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!

Lakesman 2018

The Proclaimers may have been willing to walk 100 miles, but they would have been equally impressed with members of the Sittingbourne Striders Running and Triathlon club, several of whom undertook the 300 mile drive to Keswick in the Lake District in order to Swim, Bike, Run their way around the beautiful but rolling national park that played host to the Lakesman Triathlon on Sunday 17th June.

The Lakesman triathlon, now in its third year, is developing a reputation as a friendly but tough event, offering the “full” 140.6 mile distance or, new for 2018, a “half” 70.3 mile option.

Of the nine intrepid Striders, 5 opted for the full distance, and it was Ross Pilcher that emerged from Derwent Water as first Strider following the 2.4 mile swim.  Pilcher setting a time of 1:15:25, was closely followed by Joseph Lovelock (1:16:14), Bradley Clayton (1:18:25), Paul Bowditch (1:24:46) and Gary Deacon (1:36:48).

Lovelock quickly took the lead as he set off on the bike course, which took in 112 miles of some of the most beautiful scenery that the lake district has to offer, but there was little time for sight seeing as a tough headwind and undulating  terrain meant that riders fought hard for every mile.   Pilcher and Bowditch slipped down the rankings as they struggled on the bike, whilst Clayton and Deacon, set off after Lovelock clawing back precious minutes before finally arriving back in Keswick to run the 26.2 mile marathon course.

Claytons feet hit the tarmac first having pulled 17 minutes back on Lovelock during the ride giving him a lead that would ultimately prove too much for Lovelock to close, but Deacon, now on his strongest discipline, took up the challenge of catching his club mates with renewed gusto.  Setting a sub 4 hour marathon time on his way to passing both Lovelock and Clayton before crossing the finish line as first Strider home in a total time of 11:51:28.  Clayton and Lovelock finished close behind with total times of 12:13:48 and 12:28:37 respectively.

Further down the field Bowditch and Pilcher were both glad to be off of their bikes, and were now on the run.  The 5 lap run course allowed runners to share encouragement as they passed one another, and Bowditch a full lap ahead of Pilcher was full of support as the two of them longed for the finish line which they each crossed in times of 12:46:11 and 14:03:46.

As the “full” competitors crossed the line, they were cheered on by those that had already finished having already undertaken the 70.3 “half” event which ran concurrently with the full and utilised parts of the same course.


Glenn Davies, Lorraine Neale, Dannielle Smith and Lisa Hammond had all chosen this option, with the three ladies each having their first foray into long distance triathlon events.

Glenn Davies a seasoned triathlete left the water comfortably in the top 25% of the field, but suffered at the hands of the relentless 56 mile cycle course, before climbing his was back to a solid mid field position during the 13.1 mile run.  Davies crossed the line in a respectable 5:56:11 which was good enough for 7th in his age group.   Of the ladies it was Neale who’s early season training paid off, as she  took the crown as first female Strider to cross the line in a fantastic 7:09:46, followed by Smith (7:26:34) and Hammond (7:43:47).  Hammond, competing in her first ever triathlon went on to say “I’m hooked, which is a good thing as I’ve already signed up for another event next week”!

White Oak Tri 2018

Two striders donned their trisuits for the White Oak Triathlon sprint distance on Sunday, 10 June.

Katy Jackson swam 400m, biked 22km and ran 5km in 1.32.09. She finished several minutes ahead of team-mate Carli Deacon, who was doing her first tri. Her finish time was 1.35.31.

Southend Half 2018

Two Striders, Darren James and Gavin Malloch, took part in the Southend half on Sunday, 10 June.

Darren managed a time of 1.43.29 over the 13.1-miles. Gavin was plagued with a back spasm at the halfway point but pushed the pain to one side to complete in 2.05.29.

Charing 10k 2018

Five team members contested a very hot and hill Charing 10km on Friday, 8 June.

First back for the striders was Laura Woods in 50.38. She was followed by Aneta Steers in 1.03.38. Next back and winning her age group was Alison Kite with 1.05.05. Amanda and Ashley Clairdge performed well coming home in 1.08.55 and 1.08.56.

Ocean Lake Aquathon 2 2018

2 Striders took part in the 2nd of the seasons Aquathons to be held at Leybourne Lakes. Consisting of a 750m swim followed by a 5k run around the lake James Reeves completed the race in 36.21 placing him 3rd overall out of the 24 entrants. Lorraine Neale finished in 46.50 placing her 19th overall. A good warm up to the half triathlon and full triathlon which the 2 striders will be taking on in the next few weeks!
Lorraine Neale & James Reeves:

Medway 10K 2018

The Medway 10km was the race of choice for many in the club this week.

Notable performances came from Gareth Lewis who took 19th place in 41.58. David Valenti 22nd in 42.21 and Ollie Pryer who finished just 1 second behind in 42.21 for 23rd overall.

Ellie Hynes was first lady back for the team in 7th overall with a 45.19. Next lady strider was Jen Coleman with 49.22 followed by Sarah Bradshaw with 53.39.

The men’s race was won by Lee McMeekin in 35.32. The ladies race was won by Sarah Cronin in 43.49.

Gareth Lewis 41:58
David Valenti 42:20
Oliver Pryer 42:21
Glenn Davies 43:47
Ellie Hynes 45:17
Roy Shears 47.38
James Topham 48.05
Andy Patching 48:49
Jennifer Coleman 49:22
Clive Crisp 49:55
Karen Seymour 50.47
Steve Bradshaw 53:06
Sarah Bradshaw 53:39
Sam Hewitt 54:03
Kevin Eastop 54:39
Emily Middleton 56:17
Katy Jackson 56:43
Davinia Brown 57.07
Sam Fawcett 59:32
Adam Marsland 59:17
Katy Jackson 56:43
Sarah Strachan 58.18
Gavin Malloch 58:23
Sam Fawcett 59:32
Adam Marsland 59:17
Gordon Wallace 1:02:50
Clare Eastop 1:05:57
Jackie Austin 1:05:39
Vanessa Patching 1:09:15
Alison Kite 1:09:15
Emma Higgins 1:12:21
Helen Shears 1:12:21