Bexhill & Kent League XC

Bexhill half-marathon and 10km
Yvonne Crawford travelled to Bexhill on Saturday, 10 November to take on the Bexhill half-marathon.
 
The Strider put in an excellent performance around 13.1-mile course to return a time of 2hrs 46mins.
 
Her fellow club-mate also ran at Bexhill and opted for the 10km Poppy challenge. Andrea Lees Farrell made it around the 6.2-mile course in 1hr 37secs.
 
Kent League Cross Country
Saturday, 10 November saw the third fixture for the Kent League cross country in Danson Park, Welling.
 
In the ladies event over 5km top Strider was Liz Weeks who finished 14 th in a time of 18mins 22secs. Jen Simpson returned a time of 21mins 9secs earning her 68 th place. Alison Davey was close behind in 117 th with 23.38.

Porto Marathon, Deal 5 & Thames Meander

Porto Marathon
Two Striders tackled the Porto Marathon in Portugal on Sunday, 4 November.

Ollie Pryer whizzed round the course in 3hrs 26mins 25secs. Sam Hewitt did a brilliant run to return a time of 4hrs 27mins 57secs.

Deal 5
Yvonne Crawford and Jackie Austin headed to Deal for the 5 mile race along the seafront.

Jackie was first back in 45mins 34secs with Yvonne just over the 50-min mark with a time of 51mins 8secs.

London Meander Half Marathon
Two members ran the London meander half marathon on Saturday 3 November.

Louise Marshall completed the 13.1 mile course in 2hrs 33mins 55secs and Carolyn Marshall 2hrs 33mins 56secs.

South East Team Duathlon Championships

On Sunday 4 Novemer 21 Striders made up 7 teams for the South East Team Duathlon Championships held at Cyclopark in Gravesend.

The event, in which 31 teams were entered, involved a 3km run followed by a undulating technical 12.5km bike leg arpund the cyclopark and finished with another 3km run. I’m completion of the 18.5km the athletes tag their team mate to do the distance again until all 3 have finished.

First team back for the club and taking 2nd in the ladies competition were Liz Weeks, Ellie Hynes and Sally Smith. They had a combined time of 2hrs 40mins with Liz the fastest of the trio in 50mins 50secs.

Afterwards Sally said: ‘I felt really privileged to race alongside Liz and Ellie. They are fantastic athletes and taking a podium spot was a real bonus.’

The next team back taking 9th in the mixed team event were Claire Wright, Shelley Coker and James Reeves. They completed the event in a combined time of 2hrs 48mins.

Bragging rights for 3rd strider team home and takong 10th in the men’s event were Darren Billings, Andrew Howes and Daniel Edmondson in 2hrs 49mins.

 
2.40.47 – 2nd Womens Team
Sally SMITH  55:36
Liz WEEKS 50:50
Ellie HYNES 54:20

2:48:09  9th Mixed
Shelly COKER 1:01:47
Claire WRIGHT 56:33
James REEVES 49.51

2:49:20 10th Men’s Team
Darren BILLING 58:33
Andrew HOWES 1:00:51
Daniel EDMONDSON 49:58

2:52:12 10th Mixed
Paul BOWDITCH 54:20
Gina WOODFINE 1:04:05
Joseph LOVELOCK 53:49

2:54:06  12th Men’s Team
Kevin EASTOP 58:35
Steve PRINCE 53:59
John NUNES 1:01:34

3:07:46 12th  Mixed Team
Ross PILCHER  56:51
Danielle SMITH 1:07:51
Lisa HAMMOND 1:03:06

3:24:39 6th Women’s team
Clare EASTOP 1:07:09
Katy JACKSON 1:07:24
Nicola GARNER 1:10:07

Milton Creek Duathlon

2 Striders stayed local taking part in the Swale Tri Club duathlon held at Milton Creek Country Park on Sunday 28 October.

The event involved a 2.5km run, 10km off road bike and a final 2.5km run.

Sean Bootes and Sally Smith were both racing. Both athletes had to contend with absolute deluge on the bike leg making for tricky conditions.

Sally finished 2nd lady in 50mins. Sean completed the event in an hour.

European Triathlon Union Multisport Championships 2018

Sittingbourne Striders’ Lynne Hacon competed in the 2018 European Triathlon Union Multisport Championships held in Ibiza, representing the GB Age Group team in the Aquabike event. The Aquabike event should have been a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike but torrential rain on the day delayed the start of the event and the bike course was reduced to 28 miles. Lynne finished 6thin her age group in a time of 2hr 20 minutes.

