18 Sep

Running Folk Get Set For Big Half

The start at Folkestone half marathon

Runners in Kent are getting set for one of the county's most popular autumn events on Sunday, 30 September - the Folkestone Rotary half marathon. The event, a big charity fundraiser, will attract 500 plus entries plus the additional field of the children's race which is being staged for the first time. The winning man and woman will receive prizes (£100.00 each) sponsored by Independent Insurance Services.

Race director Ray Johnson told southernrunningguide.com: "The response to this year's event has been fantastic, I think we are seeing a big Olympics bounce. You can enter online or register on the day at the Grand from 8.30am to 9.30am.

"We have many entrants from London, and some from further afield, as well as local runners from various Kent running clubs. The youngest runner registered is 3 and the oldest is 75 (no maximum age). We would encourage everyone to promote this event as much as possible, as not only is it great for running enthusiasts, but also family, friends and public alike. Last year we raised over £38,000 for good causes and we are hoping to exceed this amount this year.

"The course starts on The Leas, goes through Folkestone town centre, down the Road of Remembrance, and along the seafront to Hythe. It continues with a loop near to The Green, back up Albert Road via the seafront again to include the hill of Road of Remembrance ('the sting in the tail') at around 12.5 miles before finishing up outside the Grand.

For further information visit the event website or contact race director Ray Johnson on 01303 221 188 or 07968 290 352.