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The Deal Half Marathon

Main Race start time - 10:30 AM
Junior race start time - 10:00 AM

Following the cancellation of our planned Half Marathon, a new date of 1st March has been arranged, albeit a race in a different format, as it will be round the track at Betteshanger Country Park.

We will have the marquee and toilets up at the track, music and commentary each time people go by, fun and good atmosphere!  6 and a half laps, will measure accurately.   

One big water station, finishers still cheering on those still running.  Will be great!  

Present entries are being offered the new date, transfer to a friend, transfer to the Dinosaur 10k, or transfer to next year's half marathon on 14th Feb, and new entries are welcome.  

We are sharing the venue with the Saxons, Vikings & Normans marathon group who will be running around the park on different tracks, so it will be a proper festival of running!  Just make sure you register on the day at the right place! (We are doing registration up on the track, Saxon Shore do their registration in the car park.)

PLEASE NOTE: TO AVOID QUEUES AT THE CAR PARK PAYMENT METRES, YOU CAN PAY BEFOREHAND OR UP TO 48 HOURS AFTER YOUR VISIT ONLINE AT  www.parkwithease.co.uk 

We have a new bespoke medal this year, so definately worth training for!  Our paper cups are 100% biodegradable and will be composted to cut down our use of plastic.

So the race headquarters and registration are based at Betteshanger Country Park, up at the track, near the start/finish, and there will be 6 toilets up there, in addition to the ones already at the park down by the car parks.  You are able to leave jackets or jumpers at the start/finish however it is not to be used for luggage and will not be monitored all the time.  There will be one water station which will be passed on every lap, ie every 2 miles.

There is ample parking available at Betteshanger Country Park and you are advised to leave all belongings in your car. Please note the parking charge is £3 so the race entry fees are kept low to allow for this. Car share where possible. And remember the parking fee goes towards the upkeep of this wonderful park. Please do not park on the grass on the roundabout on the A258 as this is not a parking area and inhibits the view of the motorists and supporters crossing the road. PLEASE NOTE: TO AVOID QUEUES AT THE CAR PARK PAYMENT METRES, YOU CAN PAY BEFOREHAND OR UP TO 48 HOURS AFTER YOUR VISIT ONLINE AT  www.parkwithease.co.uk 

We have Lillyroos Catering Van at the start/finish area, serving freshly ground coffee, tea, hot chocolate and soup, along with donuts, flapjacks, short bread and crisps, so great reasons to have your supporters up at the finish to see the runners come in!

With a fantastic list of prizes including £50 for first male and female, plus Runners Retreat vouchers for 2nd and 3rd placed male and females and for age group winners. Team winners receive a free entry for next year plus a great runners' rescue bag from Podplus!  

All race numbers are to be collected on the morning of the race so you are advised to give yourself enough time to collect your race number and get to the start on time.

Please note that as the race is now on closed roads, earphones will be permitted. 

The race has a cut off time of 2:50 and you must pass through halfway in 1:25.  If you feel you are not likely to meet this cut off, please inform us and we will start you off early at 9.30am.

Junior Race – starts 10:00 before the main race. Will be 1500m around the top circuit of the track.  Prize giving will be straight after the race at the finish.  Age range up to 16yrs, with prizes in 2 year bands.

  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
The Course
The route will be 6.5 laps of the Betteshanger track.



First Aid
Margate Ambulance Corps 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 (£3 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.


PLEASE NOTE: TO AVOID QUEUES AT THE CAR PARK PAYMENT METRES, YOU CAN PAY BEFOREHAND OR UP TO 48 HOURS AFTER YOUR VISIT ONLINE AT  www.parkwithease.co.uk 

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

UKA Licence Number

2020-39322

Course record holders

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

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