Hever Marathon 2017

Hever Marathon 2017: 9th July 2017

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.

Hever Marathon 2017
Ashley Claridge left, Rob Sapp right after the Hever Marathon.


Edinburgh Marathon 2017

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.

OMM 2017

OMM 2017 : Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April 2017

OMM 2017
Left Michael Deacon right Gary Deacon

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.

London Marathon 2017

London Marathon 2017 : 23rd April 2017

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.

London Marathon 2017
Striders on Blackheath before London Marathon Left to right back row: Lucy Hewett; Marriane Seaward; Bradley Clayton; Jacqueline Woodhouse; Gary Deacon; Vanessa Patching; Natalie Miller; Ronald Smith; Nikki Brenchley Left to right front row: Jen Coleman; Karen Seymour; Gina Woodfine; Paul Williams

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.


Brighton Marathon & 10k

Brighton Marathon & 10k : Sunday 9th April
25 Striders were cheered along the seafront by 150,000 spectators at the Brighton Marathon on the hottest day of the year so far:
Brighton Marathon
Striders before the Brighton Marathon left to right: Ashley Bean; Bradley Clayton; James Brincat; Ross Pilcher; David Forman; Nick Bayntun; Darren Billing
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
Lee Simpson 40.38
James Pamplin 47.46
Vanessa Patching 1.04.35
Joanne Bing 1.04.54

Greater Manchester Marathon 2017

Greater Manchester Marathon 2017 : 2nd April 2017
4 Striders ran the Greater Manchester Marathon:
Alison Davey finished in 3.36.14 placing her 2201st out of 8686 runners
George Samuel 4.27.06 placing him 5895th 
Gill Holmes 4.38.06 placing her 6488th
Ron Smith 4.52.32 placing him 7162nd 2nd in his age category!

greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Marathon


Barcelona Marathon 2017

Barcelona Marathon : 12th March 2017
Two Striders travelled to Barcelona to compete in the fourth most popular marathon in Europe.
Andy Baptie 3:27:20
Rachel Ward 3:53:48 PB

Bowiethon 2017

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. 

Bowiethon 2017

Firenze Marathon, Florence 2016

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. 

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

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