Submitted for publication by the Clerk of the Course Ray johnson

Folkestone Rotary Club Half Marathon Race Director Ray Johnson has announced that the club will be hosting their annual half marathon on Sunday, September 19.

The race will resume its normal course this year with the main start at 10 a.m., preceded by the children’s race at 9:30 a.m. The winning man and woman will receive £ 100 plus there will be prizes and medals for various categories.

Ray Johnson said: “We continue to work hard to ensure the safety of the race from the Covid-19 situation and we are in full compliance with UK athletics rules. We have been approved by the local authority Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

“We already have registrations of some 17 year olds (minimum age) and one 77 year old. When I set up the event 16 years ago the goal was to involve family, people to visit Folkestone, to do sports and wellness and finally encourage runners to raise funds for good causes. Last year we raised over £ 22,000 for charity. “

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The route will start from The Leas across from Earls Avenue, head up west, then back through town and down the Road of Remembrance. Runners will then follow the waterfront to Hythe via the Coastal Park. There is a loop near The Green and up Albert Road then back along the waterfront to Folkestone, before going up the hill – Road of Remembrance (“the prick in the tail”) about 12.5 miles to finish opposite the Grand sur le Léas.

This year’s race will once again incorporate chip timing, delivering fast and accurate results on the same day. The main charity will be the Rotary Club of Folkestone, and runners will also have the opportunity to fundraise for the charity of their choice.

It is possible to register online at

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