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.
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.
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
Craig Eccleston and Gavin Malloch took part in the Brett Ashford Half marathon on 27th November, setting off from the Julie Rose Stadium and taking them on a multi-terrain course around Conningbrook Lake and along the quiet roads of Hinxhill. Craig set a course PB in a time of 1:40:41 placing him 25th out of a field of 203 runners. Gavin Malloch crossed the line in 1:58:37 placing him 107 overall.