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First ever 10k race in town sees record set at 32 minutes and 25 seconds.

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The first ever Folkestone 10k race has been hailed a success with more than 600 runners taking part.

Phil Anthony took the honours for the coastal course in a time of 32 minutes and 25 seconds, while the first female home was Maria Heslop from the Paddock Wood Athletic Club who achieved the time of 38 minutes and 24 seconds.

It was the first time the event which attracted 620 entrants had ever taken place.

Race director Ray Johnson was happy with how it all panned out.

He said: “Many Kent clubs participated and runners came from London, Surrey and as far as Yorkshire.

“There was a good team turnout including the IRGR Signal Platoon, Saga Charitable Trust, Gurkhas, Metroline Security and Blue Watch from Maidstone. We already have an entry for next year’s race.

“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 convinced the excitement of the Olympics have assisted with the brilliant turn out.

“It was particularly 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 £20,000 which is a terrific start for many worthwhile causes. This year’s event included specific support for Gurkha Memorial Fund, Folkestone Youth Project and local Rotary Clubs for distribution of local causes.

“The event went extremely well and help was received with sincere thanks from over 70 marshals and assistants including Folkestone Running Club, Rotary Clubs, Folkestone Harbour and Gurkha Services Link Ltd, B J Scaffolding and the team from Shepway Glass. I would also like to thank Shepway District Council, Folkestone Police and St John Ambulance 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.

Prize Winners for Folkestone Coastal 10K 2012

Open Male

1st Phil Anthony 0:32:25

2nd Robert Latala 0:33:54

3rd Matthew Britton 0:35:22

Open Female

1st Maria Heslop 0:38:24 Paddock Wood AC

2nd Rona Loubser 0:42.03 Folkestone Running Club

3rd Sarah Gruber 0:42:17

Vet40 Male

1st Stephen Earley 0:35:54 Bedford & County AC

Vet35 Female

1st Maria Heslop 0:38:24 Paddock Wood AC

Vet 50 male

1st Kevin Williams 0:37:58 Ashford AC

Vet45 Female

1st Vicky Talbot-Rosner 0:48:02 Invicta East Kent

Vet60 Male

1st Martyn Rouse 0:45.14 Invicta East Kent

Vet55 Female

1st Val Naylor 0:50.13 Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC

Winning Team (Male) Ashford AC

Winning Team (Female) Folkestone Running Club

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