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Worst conditions ever for Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon

Worst conditions ever for Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon

Gale force winds lent themselves to some of the worst conditions ever for the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon. But still, more than 600 runners took part.

More than 600 runners took part in the 14th Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon in gale-force winds and rain which made running conditions incredibly difficult.

This not deter the enthusiasm of runners to complete the Kent course.

Race Director, Ray Johnson, from Folkestone Rotary, said: “The event was the most challenging of conditions, we have ever encountered.

“It was quite remarkable during very trying weather how the spirit and enthusiasm shined through.

“I have received some incredible feedback and overall it was a fantastic day for runners, spectators and marshals as well as achieving its aim of raising many thousands of pounds for local charities.”

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Folkestone Rotary hosted their 14th Half Marathon this year.

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 into Folkestone.

This year’s race proceeds will benefit local and international charities through the good work of Folkestone Rotary Club, with the main beneficiaries being The Fifth Trust.

Since 2006, the half marathon has fetched over £469,000 for good causes, with runners raising further funds for their own charities.

First indications are that this year’s event raised in excess of £25,000 and organisers are hopeful they can beat last year’s amount of just over £35,000.

Folkestone Rotary received support from Hythe and Folkestone Channel Rotary Clubs, Folkestone Running Club and Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

We are both an international organisation and a local community leader.