A big well done to the eighteen Folkestone runners who turned out to support the club on Saturday in the first leg of the Kent Cross Country League held at Swanley park. First to race was Nico Pedrazas making his debut in the Under 13 Boys event, finishing well in 35th place. The Under 15 Girls team of Emma and Jenny Clayton and Sylvie Brown continued their successes of the 2021/2022 season by finishing in 15th, 20th and 24th place respectively which resulted in the team being placed 5th overall.
George Rigby completed the junior entries for the club, finishing strongly in 49th place in the Under 15 boys event.
Grahame Eke was first to race in the Senior/Vets events completing the Vet 70 race in 14th place.
In the Senior Womens race, Nikki Goodwin led the team home in 24th place followed by Caroline Curtis, 73rd, Jenny ‘Twiggy’ Quinn in 101st and Amy Owen in her first league race in 107th. The team finished in 12th place.
The final event of the day was the Senior Mens race with a large Folkestone contingent taking part. In an exciting battle of team mates, Stephen Male just had the edge over Henry Axon finishing in 46th place over Henry’s 48th. Henry was closely followed by race debutant, Andy Wright finishing well in 58th place. Andy was followed by Nick Steele in 129th, Ian Mc Gilloway in 163rd, Dave Smyth 193rd, Joseph Carroll 194th and Neil Trett in 205th. The team finished in 9th overall.
The next fixture is in two weeks at Tonbridge.
A link to the full results is below
Also on Saturday, two FRC runners took on the Bournemouth Run to the Sea (50km) Ultramarathon from Moors Valley Country Park, via Poole finishing in Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth. Stuart Spinks was the first club runner back in a time of 04:44:24 in 39th place out of 321 finishers with Phil Maull coming in close behind in 50th place with a time of 4:57:38
Along the coast, in Portsmouth, four FRC Runners ran the Great South Run. Ian Merrick was the first back for the club in a time of 01:01:49 smashing his previous Great South Run time by 7 mins 40. Following him in was Darren Crew in a time of 01:06:55 another Great South Run PB by 27 seconds and only 11 seconds off of a PB for this distance. Next in for the club was Jody Stoakes with a time of 01:19:20 and an amazing new PB with 4 minutes off her previous best time, and Darren Philip in 01:24:12.
In Chelmsford John O’Hara ran the Chelmsford Marathon in 04:31:09, and Ron Bell ran the Chelmsford Half-Marathon in a time of 01:47:33.
At the same time in Amsterdam, Jane Wren ran the Amsterdam Marathon in a new PB time of 04:05:10 (knocking 32 minutes off of her previous marathon PB time), while Alan Randall ran the Amsterdam Half-Marathon in a time of 01:53:45.
Closer to home on Sunday were the Port Lympne 5k and 10k races.
In the 5k race, Jordan Dixon finished first female in a time of 24:21 with Karla Larnder the second female in a time of 25:22.
In the 10k race, Henry Axon finished in first place in a time of 40:02, with Daran Wild coming in as the first Vet 50 male in a time of 45:58. They were followed by Dominic Shephard 48:49, Vicky Scott who was the second Vet 35 Female in a time of 49:32, Amy Owen 01:02:07, Seanne Cordes 01:07:00
In this weeks Parkruns:
Simon Coffey 23:21
Diane Parsons 25:21
Joe Bruce (2nd place overall) 17:02, Tristan Bruce 19:13
In first place overall was Daniel Voller 18:21, Followed by James Springett 21:37, Martin Murray 22:48, Kevin Whitby 22:54, Louisa Eede 23:13, Rob Hill 23:30, Hazel Green 23:31, Henry Axon 23:41, Paul Bartlett 24:12, Anthony Scott 24:17, Stuart Erskine 24:59, David Botting 25:27, Catherine O’Connor 25:47, Ivana Collier 25:48, Deirdre Coombs 26:57, Gary Brazier 27:38, Kirsty Gardiner 28:07, Hayley Turrell 28:34, Richard Dyer 28:36, Amy Owen 30:17, Emily Lancefield 38:32, Kate Lancefield 38:42.
Walmer and Deal Seafront Parkrun
Andrew Tremain 25:31
Seaford Beach Parkrun
Ian Merrick came 2nd in a time of 19:03
Deborah Jeffery was the 1st woman back in a time of 24:09
Amsterdam Bos Parkrun
Alan Randall 26:21