Next Race: 14/04/2024
Sandyacres Sports Club, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4PE
A superbly crafted Spring marathon & half marathon through some of Kent's prettiest countryside for your racing pleasure... Will you accept the challenge?
This is a Nice Work race
This means that this is an original Nice Work race, fully hosted and organised by us.
This popular Kent Spring race sees a two-lap marathon and a single lap half marathon, covering the undulating, quiet, wide lanes outside Ashford in Kent plus a short section on the Pilgrims Way. Both races carry UKA licences and are accurately measured, which means that a good time for marathon runners could see you secure a ‘Good for Age’ time for a certain somewhat larger big-city marathon!
Both races are suitable for runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to half or full marathon races. More to the point, this is known for being a friendly event. The race always attracts great reviews and, for those of you who are experienced marathon runners, the event makes a refreshing change from some of the busy, big city affairs.
The scenic, rural route weaves its way out into the countryside north of Ashford and heads out through the nearby countryside in and around and the pretty Kent villages of Charing and Westwell. The Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon course is an undulating, multi-terrain course. The final 1.5k of the race is downhill so fast finishes are guaranteed. Aid stations will be plentiful and well-stocked!
The roads will be not closed for the event, but they are quiet lanes. However, please still be aware that there may be vehicles on the course.
You can view the route maps below. You'll be able to download the route in different formats including GPX.
Marathon / Half Marathon
Bespoke medal for all finishers.
Trophy with certficate & £5 voucher prize for 1st, 2nd & 3rd male & female winners (both distances)
Certificates and £5 voucher prize for 1st male & female age group categories (both distances)
On-the-day-Entry Fees (subject to availability only):
Marathon race: £45.00
Half Marathon races: £35.00
This race supports the Ashford and Tenterden Samaritans and aims to raise as much money as possible through your kind donations. Help Ashford and Tenterden Samaritans keep the phone lines open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by running for Samaritans – write your story and get sponsorship on our Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/ashford-samaritans
"Honestly, I’m not sure I would be here now if I hadn’t made that call. To tell someone my story who was a stranger was so much easier than telling family or friends. I felt I couldn’t tell the people close to me everything in case it hurt them to hear the truth. With Samaritans, I could finally open up.” - Simon.
‘My fundraising ensures that there is always someone on the end of a phone to help someone in need and get them through the bad times’ - Dave – Runner for Samaritans.
Event information will be sent to all registered entrants prior to race-day.
Located at Sandyacres Sports Club and there will be car parking available at the Bidwell's Car Park.
The closest railway station is Charing, which is served by trains from Ashford International. It is just a short half-mile walk from the station to the race HQ