Landmarks, Smugglers, Megalith & Whitstable

London Landmarks Half Marathon- a race that attracts nearly 13,000 runners and runs along the Thames taking in the popular sights throughout Westminster and the City. First strider home was Daniel Barnard in 1hr50mins40secs, and the first lady strider over the line was Amanda Claridge who gained a personal best and finished in 1hr59mins38secs.

London Landmarks Half Marathon
Daniel Barnard 1.40.40
Ashley Claridge 1.41.42
Mark Jones 1:44:10
Darren Billings 1:52:25
Amanda Claridge 1:59.38 PB
Sam Gillham 2:10:28 PB
James Batchelor 2:11:44
Simon Brenchley 2:11:44
Kate Chia 2:17:51 PB
Joanne Strudwick 2:31:34
Jacqueline Woodhouse 2:39:33
Susannah Ulyatt 2:59:31
Louise Marshall 3:00:51
Mona Lewis 3:05:53


Smugglers 10k
Teresa Watson 56.49
Lorraine Neale 58.14 PB
Sara Cox 1:03:15 PB
Tracey Jenkins 1:07:48
Talita Wigg 1:14:00
Georgina Higgins 1:16:59
Lisa Burton 1:25:14

Medway Megalith Marathon
Ollie PRYER 4:19:20
Rebecca Still 5:19:58
Samantha Hewitt 5.09:31

Medway Megalith Half Marathon
Jackie Austin 3:23:13
Helen Shears 3:30:18
Emma Higgins 3:30:15

Hastings Half Marathon
Jo Pettitt 1:51:41
James Pettitt 1:51:41
Jackie Austin 3:12
Emma Penfold 3:30
Stroke Resolution 15K
Ann Meeks 1.49.54
Kelly Batchelor 1.51

Stroke Resolution 10K
Carolyn Marshall 1.11.12

Whitstable 10k
Abbey-Gale Bratby 55.14
Andrew Thomas 55.14
Alison Williams 1:07:12

Whitstable 5k
Sally Patching 32:29

Staplehurst 10 Mile & Lamberhurst 10k

Staplehurst 10-miler

The Striders put in a strong showing in the final event of 2018 with a group of 30 members braving the challenging Staplehurst 10-mile road race.

First of the male athletes home was Ceri Burr in an impressive 1hr 17mins 54secs. Just over a minute behind followed Paul Bowditch in 1hr 19mins 19secs. Third Strider home went to Clive Crisp in 1hr 22mins.

Rebecca Still was first lady Strider back in 1he 21mins 2secs, this saw her placed 19th overall in the women’s field. Lisa Duce followed in 1 hr 33mins and Jackie Austin finished well in 1hr 38mins 16secs.

Ceri Burr 1:17:54

Paul Bowditch 1:19:19

Rebecca still 1:21.02

Clive Crisp 1:22:00

Darren James 1:31:18

Lisa Duce 1:33:00

Gavin Malloch 1:34:36

Andrew Howes 1:35:09

Carey Philpott 1:37:52

Jackie Austin 1:38:16

Nicki Brown 1:40:50

Andrea Farrell 1:42:32

Alison Kite 1:43:43

Rachael Adkins 1:45:42

Lisanne Tullett 1:46:18

Talita Wigg 1:48:22

Richard Millns 1:49:02

Clive Glover 1:50:11

Pamela Farrell 1:51:29

Annette Lebreton 1:53:08

Danielle Smith 1:55:34

Alison Kemp 1:56:07

Katrina Potter 1:56:41

Jo Bing 2:02:08

Denise Grant 2:05:45

Paula O’reilly 2:05:46

Susannah Ulyatt 2:10:22

Wendy Howes 2:11:48

Sandra Gardiner 2:16:10

Hannah Hudson 2:16:20

Victoria Whittley 2:16:23

Lamberhurst 10km

On New Years Day Jackie Austin travelled to Lamberhurst to race the NYD 10km event.

She completed the course in 1hr 3mins and 6secs.

Whitstable MoRun, Fudgeathon & Doncaster 10km

Fudgeathon

Rebecca Still donned her Strider vest to take on her third marathon distance in a month on Saturday, 24 November at the Saxon Vikings and Norman’s marathon challenge in Samphire Hoe.

