RideLondon 2018

Developed by the Mayor of London in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling. 6 Striders took part in the 6th edition of the event where, taking a cue from the London Marathon, amateur cyclists get to take on a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes.

Paul Williams crossed the line in 5.21.15
Danielle Smith 7.35.15
Roy Shears 8.01.22
Gill Holmes 08:02:08
Lorraine Neale 08:07:01
Darren Billing 08:20:37

Paul Williams who did ride 100 as his 3rd and final challenge this year, 2 marathons in April being the first 2, to help raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association:

Whitstable 10km & 5km

Five Striders braved wet and windy conditions to take on the Whitstable 10km & 5km on Sunday, 29 July.

10Km: Clive Crisp put in a strong performance to take bragging rights as first Strider home in 48.37. This saw him placed 2nd in his age group and 30th male overall.

Next up and first lady Strider home was Katy Jackson with a 52.49. Katrina Fisher did well and was unlucky to not break the hour with a 1.00.49. Forth back for the club was Jackie Austin with a credible 1.02.48.

5km: Sonia Crisp ran the 5km event in 29.27

Ironman Bolton

New club member Michal Nowak took on Ironman Bolton, setting off on the swim in Pennington Flash which was tough from the start with a detour adding an extra 400m, he had a quick transition 1 then off out onto what was a very difficult and technical bike course, which had been slightly altered due to the recent moors fires. Off the bike for Transition 2 and onto the final discipline, a hilly marathon in 27 degrees. Michal crossed the line in an amazing time of 10 hrs 18 mins 6 secs, this time placed him 24th out of 315 in his age group category and 161st overall out of 1891 competitors.

Pretty Muddy, Mid Kent 5 Miler

A team of Strider ladies took on the Pretty Muddy 5km run at Mote Park, Maidstone on Sunday, 8 July.

The fun event, run by Cancer Research, saw the ladies running 5km, taking on inflatable obstacles and getting down right muddy to raise money for the worthy cause.

Sandra Gardiner co-ordinated the 23-strong ladies team, she said: ‘This was a very special running event for women. It involved all sorts of ladies running for some very special reasons. We had a lot of fun and were cheered on by some great supporters.’
The Sittingbourne Striders Team: Emma Higgins, Carey Philpott Kite, Alison Kite, Clare Fox, Denise Grant, Emma Pomeroy, Grace Mead, Lisa Burr, Karen Wastell, Katy Jackson, Kellymarie Lywood, Heidi Knight, Nicky Brown, Orla Mcgaley, Sandra Gardiner, Sally Patching, Vanessa Patching, Teresa Watson, Paula O’Reilly, Phoebe Pomeroy, Nicki Brown, Lauren Scott and Nicky Knight.
Mid-Kent 5 miler

Abbey amd Ross Campbell were in action at the Mid Kent 5 milers on Sunday 15 July. Searing conditions meant the runners had a lot to contend with. However it did not stop Abbey from producing a very respectable time of 48.22, knocking 6 minutes off her PB. Ross returned a time of 44.53.

Lulworth Cove Half Marathon off road race

Mark Odgen took 70th place with 2.20.59 at the Lulworth Cove Half Marathon on Saturday 14 July.

The sold out event saw 750 runners taking on trails and off road tracks over 13.1 miles.

Bedgebury Buggy Run 

Sally Smith and her 1-year old daughter Sophie travelled to Goudhurst for the 3rd event in a series of 5 races for buggy runners.

Like others Sally struggled with the heat completing the 3.2 mile hilly course in 27.59mins. A good minute slower than her last effort. She took 3rd overall and 2nd lady.

Maidstone Sprint Tri

Glenn Davies took part in the Maidstone Sprint Tri which set off from Sutton Valence School, situated high up on the ridge overlooking the Weald of Kent. Consisting of a 300m pool based swim, 18k on the bike and 4.5k traffic free run on the school playing field Glenn crossed the line in a time of  55.52.

Wiggle French Revolution Sportive – Sunday 1st July  2018

James Reeves crossed the channel to take part in the 75 mile Sportive. He completed the hot, hilly route from Calais in a time of  5.11.15gaining him a silver award. 

Hever Castle & Cliffe Woods

A sweltering 32 degree heat did not stop Striders Darren James and Gavin Malloch from taking on the Hever Castle half marathon on Sunday, 8 July 2018.

The tough but scenic course offered a challenge but the duo put their best foot forward with Darren completing the 13.1 miles in 2.11.38 and Gavin 2.30.36. The journey was made worthwhile with both athletes taking 3rd in their respective age groups.

Cliffe 5 Mile

Louise Marshall and Allison Bourne took on the Cliffe Woods 5 mile race. First back was Louise in 54.07 just 10 secs ahead of Alison in 54.17.

Race for life 10km
Abbey Campbell ran the race for life 10km at Mote Park, Maidstone in 1.06.

Dymchurch 5k 2018

Sally Smith raced the 5km held by Nice Work events at Dymchurch on Sunday, picking the event as the organisers kindly agreed to let her run with baby Sophie in the running buggy.

As with all the other races in Kent, temperatures were bordering extreme making it hard work. She was delighted to return a time of 24.24 earning her 4th placed lady overall and winning her age group.

Sandwich 10k 2018

A number of members travelled to Sandwich to take part in the annual 10km event, they all returned respectable times in very hot conditions.

First home for the club was Gavin Malloch in 55.56. He was closely followed by David Whitley in 57.26. Amanda Claridge (58:43) was first lady club member back for the team followed by Denise Grant in 1.08 and Victoria Whittley in 1.26.

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!