Congratulations to all those who participated. This year’s winner Marshall Smith of the mighty Ashford AC at 31:23 and similarly the ladies’ winner was Meaghan Marchant of Cambridge Harriers who achieved an outstanding 35:07. Both will receive the winner’s prize supported by SAGA. My heartiest congratulations to both runners who clearly pushed incredibly hard within an extremely competitive field.
The male team prizes went to Dover Road Runner and female team prizes were awarded once again to Cambridge Harriers. In addition the corporate team prizes for both categories were won by SAGA who had a very large field of runners.
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 from the outset in 2012, the London Olympic year are to encourage participation for all abilities, assist charities, visit our district and promote good health, as well as increase the profile of sport and I am particularly delighted that there was such a good turnout. Thanks to you all.
First indications are that the event has raised good and timely funds for many worthwhile causes including The Rainbow Centre, Gurkha Memorial Fund, Folkestone Youth Project, The Sports Trust, Folkestone Rescue, Touchbase and local Rotary Clubs for distribution to local causes.
The event went extremely well without any incidents, and help was received with sincere thanks from over a record 95 marshals and assistants including both Folkestone, Hythe & Deal Rotary Clubs, Nice Work, Police Cadets, Folkestone College and many local support volunteers. I would also like to thank our many sponsors in particular SAGA, Folkestone & Hythe 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, encouragement from marshals and most importantly holding the event safely. They also thoroughly enjoyed the course and the seafront areas as well as an extensive goody bag!