Maidstone Half, London Parks Half and Oxford Half

As usual, the weather and very muddy wet conditions did not deter Striders runners from competing this weekend, demonstrating in Eliud Kipchoge style that “no one is limited”.
Rebecca Still was the first Strider home in the Maidstone half marathon and winning an amazing 3rd place in the women’s race.
 
The big London race this weekend was a half marathon centered around the London royal parks. First Strider home in a time of 1hr 43.42 was Ashley Claridge (pictured with Strider wife Amanda] A superb run by lady strider Jacqueline Woodhouse first lady strider home finishing in 1.54.09. 
 
Further away from home in the Oxford half marathon saw two striders Jackie Austin 2.17.10 and Talita Wigg 2.25.44.
Back in Kent again at Temple Ewell inaugural 10k in support of the local school’s PTA. The race starts straight up a muddy slippy hill following on through woods and fields before finding the roads was challenging for all participants.
 
Maidstone half marathon
Rebecca Still. 1 40 42
James Topham 1 44 51
Paul Bowditch 1 59 38
Teresa Watson. 2 20 57
 
London Royal Parks half marathon
Ashley Claridge 1 43 22
Jacqueline Woodhouse 1 54 09
Amanda Claridge 2 09 35
Lizzie Lowrey. 2 20 44 – PB
Pamela Farrell 2 44 28
Andrea Lees Farrell 2 44 28
 
Oxford half marathon 
Jackie Austin 2 17 10
Talita Wigg. 2 25 44
 
Temple Ewell 10k
Sara Cox. 1 04 43
Katrina Fisher 1 09 42
Anne Smith 1 09 43

Canterbury Half & Badlesmere 10k

8 Striders braved the heat to run the ‘undulating’ Canterbury Half Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday. Rebecca Still was first strider home with a fantastic time of 1hr 49mins and was 7th female overall.
Sunday saw nearly two dozen Striders in action across Kent. Richard Vassiliou led 8 striders at the Badlesmere 10k, finishing in 56:16. First Lady strider home was Amanda Claridge in 58:51.
Gareth Lewis was the first strider home in the Kent Coastal Half Marathon in a fantastic time of 1:35:18, and the First Lady back was Kirsty Jade Lucas in 2:23:33

Canterbury Half Marathon 26th August
Rebecca Still 01:49:36
Robin Hunter 01:53:41
Richard Vassiliou 02:27:02
Gavin Malloch 02:39:50
Jackie Austin 02:43:02
Vanessa Patching 02:49:37
Emma Chamberlain 03:07:21
Clive Glover 03:09:51

Badlesmere 10k 1st Sep
Richard Vassiliou 00:56:16
Daniel Vassiliou 00:58:10
Amanda Claridge 00:58:51
Jackie Austin 01:04:27
Susannah Ulyatt 01:11:05
Katrina Fisher 01:12:27
Angela Clarke 01:13:27
Victoria Whittley 01:16:28
Eridge Park 10k Trail
Jeff Gardiner 01:47:00
David Whittley 01:58:00

Kenilworth Half Marathon
Emma Penfold 02:07:24

Kent Coastal Half Marathon
Gareth Lewis 01:35:18
William Wakeman 01:54:15
Kirsty Jade Lucas 02:23:33
Sara Cox 02:24:03
Lisanne Tullett 02:32:02
Clive Glover 02:34:51
Talita Wigg 02:35:51
Tracey Jenkins 02:39:02
Katrina Potter 02:44:46
Leeds Castle 10k
Matt Simmons 00:46:22
Matthew Chesson 00:57:33
Lizzie Lowrey 00:58:59

Pretty Muddy, Herne Bay 10k, Bewl Water

Sittingbourne Striders were well represented today at Pretty Muddy, a 5K race which was held in Maidstone.  Emma Hudson-Wright, Orla Mcgaley James, Carey Philpott Kite, Alison Kite, Aneta Steers, Sandra Gardiner, Paula O’Reilly, Emma Higgins, Lisa Burr, Elliott Mead, Susannah Ulyatt and Alison Kemp all crossed the finish line raising awareness and funds for Cancer.

