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Spartan YUKO GORDON travelled a long way to Telford in the West Midlands to run a 10K race.  One of three selection races for next year’s 10K Masters England team.  This was her 17th race in past 15 weeks, which included two full marathons and two overseas races in Tokyo and Lisbon as well as representing England in a masters’ international cross country in Wales.  She won all except one.

Yuko won her category, women 65 plus (W65) but was disappointed with her time of 44 minutes 45 seconds in very wet condition.  She felt tired from the beginning, not surprisingly but controlled the pace well to finish by out-kicking a younger opponent in the final 80 metres.


Seven at Festive Five (Miles)

STEVE GREEN ran his fastest five mile run this year.  33 minutes 16 seconds at the Festive Five which he says was organised superbly by Garden City Runners with all the profits going to Isabel Hospice.   He was 20th overall.

ERICA GRAYSON said the marshals did an amazing job ensuring the traffic was well managed for the runners.   She said there were lots of friendly festive runners, even a water station half way and added though was no bling but a chocolate  Father Christmas on finishing.  Best of all she beat here personal best by 63 seconds to finish in 43 minutes 10 seconds.  All that followed by coffee and cake.   A great morning and home by 11am.

STEVE GREEN was 20th in 33:16; CHRIS HOLLAND 36th in 36:51; ERICA GRAYSON 81st with a new personal best of 43:10; KAREN PALMER 45:20; LINDA NOLAN 45:39; ROWENA RUTLEDGE 51:37; and CATHY CRAIG 52:26.


Stevenage Santa Scamper

Sunday 9th December saw the Stevenage Santa Scamper 5K.  A fundraiser for the Garden House Hospice care in Letchworth.  DAN HUKIN finished 1st male in 18:41.

JULIE SHADBOLT and KAREN ELLIS had a lovely social run in Santa outfits for the festive season.  The event was well organised with marshals offering lots of encouragement!


Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon

In the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon Edward Hare was 909th in 1:57:47; Robert Wright 1,258th 2:08:00 after a slow congested first four miles; Maggie Montgomery 1,965th 3:17:52 (“Not sure I’m ready but let’s get the bling”).  There were 1,977 finishers


Cross Country – Home Fixture This Sunday

Fairlands Valley Spartans host this Sunday’s cross country league race.  About five hundred runners are expected in Fairlands Valley Park, south of Six Hills Way, for a 10.30a.m. start.  Only members of clubs affiliated to the league can race but there’s nothing to stop you joining Fairlands Valley Spartans now.  Go to

The race will be over 4.9 miles/8K of park land.  The course is a three lap course around the showground side of Fairlands Valley Park.  Trail shoes are recommended for the grass surface.

Fairlands Valley Spartans women’s “A” team jumped up to fourth place out of twenty in the second race and are now matching the club’s men who are sixth overall after two events.  The women veterans are in the medal range with third place.  Both women and men are only a small number of points away from moving up more positions and could do that at the next league race which will be a home fixture; in the south end of Fairlands Valley Park this Sunday morning 16th December.


Result from Lanzarote.

Roger BIGGS was on the lovely Spanish Island of Lanzarote, for a 10 kilometre event alongside the annual marathon.

The 10km event (which was actually 10.7km), started in the Capital Arrecife, and finished in Costa Teguise.  On a lovely sunny day, Roger completed the over-distance event in a time of 1 hour 16 minutes 28 seconds.


Parkrun Roundup Saturday 8th December

Melanie BUTT achieved a new parkrun PB this week.  Melanie was one of 15 Spartans to run at Stevenage and finished in a new best time of 31:19.

Jonathan PARR was first male at Hermanus in 19:12, while Emma NEWBERRY was first lady in Stevenage in 22:44.  Other top gender positions in went to Stuart ARCHER 6th 20:40 at Stevenage, Kelly McHALE 6th 25:53 at Panshanger, Hannah NEALE 7th 23:55 at Coldhams Common in Cambridge, John NELMS 9th 21:08 at Great Denham.

(See the end of this release for all Saturday’s Spartan Parkrun results).




Festive Five


Position Category Pos. Name Category Gun Chip Graded
20. 8. Steve GREEN MV40 0:33:18 0:33:16 71.6%
36. 14. Chris HOLLAND MS 0:36:55 0:36:51 59.8%
81. 10. Erica GRAYSON FV45 0:43:22 0:43:10 62.1%
104. 17. Karen PALMER FV45 0:45:32 0:45:20 61.2%
111. 7. Linda NOLAN FV55+ 0:45:56 0:45:39 65.3%
166. 36. Rowena RUTLEDGE FV45 0:51:50 0:51:37 51.3%
171. 18. Cathy CRAIG FV55+ 0:52:42 0:52:26 63.4%


Parkruns Saturday 8th December


Parkrun Pos Gen Parkrunner Time Notes
Barclay 48 14 Rowena RUTLEDGE 00:31:21
Coldham’s Common 74 7 Hannah NEALE 00:23:55
Great Denham 10 9 John NELMS 00:21:08
Hermanus 1 1 Jonathan PARR 00:19:12
Letchworth 66 46 Paul JENNINGS 00:33:39
Melksham 98 66 Darryl STEVENS 00:36:26
Panshanger 45 42 Mark GOODWIN 00:23:54
Panshanger 69 6 Kelly MCHALE 00:25:53
Panshanger 202 56 Nicola HATHERLY 00:35:29
Panshanger 203 57 Niki PLUMB 00:35:48 Course PB
Pymmes 17 17 John ROXBOROUGH 00:23:20
Stevenage 6 6 Stuart ARCHER 00:20:40
Stevenage 23 1 Emma NEWBERRY 00:22:44
Stevenage 24 23 Martin DUDLEY 00:22:52
Stevenage 63 56 Michael O’KEEFE 00:26:16
Stevenage 69 62 David SCOTT 00:26:40 90th Parkrun
Stevenage 70 63 David PATTMAN 00:26:42
Stevenage 107 90 Paul HOLGATE 00:28:04
Stevenage 120 21 Verity FISHER 00:28:46 240th Parkrun
Stevenage 121 22 Alison SHELLEY 00:28:47
Stevenage 134 29 Monica SMITHSON 00:29:10 20th Parkrun
Stevenage 141 33 Claire PULLEN 00:29:38
Stevenage 161 43 Melanie BUTT 00:31:19 PB
Stevenage 169 49 Ida LEO 00:31:48
Stevenage 171 50 Sally MCBRIDE 00:31:51
Stevenage 230 88 Nichola DURENT 00:43:56
Westmill 13 12 Jonathan JONES 00:26:17
Wimpole Estate 140 117 Barry KING 00:27:36
Wimpole Estate 258 176 Nick WITCOMBE 00:35:59 Course PB

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