Spartan duo pick up medals at County Championships

Thomas Sauka. Photo by Ann Tryssesoone

Thomas Sauka. Photo by Ann Tryssesoone - Credit: Archant

Grant Ramsay and Thomas Sauka both won medals at the County Championships at the weekend.

In the 5,000 metres, Ramsay won silver in 16 minutes 53 seconds and Sauka bronze in 20:40.

Both times were season’s bests.

Maine Coast Marathon

Roger Biggs’ third weekend in the USA brought him to the South Maine Coast to run a marathon starting in Kennebunk and finishing at the New England University at Biddeford.

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Other than the cold wind, it was a reasonable day for marathon running but the undulating nature of the course took its toll and the Spartan finished with 5:22:18 for 812th of 874 finishers.


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In the week that Parkrun announced it had surpassed one million unique runners in UK events Danny Sutton notched a milestone of his own and became the second Spartan to complete a century of Parkruns.

Both Sutton and Verity Fisher ran the Yeovil Montacute with the former finishing 90th of 320 athletes in 25:58 and the latter coming 233rd in 33:26.

Half a dozen Spartans headed to Panshanger Park with two runners bagging new course personal bests (PBs) for their efforts.

Tim Robinson’s 23:38 for 75th place was a six second improvement over the mark he set in September while John McCall’s 27:50 in 166th position knocked almost a minute off his previous best.

Other Spartans crossing the line with a barcode were: Tim Saban, who was 42nd in 22:00, Dave Smith, who came 45th in 22:06, Heather Maloney, who was 218th in 29:48, and Caroline Croft, who finished 233rd in 30:25.

Finally, Darryl Stevens ran at Brockenhurst this week, finishing 111th of 114 runners in 38:12.

Midweek Challenge

The Spartans won promotion to the top division in the Midweek League last year. This year’s challenge starts with a 10K race in St Albans this evening (Tuesday).

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