Fairlands Valley Spartans are active participants in cross country with teams in a local league and in the county championships. On Sunday 48 Spartans, 21 women and 27 men raced in the fourth Sunday league fixture of the season which was at Watford. Both men and women raced over the same distance which was about six miles.
The fourth round of the Chiltern League took place on Saturday at the Keysoe Equestrian Centre and the course included a run through the water feature for the younger athletes.
A muddy, although largely dry day, saw Stevenage and North Herts U13 Calum Fairey have a great run. Not content with winning the division 2 race he also led the division one runners home as well, completing the 3km course in 11.10mins. Competing with him in this age group were Joseph Lee and Joe Raymont and the team finished second.
Marathon: Davie Stafford took part in the first ever Run the Sun event in Weston village between Stevenage and Baldock on Sunday. With several laps involved in the muddy Hertfordshire countryside, Davie managed to dig in deep and complete the off-road course in 04-37-25.
Marathon: Davie Stafford and Clare Wing took part in the East Hanningfield Marathon near Maldon, Essex on Sunday. 104 runners took part with Clare finishing 56th in 06-13-44 and Davie finishing 57th in 06-13-48.
Half Marathon: Hannah West took part in the Victoria Park, East London and completed the course in 01-47-52, smashing her previous half-marathon time by nine minutes.
Thetford 10km: Sue Loughran completed the 10km course in Thetford, Norfolk and finished in 01-17-50.
Fairlands Valley Spartans had thirty runners in Sunday’s County Cross County Championships and provided dozens of helpers.
Despite helping to organise the event for clubs all over Hertfordshire the club’s women’s team were fifth out of 17, the men ninth out of 21 and William Morley had a good run in the under 17 race.
Three Striders took on their last race of 2019 when they travelled to Buntingford for the popular, undulating 10 mile road race. New member Helen Moye posted a time of 86:04 whilst the Cuzner duo of Glenn and Stuart finished in strong times of 69:45 (personal best) and 76:37 respectively.
A benign almost balmy Buntingford was waiting for Fairlands Valley Spartans team of thirteen in the Year End ten mile race on Sunday. The hills were still there but there was no sign of the ice and snow or wind experienced in previous editions of the event.
Clare Wing and Davie Stafford completed their 35th marathon of the year on Saturday by taking part in Excaibur 12 event hosted by Pheonix Running at Walton-on-Thames. Davie finished in 5th place out of 52 runners in 03-51-23 whilst Clare came in 14th place with a time of 04-17-48.
Hundreds ran Sunday’s cross country league race in Fairlands Valley Park which was hosted by Fairlands Valley Spartans and 47 of the 450 running were Spartans. The club had three complete men’s teams and three complete women’s teams; and some runners to spare.
The Striders took a record amount of club runners to the five-mile (8km) race at Welwyn Garden City on Sunday. The club took fifty-eight to the event and there were a lot of positive outcomes to gain from it ahead of the Christmas period.