Sittingbourne 10 mile race

Almost 200 runners braved the predicted downpours, which mercifully held off, to brave the Sittingbourne Striders Chas Ryman Memorial 10 mile race on Sunday.  The Race started and ended in the grounds of Highsted Grammar School and followed an undulating course around the surrounding countryside.

The race was won by Larkfield Athletic Club’s Kieran Mcauliffe, who maintained an incredible lead from the beginning and finished in 1hr0min28secs.  Second place went to Martin King (Rebel Runners Medway) who completed in 1hr3min11secs, with Paul Mahony finishing in 1hr4min11secs.

The first female racer home was Kim Howes (Swale Combined AC) in 1hr16min24secs, closely followed by Troy Penfield with a slightly faster chip time of 1hr16min19secs. Jacqueline King was the third female finishing at 1hr17min59secs

First Strider home was Sam Lewis who was 5th overall with a time of 1hr4min58secs and the first lady strider back was Caroline Lewis who was 6th lady overall in 1hr22min38secs.

The Striders won the two team prizes, with Lewis joined by Scott Simpson and Gareth Lewis for the male team prize. Gareth’s wife Caroline Lewis, Lucy Hewett and Jo Pettitt represented the women.

There was also a 2k fun run at the Highsted Grammar School HQ, attracting runners from pre-school age to adult beginners.

Striders Chairwoman and Race Director Emma Pomeroy started the race while Striders also thanked main sponsors Bennett Opies for their support, which included providing goodie bags for all runners and race marshals.

Sittingbourne 10 Mile & Chester Marathon

Quality field results in speedy times for Sittingbourne Striders 10-mile road race
The Sittingbourne Striders 10 mile road race was a fantastic success with a field of around 200 runners on Sunday, 7 October 2018.
Conditions were perfect for the event which was started by a Demelza Representative with Emma Hudson-Wright who is hanging up her hat after 10 years as Race Director, she goes out on a high after having a wonderful report from the Race Adjudicator.
The club are grateful to their Main Sponsor Bennett Opies for their generous support and for providing the goodie bags and their contents.
In addition there was a 2k Fun Run which attracted 100 runners from pre-school up to adult beginner runners whom received a coloured medal and a goodie bag. The school trophy went to Bobbing Village School.
The Main race was won by Stephen lamb unaffiliated in a time of 1:01:23 and the first lady home was Kate Curran from Blackheath & Bromley in a time of 1:09:10. The trophies were presented by Paul Fox of Bennett Opies.
The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Neil Hacon and Kelly Lywood and both male and female team were won by Sittingbourne Striders, these consisted of again the magnificent Neil Hacon and the Simpson brother’s Scott & Lee, and the ladies Kelly Lywood, Carli Deacon and Amanda Linder.
All the finishers received a medal, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. There was also cakes available at the end of the race baked by club members.
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 6th October and we hope to see you there.
Top 10 Men
Stephen Lamb – 1:01:23
Neil Hacon, Sittingbourne Striders – 1:03:35
Graeme Drysdale, Striders Of Croydon – 1:04:24
Richard Fullager -1:04:47
Andrew Noble, Ashford & District RRC -1:05:45
Mark Payne, Maidstone Harriers -1:06:11
Scott Simpson, Sittingbourne Striders -1:07:11
Toby Barker – 1:07:53
Murray Crundwell, 1:07:55
Andy Holmes, Rebel Runners – Medway – 1:09:26
Top 10 Women
Kate Curran, Blackheath & Bromley -1:09:10
Jemma Whyman, Medway and Maidstone AC – 1:10:55
Sally Fry, Rebel Runners – Medway – 1:13:11
Sharon Bolister, Eton Manor AC – 1:13:33
Lilian Shilbeck -1:14:01
Rhian Shrimplin, Ashford & District RRC – 1:17:25
Taryne Mcpherson, Medway & Maidstone Ac – 1:17:38
Olwen Cockell, Swale AC  01:18:15
Rebecca Still, 1:18:58
Jacqueline King, Istead & Ifield Harriers – 1.19.09
Striders taking part
Neil Hacon – 1:03:35
Scott Simpson – 1:07:11
Lee Simnpson – 1:13:06
Daniel Judd – 1:13:22
Mick Diddams – 1:15:16
Glenn Davies – 1:17:31
Bradley Clayton – 1:18:06
Ceri Burr – 1:18:10
Clive Crisp – 1:20:42
Martin Green – 1:24:26
Kevin Eastop – 1:24:41
Amanda Linder – 1:26:38
Kelly Lywood – 1:28:11
Carli Deacon – 1:28:47
Barry Simmons – 1:32:54
Steve Russell – 1:33:06
Angela Smith – 1:35:31
Nicki Brown – 1:37:08
David Whittley – 1:37:08
Jackie Austin – 1:37:43
Clare Eastop – 1:40:34
Rachael Adkins -1:42:40
Talita Wigg – 1:52:57
Julie Southall – 1:55:13
Alix Osborne – 2:02:03
Yvonne Crawford – 2:04:49
Cheryl Sieloff – 2:09:04
Victoria Whittley – 2:09:37
Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon (26.2KM)
Andy and Vanessa patching travelled to Chester to take on the Chester marathon and half marathon.

