In Richmond Park on Sunday the 16th September three Sittingbourne Striders competed in the world’s largest duathlon. The three entered the 15th annual London Duathlon, completing a 10 km run, a 44 km bike race and a final 5 km run to the finish line, while dodging suicidal squirrels and six foot stags!
1423 Ian Gower 02:50:59
1450 Steve Shrimplin 02:54:57
2308 Andy Settle 03:27:30
Left to right: Steve Shrimplin; Ian Gower; Andy Settle
Striders were out in force on a windy sunny October morning @ Gravesend’s Cyclopark. 11 teams of 3 entered the event which was a great opportunity for many from the club to have their first try at a multi disciplined event on a traffic free course.
‘The Glory Hunters’ were the first Striders team home in a time of 2.39.35 placing them 7th out 19 mixed teams
‘170 Not Out’ team were next home in 2.46.31 placing them 9th mixed team
‘The Striders’ team 2.56.18 – 13th mixed team
‘Team Cake’ team 3.02.57 – 14th mixed team
‘KMJ’ team 3.05.18 – 16th mixed team
‘Max Bodimeade’ team 3.05.42 – 13th mens team out of 14 mens teams
‘2 Foxes and a Hound’ team 3.06.36 – 18th mixed team
‘Wonder Women’ 3.06.41 – 4th womens team out of 7 womens teams
‘ARD’ 3.09.15 – 14th mens team
‘Canicross Striders Ladies’ – 3.30.58 – 7th womens team
‘Team Tri Jedi’ – 3.33.37 – 19th mixed team
ETU Duathlon European Championships : Sunday 30th April 2017
Glenn Davies represented the Striders and GBR at the ETU Duathlon European Championships in Spain. He completed the 5km run; 20km bike and 2.5km run in a time of 1.20.37 placing him 18th out of 30 entrants.
Maidstone Sprint and Standard Duathlon : Sunday 5th March
5 Striders were questioning their sanity as they set off in torrential rain to run around the muddy back roads of Harrietsham at the Maidstone Duathlon. Next they hopped on their bikes to battle against the winds along the stretch of the A20 between Leeds Castle and Ashford. Finally a 3.5k run was a welcome end to the race in such testing conditions. This was the first in the Tri Club Championships for 2017.
Glenn Davies was the only Strider to do the Sprint distance race which he did in a time of 1.28.39 placing him 10th overall out of 26 entrants, he was 1st in his age group which he won a trophy for.
Rob Sapp was first out of 4 Striders in the Standard distance race with a time of 2.29.10 which placed him 11th out of 36 entrants.
Chris Rogers was 2nd Strider home in a time of 2.49.50 placing him 24th overall.
Lucy Hewett was 1st (only female) strider home in a time 2.51.06 placing her 25th overall. She was 3rd lady overall, for which she won a trophy.
Ross Pilcher unfortunately was unable to finish the race.
Glenn Davies took part in the Winter Duathlon at the Gravesend Cyclopark on 5th Feb 2017, the traffic free event involved a 6.5km run followed by a 20km bike finishing with a 3.5km run which he did in a time of 1.27.03 placing him 18 out of 34 competitors. Glenn came 3rd in his age category winning a trophy for his efforts. Full Results
Sittingbourne Striders entered four teams in the annual Cyclopark team duathlon. The event, aimed at novice duathletes and more experienced competitors alike, consisted of a 3k run/ 13k bike/ 3k run course with each of the team of three completing the course in turn. Seven of the twelve Striders entrants were new to the sport of duathlon, however the cool early morning conditions suited both runners and riders on the closed Cyclopark circuit.
First Striders team home, taking second overall in the mixed team category were Ian Gower, Karen Seymour and Steve Shrimplin. They were followed by Shelly Coker/ Jen Coleman/ Lee Simpson, Keith Whiskin/ John Nunes/ Roy Shears and Jamie Goldthorp/ Barbara Collier/ Alison Davey. 2016 is the fourth year in succession Striders have taken a podium place in the event.
Christopher Rogers wasn’t put off by the cold wet & wind and took on the Standard Distance Duathlon based at Chilham Castle. The race involved a 10km run, 40k bike and 5km run which he completed in a time of 2.50.52 placing him 18th overall out of 33 entrants. Full Results
Glenn Davies took part in the 2017 ETU Sprint Distance Duathlon Qualifier which involved a 5km run and 20k bike and a 2.5k run. He finished in a time of 1hr 05m 29s placing him 17th in his age group and 146 out of 253. He will hopefully have qualified for GB next year in the 55-59 age group with that time.
The first of the Striders Tri Club Championship races kicked off with the Maidstone Duathlon starting from Harrietsham village hall. The 2 runs took the duathletes around the back lanes of Harrietsham and then along the A20 t0 Ashford and back for the rather windy bike leg.
First strider home was David Valenti in a time of 2hr 35m 17s placing him 28th out of a field of 52 competitors. Coming in a mere 10 seconds behind him was Ross Pilcher, 2nd Strider home in a time of 2hr 35m 27s. 3rd Strider home, first female strider and overall position first lady was Lucy Hewett in a time of 2hr 46m 44s. 4th strider home and only 6 seconds behind Lucy was Jamie Goldthorp in a time of 2hr 46m 50s. Lynne Hacon was 5th Strider coming in a time of 2hr 48m 37s which put her in the place of 2nd female!
Rob Sapp, racing for Medway Velo on this occasion, will be one to watch when he competes as a Strider putting in a very strong performance at 2:29.13!