4 Striders travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the Great North Run, Chris Lawley was first strider home crossing the line in 1.29.19 placing him 783rd in a field of 43064 Runners. Gill Holmes was 2nd Strider home in 1.47.23 placing her 5449th overall then came Ron Smith in a time of 2.08.08 placing him 17262nd. Christian Martin’s time was 2.10.11 placing him 18579th.
12 Striders turned out on a very warm Bank Holiday Monday to run the Canterbury Half Marathon. In aid of Pilgrims Hospice the 13 mile course took them around the undulating country lanes on the outskirts of the historic city. James Reeves was first striders home crossing the line in 1.41.10 placing him 41st in a field of 409 Runners. Elliot Stokes was 2nd Strider home in 1.45.38 placing him 61st overall. Olwen Cockell was 3rd Strider and 1st lady strider in a time of 1.48.12 placing her 70th in the field.
Remaining Striders results were:
Aaron Pritchard 1.49.13 – 75th overall
Jeff Fox 1.49.25 – 79th overall
Andy Patching 1.59.23 – 158th overall
Stephen Prince 2.01.46 – 170th overall
Mark Ransom 2.08.20 – 213th overall
Joanna Branchett – 2.14.56 – 255th overall
Andrew Howes – 2.14.57 – 256th overall
David Whittley – 2.22.29 – 300th overall
Steve Russell – 2.35.33 – 339th overall
2 Striders took part in the Hever Castle marathon as part of the Festival of Endurance. The 4 lap course takes in 2 castles, 2 lakes and quaint Kentish villages all around the magnificent setting of Hever Castle. Rob Sapp put in a time of 4:44:27 placing him 32nd overall out of 51 entrants. Ashley Claridge, who ran with Rob, crossed the line in 4:44:35 which placed him 33rd overall.
Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon : Sunday 19th March
5 Striders set off in the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court with the Palace as a backdrop. Racing in dry but windy conditions they took in scenic views of the Thames and palace grounds. Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces that King Henry VIII owned. The race started off inside the gates of the palace and finished up in its beautiful gardens. Paul Williams took home a trophy by winning his V55 age group.
Paul Williams 1.40.13 244th out of 3289 runners and was 1st in his V55 age group!
Brett Lydd 20mile & Half Marathon : 12th March 2017
24 Striders took part in the 20mile & half marathon races, taking in the sights of the country lanes in the Romney Marsh area. This fast and flat race is now in it’s 9th year. Half Marathon Results. 20 Mile Results