Bexhill & Kent League XC

Bexhill half-marathon and 10km
Yvonne Crawford travelled to Bexhill on Saturday, 10 November to take on the Bexhill half-marathon.
The Strider put in an excellent performance around 13.1-mile course to return a time of 2hrs 46mins.
Her fellow club-mate also ran at Bexhill and opted for the 10km Poppy challenge. Andrea Lees Farrell made it around the 6.2-mile course in 1hr 37secs.
Kent League Cross Country
Saturday, 10 November saw the third fixture for the Kent League cross country in Danson Park, Welling.
In the ladies event over 5km top Strider was Liz Weeks who finished 14 th in a time of 18mins 22secs. Jen Simpson returned a time of 21mins 9secs earning her 68 th place. Alison Davey was close behind in 117 th with 23.38.

Beachyhead Marathon & 10k

The Striders annual pilgrimage to one of the toughest marathon events took place on Saturday, 27 October.

The Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside.

There is also a 10km off road run for supporters looking for a taste of the Beachy Experience.

The Striders fielded a team of 60 athletes. 50 for the big one and ten in the 10km.

Remarkably bragging rights for first club vest home in both events went to members of the same family.

David Valenti completed the marathon event in a personal best time of 3hrs 52mins 14secs whereas his brother, Richard Valenti stormed the 10km in 49mins 35secs.

In the marathon Gary Spicer was 2nd clubman home in 4hrs 12mins 30secs. Not far behind was Ashley Claridge in 4hrs 19mins 19secs. 4th Strider was Daniel Barnard in a PB of 4hrs 23mins 30secs. Also running his lifetime fastest was Roy Shears in 4hrs 27mins 18secs.

In a strong ladies field it was Rebecca Still taking the honours fit first lady Strider back in 4hrs 45mins 46secs. 2nd to her was Sarah Bradshaw in 4hrs 53mins 21secs. Claire Wright was not far behind her in 4hrs 53mins 22secs. Next past the finish was Karen Seymour in 4hrs 53mins 29secs with Lucy Hewitt nipping at her heels in 5hrs 5mins 50secs.

First lady Strider home in the 10km went to Julie Greene in 1hr 1min 46secs.

Marathon results
David Valenti 3:52:14 PB
Gary Spicer 4:12:30
Ashley Claridge 4:19:19
Daniel Barnard 4:23:30 PB
Roy Shears 4:27:18 PB
Paul Williams 4:31:06
Rosie Williams 4:33:43
Glenn Davies 4:41:42
James Topham 4:41:49
Joe Lovelock 4:45:53
Rebecca Still 4:45:46
Bradley Clayton 4:47:26
Sarah Bradshaw 4:53:21
Claire Wright 4:53:22
Karen Seymour 4:53:29
Mark Ransom 4:56:33
Mick Diddams 4:57:01
Steve Prince 5:03:10
Andy Patching 5:05:49
Lucy Hewett 5:05:50
Paul Bowditch 5:05:50
Phil Robertson 5:11:35
Kellymarie Lywood 5:16:39
Kelly Brett 5:16:39
Craig Ecclestone 5:17:07
Richard Vassiliou 5:21.08 PB
Richard Sutehall 5:28:02
Lisa Duce 5:28:27
Andrew Howes 5:28:56
Gina Woodfine 5:28:57
David Whittley 5.41:30
Jo Branchett 5:43:53
Abby-Gale Bratby 5:49:31
Andrew Thomas 5:49:31
Gavin Malloch 5:56:41
Ron Smith 5:58:47
Kevin Eastop 6:02.38
Clare Eastop 6:02:39
Kent Parker 6.10.02
Nicki Brown 6:20:03
Alison Kite 6:21:11 PB
Michelle Perry 6:42:45
Martine Ingram 6:43:38 PB
Vanessa Patching 6:57:54
Emma Higgins 6:57:52 PB
Annette Lebreton 6:57:52
Helen Shears 6:57:53
Jackie Austin 7:21:48 PB
Lynn Coomber 7:22:05 PB
Sheila Malloch 7:39:42 PB
Wendy Howes 7:39:45
Orla McGaley 7:41:07 PB
Darren James 7:41:07
Cheryl Sieloff 7:41:43
Danielle Smith 8:08:49
Victoria Whittley 8:15:15 PB
Robert Holmes 8:15:41
Peter Harvey 8:15:41
Wendy Knee 8:15:42
Clare Fox 8:48:35 PB
Rachael Robertson Dnf due to injury – completed 16miles in 4 hrs.

