Morgan’s elite triathlon qualification and parkrun records tumble


  • Morgan West on his way to qualifying for the British Junior Elite Super series 
  • Parkrun PB for young Abigail Smith in the Junior 10 category running with her Dad 
  • Torben Jessen takes VM 55-59 Walmer and Deal parkrun course record in a time of 18.16
  • Joe Bruce smashed the Junior Male 11-14 record in a time of 18.29

It was a quiet weekend for Folkestone although Morgan West took part on Sunday 31 March in a British triathlon performance assessment in Loughborough which acts as qualification to the British Juniors Elite Super Series throughout the year.  Morgan finished 10th overall achieving the 800 m swim in 9.23, the 20km bike in 28.36 (fastest of all) and 5k in 18.18 hopefully well on his way for team selection.  We all wish him lots of luck.

Meanwhile on Saturday at the Folkestone parkrun, Dave Gillett finished third  in a time of 17.42, Jamie Whitham was next home in a time of 18.18, Dan Voller 18.23, Phil Hoyland 20.38, Stuart Erskine 22.09, Chris Woolgar 23.22, Vicky Scott 23.28, Andy Richardson 24.00, Tony Scott  24.07, Catherine O’ Connor 24.18, Ellie Hayes 24.24, Clive Allon 24.41, Malcolm Gibbs 24.53, John O’Hara 24.55 Phil Maull 25.13, Kirsty Wilson 25.30, Luke Fowles 25.35, Carolyn Lewis 25.40, Catriona Watts 26.12, Kirsty Gardiner 26.24, Neil Adams 26.53, Julie Gibbs 27.31, Richard Dyer 27.57, Linda Robson 28.08, Richard Fowles 28.09, Gary Brazier 28.11, Abigail Smith 28.21 pb  Andrew Smith 28.22, Debra Moran 29.55, Paul James 31.19, Louise fowler 31.40, Kate Lancefield 38.00, Lisa Smith 38.01, Lynsey Tighy 38.51 and Alfie Lancefield 44.32

Parkrun touring saw Caroline Curtis run 23.40 at Hoblingwell, Stephen Male was the first finisher at the Canterbury parkrun in a time of 18.26 but over in Walmer and Deal, Torben Jessen stole the VM 55-59 record in a time of 18.16 and Joe Bruce smashed the Junior Male 11-14 record in a time of 18.29 whilst Dad Tristan Bruce ran 18.54    

Marathon season gets underway next week.  Folkestone Running club have a staggering 42 runners taking part in 10 different marathons.  Manchester kicks off next week followed by Charing, thenBrighton, Boston (UK), Paris, London, Milton Keynes, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and finally, Liverpool.  For most this has meant 16 weeks of training during the cold wet and very windy winter. The hard work has been completed and all that is left is to wish everyone the best of luck.

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