Naughty Dennis the Menace was nothing more than a whimper for our run this morning. The daunted hurricane was due to lash the south coast with 50 mph winds and horizontal rain. Volunteers had provisioned for the upcoming apocalypse by moving the admin desk under the eaves of the Leas Cliff Hall, and were equipped with waterproof jackets and hats.
Yet the parkrun Weatherfairies were with us. While it was certainly fresh, it stayed dry, which led to some outstanding performances, exciting for the marshals and other volunteers to watch. We witnessed a hard battle by former Croydon resident (who is now a regular runner at Folkestone) Krzysztof KLIDZIA who was just held off to be second finisher. Emma CREASEY was first lady home, with her first run at Folkestone this year in a terrific time of 20:06.
Kryz KLIDZIA, newly moved from Croydon to Folkestone
First finisher this week was Jonathan RUTLAND, with a time of 17:57 – amazing, considering the conditions. Even more amazing, Jonathan’s time was exactly the same as his last run at Folkestone on 1st January. Max RANSLEY was disappointed to miss out on his first groundhog in 192 attempts by just one second. Outstanding groundhog result of the day was by Sheila EADE who not only ran 29:49 this week and last, but her position of 171 was also identical. I’m sure the statisticians will correct me, but that sounds like groundhog squared.
Jonathan RUTLAND, an outstanding, tough run
100 not out
Great runs today from Tristan BRUCE, Kevin GREGORY and Louise FOWLER who made the magic 100. We can’t wait to see you soon in your super-cool, black FREE parkrun milestone T-shirts. And to the eleven runners brand new to parkrun – welcome! You chose a tough day for a debut, but it gets easier from now, with Spring weather just around the corner.
Tristan Bruce, Louise Fowler and Kevin Gregory made it to 100 parkruns
Who is Gnasher?
Dennis the Menace and Gnasher - © D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd
We don’t know. Could it be Gnasher, Dennis the Menace’s notorious Abyssinian wire-haired tripehound from ‘The Beano’? Last week, 'Gnasher' was running with his owner on a long lead and tripped an unfortunate runner. The runner had to attend hospital to attend to the injury. We love dogs at parkrun, but please keep them on a short lead. Folkestone parkrun is a fun, healthy, social event. We don’t want anyone injured.
A special commendation to all 22 this week, who stood by you to applaud and keep you safe in this weather. There is a heartwarming camaraderie among the hi-vis heroes who make it all happen. If you would like to try out one of the roles, please email us.
Thanks to the toughest people on the course - our volunteers
This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Nick HILDITCH • Sylvia HILDITCH • Christopher WOLLEY • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Olivia YOUNG • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • Kevin WHITBY • Anh-Van WHITBY • William BAKER • Owen BALMONT • Natasha MURPHY • Phillip MURPHY • James Slater WHITHAM • Ellie KEATING • Beth GOODCHILD • Ruby STONESTREET • Graham CAHILL • Bob DUNCAN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Folkestone parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
The female record is held by Lisa TANG who recorded a time of 18:45 on 28th December 2019 (event number 279).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 94.63% (23:55) on 26th November 2016 (event number 119).
Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 6,259 participants have completed 51,308 parkruns covering a total distance of 256,540 km, including 8,522 new Personal Bests. A total of 604 individuals have volunteered 4,951 times.