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The 15th Kent Christmas Cracker 5 Mile & 2 Mile Fun Run

The Kent Christmas Cracker is a long-established festive cracker of an event and is the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas holiday season. Dig out your festive running gear and enjoy the great Christmas race atmosphere here on this traffic free tarmac road course.

The accurately measured course will cover two laps of the purpose-built cycling track to ensure a fast time. 

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and trophies for the leading runners and age category winners - plus we'll have some festive goodies on hand.  
Entering the event

If you have entered the race in good time, your race number will be sent to you in the post. If you have entered the race close to the race date, you will need to collect your race number on the morning of the event. 

Race numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt and not on your legs or back. If you do so you may not receive an accurate time. Make sure you do not damage the chip. Please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your number. Remember race numbers are non-transferable. 

  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
The Course
The 5 mile race takes in a two lap course along the tarmac paths within Betteshanger Country Park. Run along the purpose-built cycling track, this route is free of traffic, flat and fast. 

First Aid
St John Ambulance 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. Presentations will take place approximately 45 minutes after the first finisher.

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 Kent Christmas Cracker 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.

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

UKA Licence Number

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Course record holders

  • Charlie Brisley- 25.33
  • Katy Lavender-33.05


"Perfect running conditions, weather and track. Well organized and friendly race with a Santa medal and Christmas pud. Thanks to all the marshals, organizers and the 1000s of miners who put all the stuff there for us to run on! Definitely one for my diary next year. Merry Christmas all."

- The Kent Christmas Cracker 5