Lots going on this weekend, it seems that most of the club were out doing something.
We’ll start with the biggest of the events. Karl Gloster has got the Autumn marathon season off to flying start by running a massive PB at the Berlin Marathon. While not quite able to match Kipchoge’s record breaking run, Karl knocked several minutes off his PB and finished in a superb time of 2:37:06.
Back on home turf it was the Folkestone Half Marathon which was hugely successful for the club as we picked up both the men’s and women’s team prizes and lots of PBs and course PBs too.
Proving that age is no barrier, the V55 duo of Steve Male and Krzysztof Klidzia led the club home, both finishing in the top 10. Steve was 7th in 1:18:22 while Krzysztof was 10th in 1:20:58. Ian Merrick was next in 12th position and completing the winning men’s team. He crossed the line in 1:22:22, a massive 4 and a half minute PB.
Nick Bryant knocked 73 seconds off his previous best in a time of 1:30:14 and he was followed home by Josh Pine in 1:33:30, Rob Hill in 1:34:53 and Thomas Murray in 1:37:04. Two massive PBs followed, Martin Murray knocked almost 11 minutes off his in a time of 1:38:47 and Dom Shepherd knocked 7 and a half minutes off his finishing in 1:43:46. Dave Smythe split the two in 1:41:40.
Catherine O’Connor was the first FRC lady to finish and her time of 1:44:04 was a course PB. Then FRC runners came thick and fast, Anh-van Whitby (1:44:59), Christian Gilbert (1:45:37), Richard Fowles (1:49:09) and Louisa Eede (1:49:44) who was first V45, ran a new course PB and also completed the winning lady’s team. Next to conquer the tough finish up Remembrance Hill and the Leas was Phil Maull (1:50:27), Caroline Curtis (1:53:56), Sylwia Tokarska (1:57:40), Paul Hannay (1:58:49) and Diane Parsons (1:58:59) who all broke the 2 hour barrier.
Tony Scott ran 2:06:46 ahead of Rachel Smith, competing in her first half marathon (having never run further than 10 miles before) in a time of 2:07:43. Next was Gary Brazier in 2:08:19, Jenny Quinn (2:08:50), Richard Fairhall (2:10:06), Deborah Parmenter who was 2nd V55 (2:11:56), Rebekah Newton (2:15:39), Debbie Dunham and Collette Windsor running together in 2:16:21 and Denise King who crossed the line in 2:20:41.
This wasn’t the only half marathon taking place. The Four Castles challenge starts at Deal and finishes at Dover via a very tough finish up the steps to the castle at the end. Three FRC runners took part. Vicky Scott completed the course in 1:49:05. Lisa Smith and Kate Lancefield took on the challenge together finishing in 2:36:34 and 2:36:36 respectively.
Up north, John O’Hara took part in the Humber Bridge half marathon who completed the unexpectedly hilly route in 1:59:17.
At Hever Castle, Chris Childs took part in the 10k, finishing in 1:08:28 and 1st in her age category. Meanwhile Karla Larnder completed the Standard Distance Duathlon consisting of a 10.5k run, a 40k bike leg and then a final 4.2k run which she finished in 3:19:02.
The parkrun was on as usual on Saturday morning, well done to Maria Felicetti who recorded a new PB and Tom Bean who was first finisher. Full results below:
Walmer and Deal:
Dave Tyler – 16:49
Henry Axon – 19:23
Amy Owen – 33:40
Karla Larnder – 21:30