There may be a chill in the air and rain clouds overhead, but that didn’t stop the Sittingbourne Striders this weekend. With runners competing in races at home in Kent, in Oxfordshire and down in the South — even across the Channel — there were plenty of great achievements to write home about.
Both Katrina Fisher and Anne Smith, coming in neck-and-neck with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 7 seconds, completed the 10K in Tonbridge, while Jackie Austin, Talita Wigg, Louise Marshall and Suzy Saunders smashed the 10 miles down on the south coast for the Great South Run. This was Suzy’s first-ever 10-mile run, which she completed in a fantastic 1 hour, 55 minutes and 3 seconds.
Putting in the distance along the Thames, Striders Kieran Conway and William Wakeman tackled the Abingdon Marathon, crossing the line at 3 hours, 34 minutes and 27 seconds and 4 hours, 7 minutes and 3 seconds respectively.
Rounding off this week’s achievements along the historic canals of the Dutch capital, and representing the Striders on the Continent, Sam Lewis took on the Amsterdam Marathon and will be heading home with another medal and the superb time of 3 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds under his belt.
All in all, a great show of grit and stamina from the Sittingbourne Striders this weekend. Congratulations to all!