Beachyhead Marathon & 10k 2017 : Saturday 28th October
A warm and sunny Eastbourne greeted 58 Sittingbourne Striders who travelled to Eastbourne to take part in the Beachy Head Marathon & 10k this weekend. Flagged as the second hardest marathon in the country the gruelling course includes the impressive ascents of the 7 sisters but rewarding runners to glorious views of the south downs.
Marathon: Kevin Rye was first Strider home in a time of 3:40:41 placing him 49th overall out of a field of 2156 runners…a new record for entrants. David Valenti was next Strider home in a time of 3:59:18 placing him 154th overall. Elliot Stokes was 3rd strider home in a time of 4:28:15 putting him in 378th place. Sarah Bradshaw was first female strider home in a time of 4:46:09 placing her 581st overall.
10k: Glenn Davies came an impressive 29th place out of 751 competitors with his time of 46:10.
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.
3 Striders travelled to the Netherlands to take part in the Eindhoven Marathon:
Andy Baptie crossed the line in 3.12.19 placing him 302nd overall out of 2071 participants. This amazing time will entitle him to a ‘good for age’ entry into the London Marathon!
Rachel Ward 3.46.45 – 1030th – this time also entitles Rachel to a ‘good for age’ place at the London Marathon.
Gill Holmes 4.16.45 – 1634th
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.