And the long races return!

As the summer starts to come to an end, the longer races start to creep back onto the calendar.  On Saturday, Darren Crew and Jody Stoakes ran the Lee Valley Velopark 10k at the Olympic Park in London.  Darren finished in a time of 40:45, with Jody finishing in 47:41.

On Sunday, Helen Webb ran the Severn Bridge Half Marathon, running from Wales to England, to Wales, to England and back to Wales again, over the Magnificent Severn Bridge, in a time of 1:49:48.  Further afield, Jane Wren ran the Maybank Bali Marathon in a time of 4:40:14 and Alan Randall ran the Half Marathon in 2:05:20.  Jane started her race at 4:30am in the morning, in the pitch black, wearing a head torch, and wearing suncream and sunglasses tucked away ready for the sunrise at 6 am!  The course went along the main road and then up into the hills! Lots and lots of hills! It was 29 degrees even in the dark. As the sun rose, running through the rice fields of Bali, lots of bats were flying around just above the runners heads.  Hydration was completely covered as there were drink stations every 2km with water and electrolytes, also ice cold sponges along the course and water showers. Such a wonderful experience!

Making the most of the bank holiday,  there was a very good turn out on Monday from the club for the Canterbury Half Marathon and the Canterbury 2 mile fun run.  In the fun run, Megan Farrow came second, and was the first female in a time of 15:27, with Chris Childs finishing as the third female in a time of 18:27.  After his first place at the Folkestone parkrun on Saturday, Henry Axon followed it up with an impressive first place in this hilly half marathon, in a time of 1:16:28.  Also running for the club were Simon Ramsay 01:24:31, Karla Larnder 01:42:06 (PB and first female in her age group) , Anh-Van Whitby 01:42:29, Dominic Shepherd 01:48:47 (PB), Philip Heathfield 01:50:40, Ron Bell 01:51:38, Caroline Curtis 01:54:37, Andrew Hadlow 01:56:36, Diane Parsons 01:58:56, John O’Hara 02:03:37, Jennifer Quinn 02:06:08, Sonia Markwell 02:12:53 (PB), Paul Hannay 02:13:43 and Amy Owen 02:17:41.

This weeks parkruns

Basingstoke parkrun – Deirdre Coombs 29:19

Lloyd parkrun – Finishing in first place was Krzysztof Klidzia in a time of 19:22

Abingdon parkrun – Johathon Drinkwater 29:34, Catherine-Anne Curtis 36:40

Gadebridge parkrun – Kevin Whitby 27:11

Burnley parkrun – Simon Coffey 21:54

Lanhydrock parkrun – Emma Clayton 24:20, Jennifer Clayton 25:54

Rothay Park parkrun – Brian Davis 40:59

Mote Park parkrun – Karla Larnder 22:58

Folkestone parkrun – Folkestone Running and Athletics Club runners had a very successful week this week, with the first 3 finishers all being club members. Henry Axon finished first, in a time of 17:07, followed by Prakash Gurung in 17:36 and Simon Ramsay in 17:46.  Also running were David Gillett 18:30, Tristan Bruce 18:50, Elliot Chapman-Jones 19:15, Jacob Henwood 19:29, Nick Steele 19:50, Thomas Murray 20:37, Dominic Shepherd 20:39, Deborah Jeffery 22:06, Philip Heathfield 22:12, Linnaea Stockall 22:23, Hazel Green 22:44, Darren Philip 23:05, Ron Bell 23:27, Ian Merrick 23:33, Louisa Eede 23:35, Trevor Devooght 23:40, Phil Haines 23:46, Andrew Smith 24:02, Caroline Curtis 24:14, Rob Hill 24:17, Diane Parsons 24:38, Stuart Erskine 25:01, Tomas Lane 25:02, David Botting 25:05, Philip Maull 25:32, Anthony Scott 25:51, Eleanor Meo 26:52, Kirsty Gardiner 27:23, Joe Finnigan 27:57, Neil Adams 28:38, Alicia Szmelter 28:47, Paul Hannay 28:58, Sonia Markwell 29:02, Kirsty Wilson 29:21, Jennifer Quinn 30:12, Gary Brazier 30:12, Roy Atkins 30:18, Julie Gibbs 30:30, Trudi Curd 30:32, Amy Owen 31:11, Jason Crockford 31:23, Maria Felicetti 32:03, Lisa Smith 34:20, Kate Lancefield 34:25, Rachel Yorke 35:48