Channel Tri – A Big Thank You

A big thank you for your support of the Channel Triathlon and Channel Rotary and we apologise that it is not personalised but we owe thanks to so many.

The Channel Tri 2021 was another fantastic event. It is amazingly rewarding to be able to host the event which has so many benefits for individuals and for our community. The fact that this report goes to some twenty different organisations which help us run the triathlon, demonstrates the network of support which has built up behind it and while essential for its success is now there to support our community in other ways.

200 athletes booked for the 2021 event.

The Channel Tri promotes our District:

We received many comments such as these.

“Beautiful morning down at Folkstone today with @whitfit_kate. Watched the sea come in as we got ready. After a choppy sea swim, 800m run to T1, out on the bike for a hilly 20k ride before coming back down to sea level for a gentle undulating 5k run home. Challenging route “

#trilife took us to Folkstone this weekend for the @channel_triathlon  and what a fantastic event it was!! We had to conquer a choppy sea swim, undulating bike course with stunning views and a rolling run through the coastal park and along Folkestone’s promenade! I love a sea swim 🧜🏻‍♀️ and a bit of variety on the bike, so this course was just perfect

Promoting health and fitness:

In conjunction with British Triathlon we introduces a short introductory triathlon called GO Tri this year. 60 people booked and although some did not turn up on the day, those who did had an exhilarating experience which hopefully will have reinforced their enthusiasm for sport and fitness.

A typical comment about the GO TRI:

 “Yay!! I did it!! Completed the GoTri @channel_triathlon this morning and ended up having the most amazing time! Met lots of super friendly people who were equally as terrified of swimming in the choppy sea as I was at 7.30am. It may have been the dinkiest of Tri distances but it was my first in open water. Feeling proud and suitably stuffed with too many celebratory cakes!!

Helping local charities:

2021 Channel Tri raised £12k for local charities.

We have already allocated funds to:

  • Shepway Sports Trust for their work with MIND improving mental health through sport.
  • A donation to MIND Southeast for its work in our community
  • Folkestone Rescue 
  • Folkestone Rowing Club
  • This year Channel Rotary has a focus on supporting local schools with the welfare challenges caused by Covid.
  • The entire income from the Tri is already allocated.

Thanks to our sponsors.

A triathlon is an expensive and complex event to stage.

We are lucky to have had financial support from Folkestone Town Council, KCC through Cllr Love and Folkestone-Hythe through Cllr Prater. But of equal importance is the support we received, in preparing the bike route for example, from KCC Highways and the support of the Local Councils.

The financial support and support in kind from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, FAS Financial services, Saga, Jenner, Walker Construction, Church&Dwight , Romney Cycles, Dave Froude Ceramics, the Harbour Company and its workforce, are essential to the success of the event.

The event would not be possible without the essential support for the safety of the swim element of the Tri from Folkestone Rescue and Folkestone Rowing Club – two safety boats and nine kayaks on the sea this year. We are pleased to be able to support them in return.

The support of the Shepway Sports Trust and its links to 43 local sports clubs is
fantastic and we are delighted to be able to support the Trust in return.

We are also most grateful for the support of all our local large employers who promote the event for us. Our thanks also to Matt Morsia – MattDoesFitness – who started the Tri this year.

John Setford gave two days to bringing and installing the transition equipment; one of the weekends great challenges.

Steve James of Romney Cycles makes the difference between athletes being able to compete or not.

Nick Jordan – NE Timing – turns a job for the day into a year’s support which is invaluable.

Mark Downes with a van provided by Saga lightens our workload amazingly.

Working in the community:

The value of this quiet network which has built up around the triathlon was demonstrated earlier this year when Rotary was asked to help with the vaccination programme in Folkestone. A request for support brought over a hundred volunteers within hours, building to an army of some 700 volunteers who have so far given over 18,000 hours of volunteer support to the two centres in the town.  Now in turn many of those volunteers have returned to assist Channel Rotary in marshalling the triathlon.

