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The Kent Christmas Cracker 5

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Suit up in your best festive dress and head to Betteshanger Country Park for the annual Kent Christmas Cracker 5 mile race. The two-lap race on the traffic-free cycling track is the perfect place to gift yourself a new personal best, and warm up your stomach for the finish line Christmas pud.

Review summary

7 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Caz L
"Great event. So well organised. Such an awesome atmosphere. Fantastic Marshalls..."


Nadia L
"Loved this event. Great course great atmosphere, great organisation and fab..."


Rob D
"The course is level and consists of well maintained, wide cinder paths/ cycle..."
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How to enter the The Kent Christmas Cracker 5

  1. 5 Mile

    Run 5mi
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  2. 2 Mile Fun Run

    Run 2mi
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  3. Children's Dash

    Run 0.5km
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  4. 10 Mile

    Run 10mi
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The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 routes

The annual Kent Christmas Cracker 5 mile race is a classic, long-established cracker of an event for the whole family to get involved. The two lap course will be run around the tarmac, purpose-built cycling track, which will be free from traffic, super flat, and the perfect terrain to unleash your speed and hit that PB.

Alongside the 5 mile race there will be a Children's Dash and 2 Mile Fun Run.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • Christmas pudding and other festive goodies at the finish
  • Festive finisher's medal
  • Parking
  • Toilets
Raceday Logistics


08:30 Start line opens

10:30 Start line closes

Start times are available in 5-minute slots, beginning at 8:30am and remaining available until the final slot at 10:30am.

A maximum of 12 people will be able to begin the race in each slot – allocated at the time of booking.


If you would like to volunteer to help at any of Nice Works events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up.

If interested, please contact: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Kent Christmas Cracker 5 start?
The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 starts at 08:30am
Where can I find results for the Kent Christmas Cracker 5?
The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 is chip timed and results will be both emailed to participants and available online at
Can you park at the Kent Christmas Cracker 5?
There is ample parking available at the Kent Christmas Cracker 5. There is a fee for parking of £3 but this does give you parking for the whole day.
How do I attach my timing chip for the Kent Christmas Cracker 5?
Your timing chip for the Kent Christmas Cracker 5 is incorporated into your race number and should not be removed. Please place the race number on the front of your vest/shirt and not on your leg or back.

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The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 reviews (7)

4.4 out of 5 stars

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    Rob D

    Did the 5 Mile in 2019

    The course is level and consists of well maintained, wide cinder paths/ cycle ways. The Kids dash and 2 mile options offer a wide choice, but there needs to be more time between the 3 starts- it was all rushed and those runners with children in the kids race couldn't enjoy that as they had to get to their own start. I had pre ordered an event Xmas shirt for collection on the day and found the poor ladies running the merchandising / on the day registration table overwhelmed, as so many turned up on the day or were changing which event they were running in, due to the high winds. The start of the race was also chaotic, as a wide line of runners had to funnel into the narrow start gate in a very short distance, to ensure their race chips registered correctly. The marshalls were very friendly and encouraging. Nice medal and Xmas Pudding on finishing were great....however, the start/finish were very exposed and high winds meant that anyone cheering at the Finish line quickly froze and then got very wet when it did the baggage drop! The toilets were a long way from the start and the queues for the Ladies portaloos was epic- longest Ive ever seen at a race. Worth noting that Parking at this event costs £3 in addition to the race entry fee and you can’t realistically park anywhere else. A final disappointment with the race organisation was that it appears Nice Work double issued my bib so my times weren’t recorded. Not great. I’m Still waiting for them to respond about that. Not sure I’ll do this race again unless they improve dramatically.
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    Nadia L

    Did the 2 Mile Fun Run in 2019

    Loved this event. Great course great atmosphere, great organisation and fab medal. My only feedback as it is with every event I do - Please give the children more recognition for their achievements too. Children that love to run turn in to adults that love to run. My daughter won the kids dash and as usual no mention of her - her achievement should be celebrated as much as the adults. Also a little more time between kids race and adults - we nearly missed our start with only minutes between the two races. Thank you :-)
  • Did the 5 Mile in 2018

    Great event. So well organised. Such an awesome atmosphere. Fantastic Marshalls around the course giving support and encouragement. Will definitely do again next year.
  • Did the 5 Mile in 2018

    Well organised, a nice course which easy access, fab atmosphere with most people dressing up and brilliant medal and festive goodies after. A few areas to improve would be a secure bag drop, no one was manning it which was concerning, why add your race number to you bag when anyone can pick up you bag??? More Marshalls are needed on the course to assist with injured runners. I only saw them at the start finish hill and the turn around point about 1 mile in. With so many runners more are needed and it would add to the atmosphere. Parking at 3 a car is a lot when you are only there for a short period, could you not negotiate with the site to get free parking for those taking part?? A nice touch would be to put the year on the medals so that you know when you took part. Thanks for a nice event I hope my comments are take as constructive feedback.
  • Did the 5 Mile in 2018

    Nice flattish course, well marshalled
  • Did the 5 Mile in 2018

    Great course and as always friendly marshalls.
  • Did the 5 Mile in 2018

    such a lovely race def doing it again next yr
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