RAF 100 Challenge

Also putting in some serious mileage was Andy Patching, Vanessa Patching and Teresa Watson who travelled to the Cyclopark in Gravesend to take part in the Saxon Norman Viking run. The trio ran varying distances to cover over 40-mile between them. Vanessa ran 10.5-miles in 1.54, Teresa 13.1 in 2.14 and Andy a staggering 20-miles in 2.56, smashing the 3-hour mark. A sub 4-hour marathon is surely on the cards for this strider come the marathon.

Kingston Half Marathon 2018

It was a case of London calling on Easter Sunday for Strider Gavin Malloch as he put on his striders vest to take on the Kingston half marathon. Gavin, who had volunteered at the Sittingbourne parkrun the previous day, romped home in an excellent 1.58.55.

Folkestone 10 Mile

Despite seasonally appropriate Biblical rain, three Sittingbourne Striders decided to put on their racing shoes and take on the Folkestone 10-mile running race held on Good Friday, 30 March 2018.

Liz Weeks, Ronald Smith and Alison Davey all donned their Striders racing vests in the 10-mile event which took runners from Folkestone to Hythe.

First back was Liz, deciding to get out of the rain as quickly as possible, returning a time of 1.03.12. This saw her take to the podium as second placed woman in the event with the added bonus of a trophy for first in her age group (V35).

Next back was Ronald in a very good time of 1.35.57. Unfortunately on this occasion Alison did not finish, however it is early season with many events to come.

After the race Liz said: “It was a fast flat out and back course, but the strong headwind and heaving rain made it a very challenging run.” 
 
 
Folkestone 10

Resolution Run – Mote Park

Sarah Strachan bucked the trend by taking on the resolution run at Mote Park. She completed the hilly 15km event finishing in a time of 1.26

Club mate Liam Reilly opted for the 5km race at the same event which he won in 21 minutes.

London Landmarks Half 2018

The club put forward a big team to the London Landmarks half marathon. The top three striders home all were within a few minutes of each other. First back was Ashley Claridge in 1.39.33. Under 2 minutes behind was Glenn Davis in 1.41.16. Next it was Steve Shrimplin in 1.43.43.

The ladies also put in good runs Karen Seymore was 1st from the team in 1.46.54. Orla McGaley was 2nd in 2.46.19 jointly with Felicity Cleary who ran the same time.
 
Ashley Claridge 1.39.33
Glenn Davies 1.41.16
Steve Shrimplin 1.43.43
Ian Morgan 1.44.28
Andrew Charlesworth 1.44.39
Karen Seymore 1.46.54
Paul Williams 1.46.54
Paul Bowditch 1.53.39
Darren Billing 1.53.39
Joao Nunes 2.08.35
Orla McGaley 2.46.19
Felicity Cleary 2.46.19
Michelle LeMasonry-Bennett 2.4.46
Dionne Grant 2.48.20
Hayley Thomas 2.48.20
Denise Grant 2.49.06
Natalie Jimenez 2.55.44
Sam Gillham 2.57.08

Yeovil Half Marathon 2018

Striders Sheila and Gavin Malloch headed to Yeovil for a half marathon. The pair both managed respectable times with Gavin finishing in 2.13.10 good enough to take 23rd in his age group (60-69) and 760 male home. Sheila completed the 13.1-mile event in 2.24.13 this earned her 58th in her age category (50-59) and 471 in the female competition.

Liverpool 10 Mile 2018

A top 10 finish and a PB was enough to make a trip to Liverpool a worthwhile venture for Sittingbourne Strider Ellie Hynes. In a field of 206 lady runners Hynes stormed ahead, averaging just over a 7.30 minute miles pace to come home in 1.42.32. She was thrilled with 7th place considering the strength and depth of competition.

Hastings Half Marathon 2018

Setting their sights on Hastings Half Marathon was a group of 14 Sittingbourne Striders. Mark Ransom had bragging rights for first club member back clocking a time of 1.49.12. His clubmates Joseph Lovelock and Jacob Beaney must have had Mark in their sights on the long run into the finish as they only some 40 odd seconds behind in 1.49.51.
 
The ladies in the club also put in some impressive efforts with Joanna Branchett finishing in 2.10.32 just a few minutes ahead of Julie Greene in 2.14.28. Karen Longley was third lady black for the club in 2.32.21.
 
Mark Ransom – 1.49.12
Joseph Lovelock 1.49.51
Jacob Beaney 1.49.51
Geoffrey Tyler 1.50.41
David Whittley 2.03.53
Kevin Eastop 2.06.32
Andy Howes 2.09.11
Joanna Branchett 2.10.32
Julie Greene 2.14.28
Karen Longley 2.32.21
Clare Eastop 2.32.31
Dominic Norwell 2.38.04
Wendy Howes PB in 2.45.51
Victoria Whittley 3.14.34

Hampton Court Half Marathon 2018

10 Striders travelled to Hampton Court for a rather regal half marathon. First club member home went to Laura Forster in a speedy 1.55.53. Hot on her heals was Gina Woodfine who completed the 13.1-mile course in 2.02.36. Joint honours for third back home went to Esther Harris and Sean Bootes who both managed 2.10.27.
 
Laura Forster – 1.55.53
Gina Woodfine – 2.02.36
Esther Harris 2.10.27
Sean Bootes – 2.10.27
Lorraine Neale 2.13.15
Norman Swann 2.16.12
Helen Shears – 2.28.04
Emma Higgens – 2.32.34
Robyn Benyon – 2.35.15
Jo Bing- 2.35.16
 
 

Maidstone Road Run 2018

Lynn Coomber ran 13.1 miles in the Maidstone Road Run, she managed a time of 2.34 on a scenic course which she described as ‘beautiful.’