Cross Country League & Ashford 5 & 10 Mile

Cross Country league
On Saturday the cross country team headed to Sommerhill School in Tonbridge for the second round of the Kent Cross Country league.

Liz Weeks took 3rd overall female out of 190 racers. Jen Simpson placed 42nd and Emily Middleton 65th. Their combined efforts sees the Women’s team placed 14th overall in the league standings.

In the men’s race Gareth Lewis was placed 74th out of 318 he was also 10th in his age category.

 

Ashford 10 mile and 5 mile running race.
On Sunday 28 October 11 members opted for a spooktacular running event.

It was a scenic race based in Ashford at the Towers School. There was a choice of a 5 mile or 10 mile race.

Ollie Pryer impressed with an excellent performance in the 10 mile event taking 8th place overall in 1hr 10mins 42secs. Alison Davey was next Strider home in 1hr 24mins 18secs she was also 13th lady overall. Heather Glass was 3rd back for the team in 1hr 31mins 54secs.

In the 5 mile event 6th lady overall was Katy Jackson in 47mins 42secs. Susannah Ulyatt managed 56mins 6secs and Dave Wood completed the course in 58mins 2secs.

10 mile
Ollie Pryer 1.10.42
Alison Davey 1.24.18
Heather Glass 1.31.54
Sam Hewitt 1.34.40
Davinia Brown 1.36.17
Katrina Potter 1.55.59
Yvonne Crawford 2.03.40

Katy Jackson 47.42
Susannah Ulyatt 56.06
Dave Wood 58.02
Beth Wood 1.03.41

Beachyhead Marathon & 10k

The Striders annual pilgrimage to one of the toughest marathon events took place on Saturday, 27 October.

The Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside.

There is also a 10km off road run for supporters looking for a taste of the Beachy Experience.

The Striders fielded a team of 60 athletes. 50 for the big one and ten in the 10km.

Remarkably bragging rights for first club vest home in both events went to members of the same family.

David Valenti completed the marathon event in a personal best time of 3hrs 52mins 14secs whereas his brother, Richard Valenti stormed the 10km in 49mins 35secs.

In the marathon Gary Spicer was 2nd clubman home in 4hrs 12mins 30secs. Not far behind was Ashley Claridge in 4hrs 19mins 19secs. 4th Strider was Daniel Barnard in a PB of 4hrs 23mins 30secs. Also running his lifetime fastest was Roy Shears in 4hrs 27mins 18secs.

In a strong ladies field it was Rebecca Still taking the honours fit first lady Strider back in 4hrs 45mins 46secs. 2nd to her was Sarah Bradshaw in 4hrs 53mins 21secs. Claire Wright was not far behind her in 4hrs 53mins 22secs. Next past the finish was Karen Seymour in 4hrs 53mins 29secs with Lucy Hewitt nipping at her heels in 5hrs 5mins 50secs.

First lady Strider home in the 10km went to Julie Greene in 1hr 1min 46secs.

Marathon results
David Valenti 3:52:14 PB
Gary Spicer 4:12:30
Ashley Claridge 4:19:19
Daniel Barnard 4:23:30 PB
Roy Shears 4:27:18 PB
Paul Williams 4:31:06
Rosie Williams 4:33:43
Glenn Davies 4:41:42
James Topham 4:41:49
Joe Lovelock 4:45:53
Rebecca Still 4:45:46
Bradley Clayton 4:47:26
Sarah Bradshaw 4:53:21
Claire Wright 4:53:22
Karen Seymour 4:53:29
Mark Ransom 4:56:33
Mick Diddams 4:57:01
Steve Prince 5:03:10
Andy Patching 5:05:49
Lucy Hewett 5:05:50
Paul Bowditch 5:05:50
Phil Robertson 5:11:35
Kellymarie Lywood 5:16:39
Kelly Brett 5:16:39
Craig Ecclestone 5:17:07
Richard Vassiliou 5:21.08 PB
Richard Sutehall 5:28:02
Lisa Duce 5:28:27
Andrew Howes 5:28:56
Gina Woodfine 5:28:57
David Whittley 5.41:30
Jo Branchett 5:43:53
Abby-Gale Bratby 5:49:31
Andrew Thomas 5:49:31
Gavin Malloch 5:56:41
Ron Smith 5:58:47
Kevin Eastop 6:02.38
Clare Eastop 6:02:39
Kent Parker 6.10.02
Nicki Brown 6:20:03
Alison Kite 6:21:11 PB
Michelle Perry 6:42:45
Martine Ingram 6:43:38 PB
Vanessa Patching 6:57:54
Emma Higgins 6:57:52 PB
Annette Lebreton 6:57:52
Helen Shears 6:57:53
Jackie Austin 7:21:48 PB
Lynn Coomber 7:22:05 PB
Sheila Malloch 7:39:42 PB
Wendy Howes 7:39:45
Orla McGaley 7:41:07 PB
Darren James 7:41:07
Cheryl Sieloff 7:41:43
Danielle Smith 8:08:49
Victoria Whittley 8:15:15 PB
Robert Holmes 8:15:41
Peter Harvey 8:15:41
Wendy Knee 8:15:42
Clare Fox 8:48:35 PB
Rachael Robertson Dnf due to injury – completed 16miles in 4 hrs.

