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 : 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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