It was a case of London calling on Easter Sunday for Strider Gavin Malloch as he put on his striders vest to take on the Kingston half marathon. Gavin, who had volunteered at the Sittingbourne parkrun the previous day, romped home in an excellent 1.58.55.
Striders Sheila and Gavin Malloch headed to Yeovil for a half marathon. The pair both managed respectable times with Gavin finishing in 2.13.10 good enough to take 23rd in his age group (60-69) and 760 male home. Sheila completed the 13.1-mile event in 2.24.13 this earned her 58th in her age category (50-59) and 471 in the female competition.
Lynn Coomber ran 13.1 miles in the Maidstone Road Run, she managed a time of 2.34 on a scenic course which she described as ‘beautiful.’
Oliver Pryer took 72nd place in the Lydd 20-mile event held on Sunday, 11 March 2018. The Sittingbourne Strider runner completed the course in a personal best time of 2.25.
Next home for the club in a speedy 2.49.46 was Darren James.
3rd Strider back in 226th place was Paul Williams in 2.52.48. His time was good enough to earn him 6th place in his age category of Male Vet 60+
Sarah Bradshaw was the first lady finisher for the Striders in 2.53.24. This was good enough for 56th lady and 13th in her age category of female vet 40+. Full Results
In total 13 striders completed the huge endurance effort. Many of the runners will now be setting their sights on the full marathon events which will be taking place across the country in April.
Running alongside the 20-mile race was a half-marathon over 13.1-miles. This saw 4 Sittingbourne Striders putting their best foot forward to return some fantastic times.
James Reeves finished 37th in 1.35.32. Clive Crisp was next in 1.49.27. 3rd back for the team was David Whittley in 2.02.08 followed closely by Jeff Fox in 2.10.05. Full Results
Despite Swale feeling the full force of the beast from the East it was a busy weekend of racing for members of the Sittingbourne Striders. Many of the runners were eager to stretch their legs after taking shelter from the snow storms.
On Sunday, 4 March Lucy Hewett, Paul Bowditch, Emma Penfold and Nicky Knight all travelled to London to race in the first ever Vitality Big Half. The striders lined up in Tower Bridge alongside 10,000 other runners for the 13.1-mile event which finished in Greenwhich and took in a number of the same roads as the London Marathon.
Lucy was the first home for the team in 1.45.14, this saw her finish near the top quarter of the field in 2538th place. Paul Bowditch was hot on her heels in 1.48.03, good enough for a top third finish in 2987th place. The pair did not have to wait long for their team mates cheering in Emma Penfold in 2.06.28 and Nicky Knight in 2.08.37, 6272th and 6625th place respectively.
TJ Waste Portsmouth Coastal Waterside 50k Ultra & Festive Half Marathon : 17th December 2017
Glenn Davies, Jeff & Clare Fox travelled to Portsmouth to take part in this unique multi terrain event in aid of RNLI took them from South Parade Pier to the end of Hayling Billy Line taking in the views across Langstone Harbour.
Jeff Fox crossed the line in 5.33.29 placing him 251st out of 307 entrants.
Glenn Davies finished in 1.40.38 placing him an impressive 41st out of 376 entrants.
Clare Fox finished in 2.45.25 placing her 339th overall.
Owler 10k, Half & Full Marathon : Sunday 26th November 2017
5 Striders tested their legs in the new two lap multi-terrain run, set in the surroundings of Conningbrook Lakes Country Park and the roads of Brook with the following results:
Bradley Clayton 4:07:27 28th place out of 77 runners
Rosie Williams 4:35:25 41st / 8th female
Gary Read 1:54:15 51st place out of 200 runners
Gavin Malloch 1.59.46 73rd place
Sheila Malloch 1:01:47 49th place / 27th female out of 101 runners