18 Striders were lucky enough to run in this iconic marathon either by club, ballot, charity or good for age place. In true Strider spirit many club members had travelled up to support them along the route around the landmarks of London.
Anthony Jackson was first Strider home in an outstanding time of 2:36:20 placing him 171st out of 45401 entrants! 2nd Strider home was brother Phil Jackson in a time of 2:44:26, which placed him 512nd overall. 3rd Strider spot went to Gary Deacon in a time of 3:26:15 placing him 5512 overall. 1st Female Strider home was Lucy Hewett in a time of 3:42:33 a PB for her placing her 8746 overall.
Special mention goes to Gina Woodfine and Marriane Seaward who, despite injuries for Gina during training, completed the race and between them raised an over £5,400 for local charity Demelza.
Event: AJ Bell London Triathlon
Date: 7th August 2016
Location: Excel, London
Distance: Sprint & Standard
Sunday 7th August saw 8 of the sittingbourne Striders head to London in the early hours to take on one of the most popular triathlons in the world, the London Triathlon and compete against over 3000 other triathletes.
7 of the 8 took on the Standard distance event which comprised of a 1500m swim, 40Km Cycle and 10.5Km run, while Matt Kingsnorth took on the shorter Sprint event.
It proved a strong showing for the striders with everyone finishing the standard race within 33 mins of each other with notable preformances from James Brincat and Gweneth Hacon, both of whom are currently training hard in preparation for an upcoming chance to represent Great Britian in September, finishing 19th and 5th respectively in their age groups.
Event: Virgin London Marathon
Date: 24th April 2016
Distance: 26.2 miles
Almost 40,000 runners turned out on a rather chilly morning to take part in the 36th London Marathon started by Tim Peake from space! 19 Striders were lucky enough to take part in this epic event putting in some fantastic times.
Anthony Jackson was first strider home in a time of 2:51.57 placing him 987 overall. In second Strider spot was Kris Noble in a time of 2:58:00, which placed him 1707 in the field. Taking third position and first female Strider home was Liz Weeks in a time of 2:59:40 placing her 2039 overall.
Points of interest:
Phil Jackson fainted in the last mile but still managed an amazing time!
Ronald Smith (70+) took 29mins off last year’s time!
Alison Davey ran Boston Marathon in 3:38:20 on Monday and then London Marathon on Sunday in 3:35:02 a faster time!
2 ½ years ago Joanne Bing signed up with the Striders beginners group and today completed her first marathon.
Andy Baptie ran Paris Marathon 2 weeks ago in 3:22:47 and then London in 3:15:42 taking 7 mins off his Paris time and setting a new PB!