Alison wins the title

There were 28 Fairlands Valley Spartans in the Herts county cross-country championships which were held near Willian on Sunday. Alison Wood won the individual gold medal in the 6k women s race and the club s A team, which consisted of Alison, Barbara Wils

There were 28 Fairlands Valley Spartans in the Herts county cross-country championships which were held near Willian on Sunday.

Alison Wood won the individual gold medal in the 6k women's race and the club's A team, which consisted of Alison, Barbara Wilson and Tricia Hopper, won the women's team event.

In the men's race over about 8k, Paul Schlote won gold in the vet 35 category with Iain Boyd taking silver.

The men were third in the vet 40-49 category with Phil Gale, Steve Smithson, Andrew Garrett and Michael Green winning the bronze medals.


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Dennis Cannon won bronze in the vet 70 category.

Men's race (35 to 59): Phil Gale 30:41, Steve Smithson 32:56, Andrew Garrett 32:56, Michael Green 33:06, Don Papworth 33:27, Graham Blackburn 33:44, Jamie Laird 33:45, Jim Brown 34:38, Paul Schlote 36:48, Iain Boyd 36:56, Mark Glading 38:07, Steve Mills 39:53, Paul Holgate 42:57, Tony Willson 43:43, Mark Drummond 44:18.

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Women's race (35 plus) and men (over 60): Alison Wood 26:24, Rob Shaw 30:30, Barbara Wilson 32:01, Tony Osborne 32:49, Dennis Cannon 32:51, Sharon Crowley 34:07, Tricia Hopper 34:27, Tessa Stephenson 34:58, Von Maguire 35:35, Ron Cohen 37:40, Katrina Doyle 38:06, Lina Porecha 39:44, Balwinder Kandola 43:15.

Spartans raced around the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, using the race track and service roads around the track, for a half marathon.

Times: Roger Biggs 1-39:41, Chris Leigh 1-40:38 pb, Simon Owens 1-41:04, Tracey Pez 1-41:23 pb, Richard Sidlin 1-41:24, Sue Leigh 2-02:22 pb, Sam Smeeton 2-03:56.

Kerry James raced in the Finchley 20-mile road race in Hillingdon, North West London, and her time was a personal best of 2-38 exactly. Todd Gray ran the same race in 2-20:18.

Andrew Hull improved his time for the Banbury 15 by more than three minutes on Sunday morning. His time of 2-01:12 was on the 15-mile undulating course with four assorted big hills climbs.

Mark Sanders ran the Duchy Marathon in 4-53:59.

n Three members of FVS TRI raced the Clumber Classic Duathlon over an approximate 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run with the run elements off road in Clumber Park.

The race acted as the first of the season's world championship qualifiers and so attracted a good quality field.

Simon Hall was 89th overall and 18th in the competitive 40-44 age group with an overall time of 2-00:08.

Sam Tophill was an excellent third in the 40-44 age group with a time of 2-17:11 and 207th overall.

Gemma Sargent qualified for the ITU and ETU age group world duathlon championships for the 25-29 age group. She finished fourth in a time of 2-26:11 and 238th overall.

With six qualifying slots per age group available at this qualifier, Gemma comfortably made the grade in her first competitive season in the sport.

Pete Bardell completed his first half marathon at the Silverstone race track and came 44th from 4,800 entrants in a time of 1-21:53.

Richard Easterbrook finished 750th in 1-41:01 having arrived late and starting at the back, working through 4,000 runners!

Pete Eames finished his long cross-country season with 37th in the MV40 in the Herts vets cross-country championships held at Willian.

Dave Hard was joined by Kevin Ash and Jon Gillham who made their cycle road race debuts for the club at the second Milton Keynes Bowl Circuit Race on Saturday.

The fast paced race was ridden over a one hour plus five laps format on the inner service road of the MK Bowl that provides an ideal one-mile traffic free circuit.

All club members finished in the pack and look forward to racing again at the weekend.

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