20 Sittingbourne Striders took part in the London Marathon held on Sunday, 22 April 2018.
With record temperatures the runners had a lot to contend with for the mass participation event. It is fair to say that despite many of the team being capable of running sub-4 hours times, the extreme heat took its toll with a number deciding to ease of the pace in the interests of safety.
Many of the team were running in aid of good causes with thousands being raised for charity.
1 st for the club was Mick Diddams who just missed out on sub 4, he ran 4.04.14. He was closely followed by Ashley Claridge, running in aid of Children with Cancer, in 4.06.15. Third Strider home went to Craig Eccleston 4.26.25.
Alastair Wilkins, who is in the process of joining the club, was the only friend of the Striders going under 3-hours. He ran a fantastic race to finish in 2.44.08.
First lady home for the team was Olwen Cockell, running for the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Unit, she completed the course in 4.08.12. 2nd lady Strider back was Karen Seymore, who was running to raise money for NDCS. She finished in 4.34.43. Third place honours were taken by Angyalka Bartlett in 4.49.43.
The drama of the day was provided by Paul Williams, running in aid of MDNA. He became disorientated 800m from the finish. Two runners saw him struggling and lifted him by the elbows to escort him to the finish. Though the time of 5.57.11 is somewhat off the usual pace for the runner, the experience highlights the spirit and comradery that the marathon brings out in people.
Striders London marathon competitors (with charity where applicable)
Alastair Wilkins 2.44.08
Mick Diddams 4.04.14
Ashley Claridge 4.06.15 (Children with Cancer)
Olwen Cockell 4.08.12 (Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Unit)
Craig Eccleston 4.26.25
Karen Seymour 4.34.43 (NDCS)
Andy Patching 4.38.05 (Children with Cancer)
Angyalka Bartlett 4.49.43
Paul Dyer-Wright 4.50.05 (St Michaels Hospice)
Vicky Attwood 4.52.01 (Team Victa)
Daniel Judd 5.03.29 (Team Macmillan)
Ronald Smith 5.20.31
Paul Williams 5.57.11 (MNDA)
Joanna Bing 6.07.11
Daniel Tester 6.14.41 (Muscular Dystrophy UK)
Colin Ayling 6.20.31 (Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Unit)
Hayley Thomas 6.29.44 (Clic Sargent)
Annette Lebteton 6.39.06 (Wisdom Hospice)
Dionne Grant 6.39.07
Alison Davey – retired
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.
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.
AJ Bell London Triathlon – Live to Tri :Saturday 22nd July & Sunday 23rd July Olympic Distance – 1.5km Swim / 40k Bike / 10km Run
3 Striders competed at the London Triathlon flagged as the ‘Worlds Largest Triathlon’ which has races continuously over the course of the weekend. A timely storm hit whilst they were tackling the swim but this did not deter their efforts giving the following results:
Luis Diaz (Leamouth route) crossed the line in 2:32:15 placing him 134th out of 1371 entrants
Martin Feaver (Leamouth route) finished in 2:55:39 placing him 1662 out of 2361 entrants
Paul Holt (Westminster route) finished in 3:00:16 placing him 765 overall out of 1371 entrants
18 Striders were lucky enough to run in this iconic marathon either by club, ballot, charity or good for age place. In true Strider spirit many club members had travelled up to support them along the route around the landmarks of London.
Anthony Jackson was first Strider home in an outstanding time of 2:36:20 placing him 171st out of 45401 entrants! 2nd Strider home was brother Phil Jackson in a time of 2:44:26, which placed him 512nd overall. 3rd Strider spot went to Gary Deacon in a time of 3:26:15 placing him 5512 overall. 1st Female Strider home was Lucy Hewett in a time of 3:42:33 a PB for her placing her 8746 overall.
Special mention goes to Gina Woodfine and Marriane Seaward who, despite injuries for Gina during training, completed the race and between them raised an over £5,400 for local charity Demelza.
Event: AJ Bell London Triathlon
Date: 7th August 2016
Location: Excel, London
Distance: Sprint & Standard
Sunday 7th August saw 8 of the sittingbourne Striders head to London in the early hours to take on one of the most popular triathlons in the world, the London Triathlon and compete against over 3000 other triathletes.
7 of the 8 took on the Standard distance event which comprised of a 1500m swim, 40Km Cycle and 10.5Km run, while Matt Kingsnorth took on the shorter Sprint event.
It proved a strong showing for the striders with everyone finishing the standard race within 33 mins of each other with notable preformances from James Brincat and Gweneth Hacon, both of whom are currently training hard in preparation for an upcoming chance to represent Great Britian in September, finishing 19th and 5th respectively in their age groups.
Event: Virgin London Marathon
Date: 24th April 2016
Distance: 26.2 miles
Almost 40,000 runners turned out on a rather chilly morning to take part in the 36th London Marathon started by Tim Peake from space! 19 Striders were lucky enough to take part in this epic event putting in some fantastic times.
Anthony Jackson was first strider home in a time of 2:51.57 placing him 987 overall. In second Strider spot was Kris Noble in a time of 2:58:00, which placed him 1707 in the field. Taking third position and first female Strider home was Liz Weeks in a time of 2:59:40 placing her 2039 overall.
Points of interest:
Phil Jackson fainted in the last mile but still managed an amazing time!
Ronald Smith (70+) took 29mins off last year’s time!
Alison Davey ran Boston Marathon in 3:38:20 on Monday and then London Marathon on Sunday in 3:35:02 a faster time!
2 ½ years ago Joanne Bing signed up with the Striders beginners group and today completed her first marathon.
Andy Baptie ran Paris Marathon 2 weeks ago in 3:22:47 and then London in 3:15:42 taking 7 mins off his Paris time and setting a new PB!