Event Reports - January 2019

27/01/2019 - Canterbury 10 Mile

Canterbury 10

Race Report by Darren Bowley

After the excesses of the festive period it was great to get back on the race trail at the Canterbury 10 miler, and after the predictions of force 10 gales and heavy rain, it was a real boost to turn up to purely sub zero temperatures and a light breeze, in runners speak it was a great day for it!

So warm up completed, watches co-ordinated, shoe laces tied and last minute tree wee break done, we were soon off for what proved to be a fairly challenging trot around the outskirts of Canterbury, an assignment that proved a great deal trickier as we moved on to the Bridge hill at about 5 miles.

In truth there was never going to be any danger that a Coastie would threaten the sub 50 minute record that was up for grabs, however everyone there was aiming for their own version of success and accomplishment. The great thing with the Canterbury 10 miler is that you do get a great deal of support from around the course, lots of people shouting encouragement and wishing you well, the loud cry off ‘Keep going, you are almost there’, feels similar to ‘Keep going, only 3 days left at work’, but still appreciated!

In terms of the race results, hats off to Captain fantastic Darren Sayer who came in as the lead Coastie, knocking a considerable amount off last year’s time and really proving that age is really no barrier to athletic achievement. I have to say though that all Coastie's who took part gave there all, all pushing themselves to the limit and getting some tremendous times, well done all!

Finally I think it is right that we give some words of thought to the unfortunate member of the Folkestone running club, Nikki Goodwin who suffered a really serious broken leg in the opening stages of the race, it looked and turned out to be a really serious injury, here’s to a speedy recovery.

So until next time, thanks for reading and I look forward to pulling some words together for the next race!

Darren

12/01/2019 - SVN Cakeathon Challenge

Betteshanger

Race Report by Darren Sayer

SVN Winter Cakeathon 6hr Challenge

Race start was 9:30 over at Betteshanger Deal, conditions were OK, slight breeze in the air but quite nipppy. The Coastie team slowly started to arrive; Tim, Chris, Kelly, James, Simon, Darren, John and David and all huddled together in the makeshift cafe trying to keep warm and waiting for someone to make the first move up to the race start

The course today was the usual route - from the little house on the prairie, down the slope behind picking up the track at the bottom, over the bridges at the back and up the slope before joining the mainly gravely path that follows the tarmac track. Conditions on the track was very good compared to other race days, no huge puddles to splash through which was a relief!

There were some awesome efforts today, Tim completing his first 50k Ultra first of many hopefully, James won the distance winner with 36 miles on this his 75th Marathon, John who won the 50k winners badge, Simon, Darren and David achieving Marathon Distance and Kelly and Chris achieving Heavy Half's.

Thanks to all that came over to support and take photos.

Well done everybody on a great day of Coastie running! 👏👏