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The Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k

Introducing a brand new race for Kent

Morning start line opens at 9.00 am
Morning start line closes at 10.30 am

Afternoon start line opens at 12 noon
Afternoon start line closes at 1.30 pm

Canicross starts at 1.00 pm

We are delighted to announce that our brand new race at the stunning Doddington Place Gardens, sadly postponed in 2020 and again earlier in the year, will now take place on Saturday May 1st.
This will be the first time the venue has hosted a running event, although the Estate has featured in films, tv shows, and in many media publications and has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2021 Historic House Garden of the Year Award.
We are particularly excited to showcase our stunning finish-line - definitely not one to be missed – located on the long driveway to the gates of this stately home.
The Gardens, located close to Faversham in Kent, are spectacular in May and both runners and spectators will be able to view the notable woodlands which include many different varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas; also a large Edwardian rock garden with pools (currently undergoing extensive renovation); a formal sunk garden with herbaceous borders, and a flint and brick folly. The extensive lawns and avenues are framed by impressive, clipped yew hedges and many fine trees.
You can check out the Gardens on the Doddington Place Gardens website here.
For the runners, we present a choice of 10k or 5k routes using the secure, traffic-free, undulating trails which surround the estate. The 10k is two loops whilst 5k runners will do one lap.

Car parking is plentiful.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be offering a Canicross option for those who wish to run with their 4 legged friends and we’ll make sure we have some special treats available for pooches at the finish line!

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal. There will be trophies awarded to the leading runners and age category winners and there will also be prizes for leading runners in the Canicross events.
Flexible start options

Each race will host two starts, one in the morning another in the afternoon; whilst Canicross entrants will have their own start at 1.00pm:
The race will incorporate our tried and tested Covid safety measures and adhere to the guidelines laid down by UK Athletics.

You can view our Covid protocols here.

A copy of our Participants Code of Conduct can be viewed here.

A copy of our Spectators Code of Conduct can be viewed here.
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The Course

The route will be a lapped 5k route with 10k runners completing two laps. The route will start close to the main drive before taking you in front of the house and throughout the Park estate. You will then cross over the road at the bottom of the main Park and make your way onto the fields to the South of the estate. You will then return to Doddington Gardens and finish along the main drive. 10k Runners will continue in front of the house to start their second lap.

A route map will be available shortly.  

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 runner 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. Results should be available on our website www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as you cross the finish line. Provisional results will be published as soon as possible after the race has finished and final results will be published as soon as is practical on the day after the race.

Trophies and awards will be sent in the post after the event.

All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results by email as soon as possible on the first working day after the race.

Doddington Place is situated just 10 minutes from the A20 and A2.

Closest train Station is Faversham with regular trains to and from London Victoria and also from London St. Pancras.

Doddington Place Gardens
Doddington Nr Sittingbourne


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