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Spartan JONATHAN PARR was a top ten finisher in Sunday’s Hertfordshire County Cross Country Championships for seniors (aged 20 and over). Fifteen Fairlands Valley Spartans tackled the championships which were at Stanborough, Welwyn Garden City.
Four Fairlands Valley Spartans took on the New Year’s Eve 10K race at Peterborough. A congested start and muddy course slowed times but STEVE WELLS was second male 60 plus and 60th overall in 41 minutes 40 seconds; JOHN HARRIS 97th and fourth male 55 plus in 44:15; MARIA SWIFT 439th overall in 58:22 and PAUL HOLGATE 670th in 1:06:00.
All twenty seven Fairlands Valley Spartans wanted for Christmas was to join in the festive Parkrun fun at six different locations around the country on Christmas Day.
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21 Fairlands Valley Spartans competed in two races on Sunday. Despite the cold three ran new personal bests (PB) and 16 ran new season’s bests (SB)
Fairlands Valley Spartans woke up to sunshine but a moderate breeze from the west for their Bryan Moore Shield and Paul Maguire Memorial 10 and 5 mile handicap road race events in Stevenage on Sunday morning.
48 Spartans took part. 28 in the 10 and 20 in the five mile race. 21 women recorded a time. There were some close finishes between people who may have started more than half an hour apart.
ROBERT EVANS beat his handicap time by a substantial 6 minutes 36 seconds to win the 10 mile event just 18 seconds ahead of his nearest rival with a net time of 1 hour 30 minutes 24 seconds.
In the five mile race VICKY ARCHER beat her handicap by 2 minutes 14 seconds to win the Paul Maguire trophy. She beat second placed PAUL SHELLEY by just 28 seconds. Vicky completed her run in 45 minutes 46 seconds.
It was brutal for the beast on Sunday. Fasirlands Valley Spartans Neil Robinson, Karen Ellis, Tim Robinson, Michael O’Keefe, Trish Hopper and Karen Liddle ran the Baldock Beast half marathon.
Weather conditions were terrible with a yellow warning issue by the Met office, the organisers were considering cancelling the event but the forecast was for it to clear at around 11am and with five minutes to go, the runners were called to the start line
On Saturday 23rd October Fairlands Valley Spartans Tim Robinson and Robert Wright ran the Beachy Head Marathon. They were joined by Tony Randfield who is one of the Stevenage parkrun event directors.
Due to heavy flooding in the Alfriston area the course was modified to be two laps of the half marathon course. This gave the trio an ideal opportunity to examine the course on fairly fresh legs before the hills made their full effects felt
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