Canterbury Half Marathon

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28/03/2011 at 11:07
Hi! I'm thinking of entering the Canterbury Half Marathon and was just wondering if anyone has run it before? Have been meaning to visit Canterbury so thought this would be a nice way to see the area! Thanks.

28/03/2011 at 16:13
There's lots of scenery to enjoy around Canterbury, and the half marathon is quite tough.   Race HQ is a couple of miles outside the city centre, but no reason why you should not enjoy the afternoon there after running in the morning.   The course is a gentle uphill for most of the first couple of miles (and downhill in the last couple); there is a long climb between 3 and 5ish with a steep downhill at mile 6, but the real sting is the uphill climb at 10; it's the sort where it is sometimes quicker to walk.
28/03/2011 at 16:19
Great, thanks for all the info - good to be mentally prepared, didn't realize the hills were that steep! I'm doing a trail race in the Lake District a few weeks later so sounds like it will be good training for that
28/03/2011 at 19:01
I ran it as my first race back in 2008 at the time I thought it was quite hilly but having a look back at the elevation datails I may change my mind slightly on that. If I'm fit I may run it again this year but I'm running another on May 1st and I may be very stiff afterward. Though 3 weeks to recover (with 2 10k's) who knows.
28/03/2011 at 20:32
I'm undecided on entering. It is on my doorstep, but only 2 wks post Halstead marathon, so not sure how I will be (mentally and physically).
29/03/2011 at 19:23
30/03/2011 at 00:00
oh no! what a shame, was really looking forward to doing this. oh well. thanks for letting us know!
30/03/2011 at 15:08

Me too seeing as i live nearby and have yet to run it

30/03/2011 at 16:45
with this now cancelled, does anyone have any other suggestions for a good half to run in mid/late may that isn't too hard to get to from london? thanks!
05/04/2011 at 14:23
I was about to enter this and was puzzled why it wasn't on "Events finder" - now I know why.

I can't think of any other half marathons in Kent/ South London area in mid to late May.

There are a few 10K's that spring to mind (Larkfield and a new one being held in Sittingbourne) or the Sevenoaks 7 (hilly multi-terrain race that I can definitely recommend) but Halfs seem pretty thin on the ground in May and June.
16/04/2011 at 08:21
I'm so disappointed - It's on my doorstep and I do it every year- anyone know why? Or if is to be rearranged ?
16/04/2011 at 08:43

Probably not much help but

1st May Three Forts half Marathon.
5th June Seaford Half Marathon.

Both hilly and off road.

June12 - SouthEnd Hm Frinton + Walton

Edited: 16/04/2011 at 08:46
19/04/2011 at 15:28
Lack of interest apparently.  Always used to have a good turnout? It was a charity run for the Pilgrims Hospice too.
19/04/2011 at 15:36
hm that's strange! certainly seems like there was interest, perhaps just not super far in advance. too bad!
19/04/2011 at 17:36

Lack of interest? Last year there were 805 finishers.

Not the runners who lost interest it would appear.

22/04/2011 at 21:51
What a massive shame - I just went to enter having raced it 2 years ago and remember how beautiful the course was and that it was also well organised!  Have e mailed the organiser for reasons and asked if it will make a comeback?
25/04/2011 at 17:38
Gobsmacked just about to but 2 entries in.....
28/04/2011 at 10:26

The race is not cancelled, apparently 2:09 events were asked to take over the running from Pilgrims Hospices and have their own entry system!


We are pleased to have been invited by Pilgrims Hospices, to take over the Canterbury Half Marathon, and we have brought in race Timing Systems to help with the management and promotion of what is one of Kents best events.

The route is hilly, there is no doubting that, but runs through beautiful Garden of England scenery and typical Kent downland villages. 2:09 Events director won this race 3 times in the 80's and early 90's running 66mins around the route so it is not that slow and there are some long sweeping down hills to go with the climbs.

Pilgrims Hospices remain the charity of the year and you will be invited to raise funds for them.


You can enter using the link on this page Canterbury Half Marathon at 2:09 events

Edited: 28/04/2011 at 10:28
28/04/2011 at 10:50

um - that was the case when I entered it in 2008 - if you go to 2:09 they say it's been cancelled.

"Sorry, this event has been cancelled."

Edited: 28/04/2011 at 10:51
28/04/2011 at 13:46

Mike at just said

"It is not our event – the event management is with Race Timing Systems and we only had it as part of the race entry system in the same way as Runner’s World have it and we can’t make decisions/take actions for them.

I have forwarded your email to RTS.



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