Fairlands Valley Spartans results and round-up

PUBLISHED: 20:18 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:18 11 December 2017

Fairlands Valley Spartans

Fairlands Valley Spartans


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*A number of Fairlands Valley Spartans were looking forward to getting a five mile time on the list with the Festive Five at Welwyn Garden City but it was cancelled due to heavy snowfall.

However with the rest of Fairlands Valley Spartans in the cold Carol Paul ran the Lanzarote marathon on Sunday in 4:37:21 in hot conditions with the occasional breeze.

*With three weeks to go 234 different Spartans have at least one event completed in the short championships and 153 in the long championships.

*CRAIG HALSEY leads the men’s open short distance championship with 78.6 per cent and is pursued by SIMON JACKSON on 76.8 per cent and GRANT RAMSAY on 75.3 per cent. However ANDREW PATTERSON is on 76.2 per cent with just once race to complete. The short distance championship is calculated on the best runs in the year from three out of 1500 metres, five kilometres, five miles and 10 kilometres.

SUZY HAWKINS leads both women’s long distance tables. In the open championship she has 68.3 per cent compared with 63.1 per cent for NICOLA KENNEDY; 61.4 per cent for ISABEL GREEN; 57.2 per cent for HAZEL SMITH just ahead of KERSTIN WEINER on 57.1 per cent. The long distance championship consists of the three distances of 10 miles, half marathon, 20 miles and marathon.

Suzy also leads the age related championship. Her score is 70.9 per cent. Just 0.04 per cent separates CAROL PAUL second on 66.34 per cent and NICOLA KENNEDY on 66.30 per cent. JAN FRY, fourth, on 63.9 per cent is just ahead of CATHY CRAIG on 63.8 per cent. So far nineteen women have completed a full qualifying series in the long distance championships. There’s still for others to qualify.

ALISON WOOD leads the women’s short distance championship with 73.3 per cent, ahead of SUZY HAWKINS on 69.3 per cent and ISABEL GREEN on 65.7 per cent but there are several others “bubbling under” with just one run to complete including RUTH REILLY on 67.1 per cent; NICOLA KENNEDY on 65.7 per cent HANNAH NEALE on 65.6 per cent CLAIRE HADDLETON on 65.3 per cent and MADDIE PRITCHARD on 65.2 per cent.

There are long and short distance championships for men and women, open and age related. The presentations will be made at Fairlands Valley Spartans’ Annual Dinner, Presentation Evening and Dance on Friday 23rd February.

Parkrun Highlights

At Stevenage parkrun RICHARD SPRINGALL was third finisher in 19:09 on a bitterly cold morning in Fairland Valley Park. TIM SABAN was the next Spartan finisher in 21:11, a new course PB. There was also a new Stevenage best for ELLA GOWER, finishing in 32:46.

Despite the cold there were twenty three Fairlands Valley Spartans at the Stevenage Parkrun. The others included VERITY FISHER volunteer tail runner in a chilly 55 minutes 23 seconds, TRACY PEZ in 26:57 and VICTORIA BRETT in27:07.

Elsewhere NATALIE LAWRENCE was first woman (and 13th finisher overall) at Bognor Regis, crossing the line in 22:35, while HANNAH NEALE was second woman at Southwick in 22 minutes exactly.

Coming Events

Fairlands Valley Spartans will be going into the third race of the cross country series with their women 8th out of the twenty teams – up from 12th, and their men fourth, up from sixth after the first event. The race will be at Willian at 10a.m. on Sunday 17th December.

Many Spartans will be enjoying a busy programme of races, social and training events over the next few weeks including:

• Cross Country League at Willian on Sunday 17th December.

• Witham Five on Tuesday 26th December.

• Buntingford Year End 10 on Sunday 31st December.

• New Year 10K in Hyde Park on Monday 1st January 2018.

• County Cross Country Championships at Cassiobury Park on Sunday 7th January.

• Cross Country League at Watford on Sunday 14th January.

• Fred Hughes 10 miles including county championships at St. Albans on Sunday 21st January.

• Southern Cross Country Championships on Saturday 27th January.

• Watford Half Marathon inc. veteran championships on Sunday 4th February.

• Bramley 20/10 (20 miles or 10 miles) on Sunday 11th February.

• St Valentine’s 30K at Stamford on Sunday 11th February.

• Cross Country League at Royston on Sunday 18th February.

• Fairlands Valley Spartans Champions Night on Friday 23rd February.

• Baldock Beast on Sunday 25th February.

• Welwyn Half Marathon on Sunday 4th March.

• Finchley 20 miles (including Herts County) on Sunday 18th March.

• Oakley 20 miles on Sunday 18th March.

• Orion 15 at Chingford (Epping Forest) on Saturday 24th March.

• London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April.

• Stirling Marathon on Sunday 29th April.

Join The Spartans

Live in or near Stevenage? Like running? Fairlands Valley Spartans is your local running club and is on the up! The club was voted the UK’s Best Running Club in 2010. It now has hundreds of members and encourages participation by all. The Spartans have a varied training programme to suit those who want to run 5 kilometres through to full marathons.

The Spartans weekday training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Go along to the new sports centre at Marriotts School – a Sports College, Telford Avenue, Stevenage (SG2 8UT) at 7pm. Up to five running groups go out on training nights – there will be one to suit you!

The Spartan Starter group starts from Marriotts at 7.30pm. every Monday (except public holidays) and 7pm. every Thursday.

Most long Sunday morning training sessions start 9am sharp. Spartan track training sessions are held at Ridlins Athletics Track, Woodcock Road, Stevenage most Saturdays from 9.15am. There are events to enter every Sunday. Newcomers are very welcome – those who have not yet done very much running might prefer to start with a Thursday, Saturday or Monday session.

Try a few sessions before joining. Membership is only £41 per year which includes UKA affiliation. Concessions are available. Membership forms are available on the Spartans website www.fvspartans.org.uk Please ask if you would like a paper copy. You can also join online.

If you want to know more about the Spartans please contact Jim Brown (0793 968 7509); Ken Jude (07783 597182); Claire Pullen 0790 001 6094 or visit their website www.fvspartans.org.uk

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