The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 Mile

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Pull on your festive running gear, and come and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere at this brilliant race. The purpose built cycling track used will mean a fast, traffic free run for everyone. With festive goodies and a family atmosphere this is the perfect, active way to get into the Christmas spirit.
2 Mile Fun Run, Children's Santa Dash, and 5 Mile
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Sat, 18 Dec 2021
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Deal, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal CT14 0BF, UK
Start times
Sat, 18 Dec 2021
5 Mile:
10:30am |
2 Mile Fun Run:
10:30am |
Children's Santa Dash:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 Mile
5 Mile
£16.00 - £18.00
2 Mile Fun Run
Children's Santa Dash
Route information
The Kent Christmas Cracker is now an established and loved Christmas event. The 5 mile race takes in two laps of a course set in the beautiful and scenic Betteshanger Country Park. The course is accurately measured and is all on purpose built tarmac cycling paths. This means a brilliant combination of fast tarmac running and a traffic free event. This is an event suitable for runners of all abilities, fast times will be possible for those looking to target a personal best time, whilst it is also perfect for those looking for a festive and active day out. All runners are encouraged to dig out their favourite festive running gear and join in the fun.
There will also be a 2 mile fun run/walk for those after a slightly shorter challenge, as well as the Childrens Santa Dash for under 15s. Both of these events will also take place within the park on flat and safe tarmac paths. All ages and abilities can get involved which makes this event truly a festive day out for all the family.
What's included
  • Chip timing
  • Festive finish line goodies
  • Festive finisher's medal
  • Trophies for leading runners and age category winners
  • Well marshalled course
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • First Aid
How to get there
Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal CT14 0BF, UK
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By Car
The park is located just off the A258 approximately 2 miles from Deal, Kent. It is within 10 miles of the A2 at Whitfield.
There is plenty of parking available at the race HQ. Please note that there is a £3 charge for the car park, however it gives you a full day's parking.
By Train
The closest railway stations are Deal and Sandwich. Both stations are approximately 3.5 miles from the venue.
By Foot
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.
Event day logistics
10:15 Children's Santa Dash starts
10:30 5 Mile race & 2 Mile Fun Run starts
Race Number
If you enter well in advance of the race your race number will be sent to you in the post. If you enter the race close to the race date, please collect you race number on the morning of the event. You should arrive with plenty of time left to do this. All race numbers must be worn on the front of the shirt, and please do not damage the chip. You must also complete the medical information on the back of the race number.
Age Restrictions
5k Runners must be at least 15 years old on the day of the race to take part.
2 mile fun run/walk There is no age restriction for this event.
Santa Dash Runners must be no older than 15 on the day of the race.
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Nice Work
Nice Work are an event organiser based out of Rye in Sussex, who offer one of the most comprehensive inventory of running events in the UK. From coastal 10ks, to trail marathons, to inner-city fun runs, these events have an ever-growing and loyal community of runners who are in it for the love of the sport. If you’ve ever sat on the fence or been unsure about taking on your first running event, then checking out Nice Work’s offering is the perfect place to start.
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Where can I find results for the Kent Christmas Cracker 5 Mile?
The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 is chip timed and results will be both emailed to participants and available online.
Can you park at the Kent Christmas Cracker 5 Mile?
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 Mile?
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.
What races are there at the Kent Christmas Cracker 5 mile?
There is a 5 mile race, and 2 mile fun run/walk and a Children's Santa Dash for under 15s.
What age children can take part in the Children's Santa Dash at the Kent Christmas Cracker 5 Mile?
Children must be no older than 15 on the day of the race to take part.
9 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
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Did the 5 Mile in 2021
I'm happy with the race and everything what I wasn't happy with tho was the st John's ambulance service on the last lap I hurt my knee I managed to finish the race I went straight to the first aid team and told them what happened and they just looked at me and did nothing I asked for a ice pack and they said they didn't have any so a very well done to them not happy.
Did the 5 Mile in 2021
Being my first official run since I was 18, ( 37 years ago) I was pretty pleased with the ease at which everything panned out. No fuss, no bother, a perfect start to getting back into the running world.Thankyou to all involved.😍
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.
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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