Whitstable 10km & 5km

Five Striders braved wet and windy conditions to take on the Whitstable 10km & 5km on Sunday, 29 July.

10Km: Clive Crisp put in a strong performance to take bragging rights as first Strider home in 48.37. This saw him placed 2nd in his age group and 30th male overall.

Next up and first lady Strider home was Katy Jackson with a 52.49. Katrina Fisher did well and was unlucky to not break the hour with a 1.00.49. Forth back for the club was Jackie Austin with a credible 1.02.48.

5km: Sonia Crisp ran the 5km event in 29.27

Pretty Muddy, Mid Kent 5 Miler

A team of Strider ladies took on the Pretty Muddy 5km run at Mote Park, Maidstone on Sunday, 8 July.

The fun event, run by Cancer Research, saw the ladies running 5km, taking on inflatable obstacles and getting down right muddy to raise money for the worthy cause.

Sandra Gardiner co-ordinated the 23-strong ladies team, she said: ‘This was a very special running event for women. It involved all sorts of ladies running for some very special reasons. We had a lot of fun and were cheered on by some great supporters.’
The Sittingbourne Striders Team: Emma Higgins, Carey Philpott Kite, Alison Kite, Clare Fox, Denise Grant, Emma Pomeroy, Grace Mead, Lisa Burr, Karen Wastell, Katy Jackson, Kellymarie Lywood, Heidi Knight, Nicky Brown, Orla Mcgaley, Sandra Gardiner, Sally Patching, Vanessa Patching, Teresa Watson, Paula O’Reilly, Phoebe Pomeroy, Nicki Brown, Lauren Scott and Nicky Knight.
Mid-Kent 5 miler

Abbey amd Ross Campbell were in action at the Mid Kent 5 milers on Sunday 15 July. Searing conditions meant the runners had a lot to contend with. However it did not stop Abbey from producing a very respectable time of 48.22, knocking 6 minutes off her PB. Ross returned a time of 44.53.

Lulworth Cove Half Marathon off road race

Mark Odgen took 70th place with 2.20.59 at the Lulworth Cove Half Marathon on Saturday 14 July.

The sold out event saw 750 runners taking on trails and off road tracks over 13.1 miles.

Bedgebury Buggy Run 

Sally Smith and her 1-year old daughter Sophie travelled to Goudhurst for the 3rd event in a series of 5 races for buggy runners.

Like others Sally struggled with the heat completing the 3.2 mile hilly course in 27.59mins. A good minute slower than her last effort. She took 3rd overall and 2nd lady.

Hever Castle & Cliffe Woods

A sweltering 32 degree heat did not stop Striders Darren James and Gavin Malloch from taking on the Hever Castle half marathon on Sunday, 8 July 2018.

The tough but scenic course offered a challenge but the duo put their best foot forward with Darren completing the 13.1 miles in 2.11.38 and Gavin 2.30.36. The journey was made worthwhile with both athletes taking 3rd in their respective age groups.

Cliffe 5 Mile

Louise Marshall and Allison Bourne took on the Cliffe Woods 5 mile race. First back was Louise in 54.07 just 10 secs ahead of Alison in 54.17.

Race for life 10km
Abbey Campbell ran the race for life 10km at Mote Park, Maidstone in 1.06.

Dymchurch 5k 2018

Sally Smith raced the 5km held by Nice Work events at Dymchurch on Sunday, picking the event as the organisers kindly agreed to let her run with baby Sophie in the running buggy.

As with all the other races in Kent, temperatures were bordering extreme making it hard work. She was delighted to return a time of 24.24 earning her 4th placed lady overall and winning her age group.

Sandwich 10k 2018

A number of members travelled to Sandwich to take part in the annual 10km event, they all returned respectable times in very hot conditions.

First home for the club was Gavin Malloch in 55.56. He was closely followed by David Whitley in 57.26. Amanda Claridge (58:43) was first lady club member back for the team followed by Denise Grant in 1.08 and Victoria Whittley in 1.26.

North Downs 30km 2018

A number of Striders took part in one of the most beautiful but gruelling long distance races on the Kent calendar on Sunday, 24 June. With nearly 600m of hills to climb it’s a very tough event.

Liz Weeks was first back for the team. Her time of 2hrs 26mins saw her take a spot on the podium for 2nd place overall. Elliot Stokes followed in 2hrs 54mins .

Angela Smith was first back for the Strider ladies finishing in 3hrs 48mins, Teresa Watson was not far behind in 3.55.

SVN Kent 50

Strider Rachel Donaldson battled with high temperatures to take on the SVN Kent 50 on Saturday, 23 June.

Despite having to contend with the ever soaring heat, she ran 50kms in 9 hours and 19 minutes, even more impressive was her time included stopping for a pint of beer enroute!

Southend Half 2018

Two Striders, Darren James and Gavin Malloch, took part in the Southend half on Sunday, 10 June.

Darren managed a time of 1.43.29 over the 13.1-miles. Gavin was plagued with a back spasm at the halfway point but pushed the pain to one side to complete in 2.05.29.

Charing 10k 2018

Five team members contested a very hot and hill Charing 10km on Friday, 8 June.

First back for the striders was Laura Woods in 50.38. She was followed by Aneta Steers in 1.03.38. Next back and winning her age group was Alison Kite with 1.05.05. Amanda and Ashley Clairdge performed well coming home in 1.08.55 and 1.08.56.

Medway 10K 2018

The Medway 10km was the race of choice for many in the club this week.

Notable performances came from Gareth Lewis who took 19th place in 41.58. David Valenti 22nd in 42.21 and Ollie Pryer who finished just 1 second behind in 42.21 for 23rd overall.

Ellie Hynes was first lady back for the team in 7th overall with a 45.19. Next lady strider was Jen Coleman with 49.22 followed by Sarah Bradshaw with 53.39.

The men’s race was won by Lee McMeekin in 35.32. The ladies race was won by Sarah Cronin in 43.49.

Gareth Lewis 41:58
David Valenti 42:20
Oliver Pryer 42:21
Glenn Davies 43:47
Ellie Hynes 45:17
Roy Shears 47.38
James Topham 48.05
Andy Patching 48:49
Jennifer Coleman 49:22
Clive Crisp 49:55
Karen Seymour 50.47
Steve Bradshaw 53:06
Sarah Bradshaw 53:39
Sam Hewitt 54:03
Kevin Eastop 54:39
Emily Middleton 56:17
Katy Jackson 56:43
Davinia Brown 57.07
Sam Fawcett 59:32
Adam Marsland 59:17
Katy Jackson 56:43
Sarah Strachan 58.18
Gavin Malloch 58:23
Sam Fawcett 59:32
Adam Marsland 59:17
Gordon Wallace 1:02:50
Clare Eastop 1:05:57
Jackie Austin 1:05:39
Vanessa Patching 1:09:15
Alison Kite 1:09:15
Emma Higgins 1:12:21
Helen Shears 1:12:21