race report weekend 28th April 2019

Highlights = Ian McGilloway 13 minute PB at London Marathon

                  = 2 more marathons for Faith Cowell



London Marathon


Just getting to the start of any marathon is an achievement in itself.  Most athletes embark on a 16 week training programme often with highs and lows on the way.  The work sleep run repeat theme occurs daily whilst juggling family commitments and being tired and hungry become the norm whilst the body gets strong and often lean.


So for Ian McGilloway his training relationship paid huge dividends as he took a massive 13 minutes off of his previous marathon time to come home in a time of 2.43.12.  Dave Gillett was next for the Club in 2.55.04 clinching that all important sub 3 hour with Phil Hoyland having recently run in the Brighton marathon, ran 3.12.00.  Chris Woolgar was next home for the club, securing his London 2020 Good for age in 3.39.35 and our championship starter Debbie Jeffery battling injury ran 3.41.30.  Aldous Hoskin was next in 4.11.06 with Pam Allon who also returns from a long break from running following injury ran an amazing 4.14.08. Catriona Watts running for the Kent Association for the Blind ran 4.14.52, with Ray Johnson also an ambassador for the Kent association for the blind ran 4.31.06.  Julie Gibbs who fundraised for Mind ran 5.02.13


The London marathon would not have gone smoothly without Sue Elkins who every year organises coach transport to London taking the pressure off of the runners and spectators made sure that also

Jumping on the coach this year was Marie Watson of South Kent Harriers securing her London 2020 good for age in 3.56.57 with team mate Kirsty Hogben running her debut in 4.05.46.    Also on the coach and running his debut was Andy Allon in 4.03.13


As the coach pulled into the 3 hills running club at the end of the day and the cheers for Sue, the spectators and the athletes were heard, the high spirits of the day will no doubt be spoken and dreamt about for a long while.


Meanwhile running 2 marathons in 2 days !!! was Faith Cowell in the ‘Ranscombe Spring’ and ‘The Rejects’ Saxon Vikings and Normans, Saxon shore events.


At the Bridge 5k on Sunday Darren Crew was 9th overall in 20.12 and Jody Stoakes was 10th Lady overall in 26.12 with Diane Parsons running 29.01



On Saturday at the Folkestone Parkrun Dan Voller was first home for Folketone in a time 18.03, Jamie Whitham was next in 19.16, Emma Creasey was the first female in 19.50, Young Harrison Matcham on his debut ran a superb time of 20.01, Liam Cumber 20.49, Chris Addison 20.52, Luke Fowles  21.06, Rob Hill 21.12, Simon Coffey 22.30, Stuart Erskine 22.45, Richard Fowles 23.27, Tony Scott  23.32, Vicky Scott 24.30, Clive Allon   25.15, Andy Richardson 25.17, John O’Hara  25.38,Neil Adams 26.16,  Hazel Green  26.22, Rupert Howell 27.30, Richard Dyer 28.25,  Debra Moran 30.48, Louise Fowler 31.27, Paul James 31.43, Diane Parsons 33.20, Nicola James  37.51


Linda Robson flew the Folkestone flag at Darlington South parkrun in a time of 36.03


Grahame Eke 2019-04-29 16:01:11


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