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The Deal Half Marathon

Location: Betteshanger Country Park, Sholden, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF
Date: Sunday 9th February 2020
Time: 10:30

Deal Tri is pleased to host the Deal Half Marathon, which takes place around the quiet rural roads through the villages of Betteshangar, Sutton, Ripple, Langdon and Martin Mill. Using an accurately measured course the challenging route takes in the scenic Kent countryside surrounding Deal. 

There is a fantastic list of prizes on offer, including £50 for first male and female finisher, plus Runners Retreat vouchers for the top three male and female runners. There is also a range of age category prizes and free entries for winning teams.


Junior Race – starts 10:45 after main race has left. Out and back along the cycle path, 1500m. Prize giving will be straight after the race at the finish.  Age range up to 16yrs, with prizes in 2 year bands.

Nice Work are responsible for Chip Timing & Entry Management Services for the event.

Please note all information is correct at time of posting however there may be minor changes following uncertainties around Betteshanger Country Park.
  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
The Course
The Deal Half Marathon is a challenging course using the roads through the villages of Betteshanger, Sutton, Ripple, Langdon and Martin Mill. The route will be officially measured and carries a certificate of course accuracy. T​here will be 4 water stations located at 3, 5, 7 and 10 miles, plus there will be toilets located at miles 5 and 10 - what luxury!

You can view a course map here.

The route will be clearly marked using large route arrows, as well as being marshalled throughout. Please note that the roads will not be closed for the event and, although they are quiet lanes, there is a chance you may meet a vehicle on the route. Due to the race taking place on open roads, headphones are banned for this event and anyone seen wearing headphones during the race will be disqualified. This includes bone conducting headphones.

The race has a cut off time of 02:50:00 and you must pass through halfway in 01:25:00.

The race headquarters are based at Betteshanger Country Park and there are toilets facilities available. Additional toilet facilities will be available at the registration and close to the start and finish area.

First Aid
St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Race HQ: Betteshanger Country Park (formerly Fowlmead Country Park), Sholden, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF 

The Deal Half Marathon takes place at Betteshanger Country Park (formerly Fowlmead) and is accessible by car, rail - and, of course, on foot and by bike.

The park is accessible by foot via two entrances. The main entrance is off the main roundabout at Shodlen on the A258 Deal to Sandwich Road. The rear gate entrance is a 15 minute walk from Southwall Road, Deal.

For those who wish to drive to the event there is ample parking available at the Race HQ. The park is located just off the A258 approximately 2 miles from Deal, Kent. It is within 10 miles of the A2 at Whitfield. Please note that there is a charge for the car park (£2 per day); however, it gives you a full day's parking, so we encourage runners and spectators to make the most of the visit and take a look around the country park.

The closest railway stations are Deal and Sandwich. You will then need to get a taxi or cycle to the event.

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Course record holders

  • 2011 - Phil Anthony - 01:10:51
  • 2012 - Tina Oldershaw - 01:24:04