News Roadrunner Ultra marathon, Marathon & 10K Weekend Action Roadrunner Ultra marathon, Marathon & 10K Weekend Action


Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-07-15 22:38:08

Roadrunner Ultra marathon, Marathon & 10K Weekend Action

Some outstanding achievements were made over the weekend by Thanet Roadrunners over the ultra marathon, marathon and 10 kilometre distances.  Three club members can now call themselves ultra-athletes after completing the 50 mile challenge around Marshside on Sunday 13th July 2014.  The day before, four roadrunners completed the tough, yet picturesque Ranscombe Challenge, a marathon held on the in the Ranscombe Nature Reserve.  In addition, eight members of the club took part in the Les Golding Memorial 10K in Herne Bay with Owen Mitchell again starring with an impressive fifth place.

Donna Perkins, Pam Philpot and Andy Stevens all completed the mammoth 50 mile challenge. The event held at the Marshside Fishery in Chislet involved the athletes running 6.55 mile off road laps around the countryside...a task even more difficult as the weather conditions were variable.  A mixture of heavy showers and intense heat made their athletic achievements even more remarkable.

After finishing the 50 mile Challenge, Andy Stevens said, ‘The event was really tough, but it was great to have my son Jake run the last lap with me.  It was really nice for him to have been given a special medal for being the youngest person to complete a lap of the challenge.’
Both Donna and Pam ran the 50 Mile Challenge for charity.  Donna was running for Parkinson's Research.  She said, ‘I ran this event to support my good friend Kim Gibson who use to be the mayor of Ramsgate and also a local councillor. Kim was recently diagnosed with the condition and I wanted to raise money and awareness for research for this life changing condition.’

She added, ‘It was very tough event, but I was really lucky to have the support of my friends at Thanet Roadrunners to get me around.’

Pam Philpot was raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation a charity that is very close to Pam's heart since her son was diagnosed at 15 years old with Type 1 diabetes.  You can still Pam or Donna by visiting their fundraising pages at and

The day earlier, Mark & Sharon Foster, Helen Langsmead and Shelley Rowe completed a marathon in the Ranscombe Challenge. The event involved the runners running 3.8 mile laps around the Ranscombe nature reserve.  

Sharon Foster said, ‘As it was on the North Downs, the course was extremely hilly with about only 800 metres on the flat.  Conditions were good at the start being cool and misty.  The sun came out when we got to about 15 miles which was too hot, but luckily there was enough shade.’ 

She added, ‘The views were amazing.  We all enjoyed the day and the medal and good bags were just fabulous.

A torrential downpour met the runner of the Les Golding Memorial 10k on Sunday 13th July 2014 which was held in Herne Bay.  Owen Mitchell again led the Thanet team home with a creditable 5th place.

The full Thanet Roadrunners results for this 10K race are as follows

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