Snake Lane, Trosley & Hampton Court

Yvonne Crawford completed the Trosley 10k which included 174 steps. She completed this challenge in a time of 1:24:34.

Despite the windy weather, it did not stop Striders completing the Snake Lane 10 mile race in Pocklington. First Strider home was Guy Mills in a time of 1:29:10 and first strider female back was Talita Wigg in 1:48:58. (Other times: Barry Simmons 1:36:33, Pamela Farrell 1:50:08, Julie Southall 1:51:10).

Kieran Conway travelled to Hampton Court to complete the half marathon race. He completed this in a time of 1:36:18.

Thanet 10 Mile

Scott Simpson led 18 striders on a trip to the very windy seaside on Sunday to take part in the Thanet Alan Green Memorial 10 mile race, the last in the 2019 Striders Club Championship races.

Simpson was the first strider back, crossing the line in 1hr6mins40secs, closely followed by Sam Lewis in 1hr7mins47secs and Neil Hacon in 1hr8mins3secs.

Gina Woodfine was the first lady strider home, finishing in 1hr33mins11secs, followed by Jackie Austin who gained a new PB with a time of 1hr36mins21secs and Lisa Burton who was the third lady back with a PB of 1:43:35

Thanet Alan Green Memorial 10 mile Race

Scott Simpson – 01:06:40
Sam Lewis – 01:07:47
Neil Hacon – 01:08:03
Nick Freeman – 01:10:57
Paul Williams – 01:15:18
Andy Patching – 01:24:28
Kevin Easton – 01:31:45
Gina Woodfine – 01:33:11
Gary Spicer – 01:33:11
Jackie Austin – 01:36:21 PB
Gavin Malloch – 01:36:31
Mark Leppard – 01:41:42
Lisa Burton – 01:43:35 PB
Sheila Malloch – 01:46:33
Vanessa Patching – 01:48:00
Sally Patching – 01:50:00
Katrina Potter – 01:57:26
Pamela Farrell – 01:59:37

Deal Castle 5 Mile, Howletts 5k & Bideford 10 Mile

After the apocalyptic conditions of the Beachy Head Marathon last week, it was a far more sedate affair this weekend with a handful of striders taking part in races around the county.

Richard Millns was the first strider home at the Deal Castle 5 mile, a fast and flat out-and-back race along the coast, in 42mins56secs, closely followed by first lady strider Heather Glass in 43min25secs.

Another half dozen Striders took to the wild to run the Howletts 5k run, which winds its way around the animal reserve. Father and Son team Sean and Jack Bootes crossed the line in near-identical times of 26mins3secs and 26mins2secs respectively, and first strider across the line was Gemma Peatey in 27min59secs

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.

Folkestone 10 mile 2019

19 members of the Sittingbourne Striders took part in the Folkestone 10 mile race on Good Friday, a fast and flat course running along the coast from Hythe to Folkestone and back. Just over 700 runners took part in the race in glorious sunshine and hot conditions.

Anthony Jackson was 2nd placed overall and first strider home with an amazing time of 58mins45secs, and Caroline Lewis was the First Lady Strider home in 1hr28mins37secs.

Anthony Jackson 0:58:45
Gareth Lewis 01:10:43
Paul Bowditch 01:24:30
Caroline Lewis 01:28:37
David Howes 01:31:24
Alison Davey 01:32:07
Davina Brown 01:32:51
David Whittley 01:34:25
Barry Simmons 01:36:10
Emma Penfold 01:41:27
Ronald Smith 01:41:53
Julie Southall 01:54:02
Clive Glover 01:56:30
Katrina Potter 01:56:34
Claire Hogben 02:00:53
Victoria Whittley 02:07:42
Susannah Ulyatt 02:07:43
Sandra Gardiner 02:16:05
Dave Wood 02:16:05

Canterbury 10 2019

The sold out, well established 10 mile road race was the first of the Striders Club Championship races for 2019. Setting off from Christchurch University the pleasant undulating course took runners around the rural roads to the south of Canterbury on a windy January morning. 

Andy Baptie was first male Strider home in a time of 1:08:32 placing him 95th out of a field of 1411 runners. Nick Freeman was 2nd Strider home in a time of 1:09:24 placing him 114th overall with Rebecca Still taking the title of 1st Strider home for the ladies crossing the line in 1:21:48 which placed her 406th overall. 

