Windy Lydd and Funky Pants Mud


  • Men’s team win Lydd Half
  • Parkrun PB for Oliver Collier


Runners at the the Lydd Half and 20 mile race on Sunday had to battle the winds and the water hazards this year and the men’s half marathon team secured the team prize for the third year in a row. 

Half Marathon

First back for the club in 6th place overall and coming 1st in the V45 was Ian McGilloway in 1:20:13. He was followed by Stuart Erksine in a PB of 1:28:33 in 21st place and Torben Jesson returning from injury with 1:32:31 to complete the winning men’s team. Paul Bartlett had a storming run to finish with a PB of 1:32:57, narrowly missing out on a team trophy. Torben (MV55), Vicky Scott (FV35) and Catherine O’Connor (FV50) all finished second in their age category.

Complete Folkestone results; Ian McGilloway 1:20:13, Stuart Erskine 1:28:33, Torben Jessen 1:32:31, Paul Bartlett 1:32:57, Vicky Scott 1:44:49, Mark Weight 1:49:55, Tara Baker 1:51:14, Catherine O’Connor 1:55:14, John O’Hara 2:03:12, Faith Cowell 2:18:21

Winning men’s team at the Lydd Half Marathon: Stuart Erskine, Ian McGilloway and Torben Jessen (Photo: Paul Bartlett)

20 Mile

Folkestone runners put in some solid performance in tough conditions with many using the race as part of their marathon preparations. First back for the club was Rob Huish 2:33:53 followed by Chris Addison 2:35:09 , Ian Merrick 2:37:56 , Christopher Woolgar 2:47:18 3, Andrew Hadlow 2:54:29 , Hazel Green 2:57:59 , Anthony Scott 3:02:51 , Andrew Smith 3:04:42 , Kirsty Wilson 3:07:10 , Victoria Green 3:08:27 , Diane Parsons 3:10:32 , Ivana Collier 3:27:03 , Marie Brazier 3:27:03 , Gary Brazier 3:32:14 , Malcolm Gibbs 3:34:59 , Julie Gibbs 3:54:13 , Kate Lancefield 3:58:54.

Chris Woolgar managed to finish third in the MV65 age category.

SVN Funky Pants Challenge

Trudi Curd and Catriona Watts took on the very hilly and muddy Funky Pants marathon in Kingswood, Ashford on Sunday. It was slow going but they ran with a great bunch of people and were still smiling at the end. Catriona finished 2nd lady and 5th place overall.

Trudi Curd and Catriona Watts after the Funky Pants Challenge

Parkrun Cup

It was another busy morning of parkrun cup action as plenty more of the first round ties got settled this morning.

Anthony Scott set a target of 103.5 today against Carolyn Lewis and did enough to go through with Carolyn scoring 95.9 in response.

Completing her first parkrun since having Ava just before Christmas Kirsty Gardiner scored 86.1, so will take her new time into the B competition, with Tristan Bruce going through with a score of 99.1.

Derek Matcham could do no more as he hit a big score of 103.3, but unfortunately for him, Mark Weight scored higher to go through with a score of 109.9.

Ivana Collier got around the course today with a score 85.9, whilst her opponent Helen Francis was able to hit 102.9 to progress.

There was a close tie between Kate Matthews and Victoria Green. Kate scored 99.0, but Vicky snuck through with a score of 100.7.

In the final tie today Aldous Hosking scored 96.0, but unfortunately for him it was not enough to defeat Joe Bruce who scored 101.0.

Parkrun round up

Phil Hoyland was first back for the club continuing his return from injury and finishing third overall, with Deborah Jeffery 3rd lady overall. Full results:

Phil HOYLAND 18:01, Joe BRUCE 18:53, Nick STEELE 19:02, David GILLETT 19:06, Tristan BRUCE 19:28, Derek MATCHAM 19:34, David WEEKES 20:32, Ian MERRICK 21:09 , 3 Deborah JEFFERY 21:55, Oliver COLLIER 22:18, Anthony SCOTT 22:30, Rob COLLIER 22:33, Rob HUISH 23:24, Victoria GREEN 24:04, Stuart ERSKINE 24:15, David WALBROOK 24:26, Aldous HOSKING 24:44, Clive ALLON 25:09, David RODACAN 25:59, Catherine O’CONNOR 26:04, Paul BARTLETT 26:05, Andrew RICHARDSON 26:06, Tim WARREN 26:34, Carolyn LEWIS 26:36, Marie BRAZIER 26:46, Deirdre COOMBS 26:51, Diane PARSONS 27:06, Ivana COLLIER 28:59, John O’HARA 29:38, Helen FRANCIS 29:39, Trudi CURD 30:31, Kirsty GARDINER 31:14, Malcolm GIBBS 36:32, Nicola JAMES 38:39, Julie GIBBS 46:37

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