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The Kirste 5 Memorial Race 2014

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 08:25

Our sweep will be last - you won't


The Kirste 5 Memorial Race 2014

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 14:41

The Kirste 5 Memorial Race 2014    est. 2012
 Incorporating the Kirste 1 mile Family Run

 “When it's all over, it's not who you were. It's whether you made a difference."


Benfleet Running Club invites you to remember Kirste Bowman (nee Snellgrove)


Kirste was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, and underwent six bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She passed away on February 9th 2012, at the age of just 42 after raising more than £50,000 for breast cancer charities by running 23 marathons while fighting the disease. She joined Benfleet Running Club in 2001 and throughout her treatment she never stopped going to the club, and would train most days.  Her smiling face will be forever missed.

Our 2013 race raised £ 8,500, so thanks to everyone who took part!

Sunday 10th August  2014 from 10.00a.m

starting from

 Grove Wood Primary School, Grove Road, Rayleigh, SS6 8UA

A charming 5 mile route heading to Hockley Woods, returning through Cherry Orchard Jubilee Park, New England Wood, & Grove Wood.

Due to the nature of the course, race entries will be limited and closing date is 19th July. Entries on the day if race not full.

Benfleet 15

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 08:39

More official photo's being uploaded daily.


Provisonal Results on our website


Thanks to everyone who supported the race again this year !


Benfleet 15

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 14:01

Benfleet 15 family 1 mile run  (10.00am)

Online entries for the Family Run now closed, with entry on the day until 9:45am. Please arrive early if you intend to enter on the day.

This is a brand new course, on the Olympic MTB Course, not open to the public yet.

The Benfleet 15 Classic  (10.30am)

15 mile race is now full. We may offer entry on the day.

Updates will be posted on our website a week before the race.

We do not have a reserve or waiting list.

Entries opened in October 2013, and the race is very popular.

We are governed by race entry numbers, and car-parking capacity.

The Kirste 5 Memorial Race

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 14:26

Benfleet Running Club completed the finances on their 2nd Annual Kirste 5 Memorial Race this week and they were more than happy to present cheques to Bosom Pals, and Macmillan Nurses.  The race raised £ 8,500 split between the charities.

Ambassadors from both charities attended a special DVD and Quiz night, where the work of South Essex Filmmakers was viewed for the first time.  Nigel Folkard from Bosom Pals and Keith Elgar from Macmillan joined 100 attendees at the event.

South Essex Film Makers stationed 7 cameramen at the Kirste 5 Race this year, and have put together a souvenir DVD. Copies of the DVD are on sale online, priced at just £ 5.00 per copy, and all profits will again go to two of Kirste’s favourite charities. The Filmmakers have tried to capture all the runners during the event, and highlights of the Balloon Race are also shown the DVD. There is a limited run of initial copies of the DVD, so runners should order their copy early, via the website.


The popular race, which is held in memory of Kirste Bowman (nee Snellgrove) has been pencilled in for 10th August 2014, and the organisers are hoping to include a walking group, as well as the 1 mile Family Run and 5 mile main race for next year.

Pic shows some members of the Kirste Race committee (R-L)

Ian Jordan, Nigel Folkard, Mike Jordan, Sylvia (Kirste’s mum), Graham Booty, Bobby Oliver, Karl Cadman, and Keith Elgar.

They were also members of Team Benfleet Movember, raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer by growing moustaches during the month.




Benfleet 15

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:53

Craig, this was last year's route - but start/finish area will be changed slightly this year. Majority of the course remains the same though



Benfleet 15

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 10:30

Online Entries now open.


Benfleet 15

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 10:44

BENFLEET 15    (est.1991)

Incorporating 1 mile family run  (10.00 am)

19th January 2014     10.30am


Benfleet Running Club invite you to take part in the 2014 Benfleet 15 Races

It has a challenging 15 mile, multi-terrain course, incorporating sections of the Canvey Island sea wall, and the undulating Hadleigh Downs, therefore it is not suitable for spikes or wheelchair competitors.

Raced under UK rules of Competition – UKA Licence tbc

Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP



Awards to 1st three Men and 1st three Ladies. 1st three vets (O/40), and 1st three Lady Vets (O/35),

1st vet Man (O/50), and 1st vet Lady (O/45).  1st vet Man (O/60), and 1st Vet Lady ()/55).

1st Men’s team (3), and 1st ladies team (3)


Technical T-shirt to all finishers of the benfleet 15 Classic Race.
Minimum age 18 years old.


Medal to all finishers of the 1 mile Family Run.
No minimum age, but children under 10 to be accompanied.

The Kirste 5 Memorial Race

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:07

Thanks to everyone who took part and made this race a success.


Photographs, and results are on our website.





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