Athletics – Fairlands Valley Spartans Running Club round-up

PUBLISHED: 17:10 15 January 2018

Callum Stewart of Fairlands Valley Spartans powers on in Sunday's league race meeting.

Callum Stewart of Fairlands Valley Spartans powers on in Sunday's league race meeting.

Chloe Emmerson

Callum Stewart finished in an impressive second place as 31 Spartan runners raced in a Sunday Cross Country league event in Watford.

Veteran Fairlands Valley Spartans runner Yuko Gordon posted an impressive time in Watford.Veteran Fairlands Valley Spartans runner Yuko Gordon posted an impressive time in Watford.

Stewart completed the more than six mile course in 34 minutes 4 seconds – the second fastest time out of 400 male and female runners.

The first female Spartan finisher was Yuko Gordon, defying her 65 plus years of age to post a time 46 minutes 38 seconds.

Spartan runners Mark Freeman, Peta Wilson and Angie Keeling were all smiles on SundaySpartan runners Mark Freeman, Peta Wilson and Angie Keeling were all smiles on Sunday

Simon Jackson and Todd Gray also beat 40 minutes and were in the top 60, with Jackson 13th in 36:27 and Gray 57th in 39:59.

Full results for all Spartan runners were as follows.

Position Name Time Gender

2 CALLUM STEWART 34:04 M

13 SIMON JACKSON 36:27 M

57 TODD GRAY 39:59 M

84 RICHARD SPRINGALL 41:30 M

113 THOMAS SAUKA 42:55 M

114 TIM SABAN 42:57 M

151 STEVE MAYFIELD 45:22 M

177 YUKO GORDON 46:38 W

179 SUZY HAWKINS 46:47 W

191 GARETH COWELL 47:28 M

206 PAUL WHYTE 48:06 M

214 MICHELLE REEVES 48:33 W

223 ANDREW SMITH 48:47 M

260 CLAIRE EMMERSON 51:22 W

287 JIM BROWN 53:21 M

299 SOPHIE COWAN 54:02 W

320 JENNY GARRETT 55:02 W

323 TIM ROBINSON 55:28 M

326 KAREN PALMER 55:26 W

332 KELLY McHALE 56:30 W

345 PENNY SCHENKEL 57:22 W

367 CAROLE SHELDRICK 59:59 W

370 ERICA GRAYSON 60:18 W

371 JULIE SHADBOLT 60:19 W

378 CALLIE CHAPMAN 61:10 W

385 PETA WILSON 62:13 W

388 CAROLINE CROFT 62:39 W

390 MARK FREEMAN 63:13 M

395 SHARON CROWLEY 64:40 W

399 ANGIE KEELING 65:00 W

405 STEVE GOUGH 68:50 M

Upcoming races

Fairlands Valley Spartans have entered 14 runners for the national cross country championships on Saturday, February 24. They will be on the tough and hilly Parliament Hill Fields in north London.

The club have teams in the senior women’s and men’s races. The final league race will be on Therfield Heath, Royston on Sunday, February 18.

Disney World Marathon

Running his first ever marathon, Michael Andrews made his way through Walt Disney World, Florida in a very good time 5:14:41.

Wife Aimee Andrews also in her first ever marathon persevered excellently to stay inside the seven hours cut-off time, finishing alongside her dad Paul Holgate in 6:57:09.

Coach to London Marathon

Do you have an entry to the London Marathon on April 22?

Have you thought about how you will get to London from Stevenage on the big day?

Fairlands Valley Spartans have a coach from Stevenage and there are spare places. The cost is just £10.

If you would like to join us, please contact Roger Biggs on roger@thebiggs.net.

Snetterton Sam

Sam Simmons ran the Snetterton 10K in 53 minutes 33 seconds. He finished 304th out of the 760 finishers.

UKA Club Run

Fairlands Valley Spartans applied for the England Athletics Club Run scheme in September 2017 and found out at the end of the year that they had been selected.

The Club Run scheme provides a series of three visits from an England Athletics Coach, over a three month period.

The aim is to provide some additional coaching to club members and to support coach development.

The first of three visits from coach Simon Mennell was on Tuesday night and there was an amazing turn out for a whole club session of over 50 runners.

This was an 800 metres endurance session, with each group having a pace to aim to maintain over their reps.

Everyone enjoyed the session and benefited from Simon’s coaching.

He then spent some time with the coaches, discussing different practices and techniques.

The feedback we have received from members has been brilliant - everyone enjoyed the session and we are really looking forward to Simon’s next visit on Thursday 1st February.

Why not train with the Spartans? Have a look at www.fvspartans.org.uk?

Great Edinburgh

John Harris ran the great Edinburgh winter run 5K in 20 minutes 38 seconds.

Parkrun Highlights

At Stevenage, Maddie Pritchard was first woman to cross the line, finishing in a time of 22:28. Claire Emmerson also claimed a top ten finish in 25:21 with Verity Fisher (27:27) and Callie Chapman (30:21) the next Spartan women home. For the men, recent recruit Danny Scanlon was 6th in 20:06, with Martin Dudley gaining a top 50 finish in 22:42. Lee Pickersgill (24:01) and Clive Cannon (25:20) were next.

Best performances away from the home venue were by Chris Holland, who ran 21:50 in finishing 10th at Pymmes, and Dave Smith who was 15th at Linford Wood in a time of 21:18.

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