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.

Maidstone Sprint Tri

Glenn Davies took part in the Maidstone Sprint Tri which set off from Sutton Valence School, situated high up on the ridge overlooking the Weald of Kent. Consisting of a 300m pool based swim, 18k on the bike and 4.5k traffic free run on the school playing field Glenn crossed the line in a time of  55.52.

 
Wiggle French Revolution Sportive – Sunday 1st July  2018

James Reeves crossed the channel to take part in the 75 mile Sportive. He completed the hot, hilly route from Calais in a time of  5.11.15gaining him a silver award. 

Maidstone Riverside 10km 2018

 
Elsewhere Sally Smith took part in the Maidstone Riverside 10km. Due to parenting commitments she was unable to take part in Sittingbourne, but the race organisers at Maidstone kindly agreed to let her run whilst pushing 1-year-old Sophie in her running buggy meaning she was able to get a race in.
 
The field was not as large as Sittingbourne, with around 100 runners entered, however the straight out and back course along the riverside proved for a picturesque outing.
 
Sally was delighted to completed 10km in 50.43. This saw her placed 5 th lady and she also took home a trophy for 1 st in her age group, (35-44-years). Co-pilot Sophie enjoyed looking at the ducks in the river before falling asleep for the whole race.

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.’

Maidstone Half & Full Marathon 2017

Maidstone Half & Full Marathon : 15th October

Thanks to hurricane Ophelia, unseasonally warm conditions welcomed the runners taking part in this hilly half marathon. Used as a good warm up for some of the Striders taking part in the Beachy Head Marathon at the end of this month, the course features challenging lanes in and around the villages of Boughton Monchelsea, Loose and East Farleigh. 
 
Ross Pilcher was the first strider home crossing the line in 1.41.18 placing him 39th overall out of 418 entrants. 
Glenn Davies – 1.47.41 – 70th place
Lucy Hewett – 1.48.55 – 75th 
Bradley Clayton – 1.50.03 – 86th
Jacob Beany – 1.50.43 – 97th
Joseph Lovelock – 1.50.59 – 96th
Jeff Fox – 1.52.04 – 102nd
Paul Bowditch – 1.53.04 – 109th
Clive Crisp – 1.56.59 – 135th
Julie Green – 2.12.33 – 268th
Davina Brown – 2.17.02 – 301st
Richard May – 2.22.12 – 322nd
Natalie Jimenez – 2.42.24 – 388th – Natalie’s first half marathon 
 
Aaron Pritchard took part in the full marathon which was 2 laps of the half course, crossing the line in 4.44.38 placing him 52nd out of 78 entrants. 

Maidstone Sprint Triathlon 2017

Maidstone Sprint Triathlon 2017 : Sunday 7th May 2017

4 Striders from the Triathlon side competed in the Maidstone Sprint Triathlon which was the next race in the club championships calendar – the event consists of 300m pool swim; 18k bike; 4.2k run. Matt Nunn was first Strider home in a time of 54.37.10 placing him 10th out of 80 entrants overall. Glenn Davies was very close behind him crossing the line in a time of 54.37.85, placing him 11th overall and winning his age category. Rob Sapp was 18th overall in 56.41.05 and Martin Clark 20th in 57.23.20.

 

Maidstone Triathlon
Left to right Glenn Davies; Rob Sapp; Matt Nunn; Martin Clark @ Maidstone Sprint Triathlon

 

Maidstone Triathlon

 

Maidstone Sprint and Standard Duathlon

Maidstone Sprint and Standard Duathlon : Sunday 5th March

5 Striders were questioning their sanity as they set off in torrential rain to run around the muddy back roads of Harrietsham at the Maidstone Duathlon. Next they hopped on their bikes to battle against the winds along the stretch of the A20 between Leeds Castle and Ashford. Finally a 3.5k run was a welcome end to the race in such testing conditions. This was the first in the Tri Club Championships for 2017.
 
Glenn Davies was the only Strider to do the Sprint distance race which he did in a time of 1.28.39 placing him 10th overall out of 26 entrants, he was 1st in his age group which he won a trophy for.
Rob Sapp was first out of 4 Striders in the Standard distance race with a time of 2.29.10 which placed him 11th out of 36 entrants.
Chris Rogers was 2nd Strider home in a time of 2.49.50 placing him 24th overall.
Lucy Hewett was 1st (only female) strider home in a time 2.51.06 placing her 25th overall. She was 3rd lady overall, for which she won a trophy.
Ross Pilcher unfortunately was unable to finish the race.
 
 
maidstone sprint and standard duathlon
Left to right: Chris Rogers; Glenn Davies; Lucy Hewett; Rob Sapp; Ross Pilcher

 

maidstone sprint and standard duathlon
Lucy Hewett

 

maidstone spring and standard duathlon
Glenn Davies
 
Distances: Standard: 9.5k Run, 42k Bike, 3.5k Run
Sprint: 3k Run, 27k Bike, 3.5k Run

 

Maidstone Half Marathon

7 Striders marked the return of the Maidstone Half Marathon after its absence of two years. The new course took them around the challenging lanes in and around the villages of Boughton Monchelsea, Loose and East Farleigh on a wet October morning.
Maidstone Half Marathon
Andy Baptie was first Strider home in a time of 1:38:36 placing him 21st overall out of a field of 377 runners. Ross Pilcher was next Strider to cross the line in a time of 1:40:25 placing him 27th overall. Lucy Hewett finished in a time of 1:53:30 placing her 82nd. Mark Ransom put in a time of 1:56:00 placing him 99th overall. Clive Crisp finished in 2:01:18 placing him 139th. Patricia Davies finished in 2:14:45 placing her 232nd and Joanna Branchett finished in 2:24:03 placing her 271st overall.

Pretty Muddy #RaceforLife

Event: Pretty Muddy #RaceForLife
Date: 10th July 2016
Location: Mote Park
Distance: 5k

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before …

The female Striders did their bit for a good cause by get muddy at Race for Life Pretty Muddy® organised by Cancer Research.  Pretty Muddy® isn’t like any other fundraising event. It is a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under, and charge through to show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink.

pretty muddy
… and after

Maidstone Duathlon

Event: Maidstone Duathlon
Date: 28th February 2016
Location: Harrietsham
Distances: 9.5km, 42km, 3.5km

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The first of the Striders Tri Club Championship races kicked off with the Maidstone Duathlon starting from Harrietsham village hall. The 2 runs took the duathletes around the back lanes of Harrietsham and then along the A20 t0 Ashford and back for the rather windy bike leg.
First strider home was David Valenti in a time of 2hr 35m 17s placing him 28th out of a field of 52 competitors. Coming in a mere 10 seconds behind him was Ross Pilcher, 2nd Strider home in a time of 2hr 35m 27s.  3rd Strider home, first female strider and overall position first lady was Lucy Hewett in a time of 2hr 46m 44s. 4th strider home and only 6 seconds behind Lucy was Jamie Goldthorp in a time of 2hr 46m 50s. Lynne Hacon was 5th Strider coming in a time of 2hr 48m 37s which put her in the place of 2nd female!
Rob Sapp, racing for Medway Velo on this occasion, will be one to watch when he competes as a Strider putting in a very strong performance at 2:29.13!