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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Event: Pretty Muddy #RaceForLife
Date: 10th July 2016
Location: Mote Park
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.
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!