Turkey Run & Dartford 10k

The Striders defied their hangovers from their Christmas Party the night before to tackle the 27th Turkey Run, organised by the Maidstone Harriers, this Sunday.

Resplendent in their festive outfits, they tackled the notoriously muddy 7.5 mile course starting from East Malling. James Topham won the bragging rights as the first Strider home in 1:00:32 and Karen Seymour was the first lady back in 1:09:12

Turkey Run

James Topham – 01:00:32
Paul Bowditch – 01:05:11
Roy Shears – 01:08:00
Karen Seymour 01:09:12
Emma Hudson-Wright – 01:12:03
Paul Hudson-Wright – 01:12:06
Andrew Howes – 01:13:09
Gavin Malloch-  01:19:36
Mark Leppard – 01:19:56
Aneta Steers – 01:19:59
Ronald Smith – 01:25:46
Sheila Malloch – 01:27:00
Lisa Burton – 01:27:05
Jackie Austin – 01:30:03
Sally Patching – 01:46:10
Helen Shears – 01:46:10
Denise Grant – 01:47:45
Katrina Potter – 01:47:45
Jane Patching – 01:47:48
Emma Higgins – 01:48:40
Dave Wood – 02:01:00
Michele Topham – 02:03:18

Dartford 10k

Richard McDonagh – 0:43:04
Suzi Rawes – 01:04:34

Brett Owler Half Marathon & Whitstable Mo-Run 10k

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.

Beachyhead 2019

Sixty Striders took a trip down to Eastbourne to run the famous Seven Sisters in the Beachyhead Marathon and 10k. Forty-seven striders took on the challenge of running the UK’s hardest marathon in wet and windy conditions. Neil Hacon was first Strider home, clocking a minute over the four-hour mark. Hacon was followed by David Valenti in four hours and 17 minutes then Nick Bayntun in 4 hours and 31 minutes. Rosie Williams was the first female strider home in four hours and 50 minutes, followed by Jacqueline Woodhouse in four hours and 53 minutes.

Other times: Paul Williams 4:38, Phil Robertson 4:46, James Topham 4:54, Bradley Clayton 5:01, Roy Shears 5:12, Mark Ransom 5:27, Richard Vassiliou 5:28, Ross Campbell 5:28, Joseph Lovelock 5:36, Paul Bowditch 5:39, Lucy Hewett 5:39, Andrew Howes 5:41, Rachael Roberston 5:42, Jeff Gardiner 5:51, Jo Branchett 6:06, Steve prince 6:16, Davina Brown 6:19, Claire Wright 6:22, Danielle Smith 6:22,Ross Pilcher 6:27, Lisa Hammond 6:27, Clare Eastop 6:33, Kevin Eastop 6:33 Gemma Flegg 6:45, Ronal Smith 6:56, Sheila Malloch 7:05, Gavin Malloch 7:05, Michelle Perry 7:16, Helen Shears 7:17, Emma Higgins 7:17, Louise Marshall 7:43, Wendy Howes 7:55, Marriane Seaward 7:55, Michael Osmond 7:55, Lesley Osmond 7:55, Jo Bing 8:14. Wendy Swann 8:14, Wendy Knee 8:32, Lynne Hacon 8:32, Perter Harvey 8:32, Bob Holmes 8:33

Thirteen Striders took part in the shorter 10k distance. Glenn Davies was first Strider home in a time of 47 minutes and 8 seconds followed by first female Strider Karen Seymour (53 minutes and 27 seconds).

Other times: Lisa Duce 57:32, Julie Greene 57:38, Matthew Chesson 01:01:00, Martine Ingram 1:13:19, Jo Cyman 1:22:00, Brad Thompson  1:32:18, Mark Leppard 1:32:18, Sally Patching 1:32:19, Vanessa Patching 1:32:19, Jane Patching 1:32:19, Andy Patching 1:32:19

Jackie Austin completed the Dublin marathon in 5 hours and 37 minutes and Katrina Potter completed Ashford 10 miles in 2 hours and 2 minutes. 

