Milton Creek Duathlon

Milton Creek Duathlon : Sunday 29th October

3 Striders took part in the Go Tri Swale Tri Club Duathlon with the following results:

Sarah Strachan 16th/28 (1hr 11min 9sec)
Gordon Wallace 23rd/28 (1hr 14min 4sec)
Barbara Collier 25th/28 (1hr 16min 3sec)

Left to right: Barbara Collier; Sarah Strachan; Gordon Wallace:


Cyclopark Relay Duathlon

Cyclopark Relay Duathlon : Sunday 22nd October

Striders were out in force on a windy sunny October morning @ Gravesend’s Cyclopark. 11 teams of 3 entered the event which was a great opportunity for many from the club to have their first try at a multi disciplined event on a traffic free course.

cyclopark relay duathlon

‘The Glory Hunters’ were the first Striders team home in a time of 2.39.35 placing them 7th out 19 mixed teams
Glenn Davies
Jen Coleman
Lee Simpson

‘170 Not Out’ team were next home in 2.46.31 placing them 9th mixed team
Ian Gower
Steve Shirmplin
Karen Seymour

‘The Striders’ team 2.56.18 – 13th mixed team
Paul Bowditch
Lucy Hewett
Danielle Smith

‘Team Cake’ team 3.02.57 – 14th mixed team
Ross Pilcher
Sophie Byrne
Debbie Usher

‘KMJ’ team 3.05.18 – 16th mixed team
Matthew Pearce
Kerry Pearce
Jody Coxon

‘Max Bodimeade’ team 3.05.42 – 13th mens team out of 14 mens teams
Sam Wilders
John Nunes
Andrew Thomas

‘2 Foxes and a Hound’ team 3.06.36 – 18th mixed team
Gary Spicer
Gina Woodfine
Sarah Strachan

‘Wonder Women’ 3.06.41 – 4th womens team out of 7 womens teams
Lisa Hammond
Nicola Garner
Katy Jackson

‘ARD’ 3.09.15 – 14th mens team
Darren Billing
Andrew Howes
Roy Shears

‘Canicross Striders Ladies’ – 3.30.58 – 7th womens team
Jo Bing
Barbara Collier
Shelly Coker

‘Team Tri Jedi’ – 3.33.37 – 19th mixed team
Kevin Eastop
Claire Eastop
Karen Longley

London to Brighton Off Road Bike Ride 2017

London to Brighton Off Road Bike Ride: Sunday 24th September

2 Striders took part in the UK’s biggest charity off-road ride. Going for 10 years the route was varied including tough climbs, technical descents, rocky surfaces and dirt trails! Well done Sarah Louise Strachan and Christopher Rogers for completing this tough challenge!

Hever Castle Triathlon 2017

Hever Castle Triathlon : Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September 2017

Hever Castle hosted a weekend of various distance triathlon events. Steve Prince competed in the Sprint Plus on the Saturday completing in a time of 2hr 43m 34s. While Gary Deacon and Luis Diaz took part in the Olympic event on the Sunday putting in times of 2hr 56m and 3h 10m respectively.

Double Brutal 2017

Double Brutal 2017

23 intrepid Double Ultra Triathletes took to Llyn Padarn at the foot of Mount Snowdon on Saturday for the first of 3 events. At 7:30am, we joined other athletes racing half, full and triple distance triathlons. The swim was 8 laps around the course for a total of 4.8 miles. The lake was hovering around 11°C as we entered the water, and 3 hours later, I emerged feeling cold, but relieved to have completed the first event with a smile on my face,

Next up, the bike section. Another 8 laps, on the road around Snowdon. Total distance covered; 231 miles with over 16,000ft of climbing (That’s the same as reaching Everest South Base camp!). What followed was 20 hours in the saddle, with stops for food and drink at the end of each lap. Temperatures dropped to around 4°C during the night, and there were some desperate, dark moments as the night rolled in, including tears, nearly falling asleep on the bike, lots of very lonely times and a near-intimate bike/sheep incident.

