Spartans run at St Albans

PUBLISHED: 11:43 10 January 2011 | UPDATED: 11:45 10 January 2011

Crowley and Thomas in action around Verulamium Park

Two Fairlands Valley Spartan ladies made the short trip to St Albans to run in the Hertfordshire Cross Country Championships on Sunday.

The eight kilometer event was run around Verulamium Park and Sharon Crowley finished in 43 minutes 22 seconds and Lorraine Thomas in 47:21.

The spate of flu bugs going around halved the number of Spartans fit enough to make it to the start line of the early season marathon in Bromley, South East London, but the three Spartans who were able to take part all recorded credible times in this tough, five-lap multi terrain event.

Paul Holgate was first Spartan in 4:44:47 with Tricia Hopper in 4:58:10 and Karen Liddle in 5:13:15.

The 2011 London Marathon is on Sunday, April 17 and dozens of local people are preparing for the big day.

Fairlands Valley Spartans have a tremendous record for successfully training people of all abilities for the 26.2 miles run round the capital and you can join them during their training sessions.

There are five different groups on Tuesday evenings plus more variety on Thursday and starter sessions on Mondays and Thursdays. See for details.

More than 40 Spartans are planning to take part in the fourth Cross Country League race of the season and could move up another two places in the championship table. The event will be in Watford on January 16.

Coming Soon – Fairlands Valley Spartans Presentation Evening

Fairlands Valley Spartans’ Presentation Evening will be on Friday, February 4. Awards to be presented include the club championships, starter of the year, most improved female and male Spartan, chair’s award, and Spartan of the Year.

It will be at Knebworth Barns, Knebworth Park, from 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 and will be on sale at training sessions. More details are available on

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