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Rotary Half Marathon

By Courtney Knowles


On the 27th of September it’s a big day for all the marathon lovers, marathon wannabes, the young, the old and the children as it’s the 10th Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon. With the youngest participant in the past being 4 years old and the oldest being 76 there is no maximun age. The race will begin at 10.30 with a £2 entry fee for the childrens race; the distance being around 800m. With the adults begining before at 10 am but instead 13.1 miles, hard work but well worth it – especially when the winning lady and winning man receives £100 prize!


Ray Johnson, Race Director said: “This being our special 10th year is proving very popular and whilst a half marathon is a serious distance of 13.1 miles, many participants are already in training, not only for the physical challenge incorporating of course the ‘sting in the tail’ which is when the runners return up the road of remembrance at around 12.5 miles, they are also busy collecting sponsorship for their chosen causes or this year’s Rotary charity which will support the Kent MS Therapy Centre".


"We would encourage everyone to promote this event as much as possible, as not only is it great for running enthusiasts, but also family, friends and public alike. Last year we raised over £38,000 for good causes and we are hoping to exceed this amount this year. We are confident this year that we will be able to reach over £280,000 in total raised since the event started in 2006.”


It is possible to enter online at or turn up on the day, although pre-registration is recommended. For further information, contact Race Director Ray Johnson on 01303 221 188 or 07968 290 352. You can also visit


The race will pass under the now iconic Step Short WW1 Arch on the Leas, before heading to Hythe along the seafront, before looping back and coming home the same way.

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