July 22, 2007
Michael Coleman 31:17
Helen Wheeler 41:02
No. of Finishers
Julius Caesar may have landed on this part of the Kent coast when he invaded Britain in 55 and 54 BC, but he did not have to contend with the kind of heat that runners encountered at the Dinosaur 10K.
As the temperature rose to 26ºC, thoughts of personal bests faded and runners concentrated instead on enjoying the stunning views on this one-lap seaside course.
The scenic race started in Deal before following the undulating coastline past the historic castles of Deal and Walmer and winding through several quaint seaside resorts before climbing into lovely Kingsdown village.
After the challenging climb, the last four kilometres back to Deal provided balance with a relatively flat finish.
Race organisation, from clear distance markers to encouraging marshals, was praised by sweltering runners, who were particularly appreciative of the plentiful water stations as they enjoyed the coastal views.
There was a good deal of local support during the race, which was part of Deal Regatta Week. The event was started in memory of Deal Tri Club founder member Roger Francis-Darby, who died of skin cancer seven years ago, so it was fitting that some of the profits went to The Skin Cancer Charity.