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)

Canterbury Half & Badlesmere 10k

8 Striders braved the heat to run the ‘undulating’ Canterbury Half Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday. Rebecca Still was first strider home with a fantastic time of 1hr 49mins and was 7th female overall.
Sunday saw nearly two dozen Striders in action across Kent. Richard Vassiliou led 8 striders at the Badlesmere 10k, finishing in 56:16. First Lady strider home was Amanda Claridge in 58:51.
Gareth Lewis was the first strider home in the Kent Coastal Half Marathon in a fantastic time of 1:35:18, and the First Lady back was Kirsty Jade Lucas in 2:23:33

Canterbury Half Marathon 26th August
Rebecca Still 01:49:36
Robin Hunter 01:53:41
Richard Vassiliou 02:27:02
Gavin Malloch 02:39:50
Jackie Austin 02:43:02
Vanessa Patching 02:49:37
Emma Chamberlain 03:07:21
Clive Glover 03:09:51

Badlesmere 10k 1st Sep
Richard Vassiliou 00:56:16
Daniel Vassiliou 00:58:10
Amanda Claridge 00:58:51
Jackie Austin 01:04:27
Susannah Ulyatt 01:11:05
Katrina Fisher 01:12:27
Angela Clarke 01:13:27
Victoria Whittley 01:16:28
Eridge Park 10k Trail
Jeff Gardiner 01:47:00
David Whittley 01:58:00

Kenilworth Half Marathon
Emma Penfold 02:07:24

Kent Coastal Half Marathon
Gareth Lewis 01:35:18
William Wakeman 01:54:15
Kirsty Jade Lucas 02:23:33
Sara Cox 02:24:03
Lisanne Tullett 02:32:02
Clive Glover 02:34:51
Talita Wigg 02:35:51
Tracey Jenkins 02:39:02
Katrina Potter 02:44:46
Leeds Castle 10k
Matt Simmons 00:46:22
Matthew Chesson 00:57:33
Lizzie Lowrey 00:58:59

Oysterman Triathlon 2019

500m Sea Swim; 20k Bike & 5k Run 
Lorraine Neale and Sam Harraway represented the Striders at the 5th Oysterman Triathlon in Whitstable. Based in the heart of the town, along the beautiful Tankerton Slopes this unique sprint distance event consists of a 500m sea swim followed by a 20km cycle, finishing with a stunning, flat 5km coastal run. 
Sam crossed the line in a time of 1:31:07 placing her 5th in her age group,157th overall out of 218 entrants. Lorraine finished in a time of 1:34:39, 7th in her age group, 179 overall. 

Blackpool Run the Lights & Mount Ephraim

Joanne Bing headed to Blackpool this weekend to “Run the Lights”. The 10K race took place along the promenade at 9pm and Jo finished in 1.11.

Several Striders ran a little closer to home for the Mount Ephraim 10K. The hilly course wasn’t made any easier with the rain, however, Lee Simpson romped home in an impressive 43.52 followed closely by Jennifer Simpson in 47.42. Matt Simmons followed in 47.43 (PB),  Martin Stevens 53.32, David Whittley 59.02, Jackie Austin 1.03.31 and Louise Marshall 1.13.30. Joanne Priston & Vanessa Hawks crossed the line together in 1.20.32. 

North Downs 100 & Lydd 10k

This was another quiet weekend whilst many of the Striders are on their holidays and not many races are taking place. However some Stiders were undaunted and managed to gain some excellent results. 
Firstly Rebecca Still completed the Lydd 10k in a fantastic personal best of 46:17, and was 2nd female overall and first in her age category. 
Not to be outdone, Elliot Stokes ran the 100 miles North Downs race from Farnham to Ashford, with an elevation of 10,000 feet, in a fantastic time of 25hrs and 48 minutes.

Ironman Hamburg 2019

18 Striders, family & friends travelled to Germany to take part & support @ Ironman Hamburg. This was a record number of entrants into a full distance triathlon for the club for which they were awarded the title of 3rd largest club at the event. With the weather hot a non-wetsuit swim was feared but luckily just avoided for the competitors setting off on the 3.8k swim in the city’s lake Alster.

Out of the swim and transition 1 complete they set off on the 183km fast, flat bike route, not as easy as it sounds with cobbles to negotiate and fierce cross winds to battle against.
The bike and transition 2 complete they just had the 42k run to tackle! The hot afternoon sun was unwelcome but supporting friends and family did all they could to try to keep their tired bodies moving forward to complete the 4 lap course, which took them alongside the lake they had swum in early that morning.

Michal Nowak lead the way from the start and was 1st Strider to cross the line in a time of 10:35:14 which placed him 72nd in his age category and 308th out of a field of 2005 competitors overall.
Neil Hacon was 2nd Strider home in a time of 10:39:38 placing him 26th in his age group and 342nd overall.
Andy Baptie was 3rd Strider to cross the line in a time of 12:18:14 placing him 168th in his age group, 1125th overall. This was Andy’s 1st Ironman.
Lynne Hacon was 1st female Strider home with a new PB of 12:43:14 placing her 10th in her age group and 1328th overall; this was Lynne’s 3rd Ironman.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time for 2 of the Striders who did not manage to complete the course but they are returning to try again next year in true Strider spirit!
Amazing team comradeship and support for each other was shown at every step of the way during the long months of training right up to race day, 7 of whom were taking part in their 1st full distance triathlon. A fantastic achievement for the club.

London Triathlon 2019

A quiet weekend for running races this weekend so all eyes were on the Stiders Triathletes. A team of Striders took part in the Hamburg triathlon (full report next week) and Lorraine Neale represented the club at The London Triathlon at the Excel Centre. Lorraine completed the Olympic distance; a 1500m swim, a 40k cycle race and a 10k run, in the fantastic time of 3:14:15

Owler Half 2019

James Reeves travelled to Lydd to represent the club in the Owler Half Triathlon. Hailed as one of the fastest middle distance triathlons in the South East he set off on the 2 lapped 1.9km swim in Lydd Lake a speedy swim placing him 9th coming out of the water. Onto the bike for a scenic flat 90k bike through Lydd, Brookline and Camber before returning to the lake for the traffic free 21k 2 lapped run. James set a new PB finishing in 5hr 4m & 26s placing him 16th overall out of a field of 63 and 6th in his 35-39 age category.