London Marathon 2019

22 members of the Sittingbourne Striders took to the streets of London for the 39th Marathon this Sunday, along with 42,000 other runners who in total raise over £1billion for charity in one the highlights of the UK running calendar.

Lee Simpson was the first Strider to cross the finish line, with an impressive time of 3hrs26mins31secs, and Alison Davey was the first lady strider over the line coming in at 4hrs27mins48secs

A dozen Striders took part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday, a 26.2 miles course starting from Preston Park and then following a course along the coast. Daniel Barnard (pictured) was first strider home in 3hrs52mins30secs and Sophie Byrne was the first lady strider home, on her first Marathon, at 4hrs38mins35secs

Lone striders also took part in the Brighton 50k bike ride (Darren Billing in 2hrsmins45secs), Goodwood Running Grand Prix half Marathon (Emma Penfold 2hrs7mins51secs) and the Paris Marathon (Pires Scott James Simpson 3hs24mins)

Brighton Marathon Full Results

Daniel Barnard 03:52:30
Steve Prince 03:54:12
James Topham 03:55:23 PB
Richard Sutehall 04:02:24
Sophie Byrne 04:38:35 PB
Ross Campbell 04:39:32
Nicky Knight 04:44:47 PB
Rachael Noble 04:44:55
Steve Russell 05:02:45
Gavin Malloch 05:15:54
Sheila Malloch 05:15:55 PB
Jackie Austin 06:59:35

Landmarks, Smugglers, Megalith & Whitstable

London Landmarks Half Marathon- a race that attracts nearly 13,000 runners and runs along the Thames taking in the popular sights throughout Westminster and the City. First strider home was Daniel Barnard in 1hr50mins40secs, and the first lady strider over the line was Amanda Claridge who gained a personal best and finished in 1hr59mins38secs.

London Landmarks Half Marathon
Daniel Barnard 1.40.40
Ashley Claridge 1.41.42
Mark Jones 1:44:10
Darren Billings 1:52:25
Amanda Claridge 1:59.38 PB
Sam Gillham 2:10:28 PB
James Batchelor 2:11:44
Simon Brenchley 2:11:44
Kate Chia 2:17:51 PB
Joanne Strudwick 2:31:34
Jacqueline Woodhouse 2:39:33
Susannah Ulyatt 2:59:31
Louise Marshall 3:00:51
Mona Lewis 3:05:53


Smugglers 10k
Teresa Watson 56.49
Lorraine Neale 58.14 PB
Sara Cox 1:03:15 PB
Tracey Jenkins 1:07:48
Talita Wigg 1:14:00
Georgina Higgins 1:16:59
Lisa Burton 1:25:14

Medway Megalith Marathon
Ollie PRYER 4:19:20
Rebecca Still 5:19:58
Samantha Hewitt 5.09:31

Medway Megalith Half Marathon
Jackie Austin 3:23:13
Helen Shears 3:30:18
Emma Higgins 3:30:15

Hastings Half Marathon
Jo Pettitt 1:51:41
James Pettitt 1:51:41
Jackie Austin 3:12
Emma Penfold 3:30
Stroke Resolution 15K
Ann Meeks 1.49.54
Kelly Batchelor 1.51

Stroke Resolution 10K
Carolyn Marshall 1.11.12

Whitstable 10k
Abbey-Gale Bratby 55.14
Andrew Thomas 55.14
Alison Williams 1:07:12

Whitstable 5k
Sally Patching 32:29

Madeira Marathon 2019

Two Striders avoided the cold weather this weekend by flying to Madeira to run the Maratona do Funchal.

Ollie Pryer managed to get a fantastic time of 3hrs 28mins 24 secs despite the 20 degree hot and humid conditions, finishing 41st out of a field of 207.

Samantha Hewitt came in at 4 hours 36mins 4secs and was the 21st lady over the finish line.

The marathon is an international event attracting runners from all over the world- with a largely flat course on the southern coast of Madeira.

Whitstable MoRun, Fudgeathon & Doncaster 10km

Fudgeathon

Rebecca Still donned her Strider vest to take on her third marathon distance in a month on Saturday, 24 November at the Saxon Vikings and Norman’s marathon challenge in Samphire Hoe.

