Dou­ble de­light for Folke­stone

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

FOLKE­STONE Run­ning Club did the dou­ble by winning both the men’s and women’s ti­tles in the third an­nual Ro­tary Folke­stone half marathon.

A glo­ri­ous sum­mer-like day on the Leas was not so won­der­ful for the run­ners as the heat meant run­ning con­di­tions were dif­fi­cult and times were down.

De­spite the heat Sam Rigby showed he is in the form of his life, emerg­ing a clear-cut cham­pion in a very cred­itable one hour 15 min­utes 26 sec­onds.

This was not far out­side the course record 1:11:10 set by Michael Cole­man last year.

He was al­ready off and away on his warm down run while most of the field were just strug­gling up the Road of Re­mem­brance on the way to the fin­ish.

He ended up over three min­utes clear of the Ash­ford and District Road­run­ners duo Ke­van James and Robert Car­pen­ter.

It was the chas­ing pack that pro­vided the real ex­cite­ment as James main­tained an ex­cel­lent pace through­out to take sec­ond with 1:18:41, just hold­ing off his team-mate Car­pen­ter who paced his re­turn su­perbly to come in third with 1:18:50.

Can­ter­bury Har­rier Roy Palmer also judged the race well to come through for fourth with 1:18:51.

The women’s race also turned out to be a pro­ces­sion from start to fin­ish be­hind Folke­stone’s ir­re­press­ible South African Rona Loub­ser.

She im­proved on her third last year with an ex­cel­lent 1:24: 38 but was chased all the way by the con­sis­tent In­victa East Kent vet­eran Sharon Hawkins with 1:29:34.

Rona’s time also went close to the course record of 1:24:24 de­spite the heat.

There was an im­pres­sive fin­ish from Veronique Bringlow who came through in the fi­nal sprint on the Leas to take third place by only four sec­onds with 1:29:45 over­tak­ing Ser­pen­tine’s Louise Ru­d­er­man 1:24:49.

Hawkins, sec­ond woman last year, also se­cured the vet­eran ladies prize and James the M40 cat­e­gory tro­phy. The M50 award went to James God­kin with a fine 1:24:00 and M60 award went to reg­u­lar win­ner Michael Con­way of In­victa East Kent with 1: 33:43.

The W45 prize was taken by Janet Carter from Wood­ford Green with 1:39:45.

There was an ex­cel­lent 650 en­try for the run which helps raise money for the var­i­ous Ro­tary char­i­ties col­lect­ing a re­mark­able £37,000 last year.

Still smil­ing at 13 miles, win­ner Rona Loub­ser strides home un­chal­lenged at the fin­ish Pic­ture: Paul Amos pd1487901

Folke­stone half race win­ner Sam Rigby cen­tre with Ash­ford and District Road­run­ners Ke­van James, left who was sec­ond and Robert Car­pen­ter was third Pic­ture: Brian Cum­ming pd1488137

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