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
Two Striders, Steve Shrimplin and Angyalka Bartlett visited Bath to take part in their half marathon. The two lap fast and flat course taking in the sights of the city and both sides of the river Avon. Full Results
2 Striders battled against the elements to get blown along the seafront as they took on the Thanet 20 Mile road race. There was talk that the race may be stopped at one point due to such awful weather conditions but it wasn’t and on they ran, Striders are made of tough stuff! Paul Williams was first Strider home in a time of 2.53.43 placing him in 91st out of 257 runners.Gill Holmes was close behind in a time of 2.55.34 placing her 100th overall. Full Results
23 Striders battled against the wind at the Headcorn Half which took them on relatively flat course around the quiet country lanes.
First Strider home was Kevin Rye in a time of 1.27.59 placing him 27th overall out of 395 runners. Gary Deacon was 2nd Strider home in a time of 1.32.24 placing him 49th and Nick Baytun was 3rd Strider across the line in 1.33.06, a PB for him placing him in 52nd overall. First female Strider home was Jen Coleman in a time of 1.40.53 placing her 96th overall.