James Reeves took on Herne Bay 10K and was first Strider home finishing in an impressive time of 41.42 (PB) followed by Daniel Barnard 46.05, Tabitha Stewart 47.28 (PB) Clive Crisp 50.54, Martin Stevens 53.01, Jackie Austen in 55.30, which was a PB and Dave Wood in 1.16.39.

Chris Mudge 2.15.38 (PB), Jeff Gardiner 2.28.41 (PB), Steve Russell 2.36.27 (PB),  Alison Davey 2.49.35 and Ronald Smith 2.53.37 all took on Bewl Water 15 Mile Race.

Kirsty McBride represented the Striders at Cliffe Woods 5 mile race and finished in 48.32.

Gavin Malloch was the solo Strider at Hever Castle Festival of Endurance Half Marathon and finished in 2.17.57.

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

Paddock Wood Half & Chatham Martime 10k

A group of 34 Striders who took part in the Paddock Wood Half Marathon on Sunday, a fast and flat 13.1 mile course that serves as the 4th race in the Sittingbourne Striders Club Championship. Chris Lawley was the first over the line in 1hr30mins18secs, and bragging rights for first Lady Strider home went to Kelly Lywood in 1hr44mins43secs.

A smaller group took part in the Chatham Maritime 10k, led by Paul Williams who finished in 46mins12secs and Gary Read was the sole strider taking part in the Charing Half Marathon, finishing in 1hrs53mins13secs.

Paddock Wood Half Marathon

Chris Lawley 01:30:18
Jacob Beaney 01:38:15
Joseph Lovelock 01:38:15
Gary Spicer 01:38:54
Sam Mumford 01:39:13
Kelly Lywood 01:44:43
Laura Woods 01:44:54
Darren Billing 01:47:16 PB
Richard Sutehall 01:50:16
Darren James 01:50:32
David Whitley 01:52:17 PB
Sophie Byrne 01:53:24
Alison Davey 01:54:06
Andrew Howes 01:55:46
Lisa Burton 01:55:58
Heather Glass 01:57:07 PB
Gina Woodfine 01:58:28 PB
Davinia Brown 01:59:44 PB
Martin Stevens 01:59:47
Steve Russell 02:00:38
Gavin Malloch 02:02:45
Carey Philpott Kite 02:03:10
Ronald Smith 02:12:35
Guy Mills 02:12:42
Nicki Brown 02:12:47
Teresa Watson 02:14:48
Shelly Wilson 02:18:50 PB
Jackie Austin 02:20:53
Annette Lebreton 02:21:55
Talita Wigg 02:22:20
Marriane Seaward 02:25:20
Orla Mcgaley 02:34:49
Alison Kite 02:35:22
Dave Austen 02:39:17
Chatham Maritime 10K
Paul Williams 00:46:12
Andy Patching 00:53:25
Vanessa Patching 01:03:06
Alison Williams 01:06:15 PB
Denise Grant 01:09:17

Yeovil Half, Adur & Worthing 20 and SVN Funky Pants

Sunday was a quieter day for the Sittingbourne Striders following a busy March, in part due to many runners entering the ‘tapering’ phase of their preparations for the April marathon season!

However, a few hardy souls faced the hours less sleep with considerable fortitude and took part in some longer runs. Gavin and Sheila Malloch (pictured) traveled to Somerset to take part in the hilly Yeovil Half Marathon, finishing in 2hrs7mins9secs and 2hrs30mins34secs respectively. Results

Alison Davey was the first strider over the line in the Adun and Worthing 20 mile race, finishing in 3hrs18mins54 secs, joined by Ronald Smith who finished in 3hrs28mins49secs. Results

Finally, Teresa Watson took part in the SVN Funky Pants Challenge in Gravesend, running a trail route of 21 miles in 3hrs40mins38secs. Results

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Landmarks, Smugglers, Megalith & Whitstable

London Landmarks Half Marathon- a race that attracts nearly 13,000 runners and runs along the Thames taking in the popular sights throughout Westminster and the City. First strider home was Daniel Barnard in 1hr50mins40secs, and the first lady strider over the line was Amanda Claridge who gained a personal best and finished in 1hr59mins38secs.

