Great Weather Attracts Large Crowds for Folkestone Half Marathon
The twelfth Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon took place on Sunday 24 September, and helped by stunning weather it attracted large crowds of spectators to cheer on nearly 750 runners.
Since it was established in 2006, the race has become a prominent fixture in the running calendar, attracting runners of all standards from all over the South-East. It also aims to promote an active lifestyle and encourage participation in sport and membership of running clubs.
Folkestone Running Club’s Lloyd Worsley was first to finish, with a time of 1 hour 15 minutes and 14 seconds, just one second ahead of Robert Latala from Ashford & District. The winning female runner was Tina Oldenshaw from Paddock Wood Athletics Club, with a time of 1 hour 27 minutes 51 seconds.
It is hoped that the funds raised will exceed last year’s total of just over £30,000, with Folkestone Rainbow Centre chosen as this year’s main beneficiary.
Race director Ray Johnson commented: “As always, I am most grateful for the support from a number of local organisations who help make sure this event remains one of the most popular half marathons in the south east. We have now achieved over £380,000 for good causes since the race started in 2006 and many runners are raising further funds from their sterling efforts.” As in previous years, RDHCT provided support with a grant to help cover the costs of organising the event.