Despite Swale feeling the full force of the beast from the East it was a busy weekend of racing for members of the Sittingbourne Striders. Many of the runners were eager to stretch their legs after taking shelter from the snow storms.
On Sunday, 4 March Lucy Hewett, Paul Bowditch, Emma Penfold and Nicky Knight all travelled to London to race in the first ever Vitality Big Half. The striders lined up in Tower Bridge alongside 10,000 other runners for the 13.1-mile event which finished in Greenwhich and took in a number of the same roads as the London Marathon.
Lucy was the first home for the team in 1.45.14, this saw her finish near the top quarter of the field in 2538th place. Paul Bowditch was hot on her heels in 1.48.03, good enough for a top third finish in 2987th place. The pair did not have to wait long for their team mates cheering in Emma Penfold in 2.06.28 and Nicky Knight in 2.08.37, 6272th and 6625th place respectively.