Sittingbourne Invicta 10k 2018

Over 80 Sittingbourne Striders turned out for the Sittingbourne Invicta 10km race held on Sunday, 13 May 2018.
Conditions were breezy for the event which saw runners taking on the 6.2-mile loop of rural Sittingbourne. Starting at Westlands school the first 5kms involved gradual climbing before cutting across a pathway from Wrens Road to Primrose Lane where the runners were able to enjoy gentle downhill for the remainder of the course.
Sittingbourne Invicta
Despite the field having so many runners from the Striders, competition from other running clubs was fierce and the prizes were hotly contested. The Striders team did not disappoint picking up an array of silverware for various successes.
Jen Coleman took the top spot as fastest lady on the day. She completed the course in 43.48. Ellie Hynes once again showed ever improving form to take the trophy for 2 nd place in 44.02 with Rebecca Still 3 rd in 47.27. The combined efforts of these ladies resulted in them taking the women’s team prize.
After the run Jen said: ‘The race went well as I knocked off 1 minute and 18 seconds off my personal best for the course.’
Also on the podium was Olwen Cockell, running for Swale AC, but also a member of the club. She won a prize for fastest lady in her age category.
Gareth Lewis was the only Strider to beat 40 minutes; he was first back for the team in 39.55. Lee Simpson and Scott Simpson were next home for the club in 40.21 and 40.42. The speedy Simpson’s both won their age group prizes and along with Gareth took the prize for the best male team.
Sittingbourne Invicta


All in all a very good day for the Sittingbourne Striders
The Sititngbourne Invicta 10km Striders results
Gareth Lewis  39:55
Lee Simpson 40:21
Scott Simpson 40:42
Oliver Pryer 41:04
David Valenti 41:33
Nick Freeman 41:47
Glenn Davies 42:44
Ian Gower 43:21
Martin Clark 43:27
Jennifer Coleman 43:47
Sam Mumford 43.59
Ellie Hynes 44.02
James   Pamplin 44:01
Bradley Clayton 44:14
Olwen Cockell 45:12
Christopher Mudge 45:32
Matt    Nunn   45:36
Darren James 45:42
Ceri Burr 45:49
Stephen Prince 46:44
Richard Valenti 46:47
James   Topham 46:47
Andy   Patching 47:26
Roy Shears 47.26
Rebecca Still   47:27
Geoffrey Tyler 47:31
Gary Read 47:34
Andrew Thomas 47:46
Kelly   Lywood 48:01
Clive    Crisp    48:03
Vicky  Parker  48:35
Sarah   Bradshaw 48:59
Steve   Bradshaw 49:10
Darren Billing 49:42
Kevin  Eastop 50:07
Ian Bourne 51:02
Sophie Byrne  51:08
Sarah   Doherty 51:13
William Wakeman 51:14
Samantha Hewitt 51:32
Jordan Day 51:37
David  Whittley 52:07
Johan   Clarke  52:11
Stuart  Ridout 52:24
Barry   Simmons 52:49
Emily   Middleton 53:04
Abbey-Gale Bratby 53:04
Adam Marsland 53.05
Jeff Fox 53:29
Simon  Brenchley 53:51
Katy Jackson 53:57
Gavin  Malloch 54:39
Paul Valenti 55:14
Graham Thomas 55:23
James   Batchelor 55:48
Barbara Collier 56:05
Nina Cook 56:23
Davinia Brown 56.46
Sam Fawcett 56:50
Heather Kendall 57:00
Emma  Chamberlain 57:42
Teresa  Watson 58:11
Carey Philpott 58:12
Aneta Steers  58:13
Lindsay Clarke 58:35
Nicola  Brown 59:39
Andrew Nellies 59:41
Nikki Brenchley 59:43
Grace Mead 59.54
Jackie Austin 1.01.27
Louise Marshall 1.02.55
Clive Glover 1.02.57
Sheila Malloch 1.03.23
Vanessa Patching 1:04:03
Wendy Knee 1:04:09
Alison  Kite 1:04:27
Kelly   Pamplin 1:04:40
Paul O’Reilly 1.04.46
Clare    Eastop 1:05:01
Alison Bourne 1.06.00
Karen  Longley 1:06:04
Louise Burnop 1.06.28
Allison Bourne 1:06:33
Hayley Thomas 1:06:40
Helen   Shears  1:06:51
Julie     Southall 1:07:18
Robyn Benyon 1:07:32
Lynn    Coomber 1:07:48
Joanne Bing 1:07:59
Sally    Patching 1:08:24
Robert Holmes 1:10:35
Ruth Smith 1.11.22
Natalie Jimenez 1:11:22
Wendy            Howes 1:11:37
Hannah Hudson 1:14:22
David  Austen 1:16:03
Clare    Fox      1:18:22
Sandra Gardiner 1.18.23
Dave Wood 1.19.07
Beth Wood 1.19.07

