Fairlands Valley Spartan JONATHAN PARR was in the top ten for a cross country race for the second week in a row. Last week he was eighth in the county championships. This time he was seventh in the cross country league fixture in Cassiobury Park, Watford covering the six undulating miles in 36 minutes 12 seconds.
The club had a good turnout of 24 men and 18 women in the race of nineteen clubs and 405 runners. That meant they had three men’s and three women’s teams finish the race. League teams consist of eight men and five women.
Their fastest woman was CHRIS LATHWELL, 45th overall in 40 minutes 22 seconds. She was fifth woman out of 169. Next came SUZY HAWKINS, 124th in 45:17 and TRACEY JACKSON, 186th in 49:31. YUKO GORDON was 198th in 50:12 and HAZEL SMITH fifth counter for the women’s “A” team in 225th with 51:57. This time the Spartans had five women in the top fifty female runners.
In addition to Jonathan Parr the Spartan men had a strong team this time with ADRIAN BUSOLINI 17th in 37:58; KELVIN BEYOKU 39th in 39:47; GRANT RAMSAY 61st in 41:48; STEVE WELLS 104th in 44:10; DANNY SCANLON 106th in 44:17; STUART ARCHER 121st in 45:13 and NICK GILL in 46:48.
(All 42 Spartan times are near the end of this release. The team scores will be released by the league later this week).
Parkrun report for 15th January
34 Spartans took part across nine different parkuns including the Spartans’ homebase of Stevenage.
Numbers at Stevenage were still high with 27 Spartans contributing to a new post lockdown record of 353 people taking part. GRANT RAMSAY was fifth overall in 19 minutes 13 seconds; ASHLEY JOHNSON was second woman and got a new parkrun personal best (PB) of 21:48 as did NICOLA ANDERSSON with 26:34. MO WARRILLOW was absent from her marshal position of “Mo’s corner” as she was running her second parkrun after returning from injury. She finished in 46:52 which was great after such a long absence from running. JIM BROWN reached an unofficial milestone of 70 parkruns.
MARTIN WOOD was a “first timer” in Sheffield at Endcliffe parkrun (22:53) for his 15th parkrun. Another first timer, CATHY CRAIG joined a large field of 546 runners at Bournemouth parkrun (31:04). Cathy said, “I was second in the WV65 age group with a time of 31:04. Due to temporary works on the path, the course had been changed this week to a mainly off road one which had teething problems – a long bottleneck after half a mile. They are likely to reroute again to avoid this problem.”
DARRYL STEVENS was “tail walker” at Brockenhurst (47:09). MIKE REYNOLDS was at Panshanger (29:37); JOHN HARRIS was fifth at Letchworth (22:41),
Fred for the Championship
Fairlands Valley Spartans will be sending mens and womens teams to the county road 10 mile championships for veterans in St Albans this Sunday. Veterans start at age 35 with category breaks every ten years. The championships are incorporated into the open Fred Hughes 10 race.
All 42 Spartans at the cross country league race in Watford on Sunday 16th January.
|Position||Name||Official Time||Gender / Cat||Comments|
|45||CHRIS LATHWELL||40:22||W45||FA. 5th woman.|
|124||SUZY HAWKINS||45:17||W45||FA..18th woman.|
|186||TRACEY JACKSON||49:31||W45||FA. 34th woman.|
|198||YUKO GORDON||50:12||W65||FA. 41st woman.|
|225||HAZEL SMITH||51:57||W45||FA. 49th woman.|
24 Spartan men. 18 Spartan women. 405 finishers. 169 women. FA means women’s (female) “A” team and so on.
Fairlands Valley Spartans at the Stevenage parkrun
A total of 353 runners took part. 27 Spartans.
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Run Time|