Thanks to Naomi Harper, PR Manager, BU Short Routes & Passenger, for sending this story.
On a slightly grey and soggy Sunday 13 October DFDS Dover sponsored the first ever DFDS Temple Ewell 10k run, starting and finishing at picturesque Kearsney Abbey, a couple of miles from the Whitfield office and port of Dover.
PTFA (Parent Teach and Family association) chair Vicky Chambers says: “It’s a small school and we are always looking for funds to help. The idea for the run came from knowing that Dover didn’t have its own running event, while most of its neighbouring towns do. But it had to be something different to attract interest, and we hoped by offering a multi-terrain route that we might get our new event off to a great start – helped by DFDS’s backing for at least three years.”
The running community liked the idea too, as the target of 300 entrants was reached easily, coming from all over Kent and even far beyond – one runner travelled from Leicestershire.
After some words of wisdom and a great send off from local hero and 1976 Olympics Team GB marathon runner Barry Watson, also a former teacher at the Temple Ewell school, the pace slackened early for the steep gradient to Scotland Common, which then opened onto a flatter route on the Minnis and around Ewell Minnis, before the descent back to the abbey.
But the mixed route earned a thumbs up from locals and visitors alike: “It was lovely to have an event on our own doorstep and it was an excellent course,” said Ladies’ V35 winner Rachel Tappenden (Dover Road Runners) who covered the 10k in 51m 42sec.
Joint Race Director Glenn Mousley said: “The race ran smoothly despite wet conditions underfoot. We spent a considerable amount of time on the course the day before, spreading straw to improve grip for the runners and this paid off with some excellent performances. It’s a new race and we were really pleased with the support from local runners. We look forward to welcoming them back next year.”
Medals were awarded to all participants, while the trophies were presented by Kasper Moos and Temple Ewell C of E Primary School Head Teacher Angela Matthews.
DFDS employees that took part included Gemma Nightingale, Clive Allon, Owen Hides, Stefanie Morris, Mark Hazard, Andrew Meek, Alex Ledger, Adam McCarthy and Bradley Ellison.
“DFDS is delighted to support an event that delivers a double benefit for the Dover community where we are based, and I must congratulate the enthusiasm of the runners in such overcast conditions,” says Kasper Moos.
Amazingly the total raised for this event was just over £4,000 with all profits going to the Temple Ewell Church of England Primary School PTFA (Parent Teach and Family association) fund which provides vital equipment for the school such as computers, furniture and educational trips.
DFDS have agreed a three-year sponsorship commitment to boost the port town’s athletics community as well as the funds of the primary school in Temple Ewell village, so there’s time now to start training for next year’s run!
Thanks too goes to Monika Copley for providing the new DFDS mascot costumes on the day and support from Laura Charlton, Paul Robson, Lewis Mackie and Ray Currie who helped on the day.