Ocean Lake Sprint Triathlon – Leybourne Lakes – 2nd June- 750m Lake Swim; 18k Bike; 5k Run
Nick Freeman represented the Striders in the first of this seasons sprint tris held at Leybourne Lakes. He came 41st overall out of a field of 77 entrants crossing the line in 1.23.18.
The Bridge Midweek Duathlon – Cyclopark, Gravesend – 4th June – 5k Run, 20k Bike; 3.3k Run
Alison Davey took part in her first solo duathlon, which was 2 of a series of 5 mid week duathlons being held at the Cyclopark at Gravesend. She crossed the line 1.38.42 for which she was presented a trophy for 2nd lady! Alison has now got the duathlon bug and said it won’t be her last!
White Oak Triathlon – White Oak Leisure Centre, Swanley – 9th June – 400m Pool Swim; 22km Cycle; 5k Run
Ian Gower travelled to Swanley to take part in the White Oak Triathlon which in its 30th year is one of the oldest Triathlon events in England. He crossed the line in 1.21.13 placing him 47th overall out of a field of 169 entrants, 5th in his age category.
On Sunday 4 Novemer 21 Striders made up 7 teams for the South East Team Duathlon Championships held at Cyclopark in Gravesend.
The event, in which 31 teams were entered, involved a 3km run followed by a undulating technical 12.5km bike leg arpund the cyclopark and finished with another 3km run. I’m completion of the 18.5km the athletes tag their team mate to do the distance again until all 3 have finished.
First team back for the club and taking 2nd in the ladies competition were Liz Weeks, Ellie Hynes and Sally Smith. They had a combined time of 2hrs 40mins with Liz the fastest of the trio in 50mins 50secs.
Afterwards Sally said: ‘I felt really privileged to race alongside Liz and Ellie. They are fantastic athletes and taking a podium spot was a real bonus.’
The next team back taking 9th in the mixed team event were Claire Wright, Shelley Coker and James Reeves. They completed the event in a combined time of 2hrs 48mins.
Bragging rights for 3rd strider team home and takong 10th in the men’s event were Darren Billings, Andrew Howes and Daniel Edmondson in 2hrs 49mins.
In Richmond Park on Sunday the 16th September three Sittingbourne Striders competed in the world’s largest duathlon. The three entered the 15th annual London Duathlon, completing a 10 km run, a 44 km bike race and a final 5 km run to the finish line, while dodging suicidal squirrels and six foot stags!
1423 Ian Gower 02:50:59
1450 Steve Shrimplin 02:54:57
2308 Andy Settle 03:27:30
Left to right: Steve Shrimplin; Ian Gower; Andy Settle
Striders were out in force on a windy sunny October morning @ Gravesend’s Cyclopark. 11 teams of 3 entered the event which was a great opportunity for many from the club to have their first try at a multi disciplined event on a traffic free course.
‘The Glory Hunters’ were the first Striders team home in a time of 2.39.35 placing them 7th out 19 mixed teams
‘170 Not Out’ team were next home in 2.46.31 placing them 9th mixed team
‘The Striders’ team 2.56.18 – 13th mixed team
‘Team Cake’ team 3.02.57 – 14th mixed team
‘KMJ’ team 3.05.18 – 16th mixed team
‘Max Bodimeade’ team 3.05.42 – 13th mens team out of 14 mens teams
‘2 Foxes and a Hound’ team 3.06.36 – 18th mixed team
‘Wonder Women’ 3.06.41 – 4th womens team out of 7 womens teams
‘ARD’ 3.09.15 – 14th mens team
‘Canicross Striders Ladies’ – 3.30.58 – 7th womens team
‘Team Tri Jedi’ – 3.33.37 – 19th mixed team
ETU Duathlon European Championships : Sunday 30th April 2017
Glenn Davies represented the Striders and GBR at the ETU Duathlon European Championships in Spain. He completed the 5km run; 20km bike and 2.5km run in a time of 1.20.37 placing him 18th out of 30 entrants.
Maidstone Sprint and Standard Duathlon : Sunday 5th March
5 Striders were questioning their sanity as they set off in torrential rain to run around the muddy back roads of Harrietsham at the Maidstone Duathlon. Next they hopped on their bikes to battle against the winds along the stretch of the A20 between Leeds Castle and Ashford. Finally a 3.5k run was a welcome end to the race in such testing conditions. This was the first in the Tri Club Championships for 2017.
Glenn Davies was the only Strider to do the Sprint distance race which he did in a time of 1.28.39 placing him 10th overall out of 26 entrants, he was 1st in his age group which he won a trophy for.
Rob Sapp was first out of 4 Striders in the Standard distance race with a time of 2.29.10 which placed him 11th out of 36 entrants.
Chris Rogers was 2nd Strider home in a time of 2.49.50 placing him 24th overall.
Lucy Hewett was 1st (only female) strider home in a time 2.51.06 placing her 25th overall. She was 3rd lady overall, for which she won a trophy.
Ross Pilcher unfortunately was unable to finish the race.
Glenn Davies took part in the Winter Duathlon at the Gravesend Cyclopark on 5th Feb 2017, the traffic free event involved a 6.5km run followed by a 20km bike finishing with a 3.5km run which he did in a time of 1.27.03 placing him 18 out of 34 competitors. Glenn came 3rd in his age category winning a trophy for his efforts. Full Results
Sittingbourne Striders entered four teams in the annual Cyclopark team duathlon. The event, aimed at novice duathletes and more experienced competitors alike, consisted of a 3k run/ 13k bike/ 3k run course with each of the team of three completing the course in turn. Seven of the twelve Striders entrants were new to the sport of duathlon, however the cool early morning conditions suited both runners and riders on the closed Cyclopark circuit.
First Striders team home, taking second overall in the mixed team category were Ian Gower, Karen Seymour and Steve Shrimplin. They were followed by Shelly Coker/ Jen Coleman/ Lee Simpson, Keith Whiskin/ John Nunes/ Roy Shears and Jamie Goldthorp/ Barbara Collier/ Alison Davey. 2016 is the fourth year in succession Striders have taken a podium place in the event.