A massive 56 Striders turnout out on a cold foggy January morning to kick off the race season with the Canterbury 10 mile road race, which marked the first race in the Club Championships.
First Strider home was Rhys Goddard in his first 10 mile race in a time of 56.26 placing him 7th overall out of 1300 runners. Kevin Rye was 2nd Strider home in a time of 1.04.16, a PB for him, placing him 68th and Lee Simpson was 3rd Strider across the line in 1.08.12 placing him in 146th overall. First female Strider home was Jen Coleman in a time of 1.14 placing her 290th overall. Full Results
Joseph and Katie Lovelock travelled to Portsmouth to take part in the Great South Run the 10 mile road race took them around Southsea and Portsmouth including the Historic Dockyard home to HMS Victory and finishing on the seafront on a fast flat course. Joseph completed the race in 1:16:41 placing him 1707 out of a field of 15638 runners. Katie, who had her baby William only 7 months ago, finished in 1:57:38 placing her in 13363 position overall.
Event: Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile Road Race 2016
Date: 2nd October 2016
Distance: 10 miles
33 Striders got to run on home turf in their annual club race The Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile Road Race on a warm and windy October morning.
Setting the 250 runners underway was Alan Gear from Thule, the main sponsor, with the lead car kindly provided by Beadles Skoda, guiding the runners on the 10 mile route through Rodmersham, Kingsdown, Doddington and back to Highsted School.
The Main race was won by Tewelde Menges from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 55:39 and the first lady home was Alice Whiley from Clapham Chasers in a time of 1:10:17. The trophies were presented by Alan Gear. The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Anthony Jackson and Jen Coleman respectively.
All the finishers received a medal designed in a children’s competition won by Rachel Woodfine. In addition runners received a T-shirt, goodie bag and delicious cakes baked by club members.
As well as the main race there was a 2k Fun Run which had 100 runners from babies up to adult beginner runners.
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 1st October and we look forward to seeing you there.
Event: Herne Bay 10 Les Golding Memorial
Date: 10th July 2016
Location: Herne Bay
Two Striders entered the Herne Bay 10k with Rhys Goddard being first of the two and also taking podium second place overall out of 290 entrants in a time of 34:52:00. The other strider who took part was Christian Martin who came in a time of 42:55 placing him 37th overall.
The Les Golding Memorial 10K was organised as a memorial to a stalwart of Kent athletics. Les received an MBE in recognition of his services to young athletes. The race has long been a popular part of the Kent road race calendar and, in the past, has featured as a County Championship race.
Event: Midnight Marathon
Date: 2nd July 2016
Distance: 26 miles
4 Striders decided to try something different, The Midnight Marathon, based in Dartford starts at 8pm and if you manage to complete the marathon in under 4 hours you get a special TShirt to say you completed it before midnight! Alison Davey was first Strider home and 3rd female overall in a time of 3:29:56 placing her 19th overall out of 122 runners. Bradley Clayton was 2nd Strider home in a time of 3:45:12 his first sub 4 marathon placing him 33rd overall. Taking 3rd spot was Emma Penfold in a time of 4:58:36 placing her 106th overall. Unfortunately Peter Davey had to withdaw.
Event: Medway 10k
Date: 12th June 2016
Location: Medway Park, Gillingham
11 Striders took part in the race, which is part of the Medway Festival of Sport. Gareth Lewis was first strider home in a time of 41:39 placing him 24th in a field of 506 runners. In second Strider place was Michael Poppy in a time of 43:48, which placed him 40th overall. Taking third position and 67th overall was Thomas Church in a time of 45:52. Carly Deacon was 1st female strider home in a time of 50:08 placing her 129th overall. Full results are here.
Event: Olympic Park 10k
Date: 12th June 2016
Location: Olympic Park, Stratford Distance: 10km
Katie Austin and Sandra Gardiner took part in the Olympic Park 10k organised by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. Sandra Gardiner put in a time of 1:14:33 placing her 788 out of 814 competitors while Katie Austin put in a time of 1:15:44 which placed her 791 overall. The full results can be found here.
Event: Staplehurst 10k
Date: 5th June 2016
8 Striders pitched up at Staplehurst Village Hall on a warm June Sunday morning for the popular Staplehurst 10k now in it’s 8th year. The competitors set off at 10am taking them along wide, rural country lanes on a fast flat course. Lee Elam was first strider home in a time of 40.51 placing him 59th overall in a field of 488 runners. In second Strider spot was Mick Diddams in a time of 44.27 which placed him 138th overall. Taking third position and 1st female strider home was Alison Davey in a time of 45.51 placing her in 167th place.
The Harvel 5 packs a lot into 5 miles covering beautiful woods, tarmac, rocky slopes and mud. Maybe that’s what makes it so popular or it could be the free beer en route and great atmosphere that ensures it sells out so quickly every year.
12 Striders thought they would give the unusual afternoon starting race a go Andy Baptie being first Strider home in a time of 33.16 which placed him 38th overall in a field of 704 runners. In second Strider place was Michael Poppy in a time of 33.47 which placed him 42nd overall. Taking third position and 70th overall was Craig Eccleston in a time of 35.52. Lucy Hewett was 1st female strider home in a time of 36.50 placing her 89th overall.