Folkestone is almost the nearest point to France and the ancient harbour area has benefited from recent regeneration to make an attractive starting point for the Folkestone Coastal 10K. The fifth edition of this popular race takes place on Sunday, May 29, with a race limit of 1,000 and free tea and cake for every runner!
The Folkestone 10K course is flat and fast, out towards Hythe and back on the traffic-free promenade with great coastal views. The course is ideal for beginners or more experienced athletes in search of personal best times.
Local charities benefit from the race and competitors can expect easy parking; a medal and goody bag; chip timing; massage facilities and a technical race T-shirt is also available. The free refreshments that are unique to this event will be supplied at the Harbour Arms courtesy of the Step Short charity that has done so much to commemorate the soldiers of the Great War who left from this area.
The sharp end of the race will be chasing the £100 first prizes sponsored by Independent Insurance Services. Last year’s winners were the course record holders Paul Whittaker (Southend, 32:08) and W45 Maria Heslop (Paddock Wood, 38:47), who ran 36:49 in 2013. The final finisher was home inside 90 minutes in awful weather conditions.
Race director Ray Johnson said: “We are looking forward to another great race and let’s hope we can beat all previous records. Bring the family because there is plenty to see and do and there is a kids 500m dash at 9:30am for just £2 entry."
Full details are at the race website