Turkey Run & Dartford 10k

The Striders defied their hangovers from their Christmas Party the night before to tackle the 27th Turkey Run, organised by the Maidstone Harriers, this Sunday.

Resplendent in their festive outfits, they tackled the notoriously muddy 7.5 mile course starting from East Malling. James Topham won the bragging rights as the first Strider home in 1:00:32 and Karen Seymour was the first lady back in 1:09:12

Turkey Run

James Topham – 01:00:32
Paul Bowditch – 01:05:11
Roy Shears – 01:08:00
Karen Seymour 01:09:12
Emma Hudson-Wright – 01:12:03
Paul Hudson-Wright – 01:12:06
Andrew Howes – 01:13:09
Gavin Malloch-  01:19:36
Mark Leppard – 01:19:56
Aneta Steers – 01:19:59
Ronald Smith – 01:25:46
Sheila Malloch – 01:27:00
Lisa Burton – 01:27:05
Jackie Austin – 01:30:03
Sally Patching – 01:46:10
Helen Shears – 01:46:10
Denise Grant – 01:47:45
Katrina Potter – 01:47:45
Jane Patching – 01:47:48
Emma Higgins – 01:48:40
Dave Wood – 02:01:00
Michele Topham – 02:03:18

Dartford 10k

Richard McDonagh – 0:43:04
Suzi Rawes – 01:04:34

Brett Owler Half Marathon & Whitstable Mo-Run 10k

The Sittingbourne Striders were expecting rain this weekend but, as ever, this didn’t stop them from heading out and representing their club. As it was, the weather held and runners even caught a glimpse of the sun.

Bret Owler Half Marathon


Unfortunately, this didn’t prevent the muddy conditions at the Brett Owler Half Marathon in Ashford, in which 17 Striders took part. After slogging through the mud and puddles, Pires Scott James Simpson was the first Strider home, with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes and 43 seconds. Following him was Nick Freeman, with a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes and 16 seconds.

Crossing the line with a fantastic time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 48 seconds, Karen Seymour was the first home for the ladies, followed by Davinia Brown with a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 39 seconds.

Herne Bay and Whitstable MoRun 10k

Up on the north coast of Kent, Striders got to feel the sea breeze through their moustaches (real or fake) at the Herne Bay and Whitstable MoRun 10k. With a flat route along the seafront, there was a real chance for some great PBs — especially for Ryan Pook who was first Strider home with a truly impressive 39 minutes 43 seconds. Ryan also took home 2nd place overall, a fantastic achievement for a Strider of only 4 months. Ryan was followed by Adam Stallard, with a time of 47 minutes, 39 seconds, and Richard Millns at 52 minutes, 29 seconds.

Doing it for the ladies, Gemma Peatey crossed the line at 55 minutes, 56 seconds, a fantastic PB. Gemma was followed by Katrina Fisher and Anne Smith who were neck and neck with times of 1 hour, 1 minute and 44 seconds.

Marden Half Marathon & 10k

Three Striders raced the Marden Half Marathon weekend. Richard Mcdonagh was first Strider home in a time of 1:33:21 with Sam Lewis just behind him in a time of 1:36:54. Jackie Austin also completed race in a time oh 2:12:25.

Five Striders ran the shorter 10k distance. Richard Vassiliou was first Strider home in a time of 49:14 and first female home was Katrina Fisher 1:00:18.
Other times: John Kingsnorth (52:59), Anne Smith (1:00:23) and Kirsty Lucas (01:01:48).

Beachyhead 2019

Sixty Striders took a trip down to Eastbourne to run the famous Seven Sisters in the Beachyhead Marathon and 10k. Forty-seven striders took on the challenge of running the UK’s hardest marathon in wet and windy conditions. Neil Hacon was first Strider home, clocking a minute over the four-hour mark. Hacon was followed by David Valenti in four hours and 17 minutes then Nick Bayntun in 4 hours and 31 minutes. Rosie Williams was the first female strider home in four hours and 50 minutes, followed by Jacqueline Woodhouse in four hours and 53 minutes.

Other times: Paul Williams 4:38, Phil Robertson 4:46, James Topham 4:54, Bradley Clayton 5:01, Roy Shears 5:12, Mark Ransom 5:27, Richard Vassiliou 5:28, Ross Campbell 5:28, Joseph Lovelock 5:36, Paul Bowditch 5:39, Lucy Hewett 5:39, Andrew Howes 5:41, Rachael Roberston 5:42, Jeff Gardiner 5:51, Jo Branchett 6:06, Steve prince 6:16, Davina Brown 6:19, Claire Wright 6:22, Danielle Smith 6:22,Ross Pilcher 6:27, Lisa Hammond 6:27, Clare Eastop 6:33, Kevin Eastop 6:33 Gemma Flegg 6:45, Ronal Smith 6:56, Sheila Malloch 7:05, Gavin Malloch 7:05, Michelle Perry 7:16, Helen Shears 7:17, Emma Higgins 7:17, Louise Marshall 7:43, Wendy Howes 7:55, Marriane Seaward 7:55, Michael Osmond 7:55, Lesley Osmond 7:55, Jo Bing 8:14. Wendy Swann 8:14, Wendy Knee 8:32, Lynne Hacon 8:32, Perter Harvey 8:32, Bob Holmes 8:33

Thirteen Striders took part in the shorter 10k distance. Glenn Davies was first Strider home in a time of 47 minutes and 8 seconds followed by first female Strider Karen Seymour (53 minutes and 27 seconds).

Other times: Lisa Duce 57:32, Julie Greene 57:38, Matthew Chesson 01:01:00, Martine Ingram 1:13:19, Jo Cyman 1:22:00, Brad Thompson  1:32:18, Mark Leppard 1:32:18, Sally Patching 1:32:19, Vanessa Patching 1:32:19, Jane Patching 1:32:19, Andy Patching 1:32:19

Jackie Austin completed the Dublin marathon in 5 hours and 37 minutes and Katrina Potter completed Ashford 10 miles in 2 hours and 2 minutes. 

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

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

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. 

North Downs 100 & Lydd 10k

This was another quiet weekend whilst many of the Striders are on their holidays and not many races are taking place. However some Stiders were undaunted and managed to gain some excellent results. 
 
Firstly Rebecca Still completed the Lydd 10k in a fantastic personal best of 46:17, and was 2nd female overall and first in her age category. 
 
Not to be outdone, Elliot Stokes ran the 100 miles North Downs race from Farnham to Ashford, with an elevation of 10,000 feet, in a fantastic time of 25hrs and 48 minutes.