London Landmarks Half Marathon
Daniel Barnard 1.40.40
Ashley Claridge 1.41.42
Mark Jones 1:44:10
Darren Billings 1:52:25
Amanda Claridge 1:59.38 PB
Sam Gillham 2:10:28 PB
James Batchelor 2:11:44
Simon Brenchley 2:11:44
Kate Chia 2:17:51 PB
Joanne Strudwick 2:31:34
Jacqueline Woodhouse 2:39:33
Susannah Ulyatt 2:59:31
Louise Marshall 3:00:51
Mona Lewis 3:05:53


Smugglers 10k
Teresa Watson 56.49
Lorraine Neale 58.14 PB
Sara Cox 1:03:15 PB
Tracey Jenkins 1:07:48
Talita Wigg 1:14:00
Georgina Higgins 1:16:59
Lisa Burton 1:25:14

Medway Megalith Marathon
Ollie PRYER 4:19:20
Rebecca Still 5:19:58
Samantha Hewitt 5.09:31

Medway Megalith Half Marathon
Jackie Austin 3:23:13
Helen Shears 3:30:18
Emma Higgins 3:30:15

Hastings Half Marathon
Jo Pettitt 1:51:41
James Pettitt 1:51:41
Jackie Austin 3:12
Emma Penfold 3:30
Stroke Resolution 15K
Ann Meeks 1.49.54
Kelly Batchelor 1.51

Stroke Resolution 10K
Carolyn Marshall 1.11.12

Whitstable 10k
Abbey-Gale Bratby 55.14
Andrew Thomas 55.14
Alison Williams 1:07:12

Whitstable 5k
Sally Patching 32:29

Hampton Court Half

A dozen Striders took part in the Hampton Court Half Marathon on Sunday, a popular 13.1 mile course starting and ending in the grounds of Henry VIII’s home and following a circular route along the banks of the Thames.  

Gavin Malloch got the bragging rights as the first Strider over the line in 2hrs7mins13secs. Amanda Mills kept her head and was the first lady strider back in 2hrs21mins28secs

Other Striders times were
Terry Morse 2.11.06
Guy Mills 2.17.16
Jackie Austin 2.29.30
Emilia Sage 2.30.41
Kate Sage 2.31.22
Sheila Malloch 2.33.37
Orla Mcgaley 2.33.37 PB
Susannah Ulyatt 2.43.02
Lisa Burton 2.43
Mona Whitehead-Lewis 2.54.14 PB

Lydd 20 & half, Maidstone Half & 10k

The Sittingbourne Striders braved the 50mph winds to take part in the Lydd 20 mile race on Sunday, a fast and flat course popular with those training for the Spring marathon season, and the third race in the Striders Club Championship.

Lee Simpson was the first Strider over the line in 2hrs21mins50secs, finishing 42nd overall. Bragging rights for the first lady Strider home went to Alison Davey, who finished in 3hrs18min45secs

Other Striders times were

Gary Spicer 02:39:50
Ashley Claridge 02:43:12
Daniel Barnard 02:53:03
James Topham 02:53:44
Luke Blanshard 02:56:27
Ross Campbell 03:06:53
Vicky Parker 03:21:01
Paul Bowditch 03:27:38
Teresa Watson 03:28:05
Gavin Malloch 03:28:14
Ronald Smith 03:29:07
Nicky Knight 03:35:10
Shelly Wilson 03:48:05
Guy Mills 03:48:05
Talita Wigg 03:51:10
Gina Woodfine 03:52:11
Jackie Austin 04:06:29
Lisa Burton 04:17:39

Rebecca Still led a small group of Striders around the shorter but just as windy Lydd Half Marathon in 2hrs0mins22secs, just in front of Martin Stevens (2hrs1mins3secs), Amanda Claridge (2hrs4mins5secs) and Alex Powell (2hrs5mins9secs).

A trio of striders took part in the Maidstone Half Marathon, Ceri Burr was first home at 1hr45min50secs, beating club mate Darren Billing who came in at 1hr48min31secs. Caroline Lewis was the only lady Strider finishing in 1hr51min47secs. Finally, Gareth Lewis was the sole strider to take part in the Maidstone 10k in an impressive 40mins20secs

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