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.
After the race Liz said: “It was a fast flat out and back course, but the strong headwind and heaving rain made it a very challenging run.”
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.
Vigo Valentines Tough 10 : Sunday 11th February 2018
The Vigo ‘tough love’ Valentines Run took 5 Striders on muddy, winding trails perched on top of the north downs. With stunning scenery and an ascent/descent of approximately 2,800ft this is a race more for fell runners than fun runners!
Lee Simpson was 1st Strider home in a time of 1:24:21 placing him 8th overall out of 180 entries.
Emma Penfold – 135th – 2:13:03
Danielle Smith – 175th – 2:43:34
Rachel Donaldson – 176th – 2:43:36
SSangyong Canterbury 10 Mile : Sunday 21st January 2018
The first of the Club Championship races ensured a good Strider turnout but no one could of anticipated a whopping 61 on a wet, sleeting January morning! The route took them along a pleasant, undulating course around the rural roads of south Canterbury. Nick Bayntun crossed the line first for the Striders placing him 153rd out of 1390 entrants. Full Results
Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile 2017 : 1st October 2017
The Sittingbourne Striders 10 mile road race was another success with a record number of entries. Despite damp windy conditions nearly 400 runners lined up at the start and were set off by Race Director Emma Pomeroy.
The club are grateful to their Main Sponsor Bennett Opies for their generous support and also to Beadles Skoda for providing a personalised lead car which led the runners on the 10 miles route through Rodmersham, Kingsdown, Doddington and back to Highsted School. In addition there was a 2k Fun Run which attracted 120 runners from pre-school up to adult beginner runners, all of whom received a brightly coloured medal and ribbon. There was also a school team prize which was won by Westlands Primary. The Boy’s prize was won by Caleb Spriggs, 2nd was Ben Procter and 3rd Reece Lee. The Girl’s prize was won by Violet Bing, 2nd was Iris Bartlett and 3rd Alice Brown.
The Main race was won by Tewelde Menges from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 54:57 and the first lady home was Liz Weeks also from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 1:04:14. The Men’s trophies were presented by Philip Opie of Bennett Opies and the Ladies’ by the daughter of Chas Ryman in whose name the race is in memory.
The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Lee Simpson and Jo Pettitt respectively.
All the finishers received a medal, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. There was also cakes available baked by club members.
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 7th October and we hope to see you there.
A massive 56 Striders turnout out on a cold foggy January morning to kick off the race season with the Canterbury 10 mile road race, which marked the first race in the Club Championships.
First Strider home was Rhys Goddard in his first 10 mile race in a time of 56.26 placing him 7th overall out of 1300 runners. Kevin Rye was 2nd Strider home in a time of 1.04.16, a PB for him, placing him 68th and Lee Simpson was 3rd Strider across the line in 1.08.12 placing him in 146th overall. First female Strider home was Jen Coleman in a time of 1.14 placing her 290th overall. Full Results
Event: Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile Road Race 2016
Date: 2nd October 2016
Distance: 10 miles
33 Striders got to run on home turf in their annual club race The Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile Road Race on a warm and windy October morning.
Setting the 250 runners underway was Alan Gear from Thule, the main sponsor, with the lead car kindly provided by Beadles Skoda, guiding the runners on the 10 mile route through Rodmersham, Kingsdown, Doddington and back to Highsted School.
The Main race was won by Tewelde Menges from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 55:39 and the first lady home was Alice Whiley from Clapham Chasers in a time of 1:10:17. The trophies were presented by Alan Gear. The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Anthony Jackson and Jen Coleman respectively.
All the finishers received a medal designed in a children’s competition won by Rachel Woodfine. In addition runners received a T-shirt, goodie bag and delicious cakes baked by club members.
As well as the main race there was a 2k Fun Run which had 100 runners from babies up to adult beginner runners.
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 1st October and we look forward to seeing you there.