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The Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k

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Experience some of the best trail running in Kent at Doddington Place Gardens in this 5k or 10k event. This covid-secure event is great for those looking to put their lockdown fitness into action. Come for the epic finish in front of the iconic Victorian mansion or to escape London for the weekend.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Sat May 01 2021

What's included:

  • Covid-secure environment
  • Full refund if the event is cancelled as a result of Covid-19
  • Nice Work's bespoke finisher's medal
  • Chip-timing
  • Trophies for the leading runners
  • Onsite parking
  • Online results
  • Event photography
  • 15% Monkey Sox discount for all entrants
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10k - Morning Race
9:00am Sat 1st May 2021

Run 10km

5k - Morning Race
9:00am Sat 1st May 2021

Run 5km

10k - Afternoon Race
12:00pm Sat 1st May 2021

Run 10km

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4.9
12 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
BicepFlexChallenging course
Jack
Star
5.0
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
The Doddington Place Gardens 10k takes its course through the trails and hills of the estate. There was also a 5k option, and 5k and 10k Canicross (running with your dog) races. The weather conditions could not have been better; a crisp and sunny spring morning, with barely a breeze in the air. Fast conditions though – these were not! After a quick downhill section for the 1st kilometre, the route took runners back up the steep valley on the other side of the estate, through farmers fields, where more ‘undulations’ awaited. The ground was rough underfoot and I was glad that I had taken note of the race organisers pre-race instruction – “trail shoes are advised”. The uneven surfaces and tight corners made for technical descents, which challenged footwork and concentration as much as strength and speed. Back down the valley again, across the road and up ‘the climb’ – this was steep! No chance to get your breath at the top, another short loop around the start/finish area and for the 5k, that’s it. The 10k’ers got to enjoy another loop! This was like a cross country race, without the cold and the wet! The runners were set off in waves at the start of the race, and there was also a morning and afternoon session, to allow for adequate social distancing. The race was brilliantly hosted in a picturesque setting. The marshals were all brilliant and it was this, and the support/supporting of fellow runners, that made it so good to be back again. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers.… read more
Steph
Star
5.0
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
What a stunning venue for a race! This was my first race back since Lockdown 3.0 and it did not disappoint. The grounds and course were beautiful and the marshals were super friendly and encouraging. Can't wait for the next one!… read more
Aidan
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5.0
Did the 5k - Morning Race in 2021
Wow, what a venue! The course was tough and there were some testing climbs, but it was well worth it for the views out over the course at the top. Special shout out to the marshals - sometimes even a small bit of encouragement can help you through. Looking forward to going back next year and getting to see more of the gardens. … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What happens if the Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k is cancelled as a result of Covid-19?
Should the event be cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, then all entrants will receive a full refund.… read more
FAQ
How do the socially-distanced waved starts work?
A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each 5 minute slot – and each of those 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.… read more
FAQ
What if I am a member of a running club in Kent?
Running club's are strongly encouraged to sign up and there is a £2 discount for UKA Affiliated members.… read more
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Route description
Route description

This beautiful and vast open-aired race is the perfect way enjoy a covid secure running race. Doddington Place Gardens itself is a stunning Edwardian Estate, which will provide some of the best running routes in Kent.

The undulating course follows trails around the estate, with 10k participants completing 2 laps and 5k runners completing 1 lap.

Whether you're new to trail running, or part of a running club in Kent, this event is the perfect chance experience the Kent countryside.

All participants in the canicross will need a harness for their dog.

Covid-secure

Nice Work have successfully developed a number of new procedures which are designed to ensure that their races are completely covid-secure and ensure the safety of runners, staff and the general public. These include:

  • Socially distanced waved starts
  • Contact-free medal collection
  • Hand sanitiser throughout the venue
  • Regularly cleaned toilet facilities

If you do have any questions or concerns about covid-19 and would like to find out more, then do feel free to reach out.

