Cross Country League & Ashford 5 & 10 Mile

Cross Country league
On Saturday the cross country team headed to Sommerhill School in Tonbridge for the second round of the Kent Cross Country league.

Liz Weeks took 3rd overall female out of 190 racers. Jen Simpson placed 42nd and Emily Middleton 65th. Their combined efforts sees the Women’s team placed 14th overall in the league standings.

In the men’s race Gareth Lewis was placed 74th out of 318 he was also 10th in his age category.

 

Ashford 10 mile and 5 mile running race.
On Sunday 28 October 11 members opted for a spooktacular running event.

It was a scenic race based in Ashford at the Towers School. There was a choice of a 5 mile or 10 mile race.

Ollie Pryer impressed with an excellent performance in the 10 mile event taking 8th place overall in 1hr 10mins 42secs. Alison Davey was next Strider home in 1hr 24mins 18secs she was also 13th lady overall. Heather Glass was 3rd back for the team in 1hr 31mins 54secs.

In the 5 mile event 6th lady overall was Katy Jackson in 47mins 42secs. Susannah Ulyatt managed 56mins 6secs and Dave Wood completed the course in 58mins 2secs.

10 mile
Ollie Pryer 1.10.42
Alison Davey 1.24.18
Heather Glass 1.31.54
Sam Hewitt 1.34.40
Davinia Brown 1.36.17
Katrina Potter 1.55.59
Yvonne Crawford 2.03.40

Katy Jackson 47.42
Susannah Ulyatt 56.06
Dave Wood 58.02
Beth Wood 1.03.41

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

Shorne Woods 5 Mile 2018

Striders travelled on mass to the Shorne Woods 5-mile event held at Shorne Country Park on Sunday, 23 September. They were welcomed with biblical rain, knee deep mud and a suitable bounty of hills to test their talent.

Ollie Pryer was on good form taking 5 th place overall in a field of over 200 runners with David Valenti hot on his heels in 36.07. Glenn Davis was 3 rd Strider home with a 37.43.

Karen Seymour proved her previous week’s good result was no fluke, taking an age group win in 44.05. Alison Davey was just 2 minutes behind in 46.00 with Jan Simpson taking 3 rd lady back for the team in 47.32.

Ollie Pryer 34:22
David Valenti 36:07
Glenn Davies 37:43
Richard Valenti 39:29
Roy Shears 39:37
Ian Gower 40.27
James Topham 42:01
Andy Patching 42:16
Karen Seymour 44:05
Alison Davey 46:00
Jen Simpson 47:32
Simon Brenchley 48:01
James Batchelor 50:42
Gavin Malloch 51:00
Paul Valenti 52:37
Ron Smith 54:50
Sam Hewitt 48:38
Davinia Brown 50:54
Vanessa Patching 58:33
Georgina Higgins 58:35
Emma Higgins 59:25
Helen Shears 59:34
Sheila Malloch 101:23

North Downs 30km 2018

A number of Striders took part in one of the most beautiful but gruelling long distance races on the Kent calendar on Sunday, 24 June. With nearly 600m of hills to climb it’s a very tough event.

Liz Weeks was first back for the team. Her time of 2hrs 26mins saw her take a spot on the podium for 2nd place overall. Elliot Stokes followed in 2hrs 54mins .

Angela Smith was first back for the Strider ladies finishing in 3hrs 48mins, Teresa Watson was not far behind in 3.55.

SVN Kent 50

Strider Rachel Donaldson battled with high temperatures to take on the SVN Kent 50 on Saturday, 23 June.

Despite having to contend with the ever soaring heat, she ran 50kms in 9 hours and 19 minutes, even more impressive was her time included stopping for a pint of beer enroute!

Harvel 5 2018

Six Striders headed to Harvel to take part in the Harvel 5 Mile race on Saturday, 2 June.

The fastest club member of the day was Chris Lawley who finished in 28th place with 33.54.

Other results:
Nick Bayntun 36.03
David Forman 39.40
Sean Bootes 40.47
Alison Davey 42.46
Ronald Smith 49.27

Colour Me Purple 2018

 
A number of Striders ended up covered in a rainbow of colours as part of the colour me purple run held at Milton Country Park on Sunday. The event was a charity fund raiser in aid of the Wisdom Hospice and involved the runners being showered in powdered paint whilst completing around 5km.
 
Those taking part were Denise Grant, Clare Fox, Carey Kite, Alison Kite, Aneta Steers, Karen Seymour, Annette Lebreton, Sally Smith, Martine Ingram, Sarah Strachan and Karen Longley.

Ranscombe Ramble

Team just keep on Running
Emma Penfold, Rachel Donaldson, Bradley Clayton and Craig Eccleston took part in the Ranscombe Ramble. This involves repeatedly running a 3.7-mile circuit and seeing how far you can get. The ladies managed 15-miles with the gents both stopping at 50km.
 

Vigo Valentines Tough 10

Vigo Valentines Tough 10 : Sunday 11th February 2018

The Vigo ‘tough love’ Valentines Run took 5 Striders on muddy, winding trails perched on top of the north downs. With stunning scenery and an ascent/descent of approximately 2,800ft this is a race more for fell runners than fun runners!

Lee Simpson was 1st Strider home in a time of 1:24:21 placing him 8th overall out of 180 entries.
Emma Penfold – 135th – 2:13:03
Danielle Smith – 175th – 2:43:34
Rachel Donaldson – 176th – 2:43:36

666 Trail Run 2017

The 666 Trail Run : Sunday 26th November 2017

Now in its 8th year, the 666 race was conceived by Ashford Tri Club wanting to host a trail run in the woods discovered the distance was 6.66 miles – a devilishly good distance over a slightly wicked terrain around the woods of Challock.

4 Striders took part with the following results:

Ellie Hynes crossed the line in a time of 58:15 placing her 23rd out of 173 runners. Ellie was 2nd Female out of 79.
Matthew Norris 59:45 30th place
Paul Bowditch 1:05:44 57th place
Lucy Hewett 1:05:44 58th place / 4th female