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A First Marathon for Luke
18 September 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

LUKE GURNEY thoroughly enjoyed his first marathon which was at Brighton. He said it was a difficult final few miles but the gorgeous sea views and the mass crowds kept him going. He finished in 4 hours 28 minutes 6 seconds.

Be paid to run a HAPpy Camp this Christmas
18 September 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

This Christmas, Hertfordshire County Council, Herts Sports Partnership and Hertfordshire Community Foundation will once again join forces to deliver healthy food alongside physical and enrichment activities, under the name ‘HAPpy: Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme’.

100 For John at the Stampede
07 September 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

Spartan JOHN NELMS has run one hundred marathons. That’s 100 full marathons of 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometres) or even longer Ultra Marathons. He ran his 100th at the St Albans Stampede on Saturday. John was escorted across the finish line by his wife Sharon and son Jacob then welcomed to the 100 Club reception by a large number of Spartans (See later for his story). St Albans Stampede Altogether twenty Spartans completed at least four four mile laps at the St Albans Stampede. The Stampede was a 12 hour event around a four mile loop. Runners completed as many laps as they could within the time limit.

Funding Opportunity
03 September 2021
Sport Stevenage

ReTrain to Retain – the skills, funding and support programme for sport and physical activity in England – opens for applications today.


ReTrain to Retain as been designed to support up to 50,000 sports coaches, volunteers, fitness professionals and group exercise instructors to return to, or remain working in, the sector as it continues to recover from the pandemic.

It will also provide additional skills, funding, and support for up to 5,000 self-employed professionals and micro-businesses and will work with up to 500 sector employers to address skills shortages and fund essential training. 

Eligible job roles

Retrain to Retain is designed to help everyone working in sport and physical activity. Here's who we are focusing our support on:

·         Assistant Swimming Teacher

·         Entry Manager

·         Fitness Instructor

·         General Manager

·         Group Exercise Instructor

·         Lifeguard

·         Personal Trainer

·         Pilates Instructor

·         Pool Plant Operative

·         Recreation Assistant

·         Senior Manager

·         Sports Coach

·         Sports Coaching Assistant

·         Strength and Conditioning Trainer or Coach

·         Swimming Teacher

·         Yoga Instructor

Mental Health Newsletter
01 September 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

We Are Undefeatable is a movement supporting people with a range of long-term health conditions, developed by 16 leading health and social care charities and backed by expertise, insight and significant National Lottery funding from Sport England.


The next webinar will take place on the 23rd September 11:00-12:00. Join to find out more about their upcoming autumn campaign plans, key insights from the summer campaign period and hearing from guest speakers about how they are bringing We Are Undefeatable to life.

Get ready for the Stevenage Half Marathon
01 September 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

Entries Open for the Stevenage Half Marathon Only eleven weeks to go to the Stevenage Half Marathon and it’s time to start getting ready. This year the race will be on Sunday 21st November (a couple of weeks later than usual). Entries for the Stevenage Half Marathon are open. This club and community event has a history going back 37 years and is organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. With a break due to Covid 19 in 2020 it’s back for 2021. You have got time to get fit to run and you can train with Once you join all the many training sessions each week and the advice is free

Lee Valley Half Marathon
21 August 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

Six Spartans raced in the Lee Valley regional park near Waltham Cross on Sunday. Starting and finishing by the White Water Rafting Centre in the half marathon DANNY SCANLON was 20th out of the 227 finishers in 1 hour 30 minutes 34 seconds. SAM SIMMONS was 52nd in 1:41:22.

Mental Health Newsletter
31 July 2021
Herts Sports Partnership

Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference
Mind, the mental health charity is pleased to announce its Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference which will be taking place on Wednesday 13 October 2021. Tickets for the conference will be free. In person tickets will be limited but Mind will be able to offer a high number of virtual tickets. Tickets for the virtual aspect of the conference will go live in a special edition of Mind's newsletter. This will be sent in mid-August. To sign up for the newsletter, email

Parkrun is Back
28 July 2021
Fairlands Valley Spartans

Spartan Sets A New British Record at the Running Grand Prix


Spartan YUKO GORDON broke a British record by nearly three minutes in the Running Grand Prix at the Bedford Autodrome on Sunday.  She reduced the half marathon record for women aged 70 and over to just 1 hour 37 minutes 50 seconds and only missed the world record by 12 seconds.

Join us for Health Action Day!
28 July 2021
Sport Stevenage

Dear Healthy Stevenage Partners,

Please see your Health Action Day invitation below together with booking form attached  sent on behalf of SLL.  We're encouraging all partners to be part of this event to promote your services to residents!

Join us for Health Action Day!

It has been well documented over the last decade  that  a high percentage of people in the UK are sedentary, overweight and at an increasing risk of developing life threatening illnesses which puts a huge strain on the NHS and local authorities. This situation has become worse due to the effect that COVID 19 has had on both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the communities.

Ten years ago, Stevenage Leisure Limited  created a free, yearly event called Health Action Day to provide advice from health professionals, charity and voluntary groups helping to promote the comprehensive services that are available in Stevenage. Previous events have been well attended and we are delighted that we have been able to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of many people.

This event is even more important and relevant as we are now left picking up the pieces after the pandemic. With the NHS at breaking point, we all need to be looking after our health as a priority.

We would like to invite you to have  a free stall at the event to promote your charitable or not for profit organisation on Saturday 18th September, 10.00am – 2.00pm

There will be a timetable of activities for all the family to take part in, trial sessions for the anti-gravity treadmill and Functional Stimulation Bike suitable for chronic medical conditions and disabilities, a trial for Wizdish ROVR which is an exciting  virtual reality experience to encourage those who are not active of all ages to enjoy a totally different approach to exercise. There will also be presentations from organisation professionals and health tests.

Please return your completed form to

Sport & Lesiure Team

Communities and Neighbourhoods

Stevenage Borough Council, Daneshill House, Danestrete, Stevenage SG1 1HN