Victory against the devil, the brighton 10k and lots more running news

There were a few Folkestone runners in action this weekend in a variety of events.  The 666 trail race is a tough, 6.66 mile off road race round the woods and countryside around Ashford. Described as ‘devilishly muddy’, the route takes in a number of challenging hills presenting a unique test for participants. Ian McGilloway continued his impressive form by finishing first overall in a great time of 45:54, over a minute ahead of 2nd place. Next to finish for the club was Catriona Watts who made it round in 82nd position in a time of 1:08:04. Diane Parsons was the next to battle through the mud in 127th place in 1:17:41. Kate Lancefield and Lisa Smith took on the challenge together, finishing in 161st and 162nd places.

Meanwhile down on the south coast, Andy Fletcher took part in the Brighton 10k. The complete opposite to the 666 run, the course is a fast and flat route along the seafront which always attracts a large number of runners. Andy finished in 70th position in a great time of 35:27.  

Richard Dyer had a busy weekend. On Saturday he took part in the Wammy Parkrun in Staffordshire, completing the course in 26:48. However this was really just a warm up as he then went on to run the Conwy Half Marathon in Wales. Voted one of the most scenic half marathons in the UK, Richard ran a great time of 1:54:14.

Next weekend is the next round of the Kent Cross Country League and it is also the final round for the Junior runners in the club. The previous round last weekend saw some superb performances in muddy conditions. Olivia Young ran in the U15 category, finishing 47th position. In the U13 boys race, Joe Bruce put in another strong performance finishing an impressive 13th out of 77 runners. Finally, in the U17/U20 age group, Morgan West also ran a great race and crossed the line in 15th position overall and a brilliant 6th in his category.

It was a sunny but chilly morning on the leas on Saturday for the parkrun and folkestone runners were out in force. There were more matches being played out in both the main parkrun cup and the ‘b’ cup. Nick Steele was first across the line overall but this wasn’t enough and he was knocked out of the main cup after a great run by Kirsty Gardiner. Rob Hill took on Aldous Hosking but despite running a PB and breaking the sub 20 minute milestone for the first time, Aldous put in a strong performance to knock him out. In the first of the quarter finals, Alan Randall narrowly missed out to Liam Cumber who booked his place in the semi finals.

In the B cup, there were 3 more 2nd round matches with quarter final places up for grabs for the winners.  Club veteran Chris CJ Woolgar was up against Hayley Kluczynski who despite posting a new PB scoring 101.2, was outscored as Chris progresses scoring 101.7. Next up was Anthony Scott and Caroline Curtis .Tony scored 100.5 and Caroline 97.7 putting an end to her campaign. Finally Kirsty Wilson raced Catherine O'Connor. Kirsty carried on her fine streak of form getting another PB and scoring 100.8 against Coach O’Connor’s 97.3.

Other runners in action were Dominic Woolford (18:36), James Whitham (18:56 and a PB), Dave Gillett (19:19), Jason Ransley (19:53), Stuart Erskine (20:05), Debbie Jeffery who was first lady in 20:54, Chris Addison (22:09), Andy Richardson (24:36), John O’Hara (24:41), Nikki Goodwin (24:55), Carolyn Lewis (25:17), Malcolm Gibbs (26:03), Alan Vigrass (26:16), Neil Adams (26:26), Linda Robson (27:01), Hayley Kluczynski (27:06), Vicki Scott (27:06), Luke Fowles (29:01), Damien Sprigg (29:42), Lynsey Tighy (30:51) and Louise Fowler and Kate Lancefield who finished together in 36:01.

Over in Poland, Emma Ransley was first lady back at the Warszawa-Ursynow parkrun in 19:22 while Steve King made a pilgrimage to the birth place of parkrun in Bushy Park where he ran 24:55.

FRC Team at 666

Ian McGilloway at the 666


Nick Steele 2018-11-19 18:42:11


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Folkestone Running Club is a small friendly club for runners with 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. 

All adults wishing to join should be capable of running a 5k and be willing/able to join in the workout sessions put on by the coaches.

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