The Folkestone Rotary Club will be holding their 11th annual half marathon on Sunday, 25 September 2016. Rotarian Ray Johnson is the long-time race director and Independent Insurance Services of Folkestone have been loyal sponsors of the event that raises essential funds for good causes. The main race starts at 10am and there is a new start time of 9:30am for the children’s race.
The Folkestone course is challenging but rewarding, with a sting in the tail at 12 miles. The race starts on the broad and spectacular The Leas, passes through the historic town centre, down the Road of Remembrance and along the seafront to Hythe. After a loop at Hythe, runners return on the seafront before tackling the Road of Remembrance uphill to finish outside The Grand Hotel.
The winning man and lady will receive £100 each, sponsored by Independent Insurance Services. The course records are a neat 68 minutes by Phil Anthony (Invicta, 2011) and 1:21:05 by Tina Oldershaw (Paddock Wood, 2010). Last year the winners were Robert Latala (Ashford, 1:15:18) and Maria Heslop (Paddock Wood, 1:25:16) and 467 finished in 3:40:16.
The race is organised by the Rotary Club of Folkestone and Nice Work events handle the registration and results. The race offers full chip timing, changing, massage, medals, spot prizes and a running shop.
Ray Johnson, race director, comments: “I hope many people have been inspired by the Olympics and may wish to participate in this year’s race. When I set up the event 11 years ago, the objective was to get the family involved, people to visit Folkestone, participate in sport and encourage runners to raise funds for good causes. Last year over £32,000 was raised and we are hoping to exceed this amount this year."
Entry details are at the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon website.