Victory's sweet at Watford

FVS TRI men were victorious in both A and B team races at the final Sunday Cross-Country League fixture over five miles in Watford s Cassiobury Park. For the final event of the series, the women also raced in the same race with the vets team performing st

FVS TRI men were victorious in both A and B team races at the final Sunday Cross-Country League fixture over five miles in Watford's Cassiobury Park.

For the final event of the series, the women also raced in the same race with the vets team performing strongly to finish first on the day.

Steve Harrison sealed his second place overall in the series with second on the day with Simon Hall first vet for the club in 13th.

Brian White took overall MV50 gold for the series finishing fourth for the club on the day in 21st overall.

In the women's race, Paula Adams was first home in eighth with the improving Gemma Sargent rewarded with a top 10 finish and a consistent fifth overall in the senior series.

Lesley Dutton won the WV45 silver medal for the series, returning from holiday to race the last event to secure the medal.

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Mark Robertson was rewarded with a sixth for the series in the senior event and along with Pete Eames and Gemma Sargent was one of only three members to complete all five races.

FVS TRI retained their second overall for the third year in succession, only beaten by specialist run club Garden City Runners.

In the men's competition, both A and B teams retained second with the vets slipping to fifth this year, reflecting the younger profile of the club.

In the women's series, FVS TRI retained second overall in open and veteran competitions.

Despite being a triathlon club, FVS TRI had one of the largest turnouts for the cross-country league with 43 men and 18 women having competed at least once during the five-race series from October through February.

Men's positions/times: 2 Steve Harrison 27:29, 13 Simon Hall 30:38, 18 Mark Robertson 31:04, 21 Brian White 31:36, 22 Pete Bardell 31:45, 26 James Grierson 32:59, 38 Charlie Harris 33:38, 39 Mike Russell 33:42, 40 Steve Chalk 33:48, 59 Pete Ryan 35:36, 63 Stewart Kay 35:50, 70 Jerry Corrance 36:32, 79 John Rose 37:11, 88 Pete Eames 38:43, 94 Darren Woodhall 39:07, 96 Pete Hodgson 39:18, 98 Richard Thomas 39:38, 100 Pete Timmins 39:42, 110 Tony Shortland 40:56, 111 Simon Douglas 40:57, 113 Steve Mussett 41:13, 114 Ian Hobbs 41:28, 120 Chris Penfold 42:54, 123 Paul Dutton 43:21, 132 David Parsley 45:53, 136 Mark Malone 47:13.

Women's positions/times: 8 Paula Adams 35:54, 10 Gemma Sargent 36:36, 14 Sam Tophill 37:52, 15 Lesley Dutton 38:07, 19 Chris Yuill 38:32, 27 Karen Dodsworth 41:22, 29 Helen Shulver 41:29, 34 Naomi Woodland 42:35, 41 Anna Priestley 44:24, 51 Alyson Sprawson 46:45, 55 Meli Fletcher 48:28.

FVS TRI's female triathlete of the year Kerri Renshaw opened her season with a win at the Dorney Lake F3 duathlon.

She completed the 5k run (19:19), 20k bike (35:34) and 5k run (20:50) in 1-15:43.

The race was around the lake at Dorney which is the 2012 Olympic rowing venue.

FVS TRI held their annual meeting at Hitchin Boys' School Sports Centre.

Paul Dutton was elected as honorary secretary with the retiring Simon Hall remaining on the committee to focus on coaching development.

Fairlands Valley Spartan Kath Hardcastle led the club in for Sunday's cross-country league match in Cassiobury Park, Watford

She was second woman in the race with a time of 33:41 for just over five miles.

Fastest of the 10 Spartan men was Steve Smithson who was 48th male in 34:38.

Women's positions/times: 2 Kath Hardcastle 33:41, 48 Sharon Crowley 46:34, 58 Veronica Maguire 50:20.

Men's positions/times: 48 Steve Smithson 34:38, 52 Paul Maguire 34:56, 56 Andy Bramall 35:21, 62 Brian Hardcastle 35:48, 73 Jim Brown 36:35, 78 Duncan Hooker 37:05, 90 Anthony White 38:50, 105 Mark Glading 40:13, 121 Julian De Villez 42:59, 128 Pete O'Reilly 44:31.

Both the Spartan men's and women's teams were eighth out of the 15 clubs taking part.

Three Spartans tackled the Draycote Water Marathon on Sunday. This consisted of five laps round Draycote Water Reservoir, near Kenilworth, on a clear sunny day, but with temperatures barely above freezing.

Roger Biggs was 28th out of the 93 finishers in 3-39:53, Mark Sanders 82nd in 5-11:03, and Michaela Sanders 86th in 5-27:03.

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