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

Whitstable & Bideford 10k, Milton Keynes & Gatwick Half

4 striders took part in the Whitstable 10k on Bank Holiday Monday, a popular out and back course along the Tankerton seafront. Emma Penfold was first strider home in 54min21secs and Max Bodimeade was the sole Male strider back in 1hr3mins

Nicky Knight and Max Bodimeade travelled to the other side of the south coast to take part in the Bideford 10k. Knight finished in a fantastic 53mins58secs and Bodimeade crossed the line in 1hr1min58secs

Whitstable 10k 6th May times
Emma Penfold 54:21
Andrea Lees Farrell 1:01:17
Max Bodimeade 1:03:32
Pamela Farrell 1:09:25

Milton Keynes Half Marathon 6th May
Yvonne Crawford 2:37:26
Sterling Minnis 10k 12th May
Emma Penfold 55:38

Run Gatwick Half Marathon 12th May
Darren Billing 1:55:12

Bideford 10k
Nicky Knight 53:58
Max Bodimeade 1:01:58

Dartford Half, Cambridge Half & Bedgebury 10 mile

Scott Simpson headed a strong Sittingbourne Striders group at the Dartford Half Marathon on Sunday, braving the hills and the poor weather conditions, to complete the course in 21st place overall in a fantastic time of 1hr28mins39secs. Emma Penfold was the first lady strider to cross the line in 2hrs11min57secs

Other Runners:

Christopher Mudge 1.41.43
Ceri Burr 1.47.52
Darren Billing 1.52.09 PB
Richard Sutehall 1.54.31
Richard Vassiliou 1.58.25 PB
Andrew Howes 2.02.41
Davina Brown 2.02 PB
Kelly Brett 2.03.22
Heather Glass 2.03.29 PB
Gavin Malloch 2.10.05
Stuart Ridout 2.11.50
Emma Penfold 2.11.57
Jackie Austin 2.14.55 PB
David Whittley 2.54.23
Katrina Potter 2.40.43
Robyn Benyon 2.31.44 PB
Yvonne Crawford 2.47.15
Clare Fox 2.48.58
Denise Grant 2.53 .08
Paula oReilly 2.53.43
Victoria Whittley 2.54.23 PB
Hannah Hudson 2.55.05
Sandra Gardiner 2.55.07

Gary Spicer led a trio of Striders at the Cambridge Half Marathon, finishing in 1:34:03. Gina Woodfine earned bragging rights as first lady strider back in 2:01:55, and Marianne Seaward finished in 2:21:16.

Craig Dawson was the first Strider home at the Bedgebury Forest 10 mile finishing in 1:39:32 closely followed by Sophie Byrne at 1:39:32. Kate Sage finished in 2:07:11

Finally Nicky Knight grabbed a new PB of 2:04:06 at the Bideford Half Marathon