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.
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.
All in all a very good day for the Sittingbourne Striders
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Sarah Strachan bank holidays are a family affair so she set off to the run Frimley event with her son to take part in some races.
Sarah’s son completed the 2.5km event and Sarah finished the 10km event in 57.31. Sarah said: ‘It was extremely hot and hard but a fantastic event which was in aid of the Frimley Park Hospital Stroke Appeal.’
The conditions for the seafront marathon were a vast improvement after the heat of last years race, with 21 Striders taking part in what is now the 2nd largest marathon in the UK and 6 in the 10k. Kevin Rye led the Striders pack home obtaining a personal best of 3.06.45 placing him 214th overall in a field of 19772 runners! Teresa Watson came in with another pb of 4.28.53, earning her a good for age place in next years London Marathon
Kevin Rye 3.06.45 214th out of 19772 runners – pb
Ashley Claridge 3.42.58 – 1660th
Mick Diddams 3.47.01 – 1979th
Laura Woods 3.57.02 –
Sarah Bradshaw 3.57.55 – 3050th – pb
Lucy Hewett 3.59.01 – 3182nd
James Pamplin 4.01.21 – 3407th
Kellymarie Lywood 4.02.11 – 3478th
Rob Sapp 4.09.14 – 4030th
Matt Nunn 4.13.33 – 4500th
Steve Prince 4.13.20 – 4371th
Ross Pilcher 4.15.27 – 4569th
Teresa Watson 4.28.53 – 5799 – pb & gfa
Paul Bowditch 4.30.35 – 5944th
Lisa Hammond 4.33.17 – 6184th
George Samuel 4.46.01 – 7299th
Gavin Malloch 4.59.29 – 8326th
Andrew Howes 5.20.35 – 9487th
Jo Bing 5.43.20 – 10387th
Steve Bradshaw DNF
Darren James DNF
Shelly Coker 48.29 – 461st out of 4552 runners – pb
Four striders opted for a day at the seaside by taking part in the Whitstable 5km and 10km run by Fix Events on Sunday, 15 April 2018.
Representing the 10km runners were Adam Marsland, Natalie Deadman and Nicki Brown. Adam managed a personal best time of 55.14, good enough for 22nd senior male. Nicki did well to finish 6 th in her age group (vet female) in a time of 58.36. Natalie was close behind her in 1.03.59 which earned her 34 th in her age group (vet female).
In the 5km event Sally Smith wore club colours and finished in 23.21. In a field of 93 runners she was 7 th overall, 2 nd female and won her age group.
A dusting of snow greeted the 12 Striders taking part in the Ashford 10k on a very cold February morning. Sam Munford was the first Strider home in a time of 45.36 placing him 100th out of 567 entrants.
Here are the full Strider results:
Place / Entrant / Chip Time / Personal Best
100th / Sam Mumford / 45:36
126th / Andrew Patching / 47:13
144th / Sally Smith / 48:26
179th / Carli Deacon / 50:14
192nd / David Whittley / 50:45
230th / Andrew Howes / 52:22
280th / Gavin Malloch / 55:03
425th / Sheila Malloch / 1:00 / PB
470th / Vanessa Patching / 1:03
543th / Wendy Howes / 1:12:36
565th / Victoria Whittley / 1:21 / 1st 10k
The Bedgebury Forest 10k : Sunday 19th November 2017
Venue: Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent
2 Striders took part in the Bedgebury 10k which is a challenging run using the undulating forest paths and trails.
Despite this Rachel Ward took 2nd Female spot, 11th overall out of 161 entrants crossing the line in a time of 50.01. Natalie Deadman crossed the line in 1.09.05 placing her 109th overall.
3 Striders took part in the Marden 10km which is a flat fast race organised by Velocity events in aid of the Kent air ambulance.
Ceri Robert-Burr came in 22nd place out of a field of 177 runners in a time of 44.48 which is a new PB for him.
Sally Smith crossed the line in 50.50 placing her 54th overall. Sally ran with her baby Sophie in the running buggy.
John Kingsnorth’s time was 53.39 placing him 68th.