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Canterbury Half Marathon

3 races scheduled · 1500 participants · Mon 30th Aug 2021 · Canterbury
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About this event

The half marathon that has a bit of everything to it. Known to be one of the most popular in Kent, it is an extremely well organised event combining challenging running with stunning scenery. Take on these country lanes and you will have definitely deserved that medal at the finish line.

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We are a specialist race management company, organising more than 140 races across the UK each year. We offer everything from small community events to larger races organised on behalf of running clubs, charities, local authorities and private companies.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Sat Aug 28 2021

What's included:

  • Bespoke medal
  • Finish line goodies
  • Well-stocked aid stations
  • Chip timed
  • Marshalled and marked course
  • First Aid
  • Certified and measured course
  • Prizes
Half Marathon
10:00am Mon 30th Aug 2021

Run 13.1mi

£24.00 - £26.00
Fun Run
10:00am Mon 30th Aug 2021

Run 2mi

£7.00
Children's Race
10:00am Mon 30th Aug 2021

Run 1mi

£4.00
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What people think
4.2
19 reviews
FamilyFamily friendly
BicepFlexChallenging course
SceneryStunning scenery
Luke d
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really loved this run special thanks to volunteers/Marshalls and Kevin daly also the public coming out and supporting the runners they made the day awesome … read more
Christine
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I always find nice at work events well organised. The course is tough but scenic not much traffic, good water stations.… read more
Ian
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Tough course through lovely country lanes. The view across the valley towards the cathedral with about a mile to go makes all those hills worth it. One word of warning,nothing much going on for any spectators. So take everything you’re going to need with you. … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Are headphones allowed?
Due to sections of the route being open to traffic headphones are not permitted during the race and if you are seen wearing headphones you risk disqualification.… read more
FAQ
Can I enter on the day?
Providing the entry limit has not been reached, entries will be available on the day for an increased price. … read more
FAQ
How old do I have to be to participate in the half marathon?
Runners must be 17 years or over to compete.… read more
Route description
Route description

The Canterbury Half Marathon course is a lollipop shape route covering the roads on the outskirts of the city. Beginning near Merton Farm, the route takes runners through Petham and Waltham along scenic country roads.

