Givaudan 10k, Tonbridge Half and a crazy lady in Budapest

It was a busy weekend of racing for Folkestone Running Club as the Givaudan Ashford 10k, one of the biggest and most anticipated races in the area took place on Sunday morning. A fast course and good weather conditions helped ensure there were some great results and PB’s aplenty as Folkestone turned out in force.

Nikki Goodwin had a great run and earnt a place on the podium as 2nd Lady overall finishing in a time of 41:25.

First back for the club in a fast field was Andy Fletcher in 9th place in a time of 35:31. Next back in 11th place was Steven Male in a time of 35:49 closely followed by Ian McGilloway who finished in a big PB time of 35:54 in 14th place. Torben Jesson was the next to cross the line in a time of 38:43 and 33rd place followed by Darren Crew in 51st and 39:34. Both Torben and Darren set new PBs.

Tom Leaver finished in 40:22 ahead of a close battle between Paul Bartlett and Stuart Erskine. Stuart just edged Paul on the final straight finishing in 40:57 to Paul’s 40:58 - personal bests for both runners.

They were followed by Chris Woolgar in 181st place in a time of 45:12 while there were a number of close finishes further down the field. Clive Allon ran 46:49 followed closely by Tony Scott (nursing man flu) - 46:51, Karen Puttock - 47:04, Richard Fowles - 47:08, Kirsty Wilson - 47:57, Vicky Scott - 47:58, Stephen King - 48:45, Laura Ballard - 48:56, Alan Randall - 51:45, Jenny Quinn - 52:05, Diane Parsons - 56:13, Claire Yates - 59:08, Kate Lancefield - 1:06:49, Lisa Smith - 1:16:57 and Jane Wren 1:20:56.

While most runners were in Ashford, over in Tonbridge Phil Maul ran the Tonbridge Half Marathon. A challenging course but Phil managed to knock a massive 20 minutes off his previous time finishing in 2:01:55.

Caroline Curtis travelled a little further for her racing fix, taking part in the Budapest 10k. In hot conditions, Caroline finished in 27th place in 45:26.

There was a large turn out at Folkestone Parkrun on Saturday as the Parkrun Cup continued alongside the newly formed B cup for those that have been knocked out but fancy another attempt. First back for the club and second overall was Dave Gillett in a time of 17:48. Next to complete the course was Tristan Bruce in 18:36 winning his B cup tie against Andy Smith (25:27) in the process. He was followed by James Whitham who despite knocking a superb 40 seconds off his PB, still lost his cup tie with Andy Richardson (22:17) by 0.1 points.

Making a welcome return to competitive running was Kevin Newman (20:41) who won his B cup tie against Helen Francis (30:57). Darren Crew was next in 22:07 ahead of David Rodacan (22:30), Tony Scott (22:33), Aldous Hosking (22:50), Stuart Erskine (23:28), Richard Fowles (24:26), Carolyn Lewis (25:34), Clive Allon (25:49), Richard Dyer (26:45), Jody Stoakes (26:46), Linda Robson (28:07), John O’Hara (32:28) and finally Kate Lancefield and son Alfie in 41:53 and 41:55 respectively.

Over in Poland, Emma Creasey took part in the Warszara-Ursynow parkrun, doing a fine job of representing the club by finishing as first lady in a time of 19:44.

At the new Walmer and Deal Seafront parkrun, Dan Voller maintained his 100% ‘first finisher’ rate in an impressive time of 17:41.

Folkestone team at the Givaudan 10k

Nikki Goodwin on the Givaudan 10k podium

Caroline Curtis at the Budapest 10k

Phil Maul at the Tonbridge Half Marathon



Nick Steele 2018-10-14 11:56:15


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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. 

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