The first ever Folkestone 10k has been heralded a success with more than 600 runners completing the coastal race on Sunday (May 27). With a strong breeze providing much needed relief in the warm conditions, Phil Anthony took first position and set the initial course record with a time of 32:25.
Beginning at Folkestone seafront, participants headed towards Hythe and returned on a fast, out and back route. Anthony was followed by Robert Latala (33:54) and Matthew Britton (35:22). First female home was Paddock Wood AC's Maria Heslop, with local runner Rona Loubser taking second (42:03) and Sarah Gruber third (42:17).
Race organiser Ray Johnson said he was delighted with Sunday's turnout: "Many Kent clubs participated and runners came from London, Surrey and as far as Yorkshire. It was particularly pleasing that there were so many spectators along the whole route which gave tremendous encouragement to the runners - there must have been hundreds providing support."
First indications suggest that the event raised in excess of £20,000 for charity, with the race providing specific support for Gurkha Memorial Fund, Folkestone Youth Project and local Rotary Clubs for distribution of local causes. Ray added: "The objectives of the race were to encourage participation, assist charities, visit our district and promote good health, as well as increasing the profile of sport and I am convinced the excitement of the Olympics has assisted with the brilliant turn out."
Results of the Folkestone 10k are available at southernrunningguide.com