95th Andy Baptie – 1:08:32 – PB
114th Nick Freeman – 1:09:24 – PB
130th Gary Spicer – 1:10:21
160th James Reeves – 1:12:33
247th James Topham – 1:16:16
293rd Ian Gower – 1:18:00
353rd Paul Bowditch – 1:19:43
378th Luke Blanshard – 1:20:41
387th Stephen Prince – 1:21:09
406th Rebecca Still – 1:21:48
459th Lucy Hewett – 1:23:29
501st William Wakeman – 1:25:00
553rd Darren James – 1:26:40
591st Darren Billing – 1:28:15
653rd Martin Stevens – 1:29:58
650th Andrew Howes – 1:30:03 – PB
742nd Sophie Byrne – 1:32:47
762nd Heather Glass – 1:33:44
766th David Whittley – 1:33:51
787th Gina Woodfine – 1:34:20
797th Nicky Knight – 1:35:04
815th Emma Penfold – 1:35:10
826th Sam Fawcett – 1:35:29
854th Amanda Claridge – 1:35:44
910th Carey Philpott – 1:38:46
937th Ronald Smith – 1:39:57
945th Nicki Brown – 1:40:06
974th Jackie Austin – 1:40:51
1050th Gavin Malloch – 1:43:11
1108th Gemma Flegg – 1:46:11
1123rd Max Bodimeade – 1:46:32
1125th Guy Mills – 1:46:24
1135th Annette Lebreton – 1:47:15
1136th Shelly Wilson – 1:47:08
1137th Cliver Glover – 1:47:15
1148th Talita Wigg – 1:47:43 – PB
1152nd Pamela Farrell – 1:47:50 – PB
1171st Alison Kite – 1:48:55
1235th Katrina Potter – 1:53:36 – PB
1237th Marriane Seaward – 1:53:11
1260th Jo Bing – 1:55:39
1271st Gemma Windley – 1:56:33
1294th Vanessa Hawks – 1:58:56
1307th Lisa Burton – 1:59:00 – PB
1308th Susannah Ulyatt – 1:59:00 – PB
1376th Dave Wood – 2:09:18 – PB
1404th Victoria Whittley – 2:28:04

Staplehurst 10 Mile & Lamberhurst 10k

Staplehurst 10-miler

The Striders put in a strong showing in the final event of 2018 with a group of 30 members braving the challenging Staplehurst 10-mile road race.

First of the male athletes home was Ceri Burr in an impressive 1hr 17mins 54secs. Just over a minute behind followed Paul Bowditch in 1hr 19mins 19secs. Third Strider home went to Clive Crisp in 1hr 22mins.

Rebecca Still was first lady Strider back in 1he 21mins 2secs, this saw her placed 19th overall in the women’s field. Lisa Duce followed in 1 hr 33mins and Jackie Austin finished well in 1hr 38mins 16secs.

Ceri Burr 1:17:54

Paul Bowditch 1:19:19

Rebecca still 1:21.02

Clive Crisp 1:22:00

Darren James 1:31:18

Lisa Duce 1:33:00

Gavin Malloch 1:34:36

Andrew Howes 1:35:09

Carey Philpott 1:37:52

Jackie Austin 1:38:16

Nicki Brown 1:40:50

Andrea Farrell 1:42:32

Alison Kite 1:43:43

Rachael Adkins 1:45:42

Lisanne Tullett 1:46:18

Talita Wigg 1:48:22

Richard Millns 1:49:02

Clive Glover 1:50:11

Pamela Farrell 1:51:29

Annette Lebreton 1:53:08

Danielle Smith 1:55:34

Alison Kemp 1:56:07

Katrina Potter 1:56:41

Jo Bing 2:02:08

Denise Grant 2:05:45

Paula O’reilly 2:05:46

Susannah Ulyatt 2:10:22

Wendy Howes 2:11:48

Sandra Gardiner 2:16:10

Hannah Hudson 2:16:20

Victoria Whittley 2:16:23

Lamberhurst 10km

On New Years Day Jackie Austin travelled to Lamberhurst to race the NYD 10km event.

