A busy week for the Sittingbourne Striders

Ashford Podplus 10km – Friday, 18 May 
Chris Mudge ran the Podplus 10km event on Friday, 18 May in Ashford. He completed the 6.2-miles in 43.59 earning him 7 th place. The event was won by Simon Jones in 34.46. 
Harbour Wallbanger – Saturday, 19 May 2018 
Nine Sittingbourne Striders were amongst a sell out field at the Harbour Wallbanger race held on Broadstairs beach on Saturday, 17 May 2018. 
The event, which is promoted by the Thanet Road Runners Club involves a 7km beach run and is a hotly contested affair. 
First Strider home was Kevin Rye in 28.30. The speedy runner took 7 th place overall and was 4 thin his age category of MV40. Next back was Liz Weeks, she also broke the 30-minute mark with a 29.14. This saw her taking the womens race win by some margin and also a trophy for her age group LV35. 
Richard Valenti finished next in 33.25. James Topham completed the course in 34.20 (45 th) with Darren Billing nipping at his heels in 36.11 (63 rd). 
The event was won by Thomas Millard of South Kent Harriers in 25.38. 
Strider results: 
Kevin  Rye 28:30 
Liz Weeks 29:14 
Richard Valenti 33.25 
James   Topham 34:20 
Darren Billing 36:11 
Andrew Patching 36:47 
Paul Valenti 40:54 
Teresa  Watson 42:01 
Annette Lebreton 48.45 
Sally Patching 50:58 
Vanessa Patching 50:58 
Katrina Potter 51.34 
Gina Woodfine 42.00 (short course version) 
Marriane Seaward 42.00 (short course version) 
North Downs Way 50-mile 
Endurance specialist Craig Eccleston took on the North Downs Way 50m race on Saturday 19 May. Known as an ‘ultra-marathon’ he completed to epic course in 11hrs 40-mins 47-secs. This saw him placed 178 th out of 251 with 17 athletes unable to finish the gruelling event. 
Chislehurst half marathon 
Natalie Jimenez travelled to Chislehurst to take on the half-marathon. The strider completed the 13.1-miles in 2.47.23. 
Canterbury 10km, Sunday 20 May 
Dionne Grant and Sam Gillham both took part in the Canterbury 10km. Dionne finished the 6.2-miles in 1.18 and Sam 58.30. Great efforts from both runners. 
Bedgebury buggy run, Sunday 20 May 
Sally Smith travelled to Bedgebury National Pinetum in Goudhurst with her 1-year-old daughter Sophie to take place in the buggy running events 3.2-mile race. The course begins with a lumpy 1-mile climb followed by a rolling 1.5-miles before a leg screaming uphill finish. It was certainly a challenge for all the parents running with their children. 
Sally managed to knock 45-seconds off of her previous race time over the same course to come home in 27.02. 

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