Runners Can Still Register for Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon 2015
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Sunday 27 September will mark the occasion of the 10th Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon. Already numbers are up on last year with over 260 registered to date for the race, which begins at 10am. A number of children have pre-registered for their own event, which starts at 10.30.
This is a special year for the race, which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. New runners are invited to join in the celebrations, which will include special commemorative medals and t-shirts available at special prices. For the first time “Chip Timing” will be used in this year’s race, to bring fast accurate results.
The 800-metre children’s race will start at 10.30am, with a £2 entry fee. This race is growing in popularity each year and organisers are encouraging as many children as possible to take part.
The main race will start at 10am, passing under the landmark Step Short WW1 Arch on the Leas before heading to Hythe along the seafront, then coming back the same way. The winning male and female runners will each receive £100, courtesy of race sponsors Independent Insurance Services. There will be other prizes and medals in various categories. Equally important as taking part in the event itself is the fund-raising that takes place, with each runner pledging to attract sponsorship.
Participants face the physical challenge of the race itself, with its ‘sting in the tail’, when the runners return up the Road of Remembrance at around 12.5 miles. They are also busy recruiting sponsors, either for their own chosen causes or for this year’s Rotary charity, the Kent MS Therapy Centre. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has helped to underwrite the costs of staging the event for a number of years.
Race Director Ray Johnson commented: “In our special 10th year this event is proving very popular and many participants are already in training. The youngest runner registered is aged 4 and the oldest is 76 (there is no maximum age). We would encourage everyone to promote this event as much as possible, as not only is it great for running enthusiasts, but also family, friends and public alike. Last year we raised over £38,000 for good causes and we are hoping to exceed this amount this year. We are confident this year that we will be able to reach over £280,000 raised in total since the event started in 2006.”
Runners can enter online at www.nice-work.org.uk or just turn up on the day, although pre-registration is recommended. For further information, contact Race Director Ray Johnson on 01303 221 188 or 07968 290 352, or visit www.folkestonerotary.org.