YUKO WINS IN ONE MILE CHALLENGE

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British Masters One Mile Challenge

By 10a.m. Monday morning a magnificent 39 Spartans had already recorded times for their one mile challenge.  Participants had until Sunday evening 7th Match to complete their race.

YUKO GORDON WON her category.  She took first place in the women’s 65 plus age group with 6 minutes 58 seconds and was 879th overall out of 1210 finishers.  She led the Spartans women’s team to second in that category with CATHY CRAIG in 8:21 and JAN FRY in 8:48.  Their total time of 24:07 compared well with the winners 23:14 and second place in 23:16.

The provisional results show that the 38 Spartans were

Position Name Time Cat Place Comments
31 JASON ANDERSON 4:49 12
58 ANDREW PATTERSON 4:56 27
79 SIMON JACKSON 5:01 17
225 DAN HUKIN 5:26 53
250 STEFFAN FORD 5:29 66
365 PAUL SHELLEY 5:45 55
489 CRAIG WILSON 5:57 99
500 SUZY HAWKINS 5:58 16 16th FV45
538 BRIAN WHITE 6:02 11 11th MV65
607 DAVID STEPHENSON 6:12 58
673= ALISON WOOD 6:20 20 20th FV50
673= STEVEN DOBNER 6:20 128
696 DANIEL BATES 6:24 104
722 PETER SMITH 6:30 74
767 LEE PICKERSGILL 6:38 107
880= SUSAN McANENY 6:58 51
880= YUKO GORDON 6:58 1 1st FV65.  2nd team.
904 TRACY PEZ 7:03 68
920 HAZEL SMITH 7:08 70
925 KEN JUDE 7:09 92
928= NICK KLEANTHOUS 7:10 93
928= MARIAN MORLEY 7:10 33
934 FIONA CLARKE 7:11 56
948 ZOE JACKSON 7:15 48
958 JON SYPULA 7:18 140
977 NIKKI WILBY 7:21 51
1010 KELLY EVANS 7:31 53
1034 KARTIK SHARMA 7:40 128
1051 NICOLA ANDERSSON 7:45 48
1055 JIM BROWN 7:46 47
1069 ANDY PRIOR 7:49 109
1079 KERSTIN WEINER 7:53 51
1129 CATHY CRAIG 8:21 14 2nd team FV65.
1147 WENDY THARANI 8:36 99
1157 JAN FRY 8:48 10 2nd team FV65.  10th FV70.
1160 LIZ CARVELL 8:52 38
1177 PAUL HOLGATE 9:23 53
1193 SALLY PICKLES 10:19 54
1201 PAM TAYLOR 11:15 56

They were competing in the British Masters Athletics Federation virtual one mile challenge.

 

Saturday’s Fly 

386 runners from 71 clubs competed in Saturday morning’s Fly 5k event.  The Spartan Seven were BRIAN WHITE who won his category with 21 minutes 16 seconds; JIM BROWN in 25:25; PENNY SCHENKEL in 29:29; NICK KLEANTHOUS in 29:48; LIZ CARVELL in 31:48; PAUL HOLGATE in 34:25; and STEPH BIGGAR in a new Fly 5K personal best (PB) of 36 minutes 23 seconds.

Position Name Time Comments
62 BRIAN WHITE 21:16 1st VM 65 plus.  3rd Fly.
166 JIM BROWN 25:25 4th VM 65 plus.  24th Fly.
280 PENNY SCHENKEL 29:29 17th Fly.
289 NICK KLEANTHOUS 29:48 29th Fly.
312 LIZ CARVELL 31:48 7th VW 60 plus.  8th Fly.
347 PAUL HOLGATE 34:25 41st Fly.
359 STEPH BIGGAR 36:23 Fly PB.  2nd Fly.

This was stripey Saturday and many Spartans running their Fly 5K; their one mile challenge or on training runs were wearing their club kit.  CHLOE CHAPMAN and FIONA CLARKE enjoyed their stripey Saturday with a run around the Stevenage Heritage Trail.

On Sunday 14th March there will be a range of Fly virtual events from 5K to an ultra 50K.

 

Racing Round England

Fairlands Valley Spartans are racing round England.  They started in Bristol and are running, walking or cycling 2,970 kilometres round the coasts and borders of the country.

By the end of Sunday 7th March three – BRIAN WHITE, PENNY SCHENKEL and JIM BROWN had all completed more than 1,000 kilometres.

Brian has crossed the Thames and is in Tilbury, Essex on 1,210 kilometres.  Soon he will start on the long run up the east coast of England.  Penny is 44 kilometres behind between Faversham and Sittingbourne on 1166.  Having reached the Meridian Line for the first time in Peacehaven on Friday night Jim is very nearly in Kent at East Guldeford with 1040 kilometres.

SHARON CROWLEY, in fourth, is well through 500 miles and is in Brighton on 956 kilometres.  Eight other Spartans are past 500 kilometres.  They are KEN JUDE (760, Corfe Castle); CATHY CRAIG (737, Leaving Weymouth); HAZEL SMITH (734, Leaving Weymouth); LIZ CROWLEY (670, Branscombe); PAUL HOLGATE (611, Brixham); TRACY PEZ (578, Kingsbridge); LIZ CARVELL (547, Plymouth) and JON SYPULA (510, Fowey).

Nearly all the Spartans have turned the corner at Lands End.  All aim to finish by the end of the year.  The team total is 10,240.49 kilometres – the equivalent of going round the course more than three times.

Position Name Distance Location
1. BRIAN WHITE 1,210.3 km Tilbury, Essex
2. PENNY SCHENKEL 1,165.9 km Between Faversham and Sittingbourne
3. JIM BROWN 1,040.2 km East Guldeford, East Sussex
4. SHARON CROWLEY 955.7 km Brighton
5. KEN JUDE 759.6 km Corfe Castle
6. CATHY CRAIG 736.9 km Leaving Weymouth
7. HAZEL SMITH 733.7 km Leaving Weymouth
8. LIZ CROWLEY 670.3 km Branscombe, South Devon
9. PAUL HOLGATE 611.3 km Brixham, Devon
10. TRACY PEZ 577.9 km Approaching Kingsbridge
11. LIZ CARVELL 547.1 km Plymouth
12. JON SYPULA 510.4 km Fowey, Cornwall
13. WENDY THARANI 374.4 km Nearing the turn in Cornwall
14. LEE PICKERSGILL 346.7 km Near Godrevy National Trust

 

(Not) Parkrun

Many Spartans combined their effort to record a Fly 5K time with registering a (not) Parkrun effort.  In addition THOMAS SAUKA notched up a fine 22 minutes 4 seconds in a (not) Parkrun solo run on Saturday.  (Not) Parkruns can be run on any day of the week.

 

North America Done Now It’s Central and South America!

Virtually nothing stops Fairlands Valley Spartans and they have now run over 25,000 miles in 119 days in their relay race across North, Central and South America.  Lockdown 2 – Briefly Tier 3 – Now Tier 4 and they continue into 2021.

Having covered the USA, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico they have now several days into South America and are moving on to Antofagasta in Chile.  53 members recorded a total of 311 miles on Saturday giving a total distance of 25,248 miles.

This challenge will end on Sunday 28th March, the first day of summertime and the day before it looks likely that group training can restart.

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