Andy completed the marathon, breaking 4-hours, and finishing in a very good time of 3hrs 57mins 50 secs.

Vanessa opted for the 26.2KMs, known as the metric marathon and finished in 3hrs 2mins.

Sittingbourne Invicta 10k 2018

Over 80 Sittingbourne Striders turned out for the Sittingbourne Invicta 10km race held on Sunday, 13 May 2018.
Conditions were breezy for the event which saw runners taking on the 6.2-mile loop of rural Sittingbourne. Starting at Westlands school the first 5kms involved gradual climbing before cutting across a pathway from Wrens Road to Primrose Lane where the runners were able to enjoy gentle downhill for the remainder of the course.
Sittingbourne Invicta
Despite the field having so many runners from the Striders, competition from other running clubs was fierce and the prizes were hotly contested. The Striders team did not disappoint picking up an array of silverware for various successes.
Jen Coleman took the top spot as fastest lady on the day. She completed the course in 43.48. Ellie Hynes once again showed ever improving form to take the trophy for 2 nd place in 44.02 with Rebecca Still 3 rd in 47.27. The combined efforts of these ladies resulted in them taking the women’s team prize.
After the run Jen said: ‘The race went well as I knocked off 1 minute and 18 seconds off my personal best for the course.’
Also on the podium was Olwen Cockell, running for Swale AC, but also a member of the club. She won a prize for fastest lady in her age category.
Gareth Lewis was the only Strider to beat 40 minutes; he was first back for the team in 39.55. Lee Simpson and Scott Simpson were next home for the club in 40.21 and 40.42. The speedy Simpson’s both won their age group prizes and along with Gareth took the prize for the best male team.
Sittingbourne Invicta


All in all a very good day for the Sittingbourne Striders
The Sititngbourne Invicta 10km Striders results
Gareth Lewis  39:55
Lee Simpson 40:21
Scott Simpson 40:42
Oliver Pryer 41:04
David Valenti 41:33
Nick Freeman 41:47
Glenn Davies 42:44
Ian Gower 43:21
Martin Clark 43:27
Jennifer Coleman 43:47
Sam Mumford 43.59
Ellie Hynes 44.02
James   Pamplin 44:01
Bradley Clayton 44:14
Olwen Cockell 45:12
Christopher Mudge 45:32
Matt    Nunn   45:36
Darren James 45:42
Ceri Burr 45:49
Stephen Prince 46:44
Richard Valenti 46:47
James   Topham 46:47
Andy   Patching 47:26
Roy Shears 47.26
Rebecca Still   47:27
Geoffrey Tyler 47:31
Gary Read 47:34
Andrew Thomas 47:46
Kelly   Lywood 48:01
Clive    Crisp    48:03
Vicky  Parker  48:35
Sarah   Bradshaw 48:59
Steve   Bradshaw 49:10
Darren Billing 49:42
Kevin  Eastop 50:07
Ian Bourne 51:02
Sophie Byrne  51:08
Sarah   Doherty 51:13
William Wakeman 51:14
Samantha Hewitt 51:32
Jordan Day 51:37
David  Whittley 52:07
Johan   Clarke  52:11
Stuart  Ridout 52:24
Barry   Simmons 52:49
Emily   Middleton 53:04
Abbey-Gale Bratby 53:04
Adam Marsland 53.05
Jeff Fox 53:29
Simon  Brenchley 53:51
Katy Jackson 53:57
Gavin  Malloch 54:39
Paul Valenti 55:14
Graham Thomas 55:23
James   Batchelor 55:48
Barbara Collier 56:05
Nina Cook 56:23
Davinia Brown 56.46
Sam Fawcett 56:50
Heather Kendall 57:00
Emma  Chamberlain 57:42
Teresa  Watson 58:11
Carey Philpott 58:12
Aneta Steers  58:13
Lindsay Clarke 58:35
Nicola  Brown 59:39
Andrew Nellies 59:41
Nikki Brenchley 59:43
Grace Mead 59.54
Jackie Austin 1.01.27
Louise Marshall 1.02.55
Clive Glover 1.02.57
Sheila Malloch 1.03.23
Vanessa Patching 1:04:03
Wendy Knee 1:04:09
Alison  Kite 1:04:27
Kelly   Pamplin 1:04:40
Paul O’Reilly 1.04.46
Clare    Eastop 1:05:01
Alison Bourne 1.06.00
Karen  Longley 1:06:04
Louise Burnop 1.06.28
Allison Bourne 1:06:33
Hayley Thomas 1:06:40
Helen   Shears  1:06:51
Julie     Southall 1:07:18
Robyn Benyon 1:07:32
Lynn    Coomber 1:07:48
Joanne Bing 1:07:59
Sally    Patching 1:08:24
Robert Holmes 1:10:35
Ruth Smith 1.11.22
Natalie Jimenez 1:11:22
Wendy            Howes 1:11:37
Hannah Hudson 1:14:22
David  Austen 1:16:03
Clare    Fox      1:18:22
Sandra Gardiner 1.18.23
Dave Wood 1.19.07
Beth Wood 1.19.07

Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile 2017

Sittingbourne Striders 10 Mile 2017 : 1st October 2017

The Sittingbourne Striders 10 mile road race was another success with a record number of entries. Despite damp windy conditions nearly 400 runners lined up at the start and were set off by Race Director Emma Pomeroy.

The club are grateful to their Main Sponsor Bennett Opies for their generous support and also to Beadles Skoda for providing a personalised lead car which led the runners on the 10 miles route through Rodmersham, Kingsdown, Doddington and back to Highsted School.  In addition there was a 2k Fun Run which attracted 120 runners from pre-school up to adult beginner runners, all of whom received a brightly coloured medal and ribbon. There was also a school team prize which was won by Westlands Primary. The Boy’s prize was won by Caleb Spriggs, 2nd was Ben Procter and 3rd Reece Lee. The Girl’s prize was won by Violet Bing, 2nd was Iris Bartlett and 3rd Alice Brown.

Tewelde Menges

The Main race was won by Tewelde Menges from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 54:57 and the first lady home was Liz Weeks also from Medway & Maidstone AC in a time of 1:04:14. The Men’s trophies were presented by Philip Opie of Bennett Opies and the Ladies’ by the daughter of Chas Ryman in whose name the race is in memory.

LIz Weeks

The first Male and Female Sittingbourne Striders home were Lee Simpson and Jo Pettitt respectively.
All the finishers received a medal, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. There was also cakes available baked by club members.
Next Year’s race is planned for Sunday 7th October and we hope to see you there.

Sittingbourne 10k 2017

Sittingbourne 10k : 14th May 2017

There was burgundy and gold vests as far as the eye could see as at Westlands school, as a whopping 74 Striders lined up to run in the next race in the club championships, the Sittingbourne 10k.

Sittingbourne 10k

Hot and windy conditions didn’t seem to deter Rhys Goddard who won the race in a time of 34.18! 2nd Strider home was Kevin Rye in a time of 39.12 placing him 8th out of 243 overall with Lee Simpson picking up 3rd Strider spot in a time of 40.42 placing him 12th overall. Jennifer Coleman was 1st strider across the line and also 1st lady overall in a time of 45.33.

A great day for Sittingbourne Striders who collected the following awards:

Rhys Goddard: Race winner

Jennifer Coleman: 1st Lady

Lucy Hewett: 2nd Lady & age group winner W40

Olwen Cockell: 3rd Lady

Rhys Goddard; Kevin Rye and Lee Simpson: Male Team Winners

Jennifer Coleman; Lucy Hewett & Olwen Cockell: Female Team Winners

Karen Seymour: age group winner W50

Wendy Knee: age group winner W60

Sittingbourne 10K

Event: Sittingbourne 10K
Date: 15th May 2016
Location: Sittingbourne
Distance 10K


The Striders were out in force on a sunny May morning for the 6th Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta 10k race which lead them around the country lanes of Sittingbourne on a not too hilly course.
62 Striders took part Lee Simpson being the first strider home setting a new PB of 37:39 and placing him 10th overall in a field of 347 runners. In second Strider spot was James Sieloff in a time of 38:46 which placed him 14th overall. Taking third position was Jeremy Pridmore in a time of 39:44 a PB for him putting him in 18th place. Katie Rose was first female strider home in a time of 45:54 her first 10k placing her 72nd overall in the field of runners. Wendy Knee won a trophy for winning her age category (F 60+) and Katie Rose, Gill Holmes & Lucy Hewett took the Female Team Winners prize for Striders. The friendly encouragement of team members must of helped as 26 PB’s were totted up in total what a great day this was for the Striders!