10 Km results:
Richard Valenti 0:49:35
Paul Valenti 1:01:44
Julie Greene 1:01:46
Lorraine Neale 1:14:38
Esther Harris 1:14:39
Lesley Osmond 1:15:29
Alison Jarvis 1:17:44
Sally Patching 1:20:58
Robyn Benyon 1:20:58
Brad Thompson 1:23:13 PB

Marriane & the Great South Run

Marriane inspires team mates with defiant effort
Marriane Seaward showed the big C what she is made of when she sped round the Sittingbourne Parkrun on Saturday, 20 October.

In February Marriane was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since undergone chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and is currently having radiotherapy. Despite this she put on her running shoes to storm round the multi-terrain 5km in 32mins 56secs, much to the delight of her supporters.

Great South run for five Strider ladies

Five Striders travelled to Portsmouth for the Great South Run held on Sunday, 21 October.
The mass participation 10-mile race attracts thousands of runners and the Strider ladies put their best foot forward to return some excellent results.
Jo Bing, Jackie Austin, Annette Lebreton, Lisanne Tullett and Talita Wagg donned their smart newly designed Striders vest for the occasion.

First back for the Striders was Jackie in 1hr 39mins. Hot on her heels was Lisanne in 1hr 40mins 53secs. Annette and Talita came home close together with Anette at 1hr 50mins 8secs and Talita with 1hr 50mins 43secs.
Jo put in a supreme effort to return a time of 2hrs 4mins 53secs.

Maidstone Half & XC League

Striders eat up the miles at Maidstone Half
Striders turned out in force for the Maidstone Half Marathon on Sunday, 14 October.
 
Starting from the Cornwallis Academy the 13.1-mile course sent over 450 runners out to a loop of Boughton Monchelsea before heading towards East Farleigh to finish back at the Academy.
 
With a top 20 finish in 16 th place bragging rights for the first club man home went to David Valenti who whizzed round the course in 1.35.37. Ollie Pryer must have had him in his sights throughout the event as he was not far behind in 1.37.28. Third Strider home was Sam Mumford returning a time of 1.42.10.
 
A prize was awarded to Paul Williams for winning his age group (male vet 60+) with a 1.46.08.
 
The ladies were on equally good form with Rebecca Still taking 13 th overall and 6 th in her age group with 1.54.37. Runnign together to support each other were Lucy Hewett and Karen Seymour who both came home in 1.58.59 earning them top 20 spots.
 
Strider results
David Valenti 1.35.35
Ollie Pryer 1.37.28
Sam Mumford 1.42.10
Paul Williams 1.46.08
Glenn Davis 1.48.40
James Topham 1.49.59
Paul Bowditch 1.52.49
Bradley Clayton 1.53.00
Rebecca Still 1.54.37
Roy Shears 1.56.51
Craig Eccleston 1.57.16
Kevin Eastop 1.58.06
Joseph Lovelock 1.58.59
Lucy Hewett 1.58.59
Karen Seymour 1.58.59
Andrew Patching 1.58.59
Darren Billing 2.00.13
Sam Hewitt 2.10.33
Davinia Brown 2.12.55
Gavin Malloch 2.15.38
Jackie Austin 2.22.53
Clare Eastop 2.24.17
Vanessa Patching 2.37.42
Alison Kite 2.37.42
Femme Clegg 2.42.32
Emma Higgins 2.47.53
Helen Shears 2.48.53
 
Nonington XC League 13 October 2018
 
On Saturday, 13 October six Striders travelled to Beech Grove Academy in Nonington foe the first of the Kent Cross Country League races of the season.
 
The women have to comple a hilly, muddy, off road course of 5km and the men have the same conditions, but complete a 10km course.
 
Liz Weeks led the ladies team home taking 5 th place overall and a win in her age group in a time of 20.37. Not far behind was Jenifer Simpson in 24.39 with Emily Middleton in 28.18.
 
