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.
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!
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.
Nick Bayntun 36.03
David Forman 39.40
Sean Bootes 40.47
Alison Davey 42.46
Ronald Smith 49.27
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.
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 : 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
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
Tri Kent Adventure Trail Race : Sunday 19th November 2017
Ashley Claridge; Rob Sapp; Jeff Fox; Clare Fox & Daniel Barnard got muddy taking part in the adventure race setting off with a map they made their route to as many checkpoints (up to 15 available) within the two hour time limit.
The Bedgebury Forest 10k : Sunday 19th November 2017
Venue: Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent
2 Striders took part in the Bedgebury 10k which is a challenging run using the undulating forest paths and trails.
Despite this Rachel Ward took 2nd Female spot, 11th overall out of 161 entrants crossing the line in a time of 50.01. Natalie Deadman crossed the line in 1.09.05 placing her 109th overall.
UTMB CCC :1st September 2017
Carrying all that was needed to survive days in the beautiful Alps on his back, Ultra Strider Craig Eccleston took on the UTMB CCC a 101km ultra run that forms part of the Ultra Trail World Tour. Despite the harsh conditions Craig managed to complete a quarter of the race covering 6600ft of elevation over 17 miles but even with this sterling effort he was unable to meet the next time check missing it by only 15 minutes. An amazing achievement to even make the start line of such a prestigious race, Craig says he will be back to tackle the Alps again!