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