Olwen Cockell, who was racing for Swale AC, but is an active Strider member put in a good effort returning a time of 24.52.
 
The men’s race had two Striders forward with Gareth Lewis coming home in 43.52 and Lee Simpson with a speedy 46.21.

York 10-mile race, Sunday, 14 October
Andrea Lees Farrell and her mother Pamela Farrell put in a fantastic effort to complete the York 10-mile running race in 1.46.36. It was their first race together since joining the Striders and a great result for them both.

Sittingbourne 10 Mile & Chester Marathon

Quality field results in speedy times for Sittingbourne Striders 10-mile road race
 
The Sittingbourne Striders 10 mile road race was a fantastic success with a field of around 200 runners on Sunday, 7 October 2018.
 
Conditions were perfect for the event which was started by a Demelza Representative with Emma Hudson-Wright who is hanging up her hat after 10 years as Race Director, she goes out on a high after having a wonderful report from the Race Adjudicator.
 
The club are grateful to their Main Sponsor Bennett Opies for their generous support and for providing the goodie bags and their contents.
 
In addition there was a 2k Fun Run which attracted 100 runners from pre-school up to adult beginner runners whom received a coloured medal and a goodie bag. The school trophy went to Bobbing Village School.
 
The Main race was won by Stephen lamb unaffiliated in a time of 1:01:23 and the first lady home was Kate Curran from Blackheath & Bromley in a time of 1:09:10. The trophies were presented by Paul Fox of Bennett Opies.
 
The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Neil Hacon and Kelly Lywood and both male and female team were won by Sittingbourne Striders, these consisted of again the magnificent Neil Hacon and the Simpson brother’s Scott & Lee, and the ladies Kelly Lywood, Carli Deacon and Amanda Linder.
 
All the finishers received a medal, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. There was also cakes available at the end of the race baked by club members.
 
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 6th October and we hope to see you there.
 
Top 10 Men
Stephen Lamb – 1:01:23
Neil Hacon, Sittingbourne Striders – 1:03:35
Graeme Drysdale, Striders Of Croydon – 1:04:24
Richard Fullager -1:04:47
Andrew Noble, Ashford & District RRC -1:05:45
Mark Payne, Maidstone Harriers -1:06:11
Scott Simpson, Sittingbourne Striders -1:07:11
Toby Barker – 1:07:53
Murray Crundwell, 1:07:55
Andy Holmes, Rebel Runners – Medway – 1:09:26
 
Top 10 Women
Kate Curran, Blackheath & Bromley -1:09:10
Jemma Whyman, Medway and Maidstone AC – 1:10:55
Sally Fry, Rebel Runners – Medway – 1:13:11
Sharon Bolister, Eton Manor AC – 1:13:33
Lilian Shilbeck -1:14:01
Rhian Shrimplin, Ashford & District RRC – 1:17:25
Taryne Mcpherson, Medway & Maidstone Ac – 1:17:38
Olwen Cockell, Swale AC  01:18:15
Rebecca Still, 1:18:58
Jacqueline King, Istead & Ifield Harriers – 1.19.09
 
 
Striders taking part
Neil Hacon – 1:03:35
Scott Simpson – 1:07:11
Lee Simnpson – 1:13:06
Daniel Judd – 1:13:22
Mick Diddams – 1:15:16
Glenn Davies – 1:17:31
Bradley Clayton – 1:18:06
Ceri Burr – 1:18:10
Clive Crisp – 1:20:42
Martin Green – 1:24:26
Kevin Eastop – 1:24:41
Amanda Linder – 1:26:38
Kelly Lywood – 1:28:11
Carli Deacon – 1:28:47
Barry Simmons – 1:32:54
Steve Russell – 1:33:06
Angela Smith – 1:35:31
Nicki Brown – 1:37:08
David Whittley – 1:37:08
Jackie Austin – 1:37:43
Clare Eastop – 1:40:34
Rachael Adkins -1:42:40
Talita Wigg – 1:52:57
Julie Southall – 1:55:13
Alix Osborne – 2:02:03
Yvonne Crawford – 2:04:49
Cheryl Sieloff – 2:09:04
Victoria Whittley – 2:09:37
 
Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon (26.2KM)
Andy and Vanessa patching travelled to Chester to take on the Chester marathon and half marathon.

Andy completed the marathon, breaking 4-hours, and finishing in a very good time of 3hrs 57mins 50 secs.

Vanessa opted for the 26.2KMs, known as the metric marathon and finished in 3hrs 2mins.