Bexhill & Kent League XC

Bexhill half-marathon and 10km
Yvonne Crawford travelled to Bexhill on Saturday, 10 November to take on the Bexhill half-marathon.
 
The Strider put in an excellent performance around 13.1-mile course to return a time of 2hrs 46mins.
 
Her fellow club-mate also ran at Bexhill and opted for the 10km Poppy challenge. Andrea Lees Farrell made it around the 6.2-mile course in 1hr 37secs.
 
Kent League Cross Country
Saturday, 10 November saw the third fixture for the Kent League cross country in Danson Park, Welling.
 
In the ladies event over 5km top Strider was Liz Weeks who finished 14 th in a time of 18mins 22secs. Jen Simpson returned a time of 21mins 9secs earning her 68 th place. Alison Davey was close behind in 117 th with 23.38.

Maidstone Half & XC League

Striders eat up the miles at Maidstone Half
Striders turned out in force for the Maidstone Half Marathon on Sunday, 14 October.
 
Starting from the Cornwallis Academy the 13.1-mile course sent over 450 runners out to a loop of Boughton Monchelsea before heading towards East Farleigh to finish back at the Academy.
 
With a top 20 finish in 16 th place bragging rights for the first club man home went to David Valenti who whizzed round the course in 1.35.37. Ollie Pryer must have had him in his sights throughout the event as he was not far behind in 1.37.28. Third Strider home was Sam Mumford returning a time of 1.42.10.
 
A prize was awarded to Paul Williams for winning his age group (male vet 60+) with a 1.46.08.
 
The ladies were on equally good form with Rebecca Still taking 13 th overall and 6 th in her age group with 1.54.37. Runnign together to support each other were Lucy Hewett and Karen Seymour who both came home in 1.58.59 earning them top 20 spots.
 
Strider results
David Valenti 1.35.35
Ollie Pryer 1.37.28
Sam Mumford 1.42.10
Paul Williams 1.46.08
Glenn Davis 1.48.40
James Topham 1.49.59
Paul Bowditch 1.52.49
Bradley Clayton 1.53.00
Rebecca Still 1.54.37
Roy Shears 1.56.51
Craig Eccleston 1.57.16
Kevin Eastop 1.58.06
Joseph Lovelock 1.58.59
Lucy Hewett 1.58.59
Karen Seymour 1.58.59
Andrew Patching 1.58.59
Darren Billing 2.00.13
Sam Hewitt 2.10.33
Davinia Brown 2.12.55
Gavin Malloch 2.15.38
Jackie Austin 2.22.53
Clare Eastop 2.24.17
Vanessa Patching 2.37.42
Alison Kite 2.37.42
Femme Clegg 2.42.32
Emma Higgins 2.47.53
Helen Shears 2.48.53
 
Nonington XC League 13 October 2018
 
On Saturday, 13 October six Striders travelled to Beech Grove Academy in Nonington foe the first of the Kent Cross Country League races of the season.
 
The women have to comple a hilly, muddy, off road course of 5km and the men have the same conditions, but complete a 10km course.
 
Liz Weeks led the ladies team home taking 5 th place overall and a win in her age group in a time of 20.37. Not far behind was Jenifer Simpson in 24.39 with Emily Middleton in 28.18.
 
Olwen Cockell, who was racing for Swale AC, but is an active Strider member put in a good effort returning a time of 24.52.
 
The men’s race had two Striders forward with Gareth Lewis coming home in 43.52 and Lee Simpson with a speedy 46.21.

York 10-mile race, Sunday, 14 October
Andrea Lees Farrell and her mother Pamela Farrell put in a fantastic effort to complete the York 10-mile running race in 1.46.36. It was their first race together since joining the Striders and a great result for them both.

Folkestone Half and more

Four Striders headed to Folkestone on Sunday, 30 September for the half marathon event.
 
Special mention must go to Dave Austen as this was his first ever half marathon event. Since starting his running journey he has lost 2 stone in weight and is hoping to get a place in the London Marathon. Dave completed the course in 3hrs 36mins 2secs to the delight of his club mates.
 
James Pamplin has been going well and put in an impressive performance crossing the line in 1hr 41mins 6secs. He was able to watch Gavin Malloch finish in 2rs 9mins 43secs with Stuart Rideout completing the 13.1 miles in 2hrs 19mins 22secs.
 
Alison runs great 10km in Paris
Alison Jarvis travelled to Disney Land Paris to compete in the 10km event as part of the small world’s celebration of running. The Strider finished in 1hr 19mins.
 
Ain’t no mountain high enough for Rachel
Rachel Donaldson is known for taking on some extreme challenges but this weekend settled for running up a mountain! Rachel finished the 10km uphill mountain race in Wansfield Pike in 2hrs 23mins.
 
Striders lead the way at the castle
The Striders enjoyed a multi terrain hilly 10km at Leeds Castle on Sunday.
 
Ceri Burr was first back in 46mins 34secs. Next was Carolyn Marshall in 1hr 7mins 47secs followed by Louise Marshall in 1hr 9mins 31secs. Susannah Ulyatt was next back in 1hr 10mins 22secs. Unfortunately no times are available for Emma Chamberlain, Dave Wood or Sandra Gardiner who had also signed up to run the event.
 
Monster effort in Loch Ness for William
The previous weekend saw Strider Wiliam Wakeman complete the Loch Ness Marathon. He didn’t spy Nessie but did finish the 26-miles in 4hrs 6mins 45secs.

Canterbury Half Marathon

Canterbury Half Marathon
Eight Striders took on the Canterbury Half Marathon on Monday, 27 August 2018.
 
The event, held in aid of the Pilgrims Hospice, involved the runners taking on a 13.1-mile undulating course. It is a popular race, attracting over 400 racers.
 
Taking the prize for first lady veteran runner home was Olwen Cockell, running for her first claim club Swale AC, but a very popular and active member of the Striders team.
 
Christopher Mudge was not far behind with a 1.46.23. Steve Prince made sure 4 Striders broke 2 hour mark storming home in 1:49:47.

Kevin Eastop was next home with a 2.01.00 with David Whittley hot on his heels in 2.02.18. Andrew Howes put in a good performance to pass the chequered flag in 2.08.55 and Gavin Malloch finished in 2.18.41.

SVN race
Emma Penfold and Katy Jackson spent their bank holiday in Gracensend taking part in the Saxons, Normans and Vikings challenge run which started from the cyclopark.

The event sees the athletes take on a circuit multiple times to see how far they can complete.

Emma decided to take on 20-miles of the hilly course. She completed the run in 3hrs 52mins.

Katy was delighted with a new pb over 16.5-miles finishing in 2.52.

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.