She completed the course in 1hr 3mins and 6secs.

Cross Country League & Ashford 5 & 10 Mile

Cross Country league
On Saturday the cross country team headed to Sommerhill School in Tonbridge for the second round of the Kent Cross Country league.

Liz Weeks took 3rd overall female out of 190 racers. Jen Simpson placed 42nd and Emily Middleton 65th. Their combined efforts sees the Women’s team placed 14th overall in the league standings.

In the men’s race Gareth Lewis was placed 74th out of 318 he was also 10th in his age category.


Ashford 10 mile and 5 mile running race.
On Sunday 28 October 11 members opted for a spooktacular running event.

It was a scenic race based in Ashford at the Towers School. There was a choice of a 5 mile or 10 mile race.

Ollie Pryer impressed with an excellent performance in the 10 mile event taking 8th place overall in 1hr 10mins 42secs. Alison Davey was next Strider home in 1hr 24mins 18secs she was also 13th lady overall. Heather Glass was 3rd back for the team in 1hr 31mins 54secs.

In the 5 mile event 6th lady overall was Katy Jackson in 47mins 42secs. Susannah Ulyatt managed 56mins 6secs and Dave Wood completed the course in 58mins 2secs.

10 mile
Ollie Pryer 1.10.42
Alison Davey 1.24.18
Heather Glass 1.31.54
Sam Hewitt 1.34.40
Davinia Brown 1.36.17
Katrina Potter 1.55.59
Yvonne Crawford 2.03.40

Katy Jackson 47.42
Susannah Ulyatt 56.06
Dave Wood 58.02
Beth Wood 1.03.41

Maidstone Half & XC League

Striders eat up the miles at Maidstone Half
Striders turned out in force for the Maidstone Half Marathon on Sunday, 14 October.
Starting from the Cornwallis Academy the 13.1-mile course sent over 450 runners out to a loop of Boughton Monchelsea before heading towards East Farleigh to finish back at the Academy.
With a top 20 finish in 16 th place bragging rights for the first club man home went to David Valenti who whizzed round the course in 1.35.37. Ollie Pryer must have had him in his sights throughout the event as he was not far behind in 1.37.28. Third Strider home was Sam Mumford returning a time of 1.42.10.
A prize was awarded to Paul Williams for winning his age group (male vet 60+) with a 1.46.08.
The ladies were on equally good form with Rebecca Still taking 13 th overall and 6 th in her age group with 1.54.37. Runnign together to support each other were Lucy Hewett and Karen Seymour who both came home in 1.58.59 earning them top 20 spots.
Strider results
David Valenti 1.35.35
Ollie Pryer 1.37.28
Sam Mumford 1.42.10
Paul Williams 1.46.08
Glenn Davis 1.48.40
James Topham 1.49.59
Paul Bowditch 1.52.49
Bradley Clayton 1.53.00
Rebecca Still 1.54.37
Roy Shears 1.56.51
Craig Eccleston 1.57.16
Kevin Eastop 1.58.06
Joseph Lovelock 1.58.59
Lucy Hewett 1.58.59
Karen Seymour 1.58.59
Andrew Patching 1.58.59
Darren Billing 2.00.13
Sam Hewitt 2.10.33
Davinia Brown 2.12.55
Gavin Malloch 2.15.38
Jackie Austin 2.22.53
Clare Eastop 2.24.17
Vanessa Patching 2.37.42
Alison Kite 2.37.42
Femme Clegg 2.42.32
Emma Higgins 2.47.53
Helen Shears 2.48.53
Nonington XC League 13 October 2018
On Saturday, 13 October six Striders travelled to Beech Grove Academy in Nonington foe the first of the Kent Cross Country League races of the season.
The women have to comple a hilly, muddy, off road course of 5km and the men have the same conditions, but complete a 10km course.
Liz Weeks led the ladies team home taking 5 th place overall and a win in her age group in a time of 20.37. Not far behind was Jenifer Simpson in 24.39 with Emily Middleton in 28.18.
Olwen Cockell, who was racing for Swale AC, but is an active Strider member put in a good effort returning a time of 24.52.
The men’s race had two Striders forward with Gareth Lewis coming home in 43.52 and Lee Simpson with a speedy 46.21.