We are very grateful to everyone above and all the marshals for your support which is so willingly given. Together we achieve a lot.
Thank you all.

Joe Sullivan
Chairman of Fundraising
Channel Rotary Club Folkestone

Skittles Bash

After a busy 12 months, Channel Rotary enjoyed an evening of fun and entertainment with a skittles tournament at the Fox pub in Temple Ewell. After a thrilling end to a hotly contested game of ‘Killer’ a fish and chips and home cooked beef pie supper was served. Welcoming guests from Mechelen in Belgium and Aberfeldy in Scotland a thrilling fun filled and truly international evening was enjoyed by all.

4th Channel Tri is Another Great Success

Folkestone Channel Rotary Club’s fourth Triathlon took to the water and roads of Folkestone on 5th September, once again under the leadership of Club maestro Joe Sullivan.  The response of the athletes was excellent and plans are already in hand for the next one in September 2022.  The Channel Tri is now well established in the South East calendar and this time it attracted people from a wide area including visitors from Australia and Poland.

Local personality Matt Morsia from Hythe (one of the best known fitness gurus in the UK) opened the event.  He has over 2 million subscribers on his You Tube channel ‘Mike Does Fitness, 900,000 on Instagram and is just publishing his new book.

The event attracted over 200 entries and we raised in the region of £12k for local charities.

For a full reports visit Channel News on this website

‘Fall of Hammer’

Today, if an old colleague asked “What would you like to be remembered by?” It would be a difficult decision, particularly today.  Would it be for something that we had achieved in our career, or where we are now compared to where we started?

Reading today’s news about the Public Enquiry in Whitehaven and opening a coal mine again has a major impact on the answer.  Our grandfather worked all his life in the same coal mine in Whitehaven. He died through silicosis and lost his brother and uncle in 1910 mine explosion across the harbour from his pit.  He was mentioned in dispatches during the 1st World War.  He was that sort of man.  He did his duty, and he provided for his family.  He also, incidentally, always drank his tea by first pouring it into his saucer to cool it.

So why do we support the opening of the coal mine again in Whitehaven?

Because it meant that we were brought up the way we are now.  It is what sons and grandsons want.  To see their fathers working hard, and earning to provide perhaps a better life for their family.  Although in those days fathers’ duty required them to train their sons their trade.  To pass on experiences and how to enjoy life as they have it.

How will the children of Whitehaven be impacted if there is no work available locally for their fathers?  The men of the town want, and need to work.

Obviously this is from a man’s perspective.  The opposition arguments are by Professors and Green campaigners concerned about climate change and the possible affect on our children’s children.

Whitehaven children are more urgent in our minds, surely.  And besides, the other thing that the people of Whitehaven would like is a couple of degrees better weather.

Let’s debate. 

Alan M.

These are the views of the author and not necessarily representative of Channel Rotary

Wonderful Channel Tri

Sunday morning 7.30am and over 200 triathletes entered the water for their swim at Sunnysands beach in Folkestone. The sun rose, the weather was warm and a tremendously successful Channel Triathlon was well underway. Next came the cycling and running disciplines. A great day was had by all with many promising to return next year.

How Many Volunteer Marshals Does It Take To Do Over 100,000 Covid Vaccinations?

The answer for the two Folkestone vaccinations centres is hundreds and hundreds. Around 700 selfless local residents have volunteered since January and so enabled NHS staff and other trained vaccinators to do the essential job of protecting people against Covid-19. The whole volunteer programme was put together and is managed by the two Folkestone Rotary Clubs (Folkestone Channel and Folkestone). Amazingly, the volunteers have already given freely of 18,000 hours of their time and we appreciate it enormously.

Typically, between 40 and 50 volunteer marshals are needed every day; and, with people returning to work or going on holiday, new volunteers are urgently needed to replace them as the programme expands into younger people and top-up jabs. So please consider giving a few hours yourself and help us to remove the threat of Covid-19.

Contact Joe Sullivan of Folkestone Channel Rotary on 07740 284236

Thank you
Duncan H.