Maidstone Riverside 10km 2018

Elsewhere Sally Smith took part in the Maidstone Riverside 10km. Due to parenting commitments she was unable to take part in Sittingbourne, but the race organisers at Maidstone kindly agreed to let her run whilst pushing 1-year-old Sophie in her running buggy meaning she was able to get a race in.
The field was not as large as Sittingbourne, with around 100 runners entered, however the straight out and back course along the riverside proved for a picturesque outing.
Sally was delighted to completed 10km in 50.43. This saw her placed 5 th lady and she also took home a trophy for 1 st in her age group, (35-44-years). Co-pilot Sophie enjoyed looking at the ducks in the river before falling asleep for the whole race.

Oceanlake Aquathlon May 2018

Two striders battled it out in the midweek aquathlon held at Leybourne Lakes on Wednesday, 9 May. Matt Nunn and Neil Hacon were amongst the 26 entries competing in the 750m swim which was followed by a 5km run.

Matt finished the swim in 12.04 minutes with Neil coming out the water in 14.28. Both had relatively swift transitions before taking to the run course.

Neil made up much of the lost swim time on the run finishing the 5km in 20.30 however Matt was able to hold him off with a 22.07. Matt finished in 7th in 35.06 and Neil 8th in 36.10.

After the event Matt said: “Overall I’m happy with the result as I didn’t think the swim had gone particularly well. It’s a solid enough start to the tri season and something to build on.”

Tonbridge Triathlon 2018 

James Reeves decided to work on his tan lines at the Tonbridge Triathlon. Opting for the standard distance of 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run the strider completed the event in a very respectable 2hrs and 47minutes. 
Not only is this a time that would earn him respect amongst his fellow clubmates it was good enough to see him take 6 th senior male in the competition and 12 th place overall. 

Island Run 2018

37 Striders lined up in glorious conditions to take on the Sporting Events Island 5km and 10km races held on the Isle of Sheppey on Sunday, 6 May 2018.

island run
First up were Ellie Hynes, Sally Smith and Alison Jarvis in the 5km event. Ellie has been showing some excellent form and was keen to add some more silverware to her trophy cabinet after a win in at 7oaks triathlon the previous week. The Strider completed the 400m swim, 25km bike and 8km run event in 1.53.14 and took the prize for fastest senior lady.

Having tasted sweet victory at 7oaks she was keen to take the top step of the podium again. It looked like she was going to have to settle for 2nd as she chased the leading lady through most the race. However in the closing few hundred metres a burst of energy saw her getting ahead of her rival and taking the trophy for 1st place in 17.16mins. Club mate Sally wasn’t quite hot on her heels but took the final podium spot coming 3rd in 18.50. Alison Jarvis was 3rd lady strider back in 27.18.

The bulk of the Striders opted for the 10km event. The runners were met with slight breeze on the way out, but scorching heat on the way back, meaning those that did not take the water on offer suffered.