Rye Ancient Trail & Wingham

18 Striders took a trip to Rye to complete the Rye Ancient trail race. 12 Striders completed the 30k distance. Paul Williams was first Strider home in a time of 2:39:36 and was first in his age category. Vanessa Patching and Andy Patching also achieved prizes for being first in their category. 6 Striders completed the 15K distance with Emily Middleton being the first Strider home in a time of 1:58:20. (Results: 30KMichael Poppy 2:42:59, Mark Ransom 3:24:57, Martin Stevens 3:29:48, Andy Patching 3:30:12, Lisa Duce 3:40:56, Jeff Gardiner 3:42:37, Joanna Branchett 3:54:49, David Whittley 3:57:23, Vanessa Patching 4:35:42, Joanne Bing 5:13:45, Angela Clarke 5:39:09, Paul Willia,s 2:39:36 1st in age category ,15K Teresa Watson 1:58:21, Emma Higgins 2:10:07,Helen Shears 2:10:09, Marianne Stewards 2:18:57,Sandra Gardiner 2:25:22)

3 Striders completed the Wingham 10K, Gavin Malloch was first Strider home in a time of 57:14. (Jackie Austen 1:02:12 and Sheila Malloch 1:08:42).

Other Striders travelled further afield this weekend. Richi Sutehall completed the Shoreham Woods 10k in a time of 58:13. Yvonne Crawford travelled to Yorkshire to complete the Paras 10 mile race in a time of 2:02:10 and Richard Morrison joined Sir Mo in The Great North Run in a 1:52:46 (PB). 3 Striders completed the half marathon distance in Surrey Bacchus, first Strider home was Talita Wigg 3:13:05. (Pamela Ferrell 3:13:06 and Guy Mills 3:09:44)

Cross Country League & Ashford 5 & 10 Mile

Cross Country league
On Saturday the cross country team headed to Sommerhill School in Tonbridge for the second round of the Kent Cross Country league.

Liz Weeks took 3rd overall female out of 190 racers. Jen Simpson placed 42nd and Emily Middleton 65th. Their combined efforts sees the Women’s team placed 14th overall in the league standings.

In the men’s race Gareth Lewis was placed 74th out of 318 he was also 10th in his age category.

 

Ashford 10 mile and 5 mile running race.
On Sunday 28 October 11 members opted for a spooktacular running event.

It was a scenic race based in Ashford at the Towers School. There was a choice of a 5 mile or 10 mile race.

Ollie Pryer impressed with an excellent performance in the 10 mile event taking 8th place overall in 1hr 10mins 42secs. Alison Davey was next Strider home in 1hr 24mins 18secs she was also 13th lady overall. Heather Glass was 3rd back for the team in 1hr 31mins 54secs.

In the 5 mile event 6th lady overall was Katy Jackson in 47mins 42secs. Susannah Ulyatt managed 56mins 6secs and Dave Wood completed the course in 58mins 2secs.

10 mile
Ollie Pryer 1.10.42
Alison Davey 1.24.18
Heather Glass 1.31.54
Sam Hewitt 1.34.40
Davinia Brown 1.36.17
Katrina Potter 1.55.59
Yvonne Crawford 2.03.40

Katy Jackson 47.42
Susannah Ulyatt 56.06
Dave Wood 58.02
Beth Wood 1.03.41

Beachyhead Marathon & 10k

The Striders annual pilgrimage to one of the toughest marathon events took place on Saturday, 27 October.

The Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside.

There is also a 10km off road run for supporters looking for a taste of the Beachy Experience.

The Striders fielded a team of 60 athletes. 50 for the big one and ten in the 10km.

Remarkably bragging rights for first club vest home in both events went to members of the same family.

David Valenti completed the marathon event in a personal best time of 3hrs 52mins 14secs whereas his brother, Richard Valenti stormed the 10km in 49mins 35secs.

In the marathon Gary Spicer was 2nd clubman home in 4hrs 12mins 30secs. Not far behind was Ashley Claridge in 4hrs 19mins 19secs. 4th Strider was Daniel Barnard in a PB of 4hrs 23mins 30secs. Also running his lifetime fastest was Roy Shears in 4hrs 27mins 18secs.

In a strong ladies field it was Rebecca Still taking the honours fit first lady Strider back in 4hrs 45mins 46secs. 2nd to her was Sarah Bradshaw in 4hrs 53mins 21secs. Claire Wright was not far behind her in 4hrs 53mins 22secs. Next past the finish was Karen Seymour in 4hrs 53mins 29secs with Lucy Hewitt nipping at her heels in 5hrs 5mins 50secs.

First lady Strider home in the 10km went to Julie Greene in 1hr 1min 46secs.

