There’s been a lot going on this weekend for FRC despite the wintery weather.  

To escape the wind and rain Caroline Curtis and Brent Parker flew all the way to sunny Cyprus to take part in the 4 day challenge.   This event is held annually, set in the Paphos and Akamus mountain region of Cyprus.    They didn’t quite avoid the weather!!  Day 1 is a 5k time trial and the wind and rain were relentless during the run, giving them a very wet start to the weekend!!Thankfully the weather improved and Day 2 was an 11k thigh testing downhill start and over 1000 feet of climbs!  Day 3 was a brutal 21k which included over 1,700 feet of climbing but the breath taking scenery at the top was very rewarding and made it all worthwhile! The weekend was finished off by the Day 4 Paphos 10k.  All in all a challenging but highly enjoyable weekend.

Also jetting off, this time for an autumn marathon, was Ian Merrick.  Ian took part in the 2022 Florence Marathon and finished 183rd out of 7,500 runners with an amazing and well deserved 1-hour PB time of 2:56:58

On Sunday Stephen Male took part in the British Masters 10 Mile Championship. He finished   First Vet 55 Male in an amazing time of 57:13.  

In Glasgow, Pam Allon ran the November MO RUN Glasgow 10k, coming first in her FV50 age category with a time of 50:05.

Diane Parsons and Catherine Clipstone went up to London and took part in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k. Diane Parsons ran a PB time of 49:52 and secured 1st FV45.  Catherine Clipstone also secured herself the 1st FV50 category in a time of 51:27

A bit closer to home was Dominic Shepherd who came first place in the extremely hilly Land of Hope & Glory 10k in a time of 59:58  This was Day 2 of a 10 day series of races held around the Dover and Samphire Hoe area by Saxons, Vikings and Normans.

This Saturday also saw another great turn out for the club in the last Kent Cross Country League race for this year, held at Foots Cray, Sidcup.  This completes the competition for Juniors and Vet 70 men but for the Senior Men and Women there is one more fixture next February.

Nico Pedrazas in the Under 13 Boys event was first to race, finishing in the top half of the field in 33rd place. He also finished in the top half for the season in 40th place after completing three out of the four races.  Emma Clayton continued her strong performances in the Under 15 girls’ competition by finishing in a fantastic 9th place and was ranked in 6th place overall after the four races. This was the icing on the cake after being selected to run for Kent in the forthcoming Inte-rcounties. Twin sister Jenny who did not race yesterday, finished in 45th place after competing in two events. Sylvie Brown finished in 54th place overall after taking part in one race earlier in the season.  George Rigby finished in 86th place overall for the season in the Under 15 Boys event after completing one race at Swanley. %%sep%%In the Vet 70 race Grahame Eke finished his season in 12th place on the day and was ranked 10th overall after four races. Malcolm Gibbs was placed 17th after racing in one fixture.  The Under 17 men were next to race with Joe Bruce continuing his fine performances by finishing in 4th place followed by Oliver Collier in 21st place.  Joe’s final ranking for the season was 12th after completing three races.  Joe will also be joining Emma representing the county at Horspath for the Inte-rcounties.  Oliver after completing two races finished in 31st place for the season. The final race of the day was the Senior Mens event with Krzysztof Klidzia leading the Folkestone men home in in a strong field finishing in 56th place.   Andy Wright followed Krzysztof in 60th place in another fine run in his first league season.   Rob Collier was next to finish in 84th, Tristan Bruce in 95th, Nick Steele 116th, Paul Bartlett in 142nd and Alan Randall in 213rd. The team finished in 10th place out of 20 teams on the day and are currently sitting in 10th

This weeks Parkrun Results  –

Ashford – Karla Larnder – 1st Lady – 22.19 

Folkestone – Simon Ramsay – 3rd Man – 18:15, Jacob Henwood 20:58, Linnaea Stockall 22:04, Deborah Jeffery 22:13, Louisa Eede 22:23, Hazel Green 22:30, Darren Philip 22:51, Stuart Erskine 22:59, Jason Herridge 23:13, Philip Maul 23:15, Anthony Scott 24:34, Kevin Whitby 24:44, Eleanor Meo 24:44 (PB), David Botting 24:46, Paul Hannay 25:36, Deirdre Coombs 25:43, Jonathan Drinkwater 26:22, Marie Brazier 26:34, Diane Parsons 26:34, Jane Wren 26:45, Kirsty Wilson 27:21, Richard Dyer 27:36, Malcolm Gibbs 28:27, Simon Burvill 29:09, Julie Gibbs 29:50, Hayley Turrell 29:58, Elizabeth Tew 31:45, Sylwia Tokarska 33:12, Catherine-Anne Curtis 36:58, Clive Allon 37:26 

Lowestoft – Henry Axon – 1st Male – 17:35, Amy Owen 27:45 

Walmer and Deal – Alan Fletcher 26:30 

Mensola – Ian Merrick – 3rd Male – 19:29

Mote Park – Darren Crew 20:48, Jody Stoakes 23:30