Around 6am on Sunday morning, I finished the bike ride and had 30 minutes sleep. Awake (ish) and partly refreshed, I began the ascent of Snowdon with my sister and best mate. Feeling tired and a little lacking in energy, we made it to the top, got the all-clear from the medic and descended the mountain back to race HQ. I could quite happily have stopped there after 10 miles, but the run section was yet to come.


Another change of clothing into running shorts and trainers and the 8 laps of the lake began at about 11am. Each lap being just over 5 miles on and off road with 600ft of climbing on each lap. (Totalling more than the ascent of Snowdon). The laps wore on, and my support crew continued to provide amazing morale as the darkness once again descended. The last 3 laps were in the dark and to top it off, heavy rain started on the final lap! I didn’t care by then, it was done. I had conquered the Brutal Double.

40 hours 24 minutes. 11th out of 23 starters and my last ever Triathlon. What a finale. I can recommend this race to anyone, but make sure you have an amazing support crew. They were priceless.

Thanks to everyone who donated to my nominated charity; MS-UK, for which we raised over £800!


by Matthew Norris


Ironman Wales

Ironman Wales : 10th September 2017

The Swim

4.45 on a very cold quiet and overcast morning, deep in the Welsh hills, the 3 Sittingbourne Striders; Joseph Lovelock (Captain) David Valenti and Jacob Beaney gathered with trepidation and cautious excitement at the challenge that faced them. They were about to take on the mighty Dragon of Ironman Cymru. An arduous course of a 2.4 mile swim in the Irish Sea, a 112 mile Cycle over the Pembrokeshire hills and a Marathon run to finish the day. The Tenby Trio eagerly set off to the start line with 2000 other competitors. As a ray of sun broke through the clouds the rolling start of the swim began and they were off. Little did they know that was the last time they would see the sunshine. 2 laps of a 1.2 mile swim in the sea saw a good start for the 3 Striders with their first lap all being completed in just over 35 minutes. The winds picked up and the sea got rough but could only slow the three down marginally, all three of them leaving the water within a minute of each other at the 1 hour 15 mark. What followed was a 1 km run into the transition areas to get ready for the next leg of the journey.

The bike

112 miles through 8000ft of ascent on the hills was always going to be tough but the weather made it punishing. The athletes were battered with 45 mph winds gusting higher with horizontal rain coming in from all angles. The ascents were steep and lengthy and the descents were littered with slow signs due to the rain. Valenti made good progress storming up the hills and maintaining a high average speed, pulling away from the other two. The weather was relentless even wreaking havoc with the Ironman Trackers, reportedly the worst conditions that Ironman Tenby had seen. Lovelock was with Beaney from the word go until another competitor caused a crash that took out his gears. With 35 miles to go and only 1 gear to choose from the rest of the ride just got harder for Joseph Lovelock. The Captain had to dig deep in his fight against the Ironman, but his will would not be broken.


The Run

The medieval town walls and picturesque beachfront provided an impressive back drop for the final push of the day, the Marathon. With nearly 3000ft of ascent the run was a spectacle by its own right. 4 laps of the town, running through the cobbled streets to the applause of people cheering the competitors on from every road side, street corner and pub doorway. The fans were wild with excitement creating an incredible atmosphere that spurred on the entire Ironman community. Even when darkness fell the noise and the cheer and the Ironman party continued, willing the participants to the finish. The marathon proved to be Valentis best event, completing a 4 hour 12 run; with Beaney and Lovelock coming in at 4.50 and 4.52 respectively. Ironman Cymru is considered one of the toughest Ironman race sin the series made harder by the fierce weather. The challenge that the 3 Striders faced was demanding emotionally, mentally and physically and will be one to remember for years to come. Walls were run through and barriers brushed aside, the three let nothing stand in their way on the road to glory. They even had the energy to smile for the finisher’s photo.

Ironman Wales

Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2017

Ironman 70.3 World Championships : 9th & 10th September 2017

The World Championship is the culmination of over 100 qualifying events involving 185,000 Athletes. Sittingbourne Striders Lynne and Neil Hacon qualified for entry into the event at Weymouth in 2016 and had been training for it for several months.

