Tonbridge 10k, Amsterdam and Abingdon marathons and Great South Run

There may be a chill in the air and rain clouds overhead, but that didn’t stop the Sittingbourne Striders this weekend. With runners competing in races at home in Kent, in Oxfordshire and down in the South — even across the Channel — there were plenty of great achievements to write home about.


Both Katrina Fisher and Anne Smith, coming in neck-and-neck with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 7 seconds, completed the 10K in Tonbridge, while Jackie Austin, Talita Wigg, Louise Marshall and Suzy Saunders smashed the 10 miles down on the south coast for the Great South Run. This was Suzy’s first-ever 10-mile run, which she completed in a fantastic 1 hour, 55 minutes and 3 seconds. 


Putting in the distance along the Thames, Striders Kieran Conway and William Wakeman tackled the Abingdon Marathon, crossing the line at 3 hours, 34 minutes and 27 seconds and 4 hours, 7 minutes and 3 seconds respectively.


Rounding off this week’s achievements along the historic canals of the Dutch capital, and representing the Striders on the Continent, Sam Lewis took on the Amsterdam Marathon and will be heading home with another medal and the superb time of 3 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds under his belt.


All in all, a great show of grit and stamina from the Sittingbourne Striders this weekend. Congratulations to all!

Maidstone Half, London Parks Half and Oxford Half

As usual, the weather and very muddy wet conditions did not deter Striders runners from competing this weekend, demonstrating in Eliud Kipchoge style that “no one is limited”.
Rebecca Still was the first Strider home in the Maidstone half marathon and winning an amazing 3rd place in the women’s race.
The big London race this weekend was a half marathon centered around the London royal parks. First Strider home in a time of 1hr 43.42 was Ashley Claridge (pictured with Strider wife Amanda] A superb run by lady strider Jacqueline Woodhouse first lady strider home finishing in 1.54.09. 
Further away from home in the Oxford half marathon saw two striders Jackie Austin 2.17.10 and Talita Wigg 2.25.44.
Back in Kent again at Temple Ewell inaugural 10k in support of the local school’s PTA. The race starts straight up a muddy slippy hill following on through woods and fields before finding the roads was challenging for all participants.
Maidstone half marathon
Rebecca Still. 1 40 42
James Topham 1 44 51
Paul Bowditch 1 59 38
Teresa Watson. 2 20 57
London Royal Parks half marathon
Ashley Claridge 1 43 22
Jacqueline Woodhouse 1 54 09
Amanda Claridge 2 09 35
Lizzie Lowrey. 2 20 44 – PB
Pamela Farrell 2 44 28
Andrea Lees Farrell 2 44 28
Oxford half marathon 
Jackie Austin 2 17 10
Talita Wigg. 2 25 44
Temple Ewell 10k
Sara Cox. 1 04 43
Katrina Fisher 1 09 42
Anne Smith 1 09 43

Sittingbourne 10 mile race

Almost 200 runners braved the predicted downpours, which mercifully held off, to brave the Sittingbourne Striders Chas Ryman Memorial 10 mile race on Sunday.  The Race started and ended in the grounds of Highsted Grammar School and followed an undulating course around the surrounding countryside.

The race was won by Larkfield Athletic Club’s Kieran Mcauliffe, who maintained an incredible lead from the beginning and finished in 1hr0min28secs.  Second place went to Martin King (Rebel Runners Medway) who completed in 1hr3min11secs, with Paul Mahony finishing in 1hr4min11secs.

The first female racer home was Kim Howes (Swale Combined AC) in 1hr16min24secs, closely followed by Troy Penfield with a slightly faster chip time of 1hr16min19secs. Jacqueline King was the third female finishing at 1hr17min59secs

First Strider home was Sam Lewis who was 5th overall with a time of 1hr4min58secs and the first lady strider back was Caroline Lewis who was 6th lady overall in 1hr22min38secs.

The Striders won the two team prizes, with Lewis joined by Scott Simpson and Gareth Lewis for the male team prize. Gareth’s wife Caroline Lewis, Lucy Hewett and Jo Pettitt represented the women.

There was also a 2k fun run at the Highsted Grammar School HQ, attracting runners from pre-school age to adult beginners.

Striders Chairwoman and Race Director Emma Pomeroy started the race while Striders also thanked main sponsors Bennett Opies for their support, which included providing goodie bags for all runners and race marshals.

