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.

Hever Castle Triathlon

Testing conditions did not put 7 striders off as they entered the waters of the spectacular 38 acre Hever Castle Lake and River Eden. After completing the open-water swim of the Hever Castle Triathlon they hopped on their bikes for an undulating circuit through the High Weald of Kent which dipped into the stunning Ashdown forest. The largely off-road run circumnavigated the estate before returning to the award-winning castle grounds where they completed this challenging triathlon with a tree-lined finish beside the lake.

Steve Prince took part in one of the longer distance triathlons on offer…’The Guantlet’ middle distance triathlon involved a 1900m swim; 90km cycle & 21km run which he completed in 7.07.58 placing him 70th overall out of 182 entrants.

Andrew Howes was first home out of the 5 Striders who took part in ‘The Hever’ Olympic distance triathlon which consisted of a 1500m swim; 40k cycle & a 10,500m run.He completed the course in a time of 3:53:35 placing him 474th out of 631 who completed the event. Kevin Eastop was close behind him crossing the line in 3:55: 34 – 490th overall. Rachael Robertson 4:00: 21 – 513rd overall. Unfortunately some confusion lead Clare Eastop & Phil Robertson to not complete the full distance of the bike course but they still went on to finish the event.

Ellie Hynes took part in ‘The Anne Boleyn’ super sprint distance triathlon involving a 400m swim; 20k bike & 4k run. Ellie completed the course in 1:22:49 placing her 106th out of 827 competitors.


London Duathlon 2018

In Richmond Park on Sunday the 16th September three Sittingbourne Striders competed in the world’s largest duathlon. The three entered the 15th annual London Duathlon, completing a 10 km run, a 44 km bike race and a final 5 km run to the finish line, while dodging suicidal squirrels and six foot stags!

1423 Ian Gower 02:50:59
1450 Steve Shrimplin 02:54:57
2308 Andy Settle 03:27:30

London Duathlon

Left to right: Steve Shrimplin; Ian Gower; Andy Settle


Ocean Lake Sprint Tri & Go Tri

Leybourne Lakes were busy with 2 events…the first was a Sprint tri which 2 Striders too part in. A 750m swim in the lake followed by a 18k bike and 5k run around the lake Katy Jackson crossed the line in 1:30:24 placing her 61st overall out of 80 entrants with Kevin Eastop close behind in 1:36:50 70th overall.


The second event was a GO TRI event a great way for novices and beginners to have a go at Triathlons for the first time with a 400m swim in the lake, a 10km bike and a 2500m run to end. 
This was the first Triathlon for 2 Striders…Andrew Howes who crossed the line in 38:43 4th overall out of 17th entrants and Gina Woodfine 40:04 1st lady and 5th overall! 

RideLondon 2018

Developed by the Mayor of London in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling. 6 Striders took part in the 6th edition of the event where, taking a cue from the London Marathon, amateur cyclists get to take on a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes.

Paul Williams crossed the line in 5.21.15
Danielle Smith 7.35.15
Roy Shears 8.01.22
Gill Holmes 08:02:08
Lorraine Neale 08:07:01
Darren Billing 08:20:37

Paul Williams who did ride 100 as his 3rd and final challenge this year, 2 marathons in April being the first 2, to help raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association:

Ironman Bolton

New club member Michal Nowak took on Ironman Bolton, setting off on the swim in Pennington Flash which was tough from the start with a detour adding an extra 400m, he had a quick transition 1 then off out onto what was a very difficult and technical bike course, which had been slightly altered due to the recent moors fires. Off the bike for Transition 2 and onto the final discipline, a hilly marathon in 27 degrees. Michal crossed the line in an amazing time of 10 hrs 18 mins 6 secs, this time placed him 24th out of 315 in his age group category and 161st overall out of 1891 competitors.

Maidstone Sprint Tri

Glenn Davies took part in the Maidstone Sprint Tri which set off from Sutton Valence School, situated high up on the ridge overlooking the Weald of Kent. Consisting of a 300m pool based swim, 18k on the bike and 4.5k traffic free run on the school playing field Glenn crossed the line in a time of  55.52.

Wiggle French Revolution Sportive – Sunday 1st July  2018

James Reeves crossed the channel to take part in the 75 mile Sportive. He completed the hot, hilly route from Calais in a time of  5.11.15gaining him a silver award. 

Leeds Castle Triathlon 2018

Striders were out in force at the Leeds Castle Triathlon either marshalling or competing in the event which was the next in the club championships. 21 members took part 8 of which it was their first triathlon. The competition was as hot as the weather as competitors swam in the moat, rode along the A20 and ran around the undulating grounds of what is hailed as ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’. Great results for the club details of which are as follows:
Sprint Distance 750m swim; 26k bike; 5k run – Saturday 23rd June 
Joseph Lovelock 1.37.08 54th overall out of 555 entrants 5th in category 49th in gender
Andy Baptie 1.39.41 80th overall 15th in category 71st in gender
Ross Pilcher 1.44.52 144th overall 22nd in category 124th in gender
Lee Simpson 1.46.04 156th overall 11th in category 133rd in gender
Rachel Ward 1.46.42 165th overall 3rd in category 21st in gender
Roy Shears 1.54.45 259th overall 39th in category 214th in gender 1st tri
Jeff Fox 1.57.42 287th overall 42nd in category 230th in gender 1st tri
Jen Coleman 2.01.25 327th overall 11th in category 66th in gender
Katy Jackson 2.03.12 344th overall 6th in category 71st in gender
Clare Eastop 2.04.34 358th overall 10th in category 75th in gender 1st tri
Kevin Eastop 2.05.17 366th overall 53rd in category 274th in gender 1st tri
Danielle Smith 2.07.00 385th overall 22nd in category 88th in gender
Trudy Thomas 2.09.22 407th overall 8th in category 102nd in gender 1st tri 
Sophie Byrne 2.11.30 424th overall 14th in category 111th in gender 1st tri 
Olympic Distance 1500m swim; 40k bike; 10k run – Sunday 24th June (2019 ITU World Championship Qualifier)
James Reeves 2.39.10 146th overall out of 465 entrants 18th in category 130th in gender
Martin Clark 2.51.33 243rd overall 23rd in category 187th in gender
David Valenti 2.57.40 280th overall 32nd in category 212nd in gender
Stephen Prince 3.01.02 314th overall 31st in category 232nd in gender
Phil Robertson 3.06.21 346th overall 22nd in category 253rd in gender – 1st tri
Rachael Robertson 3.31.33 427th overall 12th in category 114th in gender – 1st tri
Nicola Garner 3.40.22 443rd overall 13th in category 122nd in gender