For a full list of the covid-secure measures at the event please visit: https://www.nice-work.org.uk/faq/csp

Kit List

  • Trail running shoes are thoroughly recommended. Given the time of year, there is a high chance of mud around the course, so do check the weather on the day and bring a rain-jacket if required.
  • Masks must be worn in and around the event venue, but can be removed when running.
  • Please bring your own water bottle and enough water to last you your race.
  • Race numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt and not on your legs or back.
  • Please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your number, it is particularly imperative now more than ever that we know who is taking part in the event.
  • Any runners in the Canicross races must have a harness for their dog.
Jack
Star
5.0
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
The Doddington Place Gardens 10k takes its course through the trails and hills of the estate. There was also a 5k option, and 5k and 10k Canicross (running with your dog) races. The weather conditions could not have been better; a crisp and sunny spring morning, with barely a breeze in the air. Fast conditions though – these were not! After a quick downhill section for the 1st kilometre, the route took runners back up the steep valley on the other side of the estate, through farmers fields, where more ‘undulations’ awaited. The ground was rough underfoot and I was glad that I had taken note of the race organisers pre-race instruction – “trail shoes are advised”. The uneven surfaces and tight corners made for technical descents, which challenged footwork and concentration as much as strength and speed. Back down the valley again, across the road and up ‘the climb’ – this was steep! No chance to get your breath at the top, another short loop around the start/finish area and for the 5k, that’s it. The 10k’ers got to enjoy another loop! This was like a cross country race, without the cold and the wet! The runners were set off in waves at the start of the race, and there was also a morning and afternoon session, to allow for adequate social distancing. The race was brilliantly hosted in a picturesque setting. The marshals were all brilliant and it was this, and the support/supporting of fellow runners, that made it so good to be back again. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers.
Steph
Star
5.0
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
What a stunning venue for a race! This was my first race back since Lockdown 3.0 and it did not disappoint. The grounds and course were beautiful and the marshals were super friendly and encouraging. Can't wait for the next one!
Aidan
Star
5.0
Did the 5k - Morning Race in 2021
Wow, what a venue! The course was tough and there were some testing climbs, but it was well worth it for the views out over the course at the top. Special shout out to the marshals - sometimes even a small bit of encouragement can help you through. Looking forward to going back next year and getting to see more of the gardens.
Claire
Star
4.7
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
Well organised, fab location, brilliant marshals and parking right by the start. Course was hilly, through both grass and arable fields, some of which were quite stony with hard ground due to lack of recent rain. I’m glad I wore trail shoes. I loved the Covid safe wave starts which spreads everyone out around the course. I’d definitely do it again.
Charlie
Star
5.0
Did the 5k - Afternoon Race in 2021
Loved it, course was really interesting - cool trail paths to navigate in amongst a few flatter sections to recover. Awesome weather on the day as well and well organised!
Benjamin
Star
5.0
Did the 10k - Afternoon Race in 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed my first event like this. Doddington Manor is stunning and running between the sheep was charming. The course was much hillier than anticipated and ground very solid due to lack of rainfall but otherwise it was well organised and good fun. I'll definitely come back next year!
Sam
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5.0
Did the 5k - Morning Race in 2021
This was such an amazing race. Marshalls were INCREDIBLE, course was challenging but beautiful, the parking is right by the start line which made such a difference and the whole organisation was amazing. Do more races here please! Will definitely be back soon
Cameron
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5.0
Did the 5k - Morning Race in 2021
A really incredible event, the course was difficult but enjoyable, some great views and Doddington Place itself is beautiful. Can't wait for the next one!</p><p>Parking is literally at the start/finish line, which made the logistics super easy!
Erin
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5.0
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
Beautiful course and really great vibes for my first race in a long time! The hill at the end is very sneakily steep, but well worth pushing past for that end of race feeling! Would definitely attend again!
Stephen
Star
5.0
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
Well worth seeing what you have in the tank for the doddigton 10 k absolutely stunning scenery would definitely do this race again
James
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4.3
Did the 10k - Morning Race in 2021
Gorgeous all be it hilly trail course, very hard under foot due to lack of rain but very enjoyable. Organisation and marshalling were absolutely great, thank you Nice work.
Grant
Star
5.0
Did the 5k - Afternoon Race in 2021
Great fun. Had a blast in only my 3rd organized race (the 5K). It was definitely challenging, with 3 substantial hills, but it was a beautiful course, a great day out, and wonderfully arranged. Bravo!
4.9
12 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
BicepFlexChallenging course
Logistics and schedule

09:00 10k and 5k Morning Races Start

10:30 10k and 5k Morning Races End

12:00 10k and 5k Afternoon Races Start

13:00 Canicross 5k and 10k Races Start

13:30 10k and 5k Afternoon Races End

Both of the morning and afternoon races will be set off in waves, ensuring social distancing and keeping each entrant as safe as possible.