10 Km results:
Richard Valenti 0:49:35
Paul Valenti 1:01:44
Julie Greene 1:01:46
Lorraine Neale 1:14:38
Esther Harris 1:14:39
Lesley Osmond 1:15:29
Alison Jarvis 1:17:44
Sally Patching 1:20:58
Robyn Benyon 1:20:58
Brad Thompson 1:23:13 PB

Faversham 10k 2018

The Faversham 10km turned out to be a popular affair with a number of Sittingbourne Striders keen to race round the hilly course on Sunday, 16 September 2018.

Liz Weeks was at the front of the pack on the start line, leading out some 400 athletes round the rural lanes of Faversham. With some steep climbs and long undulations, the tricky course played into the hands of the speedy Strider and Liz went from strength to strength round the testing 6.2-miles. She won the ladies event convincingly in a time of 39mins 50secs.

Ollie Pryer was not far behind and must have had Liz in his sights as he crossed the line in a very respectable time of 40mins 21secs.

Bragging rights for 3 rd club member home went to James Pamplin who finished in 45mins.

Special mention must go to Karen Seymour, who finished in 48mins 55secs, earning her 4 th in her age group, but more importantly a personal best time.

Strider times
Liz Weeks – 39.50, 1 st lady
Ollie Pryer 40.21
James Pamplin 45.00
Ashley Bean 45.50
Karen Seymour48.55
Heather Glass 46.29
Andy Patching 50.45
Sam Hewitt 55.26
Davinia Brown 56.36
Ellie Davis 57.32
Jackie Austin 58.23
Andrew Nellies 59.14
Alison Kite 1.02.42
Vanessa Patching 1.04.05
Katrina Potter 1.08.26
Sandra Gardiner 1.10.18
Sally Patching 1.10.33
Wendy Knee 1.17.22
Robert Holmes 1.17.23

Whitstable 10km & 5km

Five Striders braved wet and windy conditions to take on the Whitstable 10km & 5km on Sunday, 29 July.

10Km: Clive Crisp put in a strong performance to take bragging rights as first Strider home in 48.37. This saw him placed 2nd in his age group and 30th male overall.

Next up and first lady Strider home was Katy Jackson with a 52.49. Katrina Fisher did well and was unlucky to not break the hour with a 1.00.49. Forth back for the club was Jackie Austin with a credible 1.02.48.

5km: Sonia Crisp ran the 5km event in 29.27

Sandwich 10k 2018

A number of members travelled to Sandwich to take part in the annual 10km event, they all returned respectable times in very hot conditions.

First home for the club was Gavin Malloch in 55.56. He was closely followed by David Whitley in 57.26. Amanda Claridge (58:43) was first lady club member back for the team followed by Denise Grant in 1.08 and Victoria Whittley in 1.26.

Charing 10k 2018

Five team members contested a very hot and hill Charing 10km on Friday, 8 June.

First back for the striders was Laura Woods in 50.38. She was followed by Aneta Steers in 1.03.38. Next back and winning her age group was Alison Kite with 1.05.05. Amanda and Ashley Clairdge performed well coming home in 1.08.55 and 1.08.56.

Medway 10K 2018

The Medway 10km was the race of choice for many in the club this week.

Notable performances came from Gareth Lewis who took 19th place in 41.58. David Valenti 22nd in 42.21 and Ollie Pryer who finished just 1 second behind in 42.21 for 23rd overall.

Ellie Hynes was first lady back for the team in 7th overall with a 45.19. Next lady strider was Jen Coleman with 49.22 followed by Sarah Bradshaw with 53.39.

The men’s race was won by Lee McMeekin in 35.32. The ladies race was won by Sarah Cronin in 43.49.

Gareth Lewis 41:58
David Valenti 42:20
Oliver Pryer 42:21
Glenn Davies 43:47
Ellie Hynes 45:17
Roy Shears 47.38
James Topham 48.05
Andy Patching 48:49
Jennifer Coleman 49:22
Clive Crisp 49:55
Karen Seymour 50.47
Steve Bradshaw 53:06
Sarah Bradshaw 53:39
Sam Hewitt 54:03
Kevin Eastop 54:39
Emily Middleton 56:17
Katy Jackson 56:43
Davinia Brown 57.07
Sam Fawcett 59:32
Adam Marsland 59:17
Katy Jackson 56:43
Sarah Strachan 58.18
Gavin Malloch 58:23
Sam Fawcett 59:32
Adam Marsland 59:17
Gordon Wallace 1:02:50
Clare Eastop 1:05:57
Jackie Austin 1:05:39
Vanessa Patching 1:09:15
Alison Kite 1:09:15
Emma Higgins 1:12:21
Helen Shears 1:12:21

