Spartans surge into second as Cross County League comes to an end

PUBLISHED: 13:03 14 February 2017

Sue Hamer. Picture: Ken Jude

Sue Hamer. Picture: Ken Jude


A fantastic last race in the series of five Cross Country League fixtures moved Fairlands Valley Spartans men up to second overall.

On the day the club’s combined men and women were second behind Trent Park first but ahead of host club Royston who were third.

In a tough event on Therfield Heath Andrew Patterson was second in the race in 35 minutes one second and confirmed his second place in the series.

Simon Jackson was seventh in 36:24 which moved him up to third veteran (40 plus) in the series while 23rd in 38:14 was enough for Grant Ramsay to clinch the top spot as winner in the veteran series. Jason Anderson was in the top 20 of the 299 finishers on 15th in 37:50.

The Spartan men won the league masters’ trophy and overall were second in the league having squeezed ahead of Royston and St Albans Striders.

Michelle Reeves was the club’s fastest woman and 20th female in the race in 48:35. The rest of the women’s A team consisted of: 28th Isabel Green 50:57; 30th Claire Pullen 51:05; 42nd Lauren Ing 52:39; 49th Hazel Clark 53:33.

Love Welwyn 10K: Lisa Smith one hour seventeen seconds; Ella Gower 1:08:24; Shani Hunt 1:10:23; Maria Quicke 1:11:21; Emma Poulter 1:21:56.

Punchbowl Marathon: Roger Biggs eight hours 19 minutes.

Princes parkrun, Liverpool: 10th Steve Green 19:39.

Panshanger parkrun, Hertford: 25th John Roxborough 22:25; third woman Isabel Green 23:16; Georgina Green 32:08; Daniel Green 34:18; Bev Harlow 34:47.

Stevenage parkrun: 16th Chris Holland 21:52; 17th Nick Gill 22:01; 22nd Mark Beasley 22:46; 26th Martin Dudley 22:53; Thomas Sauka 22:59; Tim Robinson 23:41; Darren Emmerson 24:13; sixth woman Verity Fisher 24:20; Daniel Sutton 24:44; Peter Carpenter 30:49; Claire Cox 32:05; Hazel Smith 35:05; Callie Chapman 35:58; James South 46:30.

Brockenhurst parkrun: Daryl Stevens 40:30.

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