Great turnout for road relays

There was a big turnout for the Fairlands Valley road relays last Tuesday evening. The 73 teams made up from more than 300 runners all raced over 3000m. Men s teams consisted of five runners (covering a total of 15,000m) and women s teams were three runne

There was a big turnout for the Fairlands Valley road relays last Tuesday evening.

The 73 teams made up from more than 300 runners all raced over 3000m. Men's teams consisted of five runners (covering a total of 15,000m) and women's teams were three runners (9000m).

Garden City Runners won the men's and women's events helped by having the fastest male Kevin Skinner (8:54 seconds) and female Katherine Philp (10:12) runners.

Their men's team finished with a total time of 47:27 - 63 seconds ahead of Herts Phoenix.

The Garden City women's team finished in 32:45 - 55 seconds ahead of Barnet and District.

For organisers Fairlands Valley Spartans, Simon Bell completed his leg in a superb 9:44.

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The Spartan A team of Simon Bell, Todd Gray, Declan Clynes, Simon Jackson and Luke Humphries won the bronze medals in the Herts County Relay Championships and were fifth overall out of 46 men's teams with a total time of 52:19.

Individual Spartan times: Simon Bell 9:44, Luke Humphries 10:00, Simon Jackson 10:35, Declan Clynes 10:48, Graham Blackburn 11:00, Paul Maguire 11:06, Todd Gray 11:14, Jamie Laird 11:19, Annette Bell 11:35, Steve Smithson 11:50, Andy Bramall 11:51, Steve Dear 11:56, Jim Brown 12:27, Gerry McCabe 12:47, Rob Shaw 13:34, Paul Holgate 13:34, Sara O'Callaghan 13:42, Rob King 14:03, Julie Goodwin 15:15.

Simon Bell won the 10-mile road race at the Heckington Show near Sleaford, Lincolnshire on Saturday with a time of 58:04. His wife, Annette, was the second lady in 74 minutes.

Four Spartans contended with hot and humid conditions in the Doug Anderson Memorial 5k race in Bedford Park last Wednesday evening. Shortly after they finished there was a spectacular thunderstorm.

First Spartan was Kevin Smyth, 51st in 20:22, and he was followed by Andrew Hull (22:05), Tony Osborne (23:37) and Paul Holgate (23:38).

It was hot with a light breeze for the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5k race in Hyde Park, London. Kevin Smyth was 75th in 20:27 and Jim Brown 80th in 20:33.

Despite a forecast promising overcast skies with some rain, it was warm and dry again for the Luton 10k road race on Sunday morning.

On a tough undulating three-lap course taking in Luton Hoo Park, Jim Brown recorded a time of 43:14. Steve Smithson was one minute behind in 44:14 and Chris Newbitt finished in 45:50.

Never one for an easy option, Roger Biggs was competing in the Downlands 30-mile ultra trail event on the North Downs. It was quite warm and windy for the event which was based on Clayton near Lewes and he finished in 6-00:50.