FVS TRI duo finish off a successful season

FVS TRI duo Kerri Renshaw and Suzy Hawkins finished their triathlon seasons in style to take first and third in the Bedford Sprint Series. Kerri won the overall series with an age group win on the day and fourth overall in 1-15:49 for the pool-based sprin

FVS TRI duo Kerri Renshaw and Suzy Hawkins finished their triathlon seasons in style to take first and third in the Bedford Sprint Series.

Kerri won the overall series with an age group win on the day and fourth overall in 1-15:49 for the pool-based sprint.

Suzy was third in the series with a fourth in the same 30-34 age group on the day in a time of 1-19:56.

The three-race series, which started in sunshine in May and finished in the rain in October, was supported by Letchworth-based TRISPORTS.


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Suzy won the silver age group medal in the ETU long course event earlier this summer, showing a talent for both sprint and long course distances.

Newest member Rob Davies completed his first ever triathlon finishing the 400m pool swim, 24k bike and 5k run in 1-24.

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Times: Kerri Renshaw 1-15:49, Suzy Hawkins 1-19:56, Robert Davies 1-24:00, Ed Manson 1-25:47, Greg Blount 1-37:41.

David Parsley ran the Great North Run in an official time of 2-06.

This did include a prearranged interview with the BBC as David and daughter Jess were running on behalf of Lupus Trust in support of his other daughter Charlotte. The delay meant a comfortable sub two hour running time.

Pete Timmins competed in the XTT off-road triathlon in Camberley finishing in 2-58:16 for the 1500m lake swim, 24k mountain bike and 10k cross-country.

* Running a point-to-point race into a headwind is never recommended, but that was exactly the challenge that greeted Fairlands Valley Spartans duo Sharon Crowley and Paul Holgate as they tackled the Four 2 Go trail marathon on Saturday.

Starting from Stanstead Abbotts, the route followed the River Lea towpath through Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Edmonton and on into London to finish at the site of the 2012 Olympic Games on the Hackney Marshes.

Paul finished in 4-23:49 and Sharon in 4-27:03.

Mark Sanders has three to go before he has run 100 marathons as Sunday's Loch Ness Marathon was his 97th. In perfect running conditions, he finished in 4-33:27 and Michaela Sanders in 4-49:27. Les Betts ran an excellent 3-24.

Alison Hopwood was among six Spartans in Newcastle for the Great North Run. She finished with a new personal best of 1-46:26.

Times: Alison Hopwood 1-46:26 pb, Keith Lambden 1-53:31, Andrew Jordan 1-53:50, Petra Keller 1-54:20, Julie Mason 2-12:49, Bill Bilgrim 2-22:59.

Tracy Stiles enjoyed a lovely day and pleasant route in the Biddenham 10k, finishing in 1-02:49.

Scotsman Dave Paul was among four Spartans running the 'Flower of Suffolk' off-road marathon on Sunday. Times: Carol Paul five hours exactly, Michael Newbitt 5-09, Dave Paul and Kevin Lawlor 5-27.

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