It is a fantastic achievement for the runners to complete the course either as an elite runner or a new participant to a 10 kilometre race. The objectives of the race were to encourage participation, assist charities, visit our district and promote good health, as well as increasing the profile of sport and I am particularly delighted that there were many more runners and spectators than last year.
It was especially pleasing that there were so many spectators along the whole route which gave tremendous encouragement to the runners – there must have been hundreds providing support!
First indications are that the event has raised in excess of £25,000 which is a terrific start for many worthwhile causes. Last year’s event raised £40,000 and we are set to beat this. This year’s event will provide vital support for various projects including The Rainbow Centre, Gurkha Memorial Fund, Step Short, Folkestone Youth Project, Green Kordofan and local Rotary Clubs for distribution to local causes.
The event went extremely well and help was received with sincere thanks from over 80 marshals and assistants including Folkestone Running Club, Rotary Clubs, Folkestone Harbour. I would also like to thank Shepway District Council and Folkestone Police for their valuable support.
Once again we have received tremendous feedback from the runners congratulating us for such a great event, by way of organisation, goody bags and encouragement from marshals. They also thoroughly enjoyed the course and all of the facilities available.