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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Folkestone 10 mile gallery now live

The Folkestone 10mile race gallery is now live and online here:

Results will be online soon - hopefully on the race page here:

Perfect conditions for running 10 miles greeted the runners at Hythe Green this morning - sunny, a slight easterly breeze and about 10 degC. That meant after the short run down to the coast it was a straight out and along to Folkestone for 4.5 miles into the breeze and then the 5 miles back with the wind on their backs and the sun on their shoulders as they came back to the finish along the perfectly flat course.

If it makes some of you feel better, some of the Dartford Tri club cycled down to Hythe to do the run, and then were going to cycle back...

And they're off - the start at Hythe Green
I'm sure there's a race round here somewhere

It got quite busy after 1 mile on the seafront
raar ! 9 miles done and good work

He's never going to wash his Kelly Holmes autographed T'shirt

Flying home at 9 miles

flying the flag down the seafront

Never surrender, even with only a mile to go
Happy to finish

cheeky finishing fast past your clubmates

Another flag carrier flying in at the fnish

The results will hopefully be available tomorrow on the Folkestone website, and  after that we will be doing a post race email to everyone (who's email we have) with your results.

Well done to John and the team on putting on another excellent race with perfect weather conditions - even better than last years !

 For those of you who remember my mini rant about food at the M20 services from last year - for which I apologise, it's only fair to balance that with a very positive experience this year. Coming down the M20 to the race the joy that is the sat nav took us off the motorway a junction earlier than anticipated to come down the A20 instead of junction 11 and then turning onto the A261 Hythe Road.

Frustrated at the usual imperative of getting to a race an hour before the start, there was some light relief when the Airport Cafe was seen at the side of the road on the A20 - "that's where we are going for food afterwards then" as we zipped along.

The Airport Cafe - from the carpark

Retro Americana inside, including classic jukebox

The set breakfast with chips and a mug of tea, a perfect bank holiday lunch !

It doesn't have a website but I found this online review :
and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a post race meal next year, or perhaps for the Folkestone 10k on the 27th of May The Folkestone 10k 2012
Just one small note - they only take cash - so be prepared.

Monday is forecast for rain, so the annual Lewes 10k  that I force my kids to run the 2 lap race around the track might be abandoned for them on the grounds of child cruelty. I however will be sat somewhere getting wet in the rain - but hopefully wearing suitable clothing.

In other news - a brief message from Brian Vine the race organiser of the recent Cranleigh 15-21 - which many of you recently ran -

"When I watched you all leave at the start I wished I could have been with you; I am also running in the London Marathon and needed a long run especially as the conditions were so good! I know that many of you will be running in the London Marathon and will already be collecting sponsorship money for your chosen charities but if any of you would like to sponsor me I would be extremely grateful.  "

Please help Brian to raise as much as possible for his Marathon efforts !

So until next time, enjoy the taper for the Brighton and London marathons, and enjoy the Masters Golf on telly too.


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