Watford Half Marathon trophy for White

PUBLISHED: 12:29 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 06 February 2017

Brian White. Photo: supplied

Brian White. Photo: supplied


Fairlands Valley Spartans' Brian White won the 60+ winner's trophy at Sunday's Watford Half Marathon.

He completed the hilly 13.1 miles in one hour 30 minutes 13 seconds and was 189th overall out of the 1,629 finishers.

Jason Anderson was first in for the club in 39th with 1:19:53, a personal best (PB) by three minutes, and despite the climbs Carole Sheldrick achieved a new PB of 2:03:39.

Andrew Bussolini was 335th in 1:35:36 and Andrew Jordan 410th in 1:38:17.

Jim Brown completed the race five minutes 26 seconds faster than last year and was 784th in 1:49:09.

Jenny Paul finished in 2:09:31 for 1,372nd while Caroline Croft ran 2:09:32 for a 1,387th place finish and Sharon Crowley was 1,508th in 2:19:01.

Elsewhere for the club, Tim Saban was fourth in the Lee Valley Velopark 10K with a time of 43:33 while Karen Broom was 71st in 1:01:11.

John Nelms ran his second ultra of the year. The Thames Trot from Oxford to Henley was 48 miles and Nelms finished 62nd out of 150 runners in nine hours two minutes.

Roger Biggs took another step in his quest to complete a marathon in all 26 Irish counties. The Mount Lucas Marathon was run near Tullamore, the county town of Offaly.

The route was one kilometre out from the event centre, eight laps of five kilometres amongst the wind turbines, to return back to the finish at the event centre. The Spartan athlete completed his 20th different Irish county in a time of 4:48:28.

Three Spartans enjoyed the Cancer Research London Winter Run 10K with Ella Gower finishing in one hour six minutes 33 seconds while Caren Thain and Shani Hunt came in together in 1:13:12.

With no Stevenage parkrun this week because of a conflicting event in Fairlands Valley it was a quiet week of parkrunning for Spartans.

Quickest Spartan of the day was Thomas Sauka who went to Bedford and ran his first sub-20 5k of the year, finishing 11th in 19:57, a new course PB.

Barry Osborne and Ken Jude both made first visits to Ellenbrook Fields in Hatfield with the former finishing 16th in 23:08 and the latter 41st in 26:01.

Daniel Sutton and Verity Fisher headed down to Finsbury parkrun for the first time.

Sutton was 88th man in 24:21 and Fisher was 20th woman in 24:49.

Darryl Stevens was on the road away from his usual south-coast runs this week, popping up in the Forest of Dean where he finished 44th in 42:57.

The Spartans’ presentation evening will be in Old Stevenage on Friday, February 24.

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