Over 80 Sittingbourne Striders turned out for the Sittingbourne Invicta 10km race held on Sunday, 13 May 2018.
Conditions were breezy for the event which saw runners taking on the 6.2-mile loop of rural Sittingbourne. Starting at Westlands school the first 5kms involved gradual climbing before cutting across a pathway from Wrens Road to Primrose Lane where the runners were able to enjoy gentle downhill for the remainder of the course.
Despite the field having so many runners from the Striders, competition from other running clubs was fierce and the prizes were hotly contested. The Striders team did not disappoint picking up an array of silverware for various successes.
Jen Coleman took the top spot as fastest lady on the day. She completed the course in 43.48. Ellie Hynes once again showed ever improving form to take the trophy for 2 nd place in 44.02 with Rebecca Still 3 rd in 47.27. The combined efforts of these ladies resulted in them taking the women’s team prize.
After the run Jen said: ‘The race went well as I knocked off 1 minute and 18 seconds off my personal best for the course.’
Also on the podium was Olwen Cockell, running for Swale AC, but also a member of the club. She won a prize for fastest lady in her age category.
Gareth Lewis was the only Strider to beat 40 minutes; he was first back for the team in 39.55. Lee Simpson and Scott Simpson were next home for the club in 40.21 and 40.42. The speedy Simpson’s both won their age group prizes and along with Gareth took the prize for the best male team.
All in all a very good day for the Sittingbourne Striders
Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile 2017 : 1st October 2017
The Sittingbourne Striders 10 mile road race was another success with a record number of entries. Despite damp windy conditions nearly 400 runners lined up at the start and were set off by Race Director Emma Pomeroy.
The club are grateful to their Main Sponsor Bennett Opies for their generous support and also to Beadles Skoda for providing a personalised lead car which led the runners on the 10 miles route through Rodmersham, Kingsdown, Doddington and back to Highsted School. In addition there was a 2k Fun Run which attracted 120 runners from pre-school up to adult beginner runners, all of whom received a brightly coloured medal and ribbon. There was also a school team prize which was won by Westlands Primary. The Boy’s prize was won by Caleb Spriggs, 2nd was Ben Procter and 3rd Reece Lee. The Girl’s prize was won by Violet Bing, 2nd was Iris Bartlett and 3rd Alice Brown.
The Main race was won by Tewelde Menges from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 54:57 and the first lady home was Liz Weeks also from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 1:04:14. The Men’s trophies were presented by Philip Opie of Bennett Opies and the Ladies’ by the daughter of Chas Ryman in whose name the race is in memory.
The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Lee Simpson and Jo Pettitt respectively.
All the finishers received a medal, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. There was also cakes available baked by club members.
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 7th October and we hope to see you there.
There was burgundy and gold vests as far as the eye could see as at Westlands school, as a whopping 74 Striders lined up to run in the next race in the club championships, the Sittingbourne 10k.
Hot and windy conditions didn’t seem to deter Rhys Goddard who won the race in a time of 34.18! 2nd Strider home was Kevin Rye in a time of 39.12 placing him 8th out of 243 overall with Lee Simpson picking up 3rd Strider spot in a time of 40.42 placing him 12th overall. Jennifer Coleman was 1st strider across the line and also 1st lady overall in a time of 45.33.
A great day for Sittingbourne Striders who collected the following awards:
Rhys Goddard: Race winner
Jennifer Coleman: 1st Lady
Lucy Hewett: 2nd Lady & age group winner W40
Olwen Cockell: 3rd Lady
Rhys Goddard; Kevin Rye and Lee Simpson: Male Team Winners
Jennifer Coleman; Lucy Hewett & Olwen Cockell: Female Team Winners
The Striders were out in force on a sunny May morning for the 6th Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta 10k race which lead them around the country lanes of Sittingbourne on a not too hilly course.
62 Striders took part Lee Simpson being the first strider home setting a new PB of 37:39 and placing him 10th overall in a field of 347 runners. In second Strider spot was James Sieloff in a time of 38:46 which placed him 14th overall. Taking third position was Jeremy Pridmore in a time of 39:44 a PB for him putting him in 18th place. Katie Rose was first female strider home in a time of 45:54 her first 10k placing her 72nd overall in the field of runners. Wendy Knee won a trophy for winning her age category (F 60+) and Katie Rose, Gill Holmes & Lucy Hewett took the Female Team Winners prize for Striders. The friendly encouragement of team members must of helped as 26 PB’s were totted up in total what a great day this was for the Striders!