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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
Oliver Pryer took 72nd place in the Lydd 20-mile event held on Sunday, 11 March 2018. The Sittingbourne Strider runner completed the course in a personal best time of 2.25.
Next home for the club in a speedy 2.49.46 was Darren James.
3rd Strider back in 226th place was Paul Williams in 2.52.48. His time was good enough to earn him 6th place in his age category of Male Vet 60+
Sarah Bradshaw was the first lady finisher for the Striders in 2.53.24. This was good enough for 56th lady and 13th in her age category of female vet 40+. Full Results
In total 13 striders completed the huge endurance effort. Many of the runners will now be setting their sights on the full marathon events which will be taking place across the country in April.
Running alongside the 20-mile race was a half-marathon over 13.1-miles. This saw 4 Sittingbourne Striders putting their best foot forward to return some fantastic times.
James Reeves finished 37th in 1.35.32. Clive Crisp was next in 1.49.27. 3rd back for the team was David Whittley in 2.02.08 followed closely by Jeff Fox in 2.10.05. Full Results