Sittingbourne Invicta 10k 2018

Over 80 Sittingbourne Striders turned out for the Sittingbourne Invicta 10km race held on Sunday, 13 May 2018.
Conditions were breezy for the event which saw runners taking on the 6.2-mile loop of rural Sittingbourne. Starting at Westlands school the first 5kms involved gradual climbing before cutting across a pathway from Wrens Road to Primrose Lane where the runners were able to enjoy gentle downhill for the remainder of the course.
Sittingbourne Invicta
Despite the field having so many runners from the Striders, competition from other running clubs was fierce and the prizes were hotly contested. The Striders team did not disappoint picking up an array of silverware for various successes.
Jen Coleman took the top spot as fastest lady on the day. She completed the course in 43.48. Ellie Hynes once again showed ever improving form to take the trophy for 2 nd place in 44.02 with Rebecca Still 3 rd in 47.27. The combined efforts of these ladies resulted in them taking the women’s team prize.
After the run Jen said: ‘The race went well as I knocked off 1 minute and 18 seconds off my personal best for the course.’
Also on the podium was Olwen Cockell, running for Swale AC, but also a member of the club. She won a prize for fastest lady in her age category.
Gareth Lewis was the only Strider to beat 40 minutes; he was first back for the team in 39.55. Lee Simpson and Scott Simpson were next home for the club in 40.21 and 40.42. The speedy Simpson’s both won their age group prizes and along with Gareth took the prize for the best male team.
Sittingbourne Invicta


All in all a very good day for the Sittingbourne Striders
The Sititngbourne Invicta 10km Striders results
Gareth Lewis  39:55
Lee Simpson 40:21
Scott Simpson 40:42
Oliver Pryer 41:04
David Valenti 41:33
Nick Freeman 41:47
Glenn Davies 42:44
Ian Gower 43:21
Martin Clark 43:27
Jennifer Coleman 43:47
Sam Mumford 43.59
Ellie Hynes 44.02
James   Pamplin 44:01
Bradley Clayton 44:14
Olwen Cockell 45:12
Christopher Mudge 45:32
Matt    Nunn   45:36
Darren James 45:42
Ceri Burr 45:49
Stephen Prince 46:44
Richard Valenti 46:47
James   Topham 46:47
Andy   Patching 47:26
Roy Shears 47.26
Rebecca Still   47:27
Geoffrey Tyler 47:31
Gary Read 47:34
Andrew Thomas 47:46
Kelly   Lywood 48:01
Clive    Crisp    48:03
Vicky  Parker  48:35
Sarah   Bradshaw 48:59
Steve   Bradshaw 49:10
Darren Billing 49:42
Kevin  Eastop 50:07
Ian Bourne 51:02
Sophie Byrne  51:08
Sarah   Doherty 51:13
William Wakeman 51:14
Samantha Hewitt 51:32
Jordan Day 51:37
David  Whittley 52:07
Johan   Clarke  52:11
Stuart  Ridout 52:24
Barry   Simmons 52:49
Emily   Middleton 53:04
Abbey-Gale Bratby 53:04
Adam Marsland 53.05
Jeff Fox 53:29
Simon  Brenchley 53:51
Katy Jackson 53:57
Gavin  Malloch 54:39
Paul Valenti 55:14
Graham Thomas 55:23
James   Batchelor 55:48
Barbara Collier 56:05
Nina Cook 56:23
Davinia Brown 56.46
Sam Fawcett 56:50
Heather Kendall 57:00
Emma  Chamberlain 57:42
Teresa  Watson 58:11
Carey Philpott 58:12
Aneta Steers  58:13
Lindsay Clarke 58:35
Nicola  Brown 59:39
Andrew Nellies 59:41
Nikki Brenchley 59:43
Grace Mead 59.54
Jackie Austin 1.01.27
Louise Marshall 1.02.55
Clive Glover 1.02.57
Sheila Malloch 1.03.23
Vanessa Patching 1:04:03
Wendy Knee 1:04:09
Alison  Kite 1:04:27
Kelly   Pamplin 1:04:40
Paul O’Reilly 1.04.46
Clare    Eastop 1:05:01
Alison Bourne 1.06.00
Karen  Longley 1:06:04
Louise Burnop 1.06.28
Allison Bourne 1:06:33
Hayley Thomas 1:06:40
Helen   Shears  1:06:51
Julie     Southall 1:07:18
Robyn Benyon 1:07:32
Lynn    Coomber 1:07:48
Joanne Bing 1:07:59
Sally    Patching 1:08:24
Robert Holmes 1:10:35
Ruth Smith 1.11.22
Natalie Jimenez 1:11:22
Wendy            Howes 1:11:37
Hannah Hudson 1:14:22
David  Austen 1:16:03
Clare    Fox      1:18:22
Sandra Gardiner 1.18.23
Dave Wood 1.19.07
Beth Wood 1.19.07

