Milton Keynes Marathon and Half 2018 

David Valenti had to contend with sweltering heat whilst running the Milton Keynes marathon. The Strider who said he wanted to give up and phone his wife at 18-miles as he was suffering from the heat and dizzy spells, refused to give up and crossed the line in a very respectable 4hrs and 12minutes. 
  
Tenacity must run in the family, because his dad Paul Valenti had to cope with equally difficult conditions in the half marathon event. Like his son he showed true strength of character to ‘keep on running’ completing the event in 2hrs 30mins. 

Wimbledon Half 2018

Couple go the distance again!
Long-distance running enthusiasts Sheila and Gavin Malloch continue to take on serious mileage as their season gets underway. The pair headed to Wimbledon for a half marathon on Sunday, 29 April. Gavin was first back in 2.04.23 with Sheila running a 2.17.05.
 

Southampton Half 2018

Rob Sapp took part in the Southampton Half Marathon. Despite completing the Brighton marathon just one week prior, he still managed a fantastic 1.54.30.

Kingston Half Marathon 2018

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.

London Landmarks Half 2018

The club put forward a big team to the London Landmarks half marathon. The top three striders home all were within a few minutes of each other. First back was Ashley Claridge in 1.39.33. Under 2 minutes behind was Glenn Davis in 1.41.16. Next it was Steve Shrimplin in 1.43.43.

The ladies also put in good runs Karen Seymore was 1st from the team in 1.46.54. Orla McGaley was 2nd in 2.46.19 jointly with Felicity Cleary who ran the same time.
 
Ashley Claridge 1.39.33
Glenn Davies 1.41.16
Steve Shrimplin 1.43.43
Ian Morgan 1.44.28
Andrew Charlesworth 1.44.39
Karen Seymore 1.46.54
Paul Williams 1.46.54
Paul Bowditch 1.53.39
Darren Billing 1.53.39
Joao Nunes 2.08.35
Orla McGaley 2.46.19
Felicity Cleary 2.46.19
Michelle LeMasonry-Bennett 2.4.46
Dionne Grant 2.48.20
Hayley Thomas 2.48.20
Denise Grant 2.49.06
Natalie Jimenez 2.55.44
Sam Gillham 2.57.08

Yeovil Half Marathon 2018

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.

Hastings Half Marathon 2018

Setting their sights on Hastings Half Marathon was a group of 14 Sittingbourne Striders. Mark Ransom had bragging rights for first club member back clocking a time of 1.49.12. His clubmates Joseph Lovelock and Jacob Beaney must have had Mark in their sights on the long run into the finish as they only some 40 odd seconds behind in 1.49.51.
 
The ladies in the club also put in some impressive efforts with Joanna Branchett finishing in 2.10.32 just a few minutes ahead of Julie Greene in 2.14.28. Karen Longley was third lady black for the club in 2.32.21.
 
Mark Ransom – 1.49.12
Joseph Lovelock 1.49.51
Jacob Beaney 1.49.51
Geoffrey Tyler 1.50.41
David Whittley 2.03.53
Kevin Eastop 2.06.32
Andy Howes 2.09.11
Joanna Branchett 2.10.32
Julie Greene 2.14.28
Karen Longley 2.32.21
Clare Eastop 2.32.31
Dominic Norwell 2.38.04
Wendy Howes PB in 2.45.51
Victoria Whittley 3.14.34

Hampton Court Half Marathon 2018

10 Striders travelled to Hampton Court for a rather regal half marathon. First club member home went to Laura Forster in a speedy 1.55.53. Hot on her heals was Gina Woodfine who completed the 13.1-mile course in 2.02.36. Joint honours for third back home went to Esther Harris and Sean Bootes who both managed 2.10.27.
 
Laura Forster – 1.55.53
Gina Woodfine – 2.02.36
Esther Harris 2.10.27
Sean Bootes – 2.10.27
Lorraine Neale 2.13.15
Norman Swann 2.16.12
Helen Shears – 2.28.04
Emma Higgens – 2.32.34
Robyn Benyon – 2.35.15
Jo Bing- 2.35.16
 
 

Maidstone Road Run 2018

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.’

Brett Lydd Half Marathon & 20 Mile

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

 

Brett Lydd Half Marathon