A Good Friday and more as Fairlands Valley Spartans show their form at Easter

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:00 24 April 2019

Georgie Hooper, Jo Bowdery, Steven Dobner, Fiona Clarke and Louise Pack at the St Albans 10

Georgie Hooper, Jo Bowdery, Steven Dobner, Fiona Clarke and Louise Pack at the St Albans 10


More than 100 Fairland Valley Spartans were in racing action over a busy Easter weekend.

Penny Schenkel and Jim Brown after the Maidenhead 10Penny Schenkel and Jim Brown after the Maidenhead 10

Georgie Hooper made her club debut at the St Albans 10k on Good Friday and came home in 49:11, ahead of Jo Bowdery (51:27), and Louise Pack and Fiona Clarke, who raced each other to new bests of 52:09.

Steven Dobner also clocked a new PB of 52:34, while Ann Tryssesoone was seventh in her age group in 50:37.

Sally McBride pulled a muscle but still limped home in 1:06:43 as Roger Biggs finished seventh M70 in 1:09.40.

Sally Phillips, Trevor Broom, Emma Southerington and Tracy Stiles were the other Spartans in action in a field of 608.

Todd Gray and Steffan Ford after the Boston MarathonTodd Gray and Steffan Ford after the Boston Marathon

Jim Brown (1:26:51) and Penny Schenkel (1:36:39) took on the Maidenhead 10, while Steffan Ford and Todd Gray raced the Boston Marathon in the United States.

Greeted by thunderstorms, they tackled a tough point to point course on a hot day but Ford was proud to finish in 3:17.57 as Gray clocked 3:31.03.

Clubmate John Nelms ran his 58th marathon in Milton Keynes as part of the Enigma Easter Series, coming home in 3:56 as he prepares for the Thames Path 100-miler in two weeks time.

The first of the FVS Thursday 5k races saw 35 runners in action.

Jon Sypula won the handicap event by six seconds with Tony Vickers second ahead of London.

Stuart Archer beat his 5k best by 12 seconds to finish third in just ahead of another London entrant Michael Andrews.

Tanya Brazier was first woman home, beating her best by over three minutes, with Verity Fisher second and Abigail Pez third.

Liz Smith was one second behind in the handicap.

Martin Blackburn (18:37) was fastest on the night in a new best, ahead of Archer and Adrian Busolini (19.42), with Claire Pullen (22.35) second-fastest woman behind Brazier and ahead of Fisher.

Nigel Strongitharm, Daniel Sutton, Louise Pack, Richard Cowlishaw and Melanie Butt also set new bests.

The next event is on May 9. Meet at Marriotts Sports Centre at 7pm or on the Fairlands Way cycleway near Webb Rise soon after.

Jonathan Parr was first at Stevenage parkrun while Hooper was fastest club female and Luke Gurney (27.03) made his debut.

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