Ironman 70.3 World Championships
Neil & Lynne Hacon at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships

More than 4500 people from over 90 countries participated in the event that included a 1.2 mile swim in the Tennessee River, a 56 bike ride (including climbing local landmark Lookout Mountain) and a 13.1 mile run through the streets of Chattanooga.
Lynne finished in a time of 6 hours and 24 minutes placing her 98th out of 144 in her age group.
Neil finished in a time of 5 hours 23 minutes, placing him 219th out of 340 in his age group.

Ironman Maastricht 2017

Ironman Maastricht 2017 : 6th August 2017  

James Brincat, Nick Bayntun, David Forman, Geoff Tyler, Neil Hacon, Lynne Hacon and Luis Diaz from Sittingbourne Striders Triathlon travelled to Holland to compete in Ironman Maastricht. The single day endurance event consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike race and then finishes with running a marathon. At 07:15 the cannons sounded and the 1600 competitors dived into the River Meuse to begin the race. Neil Hacon was the first Strider out of the water in a time of 1hr 7mins, followed by James Brincat 2 minutes later. All 7 Striders completed the swim comfortably within the 2hr 20min cut off.

Ironman Maastricht 2017
Left to right Luiz Diaz; Geoff Tyler; Nick Bayntun; Lynne Hacon; David Forman

Safely out of the water the triathletes swapped their goggles for bike helmets and started the 180km bike leg. The challenging bike course took the athletes out of Maastricht to the scenic surrounding Limburg landscape and through the iconic hills and mountains of Bemelerberg, Geulhemmerberg, and Hallembaye.


Ironman Maastricht 2017
Nick Bayntun


Despite James Brincat crashing on the bike course, by 4pm all 7 Striders had successfully made it to the third and final discipline, the marathon! The athletes were cheered through the historic city streets by friends, family and the superb support of the locals. Neil Hacon was first Strider home in 10hrs 35mins, followed by James Brincat 11hrs 14mins, David Forman 12hrs 31mins, Geoff Tyler 12hrs 46mins, Lynne Hacon 12hrs 53mins (4th in age group), Nick Bayntun 13hrs 05mins and Luis Diaz 13hrs 21mins.  Full Results

Ironman Maastricht 2017
James Brincat

Bewl Water Sprint & Standard Tri 2017

Bewl Water Sprint & Standard Tri : Sunday 6th August 2017

5 Striders lined up at the start for the very picturesque Bewl Water Triathlon.  A swim in the reservoir is followed by a challenging bike course which loops round the reservoir and is finished with a run along the causeway with great views of Bewl Water.  

Glenn Davies (1:18:40) was first Strider home in the Sprint winning his age category and finishing 26th overall, Andy Baptie (1:19:59 – 31st overall), Paul Holt (1:35:04 -102 overall), Rachel Ward (1:35:46.35) was 21st lady and 4th in her age category,

James Reeves (2:47:12) was the only Strider to tackle the Standard distance and finished 76th



Bewl Water
Glenn Davies


Bewl Water
Paul Holt, Rachel Ward, Andy Baptie, Glenn Davies



Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2017

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2017: 30th July 2017

4 Striders took part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 bike ride this weekend, which is entirely on roads closed to normal traffic. The ride, which is a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, is part of a weekend full of cycling events in the capital. 24000 riders were expected to take part in the ride which started from the Olympic Park, took in the challenges of Leith Hill and Box Hill in Surrey and culminated in a spectacular finish on The Mall. Professional cyclists race exactly the same course later on the same day in order to compete for the London Classic. Chris Williams was the first Strider home in 4 hrs 55 mins 34 secs

Chris Williams – 4:55:34
Noel Lander – 5:16:28
Ian Gower – 6:11:52
Lee Simpson – 7:24:36
Lorraine Neale – 7:34:34


Lee Simpson & Lorraine Neale: