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

Lakesman 2018

The Proclaimers may have been willing to walk 100 miles, but they would have been equally impressed with members of the Sittingbourne Striders Running and Triathlon club, several of whom undertook the 300 mile drive to Keswick in the Lake District in order to Swim, Bike, Run their way around the beautiful but rolling national park that played host to the Lakesman Triathlon on Sunday 17th June.

The Lakesman triathlon, now in its third year, is developing a reputation as a friendly but tough event, offering the “full” 140.6 mile distance or, new for 2018, a “half” 70.3 mile option.

Of the nine intrepid Striders, 5 opted for the full distance, and it was Ross Pilcher that emerged from Derwent Water as first Strider following the 2.4 mile swim.  Pilcher setting a time of 1:15:25, was closely followed by Joseph Lovelock (1:16:14), Bradley Clayton (1:18:25), Paul Bowditch (1:24:46) and Gary Deacon (1:36:48).

Lovelock quickly took the lead as he set off on the bike course, which took in 112 miles of some of the most beautiful scenery that the lake district has to offer, but there was little time for sight seeing as a tough headwind and undulating  terrain meant that riders fought hard for every mile.   Pilcher and Bowditch slipped down the rankings as they struggled on the bike, whilst Clayton and Deacon, set off after Lovelock clawing back precious minutes before finally arriving back in Keswick to run the 26.2 mile marathon course.

Claytons feet hit the tarmac first having pulled 17 minutes back on Lovelock during the ride giving him a lead that would ultimately prove too much for Lovelock to close, but Deacon, now on his strongest discipline, took up the challenge of catching his club mates with renewed gusto.  Setting a sub 4 hour marathon time on his way to passing both Lovelock and Clayton before crossing the finish line as first Strider home in a total time of 11:51:28.  Clayton and Lovelock finished close behind with total times of 12:13:48 and 12:28:37 respectively.

Further down the field Bowditch and Pilcher were both glad to be off of their bikes, and were now on the run.  The 5 lap run course allowed runners to share encouragement as they passed one another, and Bowditch a full lap ahead of Pilcher was full of support as the two of them longed for the finish line which they each crossed in times of 12:46:11 and 14:03:46.

As the “full” competitors crossed the line, they were cheered on by those that had already finished having already undertaken the 70.3 “half” event which ran concurrently with the full and utilised parts of the same course.


Glenn Davies, Lorraine Neale, Dannielle Smith and Lisa Hammond had all chosen this option, with the three ladies each having their first foray into long distance triathlon events.

Glenn Davies a seasoned triathlete left the water comfortably in the top 25% of the field, but suffered at the hands of the relentless 56 mile cycle course, before climbing his was back to a solid mid field position during the 13.1 mile run.  Davies crossed the line in a respectable 5:56:11 which was good enough for 7th in his age group.   Of the ladies it was Neale who’s early season training paid off, as she  took the crown as first female Strider to cross the line in a fantastic 7:09:46, followed by Smith (7:26:34) and Hammond (7:43:47).  Hammond, competing in her first ever triathlon went on to say “I’m hooked, which is a good thing as I’ve already signed up for another event next week”!

White Oak Tri 2018

Two striders donned their trisuits for the White Oak Triathlon sprint distance on Sunday, 10 June.

Katy Jackson swam 400m, biked 22km and ran 5km in 1.32.09. She finished several minutes ahead of team-mate Carli Deacon, who was doing her first tri. Her finish time was 1.35.31.

Ocean Lake Aquathon 2 2018

2 Striders took part in the 2nd of the seasons Aquathons to be held at Leybourne Lakes. Consisting of a 750m swim followed by a 5k run around the lake James Reeves completed the race in 36.21 placing him 3rd overall out of the 24 entrants. Lorraine Neale finished in 46.50 placing her 19th overall. A good warm up to the half triathlon and full triathlon which the 2 striders will be taking on in the next few weeks!
Lorraine Neale & James Reeves:

Cranbrook Triathlon 2018

Hailed as one of the best rural tris Martin Clark took part in the Cranbrook Sprint Tri consisting of a 300m pool swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. Heading off from the Weald Sports Centre in Cranbrook he completed the tri in 1.12 placing him in the top 3 in his age group.

Oceanlake Aquathlon May 2018

Two striders battled it out in the midweek aquathlon held at Leybourne Lakes on Wednesday, 9 May. Matt Nunn and Neil Hacon were amongst the 26 entries competing in the 750m swim which was followed by a 5km run.

Matt finished the swim in 12.04 minutes with Neil coming out the water in 14.28. Both had relatively swift transitions before taking to the run course.

Neil made up much of the lost swim time on the run finishing the 5km in 20.30 however Matt was able to hold him off with a 22.07. Matt finished in 7th in 35.06 and Neil 8th in 36.10.

After the event Matt said: “Overall I’m happy with the result as I didn’t think the swim had gone particularly well. It’s a solid enough start to the tri season and something to build on.”

Pilgrims Hospice Charity Bike Ride 2018

A number of the Sittingbourne Striders Tri squad took part in a charity bike ride in aid of the Pilgrims Hospice. Starting in Canterbury the riders joined around 1200 cyclists to ride 45, 75 or 100-miles for the good cause.

In addition to supporting the Pilgrims Hospice Gina Woodfine rode the sportive to raise money for the Epilepsy Society. The keen multi-sporter completed the 45-mile course, despite being hindered by a knee injury. In doing so she raised £490 for the worthy cause. She was inspired by her daughter 20-year-old Zoe Bartlett who has epilepsy.

Riders completing 100 Miles
Ross Pilcher
Lisa Hammond
Bradley Clayton
Elliot Stokes
Steve Prince

Riders completing 75 Miles
Glenn Robert Davies
Daniel Edmondson
Danielle Smith
Graham Thomas
Andrew Thomas
Roy Shears
Steve Bradshaw
Jeff Fox
Paul Williams
Paul Bowditch
Lucy Hewett

Riders completing 45 Miles
Gary Spicer
Gina Woodfine