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!

Spitfire Scramble 24hr Race

Spitfire Scramble 24hr Race : 15th – 16th July 2017

The Spitfire Scramble is a 24-hour multi-terrain relay or solo race. Entrants can run on their own or in teams of two to eight. The runners set off on their first 5.9 mile lap at midday on the Saturday and continue through the night until midday the next day. Solo runners are able to rest, if required, team runners must have a runner on course at all times.

2 Striders decided to take on London’s only 24hr trail race:

Alison Davey was part of a team of 5 ladies ‘Laughing Ladies of Essex & Kent’ winning their 3-5 category. Alison ran 6 of the 30 laps completed by her team in a total time of 24hrs 38s.

Craig Eccleston was in the minority tackling the event solo, he completed 7 laps which took him to just under the 40 miles mark in a time of 14hrs 59m 11s.

Bewl 15 2017

The Bewl 15 : 2nd July 2017

Voted as 6th best race in the UK it was a record turn out for the 18th running of this popular event organised by Wadhurst Runners. Perhaps it was the draw of celebrity Dame Kelly Holmes who started and ran in the race which takes in the pretty, gently undulating hills around Bewl Water.

Bewl 15 2017
Striders before The Bewl 15. Left to right back row: Ceri Burr; James Reeves; Gavin Malloch; Bradley Clayton; Glenn Davies; James Topham; Gary Read; Michael Diddams Left to right front row: Marriane Seaward; Ronald Smith; Emily Middleton; Gina Woodfine; Andy Patching


16 Striders turned out on the hot July morning with the following impressive results:

Anthony Brown time: 1:57:49 place: 137th out of 819 Runners
Michael Diddams time: 1:58:38 place: 150th
James Reeves time: 1:58:39 place: 151st
Glenn Davies time: 2:05:23 place: 215th
Bradley Clayton time: 2:09:43 place: 265th
Ceri Burr time: 2:16:33 place: 339th
Rosie Williams time: 2:17:52 place: 356th
Gary Read time: 2:18:22 place: 365th
James Topham time: 2:20:09 place: 381st
Andy Patching time: 2:27:23 place: 468th
Rhian Shrimplin time: 2:30:31 place: 493rd
Gavin Malloch time: 2:35:16 place: 546th
Gina Woodfine time: 2:39:28 place: 600th
Emily Middleton time: 2:51:24 place: 691st
Ronald Smith time: 2:51:35 place: 695th
Marriane Seaward time: 3:05:28 place: 745th

Cliffe Wood 5 Mile 2017

Cliffe Wood 5 Mile : 2nd July 2017

Alison Davey was the sole representative for the Striders at the Cliffe Wood 5 mile race. She crossed the line in 39:47 placing her 51st out of 231 runners.

North Downs Run 2017

North Downs Run : 25th June 2017

18 Striders took on this challenging, multi terrain 30k event using established tracks and lanes over the North Downs.

North Downs Run 2017
Striders at the North Downs Run: Left to right back row: Vanessa Patching; Andy Patching; Joanne Bing; Nicholas Gallavin; Abbey-Gale Bratby; Mark Ransom; Michael Diddams; Kent Parker Left to right front row: Sally Patching; Wendy Knee; Robert Holmes; Marriane Seaward; Stuart Ridout; James Topham

North Downs Run Results out of 471 Entrants
Kent Parker time: 2:38:41 place: 79
Michael Diddams time: 2:49:46 place: 126
Michael Poppy time: 2:56:06 place: 160
Mark Ransom time: 3:09:34 place: 221
Rosie Williams time: 3:09:52 place: 225
James Topham time: 3:11:30 place: 232
Andy Patching time: 3:13:21 place: 239
Ashley Claridge time: 3:17:45 place: 251
Rob Sapp time: 3:17:45 place: 252
Nicholas Gallavin time: 3:30:05 place: 314
Abbey-Gale Bratby time: 3:32:23 place: 318
Stuart Ridout time: 4:01:40 place: 416
Marriane Seaward time: 4:04:41 place: 417
Joanne Bing time: 4:26:54 place: 452
Robert Holmes time: 4:39:21 place: 459
Wendy Knee time: 4:39:21 place: 460
Sally Patching time: 4:47:05 place: 466
Vanessa Patching time: 4:47:05 place: 467


Man vs Horse 2017

Man vs Horse : 10th June 2017

Man vs Horse began in June 1980 following a chat over a pint in the back bar of the Neuadd Arms Hotel. The then Landlord, Gordon Green, overheard two men discussing the relative merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. The enterprising Gordon, never one to miss an opportunity to improve business at his hotel, decided to put it to the test. And so began Green Events and its first, longest standing and now internationally acclaimed event, Man v Horse. The course was changed in 1982 to provide a more even match between the man and the horse, resulting year on year in very close finishes – sometimes with the horse winning by only a few seconds.

Striders entered a team with each of the 3 doing a leg as Team Neighly There. The team result was 4hr 6m 12s for the 22 mile hilly course placing them 198th out of 693 teams. Kevin Rye individual time was 4hr 9m 24s, placing him 220th overall.

Man vs Horse


Ranscombe Challenge 2017

Ranscombe Challenge 2017 : Saturday 8th April
Craig Eccleston took on the Ranscombe Challenge which with a time limit of 8 hours involves doing as many 3.8mile laps as you can or want! Craig completed 3 laps in a time of 2.02.19 before he had to withdraw due to injury.
ranscombe challenge

Grizzly Cub Race 2017

Grizzly Cub Race : 12th March 2017

Rachel Donaldson took part in the Grizzly Cub Race. She completed 9miles in 2:11:59 in one of the multiest-terrained races covering mud, hills, bogs and beaches.

BVAC 5mile Cross Country

BVAC 5mile Cross Country : 12th March

The Bromley Veterans Athletics Club 5 Mile Cross Country race is run at West Wickham and features a undulating route over fields and roads.  Karen Longley and Julie Green represented the Striders

Full Results


Turkey Run 2016

29 Striders cleared their heads the morning after the Club Christmas party at the ever popular Turkey Run hosted by Maidstone Harriers. This largely off-road run covers 6.5 miles and was the final race in the Club Championships.  This is a particualry tricky race for the Striders as it comes the night after their Christmas Party 

First Strider home was Rhys Goddard in a time of 39:29 placing him 2nd overall out of 489 runners. Lee Simpson was 2nd strider in 46:51 placing him in 22nd place overall and Nick Bayntun was 3rd Strider home in a time of 47:41 placing him 34th. First female Strider home was Alison Davey in 52:02 placing her 70th overall. A great end to the Sittingbourne Striders year.  Full Results


Turkey Run
Staggered back row left to right: Marriane Seaward; Alison Davey; Helen Shears; Nikki Brenchley; Ron Smith; Roy Shears; Kevin Rye; Mick Diddams; Sean Bootes; Kent Parker; James Topham; Lee Simpson; Nick Bayntun Front row left to right: Paul Williams; Robert Holmes; Karen Seymour