Rye Ancient Trail & Wingham

18 Striders took a trip to Rye to complete the Rye Ancient trail race. 12 Striders completed the 30k distance. Paul Williams was first Strider home in a time of 2:39:36 and was first in his age category. Vanessa Patching and Andy Patching also achieved prizes for being first in their category. 6 Striders completed the 15K distance with Emily Middleton being the first Strider home in a time of 1:58:20. (Results: 30KMichael Poppy 2:42:59, Mark Ransom 3:24:57, Martin Stevens 3:29:48, Andy Patching 3:30:12, Lisa Duce 3:40:56, Jeff Gardiner 3:42:37, Joanna Branchett 3:54:49, David Whittley 3:57:23, Vanessa Patching 4:35:42, Joanne Bing 5:13:45, Angela Clarke 5:39:09, Paul Willia,s 2:39:36 1st in age category ,15K Teresa Watson 1:58:21, Emma Higgins 2:10:07,Helen Shears 2:10:09, Marianne Stewards 2:18:57,Sandra Gardiner 2:25:22)

3 Striders completed the Wingham 10K, Gavin Malloch was first Strider home in a time of 57:14. (Jackie Austen 1:02:12 and Sheila Malloch 1:08:42).

Other Striders travelled further afield this weekend. Richi Sutehall completed the Shoreham Woods 10k in a time of 58:13. Yvonne Crawford travelled to Yorkshire to complete the Paras 10 mile race in a time of 2:02:10 and Richard Morrison joined Sir Mo in The Great North Run in a 1:52:46 (PB). 3 Striders completed the half marathon distance in Surrey Bacchus, first Strider home was Talita Wigg 3:13:05. (Pamela Ferrell 3:13:06 and Guy Mills 3:09:44)

Canterbury Half & Badlesmere 10k

8 Striders braved the heat to run the ‘undulating’ Canterbury Half Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday. Rebecca Still was first strider home with a fantastic time of 1hr 49mins and was 7th female overall.
Sunday saw nearly two dozen Striders in action across Kent. Richard Vassiliou led 8 striders at the Badlesmere 10k, finishing in 56:16. First Lady strider home was Amanda Claridge in 58:51.
Gareth Lewis was the first strider home in the Kent Coastal Half Marathon in a fantastic time of 1:35:18, and the First Lady back was Kirsty Jade Lucas in 2:23:33

Canterbury Half Marathon 26th August
Rebecca Still 01:49:36
Robin Hunter 01:53:41
Richard Vassiliou 02:27:02
Gavin Malloch 02:39:50
Jackie Austin 02:43:02
Vanessa Patching 02:49:37
Emma Chamberlain 03:07:21
Clive Glover 03:09:51

Badlesmere 10k 1st Sep
Richard Vassiliou 00:56:16
Daniel Vassiliou 00:58:10
Amanda Claridge 00:58:51
Jackie Austin 01:04:27
Susannah Ulyatt 01:11:05
Katrina Fisher 01:12:27
Angela Clarke 01:13:27
Victoria Whittley 01:16:28
Eridge Park 10k Trail
Jeff Gardiner 01:47:00
David Whittley 01:58:00

Kenilworth Half Marathon
Emma Penfold 02:07:24

Kent Coastal Half Marathon
Gareth Lewis 01:35:18
William Wakeman 01:54:15
Kirsty Jade Lucas 02:23:33
Sara Cox 02:24:03
Lisanne Tullett 02:32:02
Clive Glover 02:34:51
Talita Wigg 02:35:51
Tracey Jenkins 02:39:02
Katrina Potter 02:44:46
Leeds Castle 10k
Matt Simmons 00:46:22
Matthew Chesson 00:57:33
Lizzie Lowrey 00:58:59

Oysterman Triathlon 2019

500m Sea Swim; 20k Bike & 5k Run 
Lorraine Neale and Sam Harraway represented the Striders at the 5th Oysterman Triathlon in Whitstable. Based in the heart of the town, along the beautiful Tankerton Slopes this unique sprint distance event consists of a 500m sea swim followed by a 20km cycle, finishing with a stunning, flat 5km coastal run. 
Sam crossed the line in a time of 1:31:07 placing her 5th in her age group,157th overall out of 218 entrants. Lorraine finished in a time of 1:34:39, 7th in her age group, 179 overall. 

Blackpool Run the Lights & Mount Ephraim

Joanne Bing headed to Blackpool this weekend to “Run the Lights”. The 10K race took place along the promenade at 9pm and Jo finished in 1.11.

Several Striders ran a little closer to home for the Mount Ephraim 10K. The hilly course wasn’t made any easier with the rain, however, Lee Simpson romped home in an impressive 43.52 followed closely by Jennifer Simpson in 47.42. Matt Simmons followed in 47.43 (PB),  Martin Stevens 53.32, David Whittley 59.02, Jackie Austin 1.03.31 and Louise Marshall 1.13.30. Joanne Priston & Vanessa Hawks crossed the line together in 1.20.32.