The Canterbury Half Marathon
A popular part of the Kent sporting calendar, the Canterbury Half Marathon returns in 2021. Organised to support Pilgrims Hospices by Nice Work, the race attracts a large Bank Holiday Monday entry, to confirm its position as one of Kent's favourite half marathons.
The course is challenging and covers the quiet country lanes on the outskirts of the city. Also includes a 2 mile fun run and children's race.
Please note the following changes for the event and please read the codes of conduct below.
1. The first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots. People will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
2. Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines.
3. A sterile area will be in force around the start line with strictly no access to anybody other than participants and race officials. Once you enter this area you will not be able to leave until your race begins. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THIS STERILE AREA.
4. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, water, in sealed bottles, will be available at the finish and you will be required to collect it yourself from an unmanned water table – hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for you to use. There will not be a water station on the course. Please dispose of the bottles and other litter in the bins provided.
5. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, no results, race prizes or awards will be available on the day. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants. Race and age group winners will receive a trophy in the post after the event. Medals will be available to be collected at the event.
6. There will be toilet facilities at the start / finish area and these will be sanitised regularly. Please play your part by washing your hands thoroughly and using hand sanitiser before and after use.
7. Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
8. You must maintain social distancing at all times – before, during and after the race. When overtaking another runner please be mindful of the space available.
9. Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas.
10. Once you finish your race please continue to walk through the finish funnel and return direct to your vehicle – do not wait for friends or family.
11. Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct - Please observe the ‘Rule of 6’ and do not gather in large groups to discuss the race or take team photos.
A range of finish line goodies
Prizes/trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Female; 1st in all age categories from Junior to Vet 8 1st Male & Female affiliated Team (3 to count)
Well stocked aid stations along the route
St John Ambulance will be in attendance on the day
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.
Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7BA
The Merton Farm venue is accessed via the M2/A2. There will be parking available at the venue.
Race Headquarters will be at Merton Farm on the field adjacent to the entrance of the farm. The start/finish area will be located on the road immediately outside the HQ and signs will be clearly posted to direct you.
The closest railway station is Canterbury East Station however this is roughly 3 miles from the race HQ.
The Canterbury Half Marathon course is a lollipop shape route covering the roads on the outskirts of the City. The course has been officially measured and carries a certificate of course accuracy. The route will be clearly marked using large route arrows and directional cones, as well as being marshalled throughout.
Due to sections of the route being open to traffic headphones are not permitted to be worn during the race and if you are seen wearing headphones you risk disqualification.
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.
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