Many more Fairlands Valley Spartans have a completed qualifying series for the club championships and more have crept above the 70% markers. The men's open short and long distance championships are incredibly close.
YUKO GORDON has a commanding and world standard lead in the women's short distance age graded contest with 96.9% ahead of SUZY HAWKINS on 76.5% and SHERYL HANN on 66.5%. In the open contest Suzy leads with 72.0% with Yuko on 66.6% and PENNY SCHENKEL on 54.2%.
Moving up to the long distance championships for women the leading three are the same in the open and age graded events - ASHLEY KING, 70.7%; GAIL MACKIE 66.4% and KAREN ELLIS 64.9%.
Still with more than four months to go in the 2019 competition there's nothing in it in the men's open events. In the short distance STUART HAYCROFT leads with 68.379% with DEAN CARPENTER ever so close on 68.35% - just 0.029% behind. JOHN HARRIS is third with 64.8%. And look at the top three in the long distance championships - PAUL HEWETT on 70.335%; MARTIN BLACKBURN on 70.274% and STUART HAYCROFT on 70.157%!
Looking at the age related scores JOHN HARRIS leads the short with 77.4% with DEAN CARPENTER on 74.2% and STUART HAYCROFT on 72.4%. Not much separates the first three in the long series with STUART HAYCROFT on 72.6%; TIM SABAN on 71.5% and JIM BROWN on 71.5%.
Many other Spartans are just one event short of posting some really good series scores. The short distance championship consists of the best three out of 1500 metres, five kilometres, five miles and ten kilometres. The long distance championship is made up of the best three from ten miles, half marathon, twenty miles and full marathon (an accurate 26.2 miles).