In the Folkestone area, on Good Friday, there appeared to be a choice of events; a 10 mile run along the seafront or a cycle sportive of varying distances. So, 10 members of ATC chose the run. For me it was a no-brainer – the run route is predominately as flat as a pancake as opposed to a hilly ride.
We were promised a dry, sunny day, but no-one was prepared for the warmth. My perfect running conditions and my only regret was not wearing shorts (although it was noticed that all the ATC men were wearing shorts, so they obviously knew something that the ladies didn’t!).
The run started at 11am, so didn’t require getting up too early, which was another bonus. Race headquarters were at the green in Hythe and the registration was organised well, although there were the usual long queues for the loos (unless you knew where the secret loos were!).
The route took us one lap around the green and then straight down to the seafront, from where we ran along the promenade to the memorial gardens below the Leas in Folkestone. One loop of the gardens and then it was back along the seafront to the finish at the green. There was some fantastic support along the way from ATC members Sam & Garry and also from local people who were out enjoying the sunshine and ice cream van that was teasing us by the seafront at Hythe. I think we all just about managed to avoid stopping at the van, despite the sunny weather.
First over the line for ATC was Mark Fairbrother storming in at 1:11:08. He was followed by Stefan Hayes (returning from injury in 1:22:50), Chris Sardo (1:23:44), James Batcheller (1:32:48), Ruth Merry (1:37:02), Trish Kemp and Alix Rosindell, who was running her first 10 mile distance, (1:37:43), “Lady” Karen Allnut beating her PB by 13 seconds (1:40:06), Amanda Cooper (1:40:07) and Jim Hawkins (1:46:50). Well done everyone – great effort! Then it was off for ice cream and hot cross buns.