The races will have an hour and a half gap between the end of the morning race and the beginning of the afternoon race to help reduce the risk to participants.

Waves will be set off in 3 minute intervals, at a maximum of 12 people per wave.

Wave start times will be determined by your estimated finish time to help avoid overtaking during the races.

NB: As a requirement of a covid-secure event, please ensure you arrive ready to run. There will be no changing facilities and no bag drop to help prevent the spread of covid-19.

Race Packs

If you have entered the race in good time, to minimise interactions on the day, race packs will be sent to participants 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.

If you proceed to the registration table, a race official will write down your name and advise you of your race number – and you will be asked to sanitise your hands and, if you wish, put on gloves, before collecting your number from a storage box on the desk.

Please remember to social distance from the race official and anybody else who is collecting a number.

A race official will manage any queues to ensure everybody remains socially distanced.

If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days, please do not travel to your event but email and we can let you know your deferral options.

Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-Covid-19/

Spectators

Unfortunately, given the current covid-19 situation, spectators will not be allowed to attend. If the situation changes, then the event page will be updated accordingly.

How to get there

Doddington Place Gardens, Church La, Sittingbourne ME9 0BB, UK

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By Car

There will be ample parking onsite, with marshals directing you to your space. The venue is approximately a 1 hr 45 minute drive from central London.

By Train

The nearest train station to Doddington Place Gardens, is Faversham, which has regular services from London Victoria.

The station is a 15 minute drive to the venue and there is a taxi rank outside.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What happens if the Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k is cancelled as a result of Covid-19?
Should the event be cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, then all entrants will receive a full refund.
FAQ
How do the socially-distanced waved starts work?
A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each 5 minute slot – and each of those 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.
FAQ
What if I am a member of a running club in Kent?
Running club's are strongly encouraged to sign up and there is a £2 discount for UKA Affiliated members.
FAQ
What kind of socks can I get on Monkey Sox? And how do I get my discount?
Monkey Sox socks range from performance sport socks, leisure, and kids socks. With a range of colours and styles, theres definitely something for everyone. The discount code for 15% off will be sent to participants once they have entered the race.
FAQ
How do I get my race pack for the Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k?
Race packs will be posted to all runners two days prior to the event. If you have entered after this period then you will receive all information by email and can collect your race pack at the venue.
FAQ
How far is Doddington Place Gardens from London?
The venue is around 1 hr 45 minute drive from central London, or around a 2hr train from London Victoria - making it the perfect weekend getaway for those looking to escape the city and enjoy the Kent countryside.
FAQ
Where about is Doddington Place Gardens within Kent?
Doddington Place Gardens is a short drive from Faversham and lies roughly in between Canterbury and Maidstone.
FAQ
Does my dog need a harness for the canicross races in the Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k?
Yes, all dogs must have a harness on.
FAQ
When is the Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k scheduled to take place?
This event was postponed from the 14th of February as a result of the changing COVID-19 restrictions, but is now set to take place on May 1st!
FAQ
Will there be water at the Doddington Place Gardens 5k & 10k?
There will be water supplied in water bottles at the start and finish, please bring consider bringing additional water or snacks for yourself.
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10k - Morning Race
9:00am Sat 1st May 2021
5k - Morning Race
9:00am Sat 1st May 2021
10k - Afternoon Race
12:00pm Sat 1st May 2021
5k - Afternoon Race
12:00pm Sat 1st May 2021
Canicross 5k
1:00pm Sat 1st May 2021
Canicross 10k
1:00pm Sat 1st May 2021
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