First home was personal trainer and running coach Liz Weeks who completed the course in 36.23mins. The speedy runner worked hard and finished several minutes ahead of the next female runner. After she said: ‘It was really hot when we turned for home and I didn’t have anyone around me so had to remain focused on the job in hand.’
Next lady home was Sophie Byrne narrowly pipping Sam Hewitt returning a time of 49.41 from Sam’s 49.43.

island run
The men did not disappoint and put on a good show for the team. Bragging rights went to Gareth Lewis who recorded a time of 37.52. Next was Ollie Pryor in 38.27, a very respectable time. Sam Mumford, who has been showing promising form this season was just over the 40-minute mark with a 40.43.

There were many superb performances, including Gavin Malloch who took 2nd place in his age group with 49.57. It was also encouraging to see so many Striders who have gone through the Bourne 2 run programme continuing to make excellent progress. Special mention to Strider Emma Penfold who was the tail runner of the event.  Making sure everyone got to the finish safely.

Island Run 10km results
Liz Weeks 36:23
Gareth Lewis 37:52
Ollie Pryer 38:27
Sam Mumford 40:43
Olwen Cockell 42.22
Chris Mudge 42:54
Darren Billing 46:04
Sophie Byrne 49:41
Sam Hewitt 49:43
Gavin Malloch 49:57
Abbey-Gale Bratby 50:04
John Kingsnorth 50:11
Alex Powell 50:17
Nicola Knight 50:48
Barry Simmons 50:56
Katy Jackson 51:03
Angela Smith 51:48
Sam Gillham 53:53
Ronald Smith 55:20
Jackie Austin 56.57
Sheila Malloch  57:07
Nicki Brown 57:14
Clive Marshall 57:21
Dominic Norwell 57:23
Paula O’Reilly 1:01:25
Denise Grant 1:01:26
Julie Southall 1:03:07
Robyn Benyon 1:03:38
Natalie Jimenez 1:11:38
Dionne Grant 1:15:15
Hannah Hudson 1:15:15
David Austen 1:16:23
Clare Fox 1:16:23
Sandra Gardiner 1:16:24

Run Frimley 2018

For Sarah Strachan bank holidays are a family affair so she set off to the run Frimley event with her son to take part in some races.
Sarah’s son completed the 2.5km event  and Sarah finished the 10km event in 57.31. Sarah said: ‘It was extremely hot and hard but a fantastic event which was in aid of the Frimley Park Hospital Stroke Appeal.’

Milton Keynes Marathon and Half 2018 

David Valenti had to contend with sweltering heat whilst running the Milton Keynes marathon. The Strider who said he wanted to give up and phone his wife at 18-miles as he was suffering from the heat and dizzy spells, refused to give up and crossed the line in a very respectable 4hrs and 12minutes. 
Tenacity must run in the family, because his dad Paul Valenti had to cope with equally difficult conditions in the half marathon event. Like his son he showed true strength of character to ‘keep on running’ completing the event in 2hrs 30mins. 

Pilgrims Hospice Charity Bike Ride 2018

A number of the Sittingbourne Striders Tri squad took part in a charity bike ride in aid of the Pilgrims Hospice. Starting in Canterbury the riders joined around 1200 cyclists to ride 45, 75 or 100-miles for the good cause.

In addition to supporting the Pilgrims Hospice Gina Woodfine rode the sportive to raise money for the Epilepsy Society. The keen multi-sporter completed the 45-mile course, despite being hindered by a knee injury. In doing so she raised £490 for the worthy cause. She was inspired by her daughter 20-year-old Zoe Bartlett who has epilepsy.

Riders completing 100 Miles
Ross Pilcher
Lisa Hammond
Bradley Clayton
Elliot Stokes
Steve Prince

Riders completing 75 Miles
Glenn Robert Davies
Daniel Edmondson
Danielle Smith
Graham Thomas
Andrew Thomas
Roy Shears
Steve Bradshaw
Jeff Fox
Paul Williams
Paul Bowditch
Lucy Hewett

Riders completing 45 Miles
Gary Spicer
Gina Woodfine

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.