A muddy good show by runners

Sara Bailey continued her winning ways in the under-20 women s age group at the Eastern Counties cross-country championships at RAF Barham, near Thetford. Other Stevenage and North Herts AC members taking part were Lewis Keeble, who finished in second pla

Sara Bailey continued her winning ways in the under-20 women's age group at the Eastern Counties cross-country championships at RAF Barham, near Thetford.

Other Stevenage and North Herts AC members taking part were Lewis Keeble, who finished in second place in the under-13 boys' event, while Callum McKechnie was seventh in the under-15 boys' race.

Club member Rebecca Newstead has been added to the Herts schools' team for the English schools' championships, bringing the club's total up to six representatives.

FVS TRI had a fantastic turnout at the penultimate Sunday League cross-country fixture at Royston.

Steve Harrison was second in the men's race to help secure a men's team position of third on the day and third overall in the competition.

The veteran men were also well represented with Steve James leading home Brian White and Steve Chalk to secure a vets' team win on the day and consolidate third overall.

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Sam Tophill was first home for the ladies in the shorter three-mile event and helped by Lesley Dutton and Jackie Perry secured a second in the vets race to consolidate their second position overall.

In the open race, the ladies managed fourth which retains third overall with only one race remaining.

With both teams performing well, FVS TRI are now third overall in the combined competition.

Men's times (five miles): 2 Steve Harrison 32:30, 14 Steve James 35:40, 15 Paul Gibb 35:44, 24 Brian White 37:20, 32 Steve Chalk 37:55, 33 Mike Russell 37:56, 34 Nick Downing 38:02, 41 Andrew Forster 39:02, 45 John Gilham 39:15, 49 Sean Bradley 39:37, 56 Mark Grayson 40:11, 61 Jeremy Prodger 40:37, 65 Darren Woodhall 41:02, 69 Jeremy Lintott 41:25, 72 Peter Eames 42:12, 87 Andy Proctor 43:20, 92 Edward Manson 44:07, 99 David Hamill 45:21, 114 Ian Hobbs 48:20, 117 Paul Dutton 48:48, 121 Richard Thomas 49:20, 123 Tony Shortland 49:48, 127 David Robinson 50:35.

Ladies' times (three miles): 10 Sam Tophill 24:38, 13 Lesley Dutton 24:58, 18 Jackie Perry 25:58, 28 Jan Forester 27:36, 34 Helen Shulver 28:24, 40 Ellie Burton 29:54, 43 Sarah Bryce 31:37.

Three members travelled to Brighton and were blessed with less than perfect weather for the weekend's Sussex Beacon Half-Marathon.

Times: Mike Utton 1-32:09, Rob Wilson 1-39:18, Neil Rose 1-54:17.

Eighteen Fairlands Valley Spartans also ventured to Therfield Heath in Royston on a cold and windy Sunday morning for the penultimate race in this season's cross-country league.

An excellent turnout by the men saw 16 competing and Simon Jackson was first Spartan, 31st in the race with a time of 37:14.

Men's race positions: Simon Jackson 31, Mark Collins 42, Cameron Boyd 46, Steve Smithson 55, Phil Eaton 62, Todd Gray 66, Dave Frampton 68, Graham Preston 71, Paul Maguire 81, Dave Stephenson 89, Gary Mulhern 100, Andy Hull 106, Anthony White 109, Andy Bramall 112, Mark Freeman 120, Mark Glading 134.

Women's race positions: Peta Wilson 29, Tessa Stephenson 32.

The Bramley 20-mile road race is an excellent test as runners prepare for the London Marathon. Seven Spartans tackled the mildly undulating course in North Hampshire with cold rain in the last few miles.

First Spartan was Jim Brown, who was 126th out of 640 finishers in 2-20:27. Roger Biggs ran another best since 1999 when he clocked up 2-37:49.

Spartans times: Jim Brown 2-20:27, Roger Biggs 2-37:48, Rob Shaw 2-46:15, Sharon Crowley 2-53:37, Paul Holgate 3-03:24, Carol Paul 3-04:03, Frances Ridgway 3-06:19.

Two Spartans ran the Bramley 10-mile event - Chris Leigh in 1-18:31 and Dave Paul in 1-26:37.

Declan Clynes raced round Sunday's SIS Woburn Safari 10k event in 37:45. He was 19th out of 1,384 entries.

Spartans times: Declan Clynes 37:48, Toby McMahon 39:55, Jon Wilson 48:07, Claire Phipps 48:58, Chris Mortlock 49:15, Ken Meenan 49:23, Charles Robinson 50:50, Doug Hall 54:11.

Chris Leigh achieved a new personal best of 22:06 in last Wednesday night's third and final race in the Bedford Balancing Blues 5k series.

Spartans times: Chris Leigh 22:06 pb, Roger Biggs 22:16, Paul Holgate 23:28, Ken Meenan 23:31, Sharon Crowley 23:51.

The four Spartans who ran all three races achieved series positions of 30th (Roger Biggs), 38th (Paul Holgate), 39th (Ken Meenan) and 40th (Sharon Crowley). All improved their times during the series.

A one minute's silence in memory of Paul Pearce preceded the final race of the Bedford 5k series. Russell Smyth was North Herts Road Runners' sole representative at the midweek event and he recorded a time of 20:55.

The scenic course at the Woburn 10k brought the best out of the Squirrels on Sunday, with almost every runner achieving a personal .

Twelve Squirrels completed the popular event in cool, breezy conditions with new member Adrian Sherwood first home for the club in 40:08, closely followed by Johnny Spinks with a new best time of 40:36. Also running were John Russell (41:58), Claire Messenger (44:06 pb), Chris Priestley (44:07), Lysa Ralph (44:08 pb), Chris Walby (44:34 pb), Graham Thompson (51:29 pb), Marie Shonk (53:08 pb), Natalie Simmonds (53:30 pb), Bev Evison (53:42 pb) and Brenda Bozwood-Davies (56:39).