Folkestone Half Marathon

On Sunday, the club had some excellent performances in the 10th running of the Folkestone Half marathon. Starting along the Leas in Folkestone, the course took the runners out along the seafront to Sandgate, and once the runners turned for the run back to the finish in Folkestone, they had to battle against a strong headwind. Jon Wells was first home for the club as he finished in 31st place and a new pb in a time of 1:33:37. Anthony Brown was close behind as he finished 37th in his debut half marathon in a time of 1:35:36. Keith Haynes came home as the 6th male vet40 as he finished 49th overall in a time of 1:38:07. Dexter Hogben put in a strong finish to set a new pb in 1:39:06. Rhian Shrimplin came home in 1:55:04 and Danyel Giles in 1:59:04. Toby Calnan finished in 2:05:46 and making his debut in a half marathon, Andrew Smith came home in 2:26:43. Photos of the day can be found here!

Rik Holden made the long trip to Germany on Sunday to take part in the world famous Berlin Marathon. In a large field of over 41,000 runners, Rik came home in an excellent time of 3:34:13. Ingvild Firth also ran the Windsor Half marathon on Sunday in a time of 2:01:56.

Steve Hickman completed his 114th marathon last Wednesday as he ran the Tolkien marathon. Run along the Samphire Hoe Nature reserve, Steve came home 6th in a time of 4:31:39. Steve was also busy over the weekend as he ran 3 races as part of the South East Fell Running championship on the Isle Of Wight. On Saturday morning Steve ran a 3 mile race from Ventnor sea front to the highest point on the island, Boniface Down, finishing in 30:02. That was shortly followed in the afternoon by a 7 mile race again to Boniface Down with Steve finishing in a time of 1:32:19. Sunday saw Steve run a hilly Half Marathon course around Ventnor in a time of 2:25:10.