Folkestone Coastal 10 Km Run attracts the crowds despite bad weather
Despite appalling weather conditions, a record number of around 700 runners and large crowds of spectators turned out on Sunday 31 May 2015 for the annual 10km run. Starting from the former Rotunda Site on Folkestone seafront, the route followed the promenade towards Hythe and back. Gale force winds notwithstanding, the course record of 32 minutes and 9 seconds was beaten – by 1 second – the winner being Paul Whittaker of Southend Athletics Club. Money was raised for a variety of causes, this year including the Maiti Nepal project, following the earthquake there in April, Folkestone Rainbow Centre, the Gurkha Memorial Fund, Step Short, Folkestone Youth Project and a range of local beneficiaries. Participants were aged from 15 to 80, and although most runners taking part were relatively local, registrations were also received from as far away as London, Scotland and from overseas, including the USA and the Netherlands. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust helped by underwriting some of the costs of staging the event.
Race Organiser and director of main sponsors Independent Insurance Services Ray Johnson said: “I was particularly pleased that there were so many spectators along the route, which must have given plenty of encouragement to the runners taking part in some truly awful conditions.”
Further details of the event are available at www.folkestonecoastal10k.co.uk