The Dopey Challenge – Stephen Lewis – January 2019

Stephen Lewis at The Dopey Challenge January 2019

On January 6th, Stephen Lewis, along with tens of thousands of other runners flocked to Walt Disney World, Orlando, USA to participate in the annual Marathon Weekend.  This consists of five races, the kids one mile race, the 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon, with all races going through at least one of Disney World Theme Parks.  They are unique races where the focus is not just about time but having fun, many characters are out on the course with opportunities to stop and catch a photo … [Read more...]

The Chicago Marathon – October 2018

Report by Angela Wade On 7th October 2018 Angela Wade and Stephen Lewis completed the 41st Chicago Marathon.  It was an early start and the dark morning was raining as runners made their way to Grant Park for the start.  Stephen was in the first wave which set off at 7.30 (took him 9.49 minutes to cross the line) after the national anthem was sung.  Angela was in the third wave, which started at 8.30 and it took her 12.10 minutes to cross the start line. The rain had eased for about an … [Read more...]

Kent Cross Country Championships – December 2017

Report by Angela Parker On Saturday 2nd December 2017 Ian McGilloway and Angela Wade went to Dartford to take part in the Kent Veterans Cross Country Championships hosted by Dartford Harriers. The race for Ladies (all age categories), Men’s 60-69 and M70+ started at 12 noon, the race that Angela was in and the Men’s 40-49 started at 12.45 which Ian took part in. The course was a typical cross country course with plenty of hairpin turns, contraflows, woodland tracks, short steep … [Read more...]

BMW Berlin Marathon – September 2017

Report by Angela Parker I woke up on the morning of the marathon before 6am and it was pouring with rain. The Friday and Saturday in Berlin had been lovely and warm days, not fair. By the time I had left the Hotel at 8am to make my way to the start at Tiergarten, it had eased to drizzle. The start area was very well set up. I cannot fault it. There were three waves and I was in the third wave. Each wave was set by the expected time of finish and the third wave was for those finishing … [Read more...]

The LWDA 18 and 32 Mile Challenge – August 2017

Report by Angela Parker On Saturday 26th August 2017 some of the DRR members took on the 18 and 32 miles White Cliffs Challenge organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA). Despite the organiser’s name, runners were welcome and run we did. Gary and Michele Barnes, Jo Daniels, Angela Parker, Claire and Ben Thurgate took on the 18 miles challenge and Neil Coleman ran the 32 miles challenge. The start of the bank holiday weekend was not its usual weather wise. The day was a … [Read more...]

London Marathon 2017 – Race Report

Angela - London Marathon 2017

   Report by Angela Parker, April 2017 I was at the blue start.  I arrived about 08.30 from Orpington, where we were staying, via London Bridge.  It was a nippy morning and the start area had water as well as tea and coffee facilities.  There was a big screen relaying the morning’s events.  The only DRR member that I saw there was Gem.  I handed in my bag on the lorry and made my way to the start zone.  I abandoned my outer clothing for charity and ran across the start line 10 minutes and 43 … [Read more...]

New York Marathon 2016

Angela & Elaine at the New York Marathon 2016

Report by Angela Parker and Elaine Ellender It is 4.30am on Sunday 6th November 2016 and we could not be more blessed with a better day for running the New York Marathon.  The morning was cool and predicted temperatures were for the mid-teens or high fifties depending on whether you prefer Celsius or Fahrenheit.  And they were not wrong.  The sun shone and the air was warm as we ran. After breakfast in Danny’s next door to our hotel, which was the Edison on 47th and 7th, we got on the … [Read more...]

A snapshot of what DRR members have been up to over Christmas!


Lots of activity over the last couple of weeks as follows: On Sunday 20th December a 19 strong team of Dover Road Runners took part in the 10th Kent Christmas Cracker  5 mile race at Fowlmead. Excellent times were recorded as below: Warren Uden finished 12th overall in a superb time of 32.09 followed by Neil Coleman in an excellent time of 37.20. Jo Daniels led the ladies home in a great time of 38.54 (1st in age category) and was followed by great runs from Ben Thurgate 39.13; Odette … [Read more...]

Viking Coastal Relay Sunday 27th September 2015. Report by Sylvia Barrett

On Sunday 27th September members of Dover Road Runners gathered at Dover Leisure Centre ready to take part in the annual Viking Coastal Relay in memory of Esma Harris. Teams of 3 prepared to run in a relay style fashion handing over approximately every 2.5 miles from Dover to the Viking Ship at Pegwell Bay. All Teams had a great run on a really bright sunny day around some of Kent's most beautiful coast line. 6 teams in all completed the race . First team home consisted of Carson Medhurst, … [Read more...]