South of England XC Champs and parkruns

Thank you to Tina for the following report on Saturday's x country.....

Eleven club members took part in Saturday's South of England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill fields in London. Our Ladies team included runners this year who were new to this event and had yet to experience the delights of the famous course! Conditions although muddy were more benign than most years and our new runners although nervous seemed to enjoy the experience. The Senior Ladies were the first to race with Karen Puttock finishing in 322nd out of 574 competitors completing the 8k course in a time of 41.06. Catriona Watts was the next to finish in 382nd  place in a time of 43.25. Gail Turbutt was 485th in a time of 47.36, Catherine O'Connor, 519th in a time of 49.41, Lisa Smith, 559th in a time of 55.04, Tina Eke, 564th in a time of 56.12 and Kate Lancefield, 569th in a time of 61.58. The Ladies Team finished in 60th place out of 63 teams. The Senior Mens race was the usual daunting 15k course with over 1000 competitors. Sadly the full numbers will never be known as the organisers stopped recording after 90 minutes leaving a significant number of runners without a time. Lloyd Worsley was the first to finish for the club in 145th place in a time of 56.07, Nick Steele followed finishing in 381st place in a time of 61.05 then Simon Coffey, 731st in 69.25. Grahame Eke finished the course in a time of 91.02 but sadly just missed the cut off so his overall finishing position is not known. Well done to everyone!

Also on Saturday there were many parkrunners.  In Ashford, Alan Vigrass completed the Victoria Park run in a time of 24.55, whilst in Pegwell Bay, David Hallett ran 20.33. Jean Paul Jeffery recorded a time of 19.02 at Northla Fields, whilst Phil Hoyland was first ruuner back at Folkestone as he ran 17.44.  Joe Bruce was next back in 20.11 and behind him were; Aldous Hosking (21.48), Deborah Jeffery (21.55), Tim Warren (22.00), Ben Jeffery (22.21), Andrew Richardson (22.32), Brian Davis (24.36), Malcolm Gibbs (25.08), Deirdre Coombs (25.34), Angela Saunders (25.47), Richard Dyer (26.21), Julie Gibbs (28.09) and Caron Inder (30.03). 

On Sunday morning, 46 beginners turned up for week two of Park bench to parkrun as they continued in their aim to run the Folkestone parkrun on the 1st April which will officially be a Folkestone Running Club takeover.  Please let Tim know ( if you can assist in marshalling or would like to pace people around.  Please bear in mind what kind of pacing may be required for our new group.


2017-01-30 08:32:28


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Folkestone Running Club is a small friendly club for runners aged from 13 years (or Year 8), upwards and ability ranging from elite to those that run less competitively, in Folkestone and surrounding areas in Kent. We also have a partnership club Folkestone Running Club Juniors for the under 13 age group. 

*Please note we are unable to take on any new junior members (13+) until Spring 2018 as we have reached full capacity. 

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