Luke d
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really loved this run special thanks to volunteers/Marshalls and Kevin daly also the public coming out and supporting the runners they made the day awesome
Christine
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I always find nice at work events well organised. The course is tough but scenic not much traffic, good water stations.
Ian
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Tough course through lovely country lanes. The view across the valley towards the cathedral with about a mile to go makes all those hills worth it. One word of warning,nothing much going on for any spectators. So take everything you’re going to need with you.
Derrick
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Was a really enjoyable day. The course was challenging and not helped by being one of the hottest days of the year. There could have been a few more water stations but volunteers were great and the course was well signposted. Would run it again.
Malcolm F
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Challenging course. Great stewarding. Average facilities especially car parking and race finish water station
Michael F
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Challenging and scenic. Great marshalling. Average facilities, car parking and water arrangements at the finish.
Steveh
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Excellent atmosphere created by volunteers and members of the public. Course challenging but lovely scenery. Course welll signposted. Could have done with a couple more drinks stations. Overall very good event
Robin H
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
An enjoyable run. The course on an ordinary day would be challenging with the hills. However, with the blistering heat it was brutal at times. Thanks to the local home owners who sprayed us with their hoses and water pistols! A couple more water stations may have helped.<br />I left with lots of time to spare but both Google maps and Imaps took us to the nearest point on the dual carriageway and didn't recognise the parking locations. Had no time to stretch etc. Just beware for next year!<br />Maybe an option for a bespoke t-shirt as some of us collect tshirts and not medals. We'll done to all who completed it!
Aron H
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3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Don’t get me wrong this was a great half marathon, the support from locals was superb with hosepipes and sweets and encouragement. My issue was the water stations were lacking in that the cups were only half filled with water and considering it was nearly 30’ this could have been dangerous. There also were not enough stations. I’m sure it wasn’t just me who finished it feeling very dehydrated. I will be back next year, I think I will probably wear a hydration vest though which I have never done for a half marathon (or a full) before.
Julia B
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Very challenging course far too hot on the day I think I’d like to run this when it’s not 31 degrees! Lovely villagers spraying us all with water I think they kept everyone going . Got mild heat stroke myself around 9 miles so for me was not a good run at all ! Time worse ever for me <br />Overall great run challenging course lovely villagers ! Loved the medal
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Such a lovely atmosphere and fantastic encouragement and support by volunteers and members of the public. Beautiful route and scenery. I’ll be back !
Michelle O
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Good marshalling. Good signposting. Not enough water stations. Not enough drinks. Too long a run before reaching first water station. Encouraging villagers handing out jelly babies and spraying us down with garden hoses. Amazing medals. Fantastic comraderie and social experience.
Jill
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Very challenging course, interesting route, would definitely do it again, great volunteer helpers. Thank you!
Mark L
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
[slightly grumpy review] Despite saying they would provide additional drinks stations (on top of the 4 originally planned) if it was a warm day and the weather forecast predicting that for at least a week beforehand, I was disappointed that the organisers only provided one additional drinks station and arguably not in the right place. In particular there were none between approximately the 8 mile and the 11 mile markers, where there was far greater need: i.e. towards the end of the race, people visibly tiring (most around me reduced to walking), temperature around 28º having risen from an already warm 24º at the start, in a section including a continuous mile-long uphill stretch. I hope that in future years you will plan for warm weather drinks stations no more than 2 miles apart for the second half of the course, ideally at 8, 10 and 12 miles. I assume that at least some of you among the organisers have run in hot weather and realise that the last few miles are always going to be more difficult than the first few, especially with a significant part of those last few miles being uphill and especially as the Canterbury half-marathon is open to all-comers for whom the distance may be challenging in any weather conditions. I heard several others voicing the same concerns. <br />That is my only gripe. The route is gorgeous. The uphill section is challenging but basically was rendered more difficult than necessary by the lack of a drinks station. The atmosphere is supportive and good natured and the hosepipe bearing householders lining the route deserve a medal each for public service!
Jo B
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great course on a very hot day! No goody bag, not even a banana, I know this is for a good cause but local supermarkets can usually sponsor something like this!
Steve B
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Parking was disorganised and all over the place. Toilets to few and miles from the parking. No goodie bag or after race facilities. ie changing area
L Marshall
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3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Unfortunately it was a very hot day which meant that it took participants longer to complete. When myself and friends finished the marshalls were more or less packed away and we weren’t even offered water on completion on such a really hot day
Mark F
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really enjoyed this half but it's one of the hardest I have done some steep hills especially towards the end of the race.
Karl W
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Well organised and nice route, but challenging, particularly in the blazing sun. Where is British bank holiday weather when you need it.
4.2
19 reviews
FamilyFamily friendly
BicepFlexChallenging course
SceneryStunning scenery
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

10:00 Race Start

Please ensure that you arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the race in order to drop your bag and complete the registration process.

Spectators

Spectators are very welcome. The best place to view the runners will be near the start/finish area.

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up.

Volunteers are offered free entry to a future Nice Work race and, in some cases, expenses are available.

If interested, please contact: [email protected]

How to get there

Merton Lodge, Merton Ln, Canterbury CT4 7BA, UK

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Race HQ: Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7BA

The closest railway station is Canterbury East Station, however this is roughly 3 miles from the race HQ.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Are headphones allowed?
Due to sections of the route being open to traffic headphones are not permitted during the race and if you are seen wearing headphones you risk disqualification.
FAQ
Can I enter on the day?
Providing the entry limit has not been reached, entries will be available on the day for an increased price.
FAQ
How old do I have to be to participate in the half marathon?
Runners must be 17 years or over to compete.
FAQ
How can I find my results for the Canterbury Half Marathon?
Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk after the race.
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