109 10 75 V 60 
233 324 Nick Kleanthous 54:12 132 13 94 V 60 
240 343 Matt Tutton 55:31 138   
252 374 Tim Robinson 58:15 146 29 104 V 50 
253 376 John Harris 58:33 147 17 105 V 60 
254 377 Jim Brown 58:35 148 106 V 70  
264 404 Michael O’Keefe 1:01:21 152 31 109 V 50  
270 427 Paul Holgate 1:07:37 155 19 112 V 60  
273 437 Paul Jennings 1:12:40 157 55 114 V 40