Flash Gordon smashes a 30k record as Fairlands Valley Spartans impress

PUBLISHED: 13:57 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:58 14 February 2018

Fairlands Valley Spartans Tim Saban, Chris Holland, Ruth Reilly and Jim Brown at the Watford half marathon

Fairlands Valley Spartans Tim Saban, Chris Holland, Ruth Reilly and Jim Brown at the Watford half marathon


Fairlands Valley Spartans’ Yuko Gordon produced a stunning display to shatter the Stamford 30k course record on Sunday.

Fairlands Valley Spartans at the Love Welwyn 10kFairlands Valley Spartans at the Love Welwyn 10k

Gordon covered the 18.63 miles in two hours 25 minutes 33 seconds to win the veteran women’s O65 category and beat the previous best (2:52.14) by over 27 minutes.

Bitterly cold, windy conditions on a hilly course made things difficult for competitors, but Gordon was still faster than the O65 male winner by 14 minutes.

Todd Gray (2:20.36) and Jim Brown (2:46.17) took on the Bramley 20, with the latter going seven minutes quicker than last year in a field of 684.

And a group of 13 Spartans were in action at the Love Welwyn 10k, where newcomer Danny Scanlon (41.19), Lee Pickersgill (49.00) and Carole Sheldrick (53.28) all set new bests.

Fairlands Valley Spartans' Yuko Gordon (pic Charless Whitton)Fairlands Valley Spartans' Yuko Gordon (pic Charless Whitton)

Erica Grayson (55.10) ran her fastest time at the event, while there was an age group win for Ann Tryssesoone (49.39) in the women’s O50 category.

Completing the FVS line-up were Tim Saban (41.46), Andy Jay (48.51), Simon Sypula (50.54), Sam Simmons (54.38), Karen Broom (66.23), debutant Ella Gover (67.00), Wayne McMillan (67.02) and Trevor Broom (78.07).

Grant Ramsay escaped the low temperatures to take part in the Lee Valley Indoor Meet, finishing second in the 3,000m in 9.49 and fourth in the mile in 5.49.

Clubmate Brian White qualified for the England Masters team, to compete in an international at the Birmingham 10k, after finishing as third O60 at Chichester.

White clocked 39.58 to finish 176th overall in a field of 1,506 over a flat course, including a lap of the Goodwood Race circuit.

A group of 11 Spartans took on the Watford half marathon and returned with a bronze medal and a personal best.

Erica Grayson had made her club debut at the 2017 event and came home in 2:03.40, taking 5.29 off her previous mark, as Adrian Busolini ran a new best of 1:26.26.

Jim Brown won V60 bronze after a strong final 500m saw him finish 26 seconds ahead of fourth place and a minute clear of fifth.

Ramsay was 49th in a field of 1,875 in an impressive 1:20.51, which put him fifth for over-40s.

Ruth Reilly (1:38.08) was an impressive seventh after a fine run in her category, with the same time as Saban. Chris Holland (1:47.22), James Kilroy (2:01.18), Robert Wright (2:03.01) and Sharon Crowley (2:11.34) also ran.

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