York 10-mile race, Sunday, 14 October
Andrea Lees Farrell and her mother Pamela Farrell put in a fantastic effort to complete the York 10-mile running race in 1.46.36. It was their first race together since joining the Striders and a great result for them both.

Sittingbourne 10 Mile & Chester Marathon

Quality field results in speedy times for Sittingbourne Striders 10-mile road race
The Sittingbourne Striders 10 mile road race was a fantastic success with a field of around 200 runners on Sunday, 7 October 2018.
Conditions were perfect for the event which was started by a Demelza Representative with Emma Hudson-Wright who is hanging up her hat after 10 years as Race Director, she goes out on a high after having a wonderful report from the Race Adjudicator.
The club are grateful to their Main Sponsor Bennett Opies for their generous support and for providing the goodie bags and their contents.
In addition there was a 2k Fun Run which attracted 100 runners from pre-school up to adult beginner runners whom received a coloured medal and a goodie bag. The school trophy went to Bobbing Village School.
The Main race was won by Stephen lamb unaffiliated in a time of 1:01:23 and the first lady home was Kate Curran from Blackheath & Bromley in a time of 1:09:10. The trophies were presented by Paul Fox of Bennett Opies.
The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Neil Hacon and Kelly Lywood and both male and female team were won by Sittingbourne Striders, these consisted of again the magnificent Neil Hacon and the Simpson brother’s Scott & Lee, and the ladies Kelly Lywood, Carli Deacon and Amanda Linder.
All the finishers received a medal, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. There was also cakes available at the end of the race baked by club members.
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 6th October and we hope to see you there.
Top 10 Men
Stephen Lamb – 1:01:23
Neil Hacon, Sittingbourne Striders – 1:03:35
Graeme Drysdale, Striders Of Croydon – 1:04:24
Richard Fullager -1:04:47
Andrew Noble, Ashford & District RRC -1:05:45
Mark Payne, Maidstone Harriers -1:06:11
Scott Simpson, Sittingbourne Striders -1:07:11
Toby Barker – 1:07:53
Murray Crundwell, 1:07:55
Andy Holmes, Rebel Runners – Medway – 1:09:26
Top 10 Women
Kate Curran, Blackheath & Bromley -1:09:10
Jemma Whyman, Medway and Maidstone AC – 1:10:55
Sally Fry, Rebel Runners – Medway – 1:13:11
Sharon Bolister, Eton Manor AC – 1:13:33
Lilian Shilbeck -1:14:01
Rhian Shrimplin, Ashford & District RRC – 1:17:25
Taryne Mcpherson, Medway & Maidstone Ac – 1:17:38
Olwen Cockell, Swale AC  01:18:15
Rebecca Still, 1:18:58
Jacqueline King, Istead & Ifield Harriers – 1.19.09
Striders taking part
Neil Hacon – 1:03:35
Scott Simpson – 1:07:11
Lee Simnpson – 1:13:06
Daniel Judd – 1:13:22
Mick Diddams – 1:15:16
Glenn Davies – 1:17:31
Bradley Clayton – 1:18:06
Ceri Burr – 1:18:10
Clive Crisp – 1:20:42
Martin Green – 1:24:26
Kevin Eastop – 1:24:41
Amanda Linder – 1:26:38
Kelly Lywood – 1:28:11
Carli Deacon – 1:28:47
Barry Simmons – 1:32:54
Steve Russell – 1:33:06
Angela Smith – 1:35:31
Nicki Brown – 1:37:08
David Whittley – 1:37:08
Jackie Austin – 1:37:43
Clare Eastop – 1:40:34
Rachael Adkins -1:42:40
Talita Wigg – 1:52:57
Julie Southall – 1:55:13
Alix Osborne – 2:02:03
Yvonne Crawford – 2:04:49
Cheryl Sieloff – 2:09:04
Victoria Whittley – 2:09:37
Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon (26.2KM)
Andy and Vanessa patching travelled to Chester to take on the Chester marathon and half marathon.

Andy completed the marathon, breaking 4-hours, and finishing in a very good time of 3hrs 57mins 50 secs.

Vanessa opted for the 26.2KMs, known as the metric marathon and finished in 3hrs 2mins.