Striders were out in force at The Island Run 10k on Sunday, a course which was an out and back along the seafront towards Minster. Gareth Lewis was first strider home in an impressive time of 40mins and 5 seconds, he also won the male V50 category. Next Strider home was Scott Simpson in 40mins and 35 seconds. Jen Simpson was 2nd lady overall and first lady strider home with a PB of 43 mins and 25 seconds. Gareth, Scott and Jen won the team prize for the race.
Bradley Clayton took on the huge challenge of completing the Centurion Running Thames Path 100 mile Ultra with a fantastic time of 24 hours, 45 mins and 37 seconds. He finished 131st out of 225 finishers.
Elliot Stokes raced The Dragon 100k Coastal Race coming in 3rd place in 13.32.18, beating last years time by over 3 hours.
Thanet Road Club 10 mile
Striders flocked to the Alan Green memorial 10 mile road race held on Sunday, 2 December.
The flat course starting at Westgate Pavillion potentially could offer the runners personal best times but the strong headwind on the course left the team battling to the finish line.
Ollie Pryer was in the top 20 recording a time of 1hr 10mins 1sec. He was closely followed by David Valenti in 1hr 10mins 39secs. 3rd clubman home was James Reeves who crossed the finish line in 1hr 12mins 29secs.
Jennifer Simpson was first club lady home in 1hr 20mins 5secs. Rebecca Still was hot on her heels in 1hr 23mins 21secs with Karen Seymour just 2mins behind in 1hr 25mins 8secs.
Ollie Pryer 1:10:01
David Valenti 1:10:39
James Reeves 1.12.29
Glenn Davies 1.14.16
James Topham 1.16.24
Jennifer Simpson 1.20.05
Mick Diddams 1.20.51
Rebecca Still 1.23.21
Karen Seymour 1.25.08
Andrew Patching 1.25.56
David Whittley 1.30.55
Sam Hewitt 1.31.21
Davinia Brown 1.35.54
Heather Glass 1.36.04
Ronald Smith 1.38.03
Gavin Malloch 1.40.49
Jackie Austin 1.44.09
Alison Kite 1.47.41
Yvonne Crawford 1.58.57
Emma Higgins 1.59.32
Helen Shears 1.59.34
Sheila Malloch 2.00.39
Susannah Ulyatt 2.01.38
Wendy Howes 2.03.40
Victoria Whittley 2.08.14
Liz to represent county
Liz Weeks has been selected to run for Kent after an excellent early season of cross country.
The Strider, who is also a personal trainer, will join other speedy ladies as part of team Kent, as they go forward into the regional championships.
Alison Davey picked up a podium at the Reindeer run held at Chatham Dockside on Sunday.
Alison was 3rd overall in the ladies event with a time of 27mins 41secs.
Emma Penfold also ran with a time of 35mins 24secs. Robyn Benyon completed the 5km in 38min and Denise Grant finished in 39mins 24secs.
Alison Davey – 27.41 3 rd lady
Emma Penforld – 35.24
Robyn Benyon – 38.00
Denise Grant – 39.24
Darren Billing took on the half marathon distance at Betteshanger on Sunday. The Strider completed 13.1 miles in 2hrs 4mins 4secs.
Bradley Clayton and Paul Bowditch completed the Hurtwood 50km challenge on Sunday. The pair stayed together and both finished in 6hrs 32mins.
Rebecca Still got the weekend off to a good start for the Sittingbourne Striders when she ran in the Brecon Beacon Marathon on Saturday, 17 November.
The off-road event takes in the climb of Pen Y Fan, which is the highest peak in South Wales. It is an event for the fittest and toughest endurance athletes, however this did not put off Rebecca who dug deep and kept going round the 26.2-miles to finish in a time of 6hrs 2mins 58secs.
After the event she was thrilled to learn she had taken 15th place in a very strong field of women.
On Sunday, 18 November four Striders travelled to Marden to take part in the 10km running race which has become a popular event on the running calendar.
The flat course draws runners for its PB potential and the four Striders ladies all put in excellent performances.
First back was Emily Middleton in 54mins 12secs. She was closely followed by Amanda Claridge in a personal best time of 55mins 7secs. Jackie Austin was hot on her heels in 58mins 50secs with Jo Bing not far behind in a time of 1hrs 7mins 49secs.
Wendover Woods 50
Endurance experts Craig Eccleston, Bradley Clayton and Paul Bowditch took on an epic challenge by completing the Wendover Woods 50-mile event in Aylesbury on Saturday, 17 November.
