Folkestone Half Marathon Raises Over £44,000 for Good Causes

Published on December 20th, 2017


Sports | Support for the Community

Organisers of the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon have confirmed that the grand total raised by runners in this year’s event is a magnificent £44,208. The main beneficiary this year will be Folkestone Rainbow Centre, which helps individuals and families in the area experiencing deprivation or hardship. Other funds will be shared between charitable causes nominated by runners themselves and/or distributed to other worthwhile charitable causes chosen by Rotary.

Folkestone Rotary President Tom McNeice said: “This is a tremendous achievement for all involved. The Half Marathon event has now raised over £450,000 since it was established in 2006 and the support from all of the participants, organisers and assistants is greatly appreciated.”

Race Director Ray Johnson said: “This year’s event went extremely well thanks to assistance from members of the Folkestone Rotary, Hythe and Folkestone Channel Rotary Clubs, Folkestone Running Club and members of other running clubs, as well as the broader local community. I would also like to thank our sponsors – particularly Independent Insurance Services and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust – but, most importantly, the runners.”

Chief Executive of Folkestone Rainbow Centre Jon Wilson (pictured with Ray Johnson and Tom McNeice) commented: “I am delighted that the Rainbow Centre was chosen as a main beneficiary for this year’s event. Receiving such vital funds via the Rotary Club of Folkestone has been most helpful to people in the local area.”

The date for the 2018 race has been set – it will take place on 30 September. Prospective entrants can register online at or download an entry form at

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