There were great runs by Fairlands Valley Spartans women with the whole “A” team beating 37 minutes for 4.8 minutes on a typical liquid mud Trent Park cross country course.
Kelly Herts Rag Run
Three Striders took part in the 10km (6.2 mile) charity event in Hatfield on Saturday. Leanne Mahoney (40th place) in 01-05-32, Ally Brown (48th place) in 01-18-42 and Chrissie Thomas (49th place) in 01-18-43. Both runners took on the event after doing the 5km parkrun course at nearby Ellenbrook Fields. There were 53 runners in the event.
Next July has been designated as Cultural Olympiad month – as part of the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 – and as part of that programme, the Herts Sports Partnership is seeking to bring back together individuals and groups with a connection to Hertfordshire that were involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for a Spirit of 2012 lunch.
So, if you were a:
And you'd like to be part of a celebration on Saturday 18 July, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact Kelly Fagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards 2019
On Tuesday 19 November the sixteenth annual Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards took place at the University of Hertfordshire, celebrating the dedication and selfless efforts of sports volunteers from across the county. In advance of the night, a panel of independent judges considered more than 130 nominations from clubs and individuals, and awards were made to over 50 volunteers in recognition of their massive contribution to sport in Hertfordshire.
There were double figure Spartans at four events over the weekend – the Hatfield Five including county championships; Bass Belle 10; Hertfordshire Half Marathon and the Stevenage Parkrun.
The 5km (3.1 mile) free-event for all took place on Saturday morning and there were some Striders out in force, some at Stevenage, some away, some in foreign climbs.
Not deterred by the horrible conditions at Milton Keynes on Saturday, thirty-seven SNHAC athletes competed in the mud and the rain in the second Chiltern League race of the season. The race also doubled as one of the UK Cross Challenge events and a varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge, so featured some of the best in England.
Eight Spartans sped round the St Neots Half Marathon on Sunday. Although it was a bit cold the lack of wind and fast course, particularly from ten miles to the finish, meant some good times were possible.
MARK GOODWIN was the first to finish. Nothing wrong with 1 hour 45 minutes 24 seconds but he says a lack of training and hence fitness impacted on his time.
Remembrance Marathon and Half Marathon
The Striders were out in force as they competed at the marathon 26.2-mile distance and half-marathon 13.1-mile distance down at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey on Remembrance Day, running laps along the Thames Path. Times also included a two-minute silence if the runners were still running at 11am. In the marathon distance, Davie Stafford finished in 3-56-41 finishing 50th out of 241 runners whilst Clare Wing finished in 04-36-46, finishing 110th.
Forty Spartans finished Sunday’s Paul Maguire Handicap 5 mile race in Stevenage.
Race winner in an excellent 29:02, 1 minute 58 seconds better than handicap was Simon Jackson who overtook all 39 runners ahead of him during the course of the five miles. ELLA-MAY-HARDS was the first female to finish and second overall just 15 seconds behind Simon in a very good time of 33:02 and was also the fastest woman. She pipped the second man to the line by two seconds. Ciaran McAneny had a running time of 29:47, with Andy Jay third male excellently paced by James Kay in 40:34. Alison Shelley was second female with 42:11, just ahead of Samantha Pretty 33:16, Fiona Clark 42:07 and Michelle Reeves 33:44.