X Country Southerns (Parliament Hill), Canterbury 10 and Parkrun

It is fair to say it was a very wet (and in some cases muddy) weekend for our Folkestone Runners as many were in action battling the elements.  On Saturday we had 14 paricipants in the X Country Southerns which were held on the famous Parliament Hill course.  It was boggy for the first races in the morning and it simply got boggier by close of play as Stephen King found out being our sole senior male runner in the final race of the day, finishing the tough 9 mile race in a time of 87.37 in 926th position.

The senior ladies were a lot better represented compared to the men and Zoe Neale led them home in their 5 mile race by finishing 188th in a time of 40.02.  Deborah Jeffery was next in 221st place and a time of 41.00 ahead of Caroline Curtis (320th) in 45.22 and Catherine O'Connor (328th) in 45.50.  Between the four of them they did well to finish 47th (our of 72) in the four team event.  There were also another four Folkestone ladies to complete the muddy course.  Catriona Watts (365th) finished in 47.53 on her x country debut ahead of Angela Saunders (405th) in 51.29, Tina Eke (416th) in 52.45 and Emma Long (417th) who was just two seconds behind Tina in 52.47.

There were also great efforts from our juniors.  In the under 13 boys, Christian Watts (15.40) and James Long (17.17) were 254th and 280th respectively.  In the under 15 boys, Brandon Law was 199th in a time of 19.52.  For the girls Maia Daw had a fine effort in the under 13 race as she finished 151st in a time of 15.23, whilst in the under 17 category Leanne Yore was 147th in 33.15.

At the Ashford parkrun on Saturday Chris Woolgar led Folkestone home in a personal best time of 21.47, whilst Mick James was exactly a minute behind him in 15th place (22.47).  Natalie Cheeseman was the first lady home as she recorded a PB and a great time of 23.33.  Young junior Libby Turbutt had an amazing run too as she completed the course with her dad Jon in a time of 27.12, finishing 50th overall.

On Sunday the rain continued just in time for the start of the Canterbury 10.  Peter Rider had the race of the day smashing his ten mile PB (set a year ago in the same event) by 13 minutes as he finished 36th in a time of 65.08.  Ahead of him was Mark Ellerby who ran 64.32 and was 31st.  Tim Warren was 82nd as he ran 69.02, whilst Clive Allon beat his personal target by completing the race in 76.18 in 177th position.  Alison Jelly represented the ladies by coming home in 96.11.

If anyone else ran - please do let me know (

Pictures below (Pic 1 - caption competition!, pic 2 Stephen King, pic 3 Zoe Neale and pic 4 Peter Rider)



2014-01-26 19:51:17


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