by Caroline Curtis
EDF Lydd 10K
Too hot really for racing on Sunday saw the launch of the EDF Lydd 10k run by Nice work. A flat fast course, runners battled the hot conditions with some fine performances. First home for Folkestone, was Richard Fowles who decided (like you do), to cycle to Lydd beforehand. With just 10 minutes to spare before the start Richard pulled out of the bag a 50.27 run. A tremendous effort, before cycling home, although he did have 2 breakfasts as a reward! Next home was Tony Scott in 53.50 with Jenny Quinn not too far behind and although she admitted the race was too hot ran a very respectable time of 54.42
East Peckham 10K
Meanwhile, over in East Peckham Ian McGilloway and Vicky Green also arrived just 10 minutes before the start following a nightmare journey as the M20 was closed with all traffic being diverted. Despite arriving by the skin of their teeth, Ian clearly not perturbed by the motorway madness finished 3rd in a time of 35.10. Vicky also flew round the course in a time of 52.22 saying it was ‘boiling hot’
Prudential Ride London
The Prudential Ride London has been taking place this weekend. Thousands took to the streets of London passing iconic landmarks like the tower of London and Trafalgar square riding to Surrey and back, choosing either, a 100 or 46 mile, course. Andrew Smith cannot keep away from the 100 mile distance as yet again, this year, finished another 100 miles in 5:55:55. He said “it was lucky that he happens to like the number 5”. Darren Crew newish to cycling entered the 46 mile challenge, the longest distance he has ridden. Delighted with his time of 2:19.16 surely means cycling will stay a top alternative as a ‘cross train’ for Folkestone running club members as we see a few more people taking to the saddle. Darren hopes to enter the 100 miler next year.
Saturday as usual was park runday. The club’s parkrun challenge continued with Gail Turbutt beating her component in 103.1. Catherine-Anne Curtis ran 103.1. Caroline Curtis 95.3 was edged out by Karen Puttock who scored 96.1, whilst David Tyler has set a tough target to beat with 102.6 for Ivana Collier.
The rest of the Folkestone results were:
1st and overall first finisher was a welcome return by Andrew Fletcher in 17.31, Dave Gillet just 3 seconds behind was next in 17.34. Dave Tyler with a new pb ran 17.41, Nick Steele 17.48, Torben Jessen 18.48, James Witham 19.26, Emma Crease and first lady was 19.37, Stuart Erskine 19.44, Liam Cumber 20.07, Chris Woolgar 22.02, Kristy Wilson 22.21 Rob Hill 22.30, Karen Puttock 23.16, Gail Turbutt 23.24 new pb, Caroline Curtis 23.35, Catherine O’Connor 24.04, David Rodacan 24.35, Carolyn Lewis 25.29, Richard Dyer 25.40, Richard Fowles 26.26, Anthony Scott 26.38, Catriona Watts 26.56, Hazel Green 26.57, Gary Brazier 28.05, Luke Fowles 28.46, Claire Yates 30.20, Kristy Gardiner 31.33, Kayleigh Camber 32.35 new pb, Diane Parsons 33.04, Alfie Lancefield 33.15 new pb, Kate Lancefield 33.28, Catherine Anne Curtis 33.47, Linda Robson 36.38, Julie Gibbs 40.57
Over at Hackney Marsh parkrun Dave Walbrook ran 24.00 and at Walmer and Deal, Deborah Jeffery was second lady in 21.21