The event was a mix of on and off roads and took on 100ft of elevation on each lap with a long stretch along the seafront with a strong headwind.
The endurance specialist has had some credible top 10 finishes recently, but this was to be her best event of the season and she romped round the 26.2-mile course to take the overall ladies win in 4hrs 24mins 25secs.

Velopark 10km
On Saturday, 24 November Racheal Noble took park in the VeloPark 10km event in Stratford.
The fairly flat course provides a good opportunity to return a good time and Racheal did just that finishing in 58mins 8secs.

Whitstable ‘MoRun’ 5km and 10km events

The Striders headed to Whitstable to race the Fix events ‘MoRun on Sunday 25 November.’ The event raises awareness of men’s health in particular prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The course was a flat out and back along Whitstable seafront with a strong headwind on the return leg making it just that little bit tougher as fatigue sets in.

The 10km event had 288 runners taking part.

Daniel Judd was first back for the team in 44mins 2secs this saw him placed 8th overall and 3rd senior male.

Rachel Adkins was next and first lady Strider home in recording a time of 58mins 46secs.

Terry Morse was 3rd back for the reds in 55mins 20secs.

The Strider team also took great pleasure in winning an award for best team in fancy dress.

In the 5km event Sally Smith entered with her 21-month old daughter Sophie who was co-piloting the running buggy. With 83 runners taking part the tail wind start got her off to a good position holding 3 rd place overall and finishing in 24mins 53mins. She was also presented with a winners running top for finishing first lady in the event.

10km results
Daniel Judd 44mins 2secs
Rachel Adkins 58mins 46secs
Terry Morse 55mins 20secs
Richard Millns 59mins 26secs
Clive Glover 1hr 2mins 59secs
Katy Mills 1hr 3mins 43secs
Sarah Bowden 1hr 4mins 43secs
Katrina Potter 1hr 5mins 33secs
Lisanne Tullett 1hr 6mins 2secs
Sara Cox 1hr 6mins 37secs
Talita Wigg 1hr 7mins 2secs
Allison Bourne 1hr 7mins 3secs
Georgina Higgins 1hr 7mins 24secs
Tracey Jenkins 1hr 8mins 52secs
Susannah Ulyatt 1hr 11mins 31secs
Lisa Burton 1hr 11mins 39secs
Carolyn Marshall 1hr 11mins 44secs
Angela Clarke 1hr 12mins 19secs
Dave Wood 1hr 12min 31secs
Beth Wood 1hr 21mins 57secs
Heidi knight 1hr 26mins 8secs

5km
Sally Smith and 21-month-old Sophie 24.53

Doncaster 10km
Pamela Farrell joined a full field on 3000 runners in Doncaster for the annual 10km event starting from Doncaster racecourse.
Despite a crowded field the Strider managed to dart round other runners to get to the finish in 1hr 1min 38secs. This was a personal best time and earned her 22 nd in the ladies competition and 16 th in her age category.

Wendover Woods, Brecon Beacons & Marden 10km

Brecon Beacon Marathon

Rebecca Still got the weekend off to a good start for the Sittingbourne Striders when she ran in the Brecon Beacon Marathon on Saturday, 17 November.

The off-road event takes in the climb of Pen Y Fan, which is the highest peak in South Wales. It is an event for the fittest and toughest endurance athletes, however this did not put off Rebecca who dug deep and kept going round the 26.2-miles to finish in a time of 6hrs 2mins 58secs.

After the event she was thrilled to learn she had taken 15th place in a very strong field of women.

Marden 10km

On Sunday, 18 November four Striders travelled to Marden to take part in the 10km running race which has become a popular event on the running calendar.

The flat course draws runners for its PB potential and the four Striders ladies all put in excellent performances.

First back was Emily Middleton in 54mins 12secs. She was closely followed by Amanda Claridge in a personal best time of 55mins 7secs. Jackie Austin was hot on her heels in 58mins 50secs with Jo Bing not far behind in a time of 1hrs 7mins 49secs.

Wendover Woods 50

Endurance experts Craig Eccleston, Bradley Clayton and Paul Bowditch took on an epic challenge by completing the Wendover Woods 50-mile event in Aylesbury on Saturday, 17 November.

Unfortunately despite completing similar events in the past Craig did not finish this time.

