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The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon

Marathon start line opens – 8.00 am
Half marathon start line opens – 9.00 am
Start lines close – 10.00 am

Join us for the return of marathon racing in Kent!

This year’s Kent Spring Marathon and Half Marathon will go ahead on Sunday 11th April 2021 – and, after too long in lockdown, we’re excited to welcome you back to our events.

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, with cracking support from our enthusiastic partners at Ashford Striders who will be there to guide you safely around the route. 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. Aid stations will be plentiful and well-stocked!

So, why not celebrate the return of live racing, shake off those lockdown blues and join us for a new marathon challenge?

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and there are prizes for first man and lady in both races plus trophies for the leading runners and age category winners.  

Exclusive souvenir technical t-shirts are available to purchase for just £12.00. 

The Kent Spring Marathon is generously sponsored by PodPlus, a local sports shop and injury clinic based at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford. You can find details on their services on their website here.

Photos from the race will be provided by MySportPhotos here.

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.
  • Toilets
  • On Site Parking
​Please note that due to Covid guidelines, it is not possible to offer baggage or refreshment facilities.
The Course

The Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon course is an undulating, multi-terrain course using the roads surrounding Ashford, Westwell and Charing with a section along the Pilgrims Way. The marathon runners will complete two laps and the half marathon will be one lap. The final 1.5k of the race is downhill so fast finishes are guaranteed.

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.


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. 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.
Race HQ: Sandyacres Sports Club, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, TN25 4PE

The race headquarters are located at Sandyacres Sports Club and there will be car parking available at the school on race day. 

The closest railway station is Charing, which is served by trains from Ashford International. It is just a short half a mile walk from the station to the race HQ.

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Testimonials

"Excellent organisation, well-marked course, good snacks with the water at the end. I forgot about all of the delicious looking cakes in the registration hall though :-( Thanks to all the marshals en-route and the support of St Johns Ambulance. "

- The Charing 10k

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