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.