Marathon results
David Valenti 3:52:14 PB
Gary Spicer 4:12:30
Ashley Claridge 4:19:19
Daniel Barnard 4:23:30 PB
Roy Shears 4:27:18 PB
Paul Williams 4:31:06
Rosie Williams 4:33:43
Glenn Davies 4:41:42
James Topham 4:41:49
Joe Lovelock 4:45:53
Rebecca Still 4:45:46
Bradley Clayton 4:47:26
Sarah Bradshaw 4:53:21
Claire Wright 4:53:22
Karen Seymour 4:53:29
Mark Ransom 4:56:33
Mick Diddams 4:57:01
Steve Prince 5:03:10
Andy Patching 5:05:49
Lucy Hewett 5:05:50
Paul Bowditch 5:05:50
Phil Robertson 5:11:35
Kellymarie Lywood 5:16:39
Kelly Brett 5:16:39
Craig Ecclestone 5:17:07
Richard Vassiliou 5:21.08 PB
Richard Sutehall 5:28:02
Lisa Duce 5:28:27
Andrew Howes 5:28:56
Gina Woodfine 5:28:57
David Whittley 5.41:30
Jo Branchett 5:43:53
Abby-Gale Bratby 5:49:31
Andrew Thomas 5:49:31
Gavin Malloch 5:56:41
Ron Smith 5:58:47
Kevin Eastop 6:02.38
Clare Eastop 6:02:39
Kent Parker 6.10.02
Nicki Brown 6:20:03
Alison Kite 6:21:11 PB
Michelle Perry 6:42:45
Martine Ingram 6:43:38 PB
Vanessa Patching 6:57:54
Emma Higgins 6:57:52 PB
Annette Lebreton 6:57:52
Helen Shears 6:57:53
Jackie Austin 7:21:48 PB
Lynn Coomber 7:22:05 PB
Sheila Malloch 7:39:42 PB
Wendy Howes 7:39:45
Orla McGaley 7:41:07 PB
Darren James 7:41:07
Cheryl Sieloff 7:41:43
Danielle Smith 8:08:49
Victoria Whittley 8:15:15 PB
Robert Holmes 8:15:41
Peter Harvey 8:15:41
Wendy Knee 8:15:42
Clare Fox 8:48:35 PB
Rachael Robertson Dnf due to injury – completed 16miles in 4 hrs.

10 Km results:
Richard Valenti 0:49:35
Paul Valenti 1:01:44
Julie Greene 1:01:46
Lorraine Neale 1:14:38
Esther Harris 1:14:39
Lesley Osmond 1:15:29
Alison Jarvis 1:17:44
Sally Patching 1:20:58
Robyn Benyon 1:20:58
Brad Thompson 1:23:13 PB

Shorne Woods 5 Mile 2018

Striders travelled on mass to the Shorne Woods 5-mile event held at Shorne Country Park on Sunday, 23 September. They were welcomed with biblical rain, knee deep mud and a suitable bounty of hills to test their talent.

Ollie Pryer was on good form taking 5 th place overall in a field of over 200 runners with David Valenti hot on his heels in 36.07. Glenn Davis was 3 rd Strider home with a 37.43.

Karen Seymour proved her previous week’s good result was no fluke, taking an age group win in 44.05. Alison Davey was just 2 minutes behind in 46.00 with Jan Simpson taking 3 rd lady back for the team in 47.32.

Ollie Pryer 34:22
David Valenti 36:07
Glenn Davies 37:43
Richard Valenti 39:29
Roy Shears 39:37
Ian Gower 40.27
James Topham 42:01
Andy Patching 42:16
Karen Seymour 44:05
Alison Davey 46:00
Jen Simpson 47:32
Simon Brenchley 48:01
James Batchelor 50:42
Gavin Malloch 51:00
Paul Valenti 52:37
Ron Smith 54:50
Sam Hewitt 48:38
Davinia Brown 50:54
Vanessa Patching 58:33
Georgina Higgins 58:35
Emma Higgins 59:25
Helen Shears 59:34
Sheila Malloch 101:23

North Downs 30km 2018

A number of Striders took part in one of the most beautiful but gruelling long distance races on the Kent calendar on Sunday, 24 June. With nearly 600m of hills to climb it’s a very tough event.

Liz Weeks was first back for the team. Her time of 2hrs 26mins saw her take a spot on the podium for 2nd place overall. Elliot Stokes followed in 2hrs 54mins .

Angela Smith was first back for the Strider ladies finishing in 3hrs 48mins, Teresa Watson was not far behind in 3.55.