Race report: 28 April 2019


  • Ian McGilloway 13 minute PB at London Marathon
  • 2 more marathons for Faith Cowell

London Marathon

Just getting to the start of any marathon is an achievement in itself.  Most athletes embark on a 16 week training programme often with highs and lows on the way.  The work-sleep-run-repeat theme occurs daily whilst juggling family commitments and being tired and hungry become the norm whilst the body gets strong and often lean.

  • Ian McGilloway’s training relationship paid huge dividends as he took a massive 13 minutes off of his previous marathon time to come home in a time of 2.43.12. 
  • Dave Gillett was next for the Club in 2.55.04 clinching that all important sub 3 hour.
  • Phil Hoyland, having recently run in the Brighton marathon, ran 3.12.00. 
  • Chris Woolgar was next home for the club, securing his London 2020 Good for age in 3.39.35.
  • Debbie Jeffery, our championship starter, battling injury ran 3.41.30.
  • Zack Dennis, running his second marathon of the month for MS Society, ran 4:10:08.
  • Aldous Hosking was next in 4.11.06.
  • Pam Moore who also returns from a long break from running following injury ran an amazing 4.14.08.
  • Catriona Watts running for the Kent Association for the Blind ran 4.14.52.
  • Ray Johnson also an ambassador for the Kent Association for the Blind ran 4.31.06. 
  • Julie Gibbs who fundraised for Mind ran 5.02.13 after running the Brighton Marathon only 3 weeks ago!

The London Marathon trip would not have gone smoothly without Sue Elkins who every year organises coach transport taking the pressure off the runners and spectators.

Jumping on the coach this year was:

  • Marie Watson of South Kent Harriers securing her London 2020 good for age in 3.56.57.
  • Kirsty Hogben, also of South Kent Harriers, running her debut in 4.05.46.  
  • Also on the coach and running his debut was Andy Allon in 4.03.13.

As the coach pulled into 3 Hills Sports Park at the end of the day and the cheers for Sue, the spectators and the athletes were heard, the high spirits of the day will no doubt be spoken and dreamt about for a long while.

Events elsewhere

Meanwhile running 2 marathons in 2 days(!!!) was Faith Cowell in the ‘Ranscombe Spring’ and ‘The Rejects’ Saxon Vikings and Normans, Saxon shore events.

At the Bridge 5k on Sunday:

  • Darren Crew was 9th overall in 20.12
  • Jody Stoakes was 10th Lady overall in 26.12
  • Diane Parsons ran 29.01

On Saturday at the Folkestone Parkrun:

  • Dan Voller 18.03
  • Jamie Whitham 19.16
  • Emma Creasey was the first female in 19.50
  • Harrison Matcham on his debut ran a superb time of 20.01
  • Liam Cumber 20.49
  • Chris Addison 20.52
  • Luke Fowles  21.06
  • Rob Hill 21.12
  • Simon Coffey 22.30
  • Stuart Erskine 22.45
  • Richard Fowles 23.27
  • Tony Scott  23.32
  • Vicky Scott 24.30
  • Clive Allon 25.15
  • Andy Richardson 25.17
  • John O’Hara 25.38
  • Neil Adams 26.16
  • Hazel Green 26.22
  • Rupert Howell 27.30
  • Richard Dyer 28.25
  • Debra Moran 30.48
  • Louise Fowler 31.27
  • Paul James 31.43
  • Diane Parsons 33.20
  • Nicola James  37.51

Linda Robson flew the Folkestone flag at Darlington South parkrun in a time of 36.03

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