Maidstone Riverside 10km 2018

Elsewhere Sally Smith took part in the Maidstone Riverside 10km. Due to parenting commitments she was unable to take part in Sittingbourne, but the race organisers at Maidstone kindly agreed to let her run whilst pushing 1-year-old Sophie in her running buggy meaning she was able to get a race in.
The field was not as large as Sittingbourne, with around 100 runners entered, however the straight out and back course along the riverside proved for a picturesque outing.
Sally was delighted to completed 10km in 50.43. This saw her placed 5 th lady and she also took home a trophy for 1 st in her age group, (35-44-years). Co-pilot Sophie enjoyed looking at the ducks in the river before falling asleep for the whole race.

Island Run 2018

37 Striders lined up in glorious conditions to take on the Sporting Events Island 5km and 10km races held on the Isle of Sheppey on Sunday, 6 May 2018.

island run
First up were Ellie Hynes, Sally Smith and Alison Jarvis in the 5km event. Ellie has been showing some excellent form and was keen to add some more silverware to her trophy cabinet after a win in at 7oaks triathlon the previous week. The Strider completed the 400m swim, 25km bike and 8km run event in 1.53.14 and took the prize for fastest senior lady.

Having tasted sweet victory at 7oaks she was keen to take the top step of the podium again. It looked like she was going to have to settle for 2nd as she chased the leading lady through most the race. However in the closing few hundred metres a burst of energy saw her getting ahead of her rival and taking the trophy for 1st place in 17.16mins. Club mate Sally wasn’t quite hot on her heels but took the final podium spot coming 3rd in 18.50. Alison Jarvis was 3rd lady strider back in 27.18.

The bulk of the Striders opted for the 10km event. The runners were met with slight breeze on the way out, but scorching heat on the way back, meaning those that did not take the water on offer suffered.

First home was personal trainer and running coach Liz Weeks who completed the course in 36.23mins. The speedy runner worked hard and finished several minutes ahead of the next female runner. After she said: ‘It was really hot when we turned for home and I didn’t have anyone around me so had to remain focused on the job in hand.’
Next lady home was Sophie Byrne narrowly pipping Sam Hewitt returning a time of 49.41 from Sam’s 49.43.

island run
The men did not disappoint and put on a good show for the team. Bragging rights went to Gareth Lewis who recorded a time of 37.52. Next was Ollie Pryor in 38.27, a very respectable time. Sam Mumford, who has been showing promising form this season was just over the 40-minute mark with a 40.43.

There were many superb performances, including Gavin Malloch who took 2nd place in his age group with 49.57. It was also encouraging to see so many Striders who have gone through the Bourne 2 run programme continuing to make excellent progress. Special mention to Strider Emma Penfold who was the tail runner of the event.  Making sure everyone got to the finish safely.

Island Run 10km results
Liz Weeks 36:23
Gareth Lewis 37:52
Ollie Pryer 38:27
Sam Mumford 40:43
Olwen Cockell 42.22
Chris Mudge 42:54
Darren Billing 46:04
Sophie Byrne 49:41
Sam Hewitt 49:43
Gavin Malloch 49:57
Abbey-Gale Bratby 50:04
John Kingsnorth 50:11
Alex Powell 50:17
Nicola Knight 50:48
Barry Simmons 50:56
Katy Jackson 51:03
Angela Smith 51:48
Sam Gillham 53:53
Ronald Smith 55:20
Jackie Austin 56.57
Sheila Malloch  57:07
Nicki Brown 57:14
Clive Marshall 57:21
Dominic Norwell 57:23
Paula O’Reilly 1:01:25
Denise Grant 1:01:26
Julie Southall 1:03:07
Robyn Benyon 1:03:38
Natalie Jimenez 1:11:38
Dionne Grant 1:15:15
Hannah Hudson 1:15:15
David Austen 1:16:23
Clare Fox 1:16:23
Sandra Gardiner 1:16:24