The event was a mix of on and off roads and took on 100ft of elevation on each lap with a long stretch along the seafront with a strong headwind.
The endurance specialist has had some credible top 10 finishes recently, but this was to be her best event of the season and she romped round the 26.2-mile course to take the overall ladies win in 4hrs 24mins 25secs.

Velopark 10km
On Saturday, 24 November Racheal Noble took park in the VeloPark 10km event in Stratford.
The fairly flat course provides a good opportunity to return a good time and Racheal did just that finishing in 58mins 8secs.

Whitstable ‘MoRun’ 5km and 10km events

The Striders headed to Whitstable to race the Fix events ‘MoRun on Sunday 25 November.’ The event raises awareness of men’s health in particular prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The course was a flat out and back along Whitstable seafront with a strong headwind on the return leg making it just that little bit tougher as fatigue sets in.

The 10km event had 288 runners taking part.

Daniel Judd was first back for the team in 44mins 2secs this saw him placed 8th overall and 3rd senior male.

Rachel Adkins was next and first lady Strider home in recording a time of 58mins 46secs.

Terry Morse was 3rd back for the reds in 55mins 20secs.

The Strider team also took great pleasure in winning an award for best team in fancy dress.

In the 5km event Sally Smith entered with her 21-month old daughter Sophie who was co-piloting the running buggy. With 83 runners taking part the tail wind start got her off to a good position holding 3 rd place overall and finishing in 24mins 53mins. She was also presented with a winners running top for finishing first lady in the event.

10km results
Daniel Judd 44mins 2secs
Rachel Adkins 58mins 46secs
Terry Morse 55mins 20secs
Richard Millns 59mins 26secs
Clive Glover 1hr 2mins 59secs
Katy Mills 1hr 3mins 43secs
Sarah Bowden 1hr 4mins 43secs
Katrina Potter 1hr 5mins 33secs
Lisanne Tullett 1hr 6mins 2secs
Sara Cox 1hr 6mins 37secs
Talita Wigg 1hr 7mins 2secs
Allison Bourne 1hr 7mins 3secs
Georgina Higgins 1hr 7mins 24secs
Tracey Jenkins 1hr 8mins 52secs
Susannah Ulyatt 1hr 11mins 31secs
Lisa Burton 1hr 11mins 39secs
Carolyn Marshall 1hr 11mins 44secs
Angela Clarke 1hr 12mins 19secs
Dave Wood 1hr 12min 31secs
Beth Wood 1hr 21mins 57secs
Heidi knight 1hr 26mins 8secs

5km
Sally Smith and 21-month-old Sophie 24.53

Doncaster 10km
Pamela Farrell joined a full field on 3000 runners in Doncaster for the annual 10km event starting from Doncaster racecourse.
Despite a crowded field the Strider managed to dart round other runners to get to the finish in 1hr 1min 38secs. This was a personal best time and earned her 22 nd in the ladies competition and 16 th in her age category.

Wendover Woods, Brecon Beacons & Marden 10km

Brecon Beacon Marathon

Rebecca Still got the weekend off to a good start for the Sittingbourne Striders when she ran in the Brecon Beacon Marathon on Saturday, 17 November.

The off-road event takes in the climb of Pen Y Fan, which is the highest peak in South Wales. It is an event for the fittest and toughest endurance athletes, however this did not put off Rebecca who dug deep and kept going round the 26.2-miles to finish in a time of 6hrs 2mins 58secs.

After the event she was thrilled to learn she had taken 15th place in a very strong field of women.

Marden 10km

On Sunday, 18 November four Striders travelled to Marden to take part in the 10km running race which has become a popular event on the running calendar.

The flat course draws runners for its PB potential and the four Striders ladies all put in excellent performances.

First back was Emily Middleton in 54mins 12secs. She was closely followed by Amanda Claridge in a personal best time of 55mins 7secs. Jackie Austin was hot on her heels in 58mins 50secs with Jo Bing not far behind in a time of 1hrs 7mins 49secs.

Wendover Woods 50

Endurance experts Craig Eccleston, Bradley Clayton and Paul Bowditch took on an epic challenge by completing the Wendover Woods 50-mile event in Aylesbury on Saturday, 17 November.

Unfortunately despite completing similar events in the past Craig did not finish this time.

However his Strider teammates put in exceptional performances to both finish in 13hrs 10mins, which demonstrates both their strong will and fitness!

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.