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The popular Folkestone Coastal 10k and the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon are expected to go ahead this September

Both the Folkestone Coastal 10k and the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon are expected to go ahead in September.

The popular Folkestone Coastal event was due to take place on Sunday, May 31, before being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Race director Ray Johnson, centre, with the winners of the Folkestone Coastal 10k last year
Race director Ray Johnson, centre, with the winners of the Folkestone Coastal 10k last year

Instead, it will take place on September 6 while the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon is scheduled to be held three weeks later.

Ray Johnson, race director for both events, was delighted with the news.

He said: “Thank you for bearing with us while we waited for a further update from England Athletics.

“We have now received new guidance on how we can enable the races to proceed and we are working through everything to ensure we are able to comply, and (we) will update you once again upon authorisation from the relevant authorities.

“The Covid-19 crisis has been and remains challenging for all and, naturally, the safety of all participants, our many volunteers and spectators are essential.

“So we are doing everything we can to get the races together.

"I have been overwhelmed by positive comments and support which are most appreciated.

“We are working hard with our race partners Nice Work who are assisting us with following the advice issued by England Athletics and the Government.”

More information on the Folkestone Coastal 10K is available from here and more details on the Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon are available here.

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