However his Strider teammates put in exceptional performances to both finish in 13hrs 10mins, which demonstrates both their strong will and fitness!

Beachyhead Marathon & 10k

The Striders annual pilgrimage to one of the toughest marathon events took place on Saturday, 27 October.

The Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside.

There is also a 10km off road run for supporters looking for a taste of the Beachy Experience.

The Striders fielded a team of 60 athletes. 50 for the big one and ten in the 10km.

Remarkably bragging rights for first club vest home in both events went to members of the same family.

David Valenti completed the marathon event in a personal best time of 3hrs 52mins 14secs whereas his brother, Richard Valenti stormed the 10km in 49mins 35secs.

In the marathon Gary Spicer was 2nd clubman home in 4hrs 12mins 30secs. Not far behind was Ashley Claridge in 4hrs 19mins 19secs. 4th Strider was Daniel Barnard in a PB of 4hrs 23mins 30secs. Also running his lifetime fastest was Roy Shears in 4hrs 27mins 18secs.

In a strong ladies field it was Rebecca Still taking the honours fit first lady Strider back in 4hrs 45mins 46secs. 2nd to her was Sarah Bradshaw in 4hrs 53mins 21secs. Claire Wright was not far behind her in 4hrs 53mins 22secs. Next past the finish was Karen Seymour in 4hrs 53mins 29secs with Lucy Hewitt nipping at her heels in 5hrs 5mins 50secs.

First lady Strider home in the 10km went to Julie Greene in 1hr 1min 46secs.

Marathon results
David Valenti 3:52:14 PB
Gary Spicer 4:12:30
Ashley Claridge 4:19:19
Daniel Barnard 4:23:30 PB
Roy Shears 4:27:18 PB
Paul Williams 4:31:06
Rosie Williams 4:33:43
Glenn Davies 4:41:42
James Topham 4:41:49
Joe Lovelock 4:45:53
Rebecca Still 4:45:46
Bradley Clayton 4:47:26
Sarah Bradshaw 4:53:21
Claire Wright 4:53:22
Karen Seymour 4:53:29
Mark Ransom 4:56:33
Mick Diddams 4:57:01
Steve Prince 5:03:10
Andy Patching 5:05:49
Lucy Hewett 5:05:50
Paul Bowditch 5:05:50
Phil Robertson 5:11:35
Kellymarie Lywood 5:16:39
Kelly Brett 5:16:39
Craig Ecclestone 5:17:07
Richard Vassiliou 5:21.08 PB
Richard Sutehall 5:28:02
Lisa Duce 5:28:27
Andrew Howes 5:28:56
Gina Woodfine 5:28:57
David Whittley 5.41:30
Jo Branchett 5:43:53
Abby-Gale Bratby 5:49:31
Andrew Thomas 5:49:31
Gavin Malloch 5:56:41
Ron Smith 5:58:47
Kevin Eastop 6:02.38
Clare Eastop 6:02:39
Kent Parker 6.10.02
Nicki Brown 6:20:03
Alison Kite 6:21:11 PB
Michelle Perry 6:42:45
Martine Ingram 6:43:38 PB
Vanessa Patching 6:57:54
Emma Higgins 6:57:52 PB
Annette Lebreton 6:57:52
Helen Shears 6:57:53
Jackie Austin 7:21:48 PB
Lynn Coomber 7:22:05 PB
Sheila Malloch 7:39:42 PB
Wendy Howes 7:39:45
Orla McGaley 7:41:07 PB
Darren James 7:41:07
Cheryl Sieloff 7:41:43
Danielle Smith 8:08:49
Victoria Whittley 8:15:15 PB
Robert Holmes 8:15:41
Peter Harvey 8:15:41
Wendy Knee 8:15:42
Clare Fox 8:48:35 PB
Rachael Robertson Dnf due to injury – completed 16miles in 4 hrs.

10 Km results:
Richard Valenti 0:49:35
Paul Valenti 1:01:44
Julie Greene 1:01:46
Lorraine Neale 1:14:38
Esther Harris 1:14:39
Lesley Osmond 1:15:29
Alison Jarvis 1:17:44
Sally Patching 1:20:58
Robyn Benyon 1:20:58
Brad Thompson 1:23:13 PB

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. 

London Marathon 2018

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.

London Marathon 2018

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