2 Striders took part in the Hever Castle marathon as part of the Festival of Endurance. The 4 lap course takes in 2 castles, 2 lakes and quaint Kentish villages all around the magnificent setting of Hever Castle. Rob Sapp put in a time of 4:44:27 placing him 32nd overall out of 51 entrants. Ashley Claridge, who ran with Rob, crossed the line in 4:44:35 which placed him 33rd overall.
4 Striders made the journey up North to take part in a hot Edinburgh marathon. Andrew Nellies was first Strider to cross the line in a time of 4hr 35m 26s placing him 3500 out of a field of 6106 runners. Teresa Watson 4:40:14, 3749th overall, Lisa Duce 5:18:29, 5147th overall, unfortunately Alison Davey had to withdraw due to injury.
Gary Deacon and his brother Michael Deacon set off to find the best route around the Brecon Beacons knowing they would have points deducted if they were late back. They managed 17.2 miles on the Saturday in the time limit of 5 hours which was quite an achievement considering they had both run the London Marathon the week before from which Michael had picked up an injury. On the Sunday they clocked up 18.1miles in the 4 hour limit placing them 9th out of 56 competing teams overall.
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.
25 Striders were cheered along the seafront by 150,000 spectators at the Brighton Marathon on the hottest day of the year so far:
James Brincat 3.24.01 was first Strider home placing him 519th out of 7774 men (Brighton split by men/women) 12,562 ran in total. David Valenti 3.34.49 placing him 947th out of the men Paul Harrison 3.41 PB 1235th David Forman 3.43.01 PB 1298th Ashley Bean 3.43.01 PB 1299th Scott Simpson 3.45.21 1429th Kate Rose 3.51.39 1st Marathon 1st female Strider home placing her 283rd out of 4818 women Geoff Tyler 3.54.31 PB 2018th Nick Baytun 3.55.36 2109th Steve Bradshaw 3.56.51 2195th Bradley Clayton 4.03.44 2605th Jen Coleman 4.06.49 645th Ross Pilcher 4.17.48 3376th Keith Whiskin 4.22.34 PB 3695th Carli Deacon 4.29.411st Marathon 1378th Abbey-Gale Bratby 4.34.16 1518th Andy Patching 4.40.08 4663rd Nikki Brenchley 4.45.06 PB 1926th Darren Billing 4.49.46 5194th Stuart Ridout 5.10 *lost chip Martine Ingram 5.53.36 1st Marathon 3996th Sally Patching 5.54.47 4028th Rachel Donaldson 6.07.23 1st Marathon 4219th Wendy Knee 6.16.33 4336th Robert Holmes 6.16.34 7216th 10K Lee Simpson 40.38 James Pamplin 47.46 Vanessa Patching 1.04.35 Joanne Bing 1.04.54
Paul Williams and Teresa Watson competed in the Bowiethon Race at Gravesend Cyclopark on 12th Feb 2017 – this event is a six hour challenge where you run as many laps as you like. The race was run in memory of David Bowie, with music on the course and fancy dress very much encouraged. This meant back-to-back races for Paul after running last weekend’s half marathon at Lee Valley. Teresa completed 3 laps (11.2 miles), with Paul completing 7 laps meaning he did a full marathon finishing in a fantastic 6th place clocking a time of 3hrs 49min.
Michael Foster travelled to Italy to take part in the Florence Marathon along with over 10,500 participants. Michael, a barefoot vegan runner, said he would recommend the marathon which took him along the narrow Italian streets passed some of the city’s outstanding architecture and amazing landmarks.
2 Striders ventured to Amsterdam to take on the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. Alison Davey put in a time of 3:34:05 placing her 2604 in a field of 12181 runners. Ronald Smith put in a time of 4:53:33 placing him 11011 in the field. Full Results