Unfortunately despite completing similar events in the past Craig did not finish this time.
However his Strider teammates put in exceptional performances to both finish in 13hrs 10mins, which demonstrates both their strong will and fitness!
Emma Penfold, Rachel Donaldson, Bradley Clayton and Craig Eccleston took part in the Ranscombe Ramble. This involves repeatedly running a 3.7-mile circuit and seeing how far you can get. The ladies managed 15-miles with the gents both stopping at 50km.
Carrying all that was needed to survive days in the beautiful Alps on his back, Ultra Strider Craig Eccleston took on the UTMB CCC a 101km ultra run that forms part of the Ultra Trail World Tour. Despite the harsh conditions Craig managed to complete a quarter of the race covering 6600ft of elevation over 17 miles but even with this sterling effort he was unable to meet the next time check missing it by only 15 minutes. An amazing achievement to even make the start line of such a prestigious race, Craig says he will be back to tackle the Alps again!
Spitfire Scramble 24hr Race : 15th – 16th July 2017
The Spitfire Scramble is a 24-hour multi-terrain relay or solo race. Entrants can run on their own or in teams of two to eight. The runners set off on their first 5.9 mile lap at midday on the Saturday and continue through the night until midday the next day. Solo runners are able to rest, if required, team runners must have a runner on course at all times.
2 Striders decided to take on London’s only 24hr trail race:
Alison Davey was part of a team of 5 ladies ‘Laughing Ladies of Essex & Kent’ winning their 3-5 category. Alison ran 6 of the 30 laps completed by her team in a total time of 24hrs 38s.
Craig Eccleston was in the minority tackling the event solo, he completed 7 laps which took him to just under the 40 miles mark in a time of 14hrs 59m 11s.
Bradley Clayton took on his first ultra the NDW50, a 50 mile point to point run along the North Downs Way National Trail from Farnham in Surrey to Knockholt Pound on the outskirts of Greater London. Total Climb 5,600ft which he successfully completed in a time of 10hrs 36m 38s placing him 114th out of 221 overall that finished from the original 366 entrants.
Nick Gallavin took part in the Montane® Spine Race which is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. A truly epic challenge that tests participants physical resilience and mental fortitude. Racing non-stop along the most iconic trail in the UK, the 268 mile pennine way in under 7 days he completed it in 157:39:43, a little over 6 1/2 days experiencing the full intensity and ferocity of the british winter.
Nick has raised £2765 for the Loose Swiss Scout Group so far, if you would like to help get young people out there having great adventures you can help him by donating on his fundraising page: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nickgallavin
Event: High Weald Challenge 50k Ultra Trail
Date: 25th September 2016
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Bradley Clayton and Craig Eccleston took on the High Weald Challenge a 50k (33m) ultra trail run taking in the beautiful undulating Sussex countryside including the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge from Winne the Pooh. Bradley taking part in his first Ultra and first event post Ironman in August, crossed the line in 6h 21m 30s placing him 40th in the field of 88 runners, this was Craig’s 3rd ultra event this year finishing in 6h 50m 47s placing him 63rd overall of those who managed to complete the event in the 8 hour cut off time.
Event: Race to the Stones
Date: 16/17th July 2016
Location: Lewknor to Avebury
Four Striders took part in the Race to the Stones 100k ultra challenge, two of them choosing to do the distance non stop and two of them choosing the two day option. The event takes the runners along The Ridgeway, taking in breath-taking scenery and famous landmarks along what is described as Britain’s oldest road, running from the Chilterns in Oxfordshire to the North Wessex Downs.
Andy Baptie and Rachel Ward took on the 2 day challenge of covering 100km over 2 days; Andy and Rachel came over the line hand in hand in a time of 14hrs 29mins 6secs placing them 116/117 out of 638 entrants. Stuart Bing and James Pamplin completed the 100k nonstop event also putting in the same time of 20hrs 36mins 42secs. Full Results.
The Ridgeway is recognised as the oldest path in the UK. Along it’s length you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers, Roman river crossings and culminates in the largest neolithic stone circle complex in Europe at Avebury. When you travel its length you can understand why people have trodden this path for so long. It is truly beautiful.
The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields of wheat before the iconic finish where you will walk between the towering standing stones of Avebury. It is also one of the most accessible long distance routes as it is just over an hour outside London and so the challenge you can focus on is the 100km, not a 9-hour drive to the middle of nowhere to get there!