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. 

Beachyhead Marathon & 10k

The Striders annual pilgrimage to one of the toughest marathon events took place on Saturday, 27 October.

The Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside.

There is also a 10km off road run for supporters looking for a taste of the Beachy Experience.

The Striders fielded a team of 60 athletes. 50 for the big one and ten in the 10km.

Remarkably bragging rights for first club vest home in both events went to members of the same family.

David Valenti completed the marathon event in a personal best time of 3hrs 52mins 14secs whereas his brother, Richard Valenti stormed the 10km in 49mins 35secs.

In the marathon Gary Spicer was 2nd clubman home in 4hrs 12mins 30secs. Not far behind was Ashley Claridge in 4hrs 19mins 19secs. 4th Strider was Daniel Barnard in a PB of 4hrs 23mins 30secs. Also running his lifetime fastest was Roy Shears in 4hrs 27mins 18secs.

In a strong ladies field it was Rebecca Still taking the honours fit first lady Strider back in 4hrs 45mins 46secs. 2nd to her was Sarah Bradshaw in 4hrs 53mins 21secs. Claire Wright was not far behind her in 4hrs 53mins 22secs. Next past the finish was Karen Seymour in 4hrs 53mins 29secs with Lucy Hewitt nipping at her heels in 5hrs 5mins 50secs.

First lady Strider home in the 10km went to Julie Greene in 1hr 1min 46secs.

Marathon results
David Valenti 3:52:14 PB
Gary Spicer 4:12:30
Ashley Claridge 4:19:19
Daniel Barnard 4:23:30 PB
Roy Shears 4:27:18 PB
Paul Williams 4:31:06
Rosie Williams 4:33:43
Glenn Davies 4:41:42
James Topham 4:41:49
Joe Lovelock 4:45:53
Rebecca Still 4:45:46
Bradley Clayton 4:47:26
Sarah Bradshaw 4:53:21
Claire Wright 4:53:22
Karen Seymour 4:53:29
Mark Ransom 4:56:33
Mick Diddams 4:57:01
Steve Prince 5:03:10
Andy Patching 5:05:49
Lucy Hewett 5:05:50
Paul Bowditch 5:05:50
Phil Robertson 5:11:35
Kellymarie Lywood 5:16:39
Kelly Brett 5:16:39
Craig Ecclestone 5:17:07
Richard Vassiliou 5:21.08 PB
Richard Sutehall 5:28:02
Lisa Duce 5:28:27
Andrew Howes 5:28:56
Gina Woodfine 5:28:57
David Whittley 5.41:30
Jo Branchett 5:43:53
Abby-Gale Bratby 5:49:31
Andrew Thomas 5:49:31
Gavin Malloch 5:56:41
Ron Smith 5:58:47
Kevin Eastop 6:02.38
Clare Eastop 6:02:39
Kent Parker 6.10.02
Nicki Brown 6:20:03
Alison Kite 6:21:11 PB
Michelle Perry 6:42:45
Martine Ingram 6:43:38 PB
Vanessa Patching 6:57:54
Emma Higgins 6:57:52 PB
Annette Lebreton 6:57:52
Helen Shears 6:57:53
Jackie Austin 7:21:48 PB
Lynn Coomber 7:22:05 PB
Sheila Malloch 7:39:42 PB
Wendy Howes 7:39:45
Orla McGaley 7:41:07 PB
Darren James 7:41:07
Cheryl Sieloff 7:41:43
Danielle Smith 8:08:49
Victoria Whittley 8:15:15 PB
Robert Holmes 8:15:41
Peter Harvey 8:15:41
Wendy Knee 8:15:42
Clare Fox 8:48:35 PB
Rachael Robertson Dnf due to injury – completed 16miles in 4 hrs.

10 Km results:
Richard Valenti 0:49:35
Paul Valenti 1:01:44
Julie Greene 1:01:46
Lorraine Neale 1:14:38
Esther Harris 1:14:39
Lesley Osmond 1:15:29
Alison Jarvis 1:17:44
Sally Patching 1:20:58
Robyn Benyon 1:20:58
Brad Thompson 1:23:13 PB