Race report – 29 September 2019


  • Canterbury parkrun course record for Ian McGilloway
  • Chris Addison finishes half-Ironman Wales
  • 12 Minutes Personal Best (PB) for Vicky Green at Folkestone half-marathon (despite the conditions) 
  • Folkestone ladies take team prize at the Folkestone half-marathon (Vicky Green, Jenny Quinn, Catherine O’Connor) 
  • First and second place at Chilham 10k for Caroline Curtis and Jody Stoakes
  • Hayley Kluczynski’s Disneyland Paris 36k Challenge .

Folkestone half marathon

The Folkestone half-marathon on Sunday 29 September was undoubtedly the most atrocious conditions ever seen.  

Race director Ray Johnson was up at 4am putting together a contingency plan so the race could go ahead, even diverting the course during the run to avoid the waves.  

Everyone who finished smashed it, as there were tales of runners being swept off of their feet and shingle under foot.  There were 7 miles of biblical wind followed by 5 miles of battering waves. This will surely go down in history as a memorable run for years to come. 

Andy Smith: Folkestone half marathon survivor

Vicky Green, our first lady back described that rain as “tiny needles against her face” , so she was relieved on the way back, finding the run ‘fun’ despite running in squelchy shoes. Vicky, Catherine and Jenny brought home the ladies team prize!

Joint first home for Folkestone were Liam Cumber and Jonathan Arana-Morton in chip times of 1:41:11.
Our other runners were:

  • Andy Hadlow 1.47.10
  • Clive Allon 1.49.13
  • Vicky Green 1.49.26 (first Folkestone lady taking an incredible 12 minutes off of her PB)
  • Ian McGilloway 1.49.28.
  • Andrew Smith 1.53.40
  • Jenny Quinn 1.58.17
  • Catherine O’Connor 1.59.25
  • Danielle Ingleston 1.59.26
  • Tony Scott  1.59.41,
  • Diane Parsons 2.04.23
  • Gail Turbutt, 2.10.21
  • Helen Francis 2.26.40
  • Kate Lancefield 2.41.10
  • Kayleigh Cumber 2.57.53    

Chilham Duoathon

The weather was not much better over in Chilham where sprint and standard Duathlon’s were taking place but owing to the wet conditions on the road, the bike legs were shortened for safety reasons.  

Nick Steele, Darren Crew and Richard Fowles braved the elements in the standard Duathlon, running 10k, 18 miles on the bike, and 5k around the castle’s grounds.  The course was muddy windy and undulating.  Nick finished 4th in 2.08.30, Darren 7th in 2.16.36, and Richard 13th in 2.22.46.

Caroline Curtis and Jody Stoakes also battled the wind and in places boggy conditions at Chilham opting to run the 10k. They finished 1st and 2nd respectively in 55.28 and 57.57.

Half-ironman, Wales

Chris Addison completed his first half Ironman. Again, owing to the weather the ‘Mumbles’ course was cut slightly short. Chris exhausted and elated completed the beautiful and challenging course. A huge achievement.

Disneyland Paris 36km challenge

Last week in much dryer conditions Hayley Kluczynski decided to run for a second year in Disneyland Paris.  

Hayley said this year was not about running for a time but the taking part, as she stopped to take lots of photos and loved every minute.  

Hayley ran the 36k challenge running 5k on the Friday night, 10k on the Saturday and a half marathon on the Sunday.



Nicki Goodwin continued her return from injury by running at Folkestone this weekend.

First home for Folkestone this week was Dave Gillett who finished 3rd overall in a time of 18.46.
Our other runners were:

  • Stuart Erskine in 21.17
  • Joe Bruce 21.22
  • Deborah Jeffery 21.40 (first lady)
  • Rob Hill 21.53
  • Nikki Goodwin 22.37
  • Karen Puttock 23.24
  •  Liam Cumber 23.27
  • Tony Scott 23.58
  • Dave Walbrook 24.37
  •  Aldous Hosking 25.37
  • Finlay Taylor 25.39
  • Carolyn Lewis 25.50,
  • Phil Maull 25.51
  • Paul Taylor 26.01
  • Andy Richardson 26.15
  • Gary Brazier 26.37
  • Richard Fowles 27.03
  • Richard Dyer 27.03
  •  Jacob Burvill 28.33
  • Claire Yates 29.28
  • Angela Warren 30.11
  • Linda Robson 31.06

 Other parkruns

Weather conditions on Saturday were thankfully a lot better as Ian McGilloway took advantage and broke the V45 course record at Canterbury parkrun in a time of 17.50.

Trudi Curd was parkrun touring in Huntington running 27.33, whilst overin Bristol not escaping the heavy winds and rain, Ian Merrick ran the Severn bridge parkrun in 21.11.

Meanwhile over at the Squerryes Winery Parkrun, where delicious English sparkling wine is produced, Caroline Curtis finished in 25.15.  

Dan Voller was first finisher at the Walmer and Deal parkrun in 17.40 and Catriona Watts ran 26.05.


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