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The Kent Christmas Cracker 5

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Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Perfect for a PB

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This long-established festive cracker of an event is the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas holiday season. Come dressed in appropriate Christmas dress to make Santa really proud!

This accurately measured, two-lap 5 mile race takes place in the traffic-free setting of Betteshanger Country Park, incorporating the flat surface of the tarmac purpose-built cycling track to ensure a fast time.

The race is suitable for experienced runners and beginners alike. There is also a Children's Race and a 2 Mile Fun Run.

Review summary

7 Reviews
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  • 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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The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 routes

The 5 mile race takes in a two lap course along the tarmac paths within Betteshanger Country Park. Run along the purpose-built cycling track, this route is free of traffic, flat and fast.

Event Details

What’s Included

There are Christmas puds and other festive goodies on offer, plus a special festive medal and a glass of warming mulled wine will also be waiting for you at the finish.

The race is chip timed.

Raceday Logistics

Let's Do This always recommend that you arrive at least 45 mins before your start time so that you have enough time to both register and prep for the race start.


On Site Parking
Baggage Drop Off

First Aid:

St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and 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.


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. Presentations will take place approximately 45 minutes after the first finisher.

Results will be uploaded to 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.

If you would like to volunteer to help at any of our events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up. We offer our volunteers a free entry to a future race and, in some cases, expenses are available. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Kent Christmas Cracker 5 start?
The race starts at 10:30am
Where can I find results for the Kent Christmas Cracker 5?
The race is chip timed and there will be results available immediately after the race on the link here: Be sure to click on 2019!
Can you park at the Kent Christmas Cracker?
There is ample parking available at the park. There is a fee for parking of £3 but this does give you parking for the whole day
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The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 weather forecast

Windy in the morning and afternoon.

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IconModerate wind possible, up to 25mph

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The Kent Christmas Cracker 5 reviews (7)

4.4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Perfect for a PB

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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

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

    such a lovely race def doing it again next yr