Canterbury Half Marathon

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28/04/2011 at 16:07
I've just phoned race timing systems- say it's definitely not on
29/04/2011 at 07:10

may i suggest the sittingbourne 10k as an alternative.....

29/04/2011 at 07:12

oops sorry link does not work

29/04/2011 at 18:40
29/04/2011 at 19:52
Appears that they decided to cancel the event at the end of March, 8 weeks prior to race day. Only 179 people had entered by this date.

How long in advance do people usually enter a race? I certainly don't enter many over 2 months out.
29/04/2011 at 20:50
If I can I show up on the day, otherwise usually as late as poss. I can never plan my life that far in advance. I mybe injured or have no transport or simply forget.
30/04/2011 at 16:20
Exactly! bbm!  I have a busy life with family and 3 kids, football matches and a wife that works weekends so planning is often in the last fortnight to a month before a race apart from special cases like VLM or Beachy Head.  Did the organisers lose their nerve then? Can we have some clarity if it will be held again? Later this year would be good- a November Half marathon? Or maybe next May then?  
30/04/2011 at 21:41
If pilgrims hospice don't want the race I have a horrible feeling that it wont go ahead again. Anyone know how much it costs to run an event? If locals value it is it feasible to arrange? Any thoughts?
03/05/2011 at 12:41
On behalf of the organisers we apologise for the cancellation of the event. Thanks to Rick Ryder for providing the link to the Kentish Gazette which pretty much covers all the reasons for the cancellation. As mentioned in the statement the decision was not made lightly. All remaining refunds will be mailed out within the next seven days and we apologise for the inconvenience and disapointment that has been caused.
03/05/2011 at 18:18
siony wrote (see)
If pilgrims hospice don't want the race I have a horrible feeling that it wont go ahead again. Anyone know how much it costs to run an event? If locals value it is it feasible to arrange? Any thoughts?

I for one hope it does run again. 2010 was such a great day for so many. Ok the main sponsor didn't receive  as much as they hoped for in the way of money raised by runners but maybe sometimes you have to loose some to gain more in the future...... or maybe I am nieve...

maybe 209 events can take it up again later in the year. After all isn't the company  run by an ex kentish man Mike Gratten

04/05/2011 at 09:08

Just a thought for those of you disappointed at the cancellation, and I know that Essex is not exactly Kent, but, there is the following event on 22nd May - it's 10 miles and always well supported; been going for years now.


 BTW best of luck any of you running Halstead; it's a lovely course.

I'll be doing the Frinton half instead this year "oh I do like to be beside the seaside"

[b]Edmund Carr Great Baddow[/b] Charity [b]10[/b] mile Road Race

05/05/2011 at 14:38

I have kept out of the caterbury Half debate but concur with the statements made about the costs of the event.

When the Pilgrims Hospice were the owners the event came with a lot of charity good will and costs of policing and marshalling were by and large given free.

In the last few years these costs have had to be passed on as some aspects, such as road closurers are now outsourced by the council and there is a cost associated with implementing the traffic management plan.

On viewing the mounting ongoing costs I think it is unlikely that a commercial company like ourselves or RTS can make a go of it based on the number limitations of the current route.

It is a lovely route and I ran the old 1980's version of it many times, but times have changed and risk assessments in conjunction with Kent Police indicate that it can not be increased by much without endangering runners as movement of ambulances and support vehicles is already very difficult on the narrow lanes.

The answer is either a leap of faith and we plan for a city centre based event with 4 or 5000 runners, which we have looked at but can't come up with a route that allows for sensible traffic management without closing Canterbury down completly for the morning, The council would let us do it if we could show that we could manage the roads.

Or a local running club or voluntary organisation with lower overheads for marshals etc in Canterbury take it over - I'd be happy to hand over any information to such a body if someone came forward.

As RTS state, it was not cancelled lightly - it was an event we were proud to have built up from 450 runners to 1000 runners over 2 years but have to admit that the result was changing the dynamic of the race from a charity fund raiser to a club race, which was no good for Pilgrims Hospice. 

I can be contacted on or 01252 373797 if anyone wants to discuss taking over the event.

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