11th Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon
Over 500 runners took part in the 11th Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon on Sunday 25 September. It was a fantastic day for runners, spectators and marshals and the event succeeded in raising many thousands of pounds for local charities. The race was established in 2006 and it has become a prominent fixture in the running calendar, bringing runners of all standards from all over the South-East to Folkestone, with plenty of spectators lining the whole route to encourage those taking part.
The race was won by Robert Latala, in a time of 1hr 15 minutes, 57 seconds ahead of Lloyd Worsley of Folkestone Running Club in second place. The winner in the women’s race was Maria Heslop of Paddock Wood Athletics Club with a time of 1hr 23 minutes, 48 seconds. Both men’s and ladies’ team prizes went to Folkestone Running Club.
Proceeds will benefit local and international charities through the good work of Folkestone Rotary Club, with the main beneficiary being Folkestone Martha Trust. Race Director Ray Johnson said: “It was a great day for Folkestone and the town should be really proud of the event and the profile it affords the town. I’m also grateful for the support from a number of local organisations who help make sure this event remains one of the most popular half marathons in the south east. We have now achieved over £350,000 for good causes since the race started in 2006”. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has been a regular supporter for a number of years, making donations to help cover costs of staging the event.
The race was officially started by the Folkestone Mayor Martin Salmon (pictured here with Ray Johnson), who went on to participate in the race, achieving the commendable time of 1 hour 44 minutes 49 seconds.
The event will return on Sunday 24th September 2017.