News Looking Back at the Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon 2014 Looking Back at the Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon 2014

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Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-09-07 22:55:31

Looking Back at the Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon 2014

There were many amazing performances and personal bests from the runners of this year’s Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon sponsored by Fosters Law.  The event held on Sunday 7th September 2014 and organised by Thanet Roadrunners AC saw just under 500 runners take part with 282 finishers in the half marathon and 202 finishers in the marathon.  There was a broad spectrum of runners with an age range from 17 to 86.  The races also saw over 70 running clubs represented with runners travelling from as far as Australia and New Zealand to run the races.  However, the limelight was taken by 3 amazing ladies who exemplified determination and dedication to the cause of distance running.

Both marathon and half marathon races took in the picturesque coastline of Thanet taking in the coastal towns of Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate and saw a mixture of conditions for the runners.  The day started with a heavy sea mist before the sun broke through and created very hot muggy conditions for all the runners in the first 2 hours of the race.  The sea mist/fog returned and provided cooler conditions for the marathon runners.

Showing the mixture of participants taking part, there were athletes running their first marathon/half marathon, charity runners and experienced runners from the 100 Marathon Club:

The 2014 race saw Gina Little from Plumstead Runners and the 100 mile club run her 500th marathon.  Gina (see left) was given the opportunity to be the first person to run across the start line and was accompanied by a large team of friends and fellow running club members.  Not to be outdone, Maidstone Harriers' Julie Wing ran her 300th marathon and Iva Barr, the oldest current marathon runner in Europe at 86 years old, ran the half marathon distance in 3 hours and 35 minutes. 

Debbie Hatt, Race Director said, ‘The achievements of these athletes is just remarkable.  To run these amount of races whilst avoiding injury or even running with injuries is just extraordinary.'  

She added, 'The support that these ladies received certainly added to the excitement of this year’s races.’

There were 282 finishers in the half marathon with Deal Tri’s Damian Coleman winning the half marathon in 1.19.55, ahead of Alistair Scott (1.21.19) and Christopher Thomas (1.23.33).  Katherine O’Hara claimed ladies’ first place, in 1.36.15, followed by Rios Morgan (1.39.54) and Plumstead Runners’ Jodie Rawlinson (1.41.57).

The marathon saw 202 finishers. Peter Dimbleby of Birchfield Harriers (see right) claimed top spot in 2.56, with Louis Passfield getting the better of Sevenoaks’ Keith Dowson in the race for second, just outside 2 hours 59 minutes.  Three of the top four places in the ladies’ race went to Maidstone Harriers, with Julie Stoppani (3.43.10) 35 second ahead of Orpington’s Annette Shrimpton, and Sharon Barnett third in 3.45.26).

The men’s team race was won by Thanet Roadrunners represented by Bradley Cameron, Steve Suttle and Michael Philpot.  Maidstone Harriers won the women’s team title.

Although a huge number of Thanet Roadrunners helped stage the race, 18 club members donned their racing shoes – Dominic Holl (1.49.47) led the team home in the half and Claire Rodd (1.55.31) brought the girls back. Bradley Cameron clocked an excellent 3.15.31  to finish 9th overall in the marathon.

Full Thanet Roadrunners AC results are as follows:

Half marathon…

Pos         Name                   Chip Time           

65           Dominic Holl        1:49:37.40           

99           Claire Rodd         1:54:56.65     

114         Harry Levey        1:57:51.35

122         Jo Holl                 1:58:10.20           

170         Kerry Barnard      2:06:58.35           

171         Amanda Nicholls 2:06:58.40        

178         Mathew Jones    2:08:27.55

187         Richard Stirk       2:11:28.90           

233         Pauline Petitt       2:22:42.45           

240         Sue Miller            2:23:46.65           

242         Nanette Miles      2:23:53.25           

249         Robin Strange     2:27:37.15

250         Phil Adams          2:27:43.25

282         Clare Stirk            3:35:24.10           

Full marathon….

Pos         Name                    Time    

9             Bradley Cameron  3:15:18.80           

30           Steve Suttle           3:36:57.50           

41           Michael Philpot      3:43:31.05           

78           John Hunt              4:05:30.20           

121         Peter Gough          4:31:59.20           

201         Bill Wright              5:57:51.45           

There were a lot of people running to raise money and awareness for a various charities and as with all Thanet Roadrunner AC races, part of the entry fee was given to this year's official charity, the Thanet Disabled Riding Centre.

Steve Clarke, Thanet Roadrunners Chairman said, 'The Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon is a huge event for the club and involves huge support from sponsor, club members and supporting organisations. What makes it a special marathon is the fantastic scenery and the near legendary support of the marshals and spectators. The marshals are all club runners and local residents and care that the race works like clockwork that the runners get the support they need and the spectators enjoy themselves'.

He added, ‘We hope to see as many of the runners again next year, but don’t forget our next races, Alan Green Memorial 10 mile race on 7th December and will be open soon for the Mountain Bike Duathlon on 11th January 2015.’

Related event: Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon 2014

 

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