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Running is great fun and can give you a fantastic sense of freedom whilst keeping you fit and active.

So whether you're new to running, are returning to exercise or want to run more frequently, here's your guide to what's available locally.

Medway Sport Summer 5k Series 2017

Medway Sport will once again stage summer evening races across Medway as part of their Summer of Sport 2017 programme.

They are chip timed and affiliated to Run Britain and suitable for runners of all standards including beginners. Points are earned at each race towards an overall series title. Juniors ages 11-16 welcome if running with an adult.

Image of people running

  • Thursday, 15 June - Great Lines Heritage Park
  • Thursday, 29 June - The Strand
  • Thursday, 13 July - Luton Recreation Ground
  • Thursday, 27 July - Deangate Ridge
  • Wednesday, 9 August - Medway Park

All races begin at 7pm.

Entry fees

Advanced:

  • £10 per race for affiliated runners (including Premier members), £12 per race for non-affiliated
  • £40 per series for affiliated runners (including Premier members), £50 per series for non-affiliated

On the night prices:

  • £12 per race for affiliated runners (including Premier members), £14 per race for non-affiliated
  • On the night entries at the opening race are still eligible to pay for the whole series at the discounted rate of £40 or £50 as detailed above.

Affiliated runners are club runners who are affiliated via their clubs to UK Athletics/Run Britain.

Enter online now via the Run Britain website. (Premier members who will need to book via Medway Sport to qualify for the discounted rate).

 

Medway Festival of Sport 10k - Sunday, 4 June 2017

Medway 10k at Medway Park 2016

The fifth annual 10k event will be held again this summer on Sunday, 4 June at Medway Park. Entries are now open online

The race will, once again, be looking to attract runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to running.

Road closures will be in place to enable a track start and finish at Medway Park.

Medal and Finish Line goodies to all finishers, plus prizes/awards for leading runners in all age categories and team prizes.

Take a look at a copy of the course map course map.Medway 10km fun run image

The Medway 10k is organised in partnership with Nice Work and the charity partner, the Friends of Wisdom Hospice. The 2017 Medway 10k will again be looking to help raise money for the designated charity - Wisdom Hospice - and runners are encouraged to help raise sponsorship. We are pleased to be working with event sponsors Hidsons.

Over 500 runners took part in the fourth annual Medway 10k on Sunday, 12 June.

The event was won by Medway and Maidstone athlete Ben Tyler in a time of 33:39. He finished just four seconds ahead of fellow M&M AC athlete Tom Collins. Medway and Maidstone took seven of the top 10 places.

The first female home was Rebel Runner Lisa Bacon in a time of 44:00. View the full results.

 

Plus find out more about the Medway Mile event which celebrates its 10th birthday this year on Friday, 21 July. Entries are now open for the Medway Mile elite race.

 

Ready 2 Run Running GroupGet fit in 2012 at a Medway gymSports Coach Ed Peters

Are you looking for a helping hand to get you running?

Medway Sport's Ready 2 Run group at Medway Park is aimed at adults new to running and provides a social, supportive environment with added exercises to improve mobility and running technique.

Improving your fitness gradually while having fun along the way is the main target, starting with small intervals of running and building towards 5K fitness.

Runners can then progress to the intermediate group, aimed at those who have already built a solid fitness base through our Beginner’s programme or elsewhere and looking to take their running on to the next level, whether that be improving their times, fitness, or distance.

The intermediate course features varied sessions which you can use to improve different aspects of your running such as speed, strength and endurance.

The venue for both groups will primarily be the Medway Park running track – a pleasant and safe environment for getting started, with changing facilities on site.

Beginners' Group: The next 10-week block of beginners' sessions will run 6.15pm to 7pm on Wednesdays from 26 April 2017.

Intermediate Group: The next intermediate 10-week block for runners wanting to take their running to the next level begins Mondays 6.15pm-7pm from 24 April.

It's free for Premier members, £5 a week or £40 for the whole 10 weeks in advance for non-members.

For more information and to sign up for the next Ready 2 Run group email edward.peters@medway.gov.uk.

We are also launching a junior version of this session on Monday evenings at Medway Park 5.15pm-6pm.

Parkrun Parkrun logo

Medway Sport is proud to have teamed up with parkrun to bring the hugely popular free 5km-timed run to the Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham.

The Medway parkrun is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities with a focus on recreational running.

It takes place at 9am every Saturday on the Great Lines Heritage Park, starting close to the Brompton Road pedestrian entrance to the park.parkrun on Great Lines

It is free to enter. To pre-register and for more information visit the
Parkrun website.

A weekly junior parkrun for budding runners aged four to 14-years-old has now launched at The Strand, Gillingham. The 2k fun run starts at 9.30am every Sunday and is free to enter. For more details and to register visit the Parkrun website

 

Social running groups in Medway

There are a number of social running groups that operate every week across Medway, offering support and company on your weekly run.

Medway Fit

Medway Runners Wolfpack

Rebel Runners

If you would like to add your group to this list email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk

Medway Council is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites. Listing should not be taken as any kind of endorsement. The council cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and has no control over the availability of linked pages.

Partner events

Race for Life

Gillingham 5k Sunday 21 May 2017

£10.00 Boys (6-12) | £10.00 Girls (6-15) | £14.99 Women (16-17) | £14.99 Women (18+)

This is a 5k suitable for all abilities. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER.

 

The Oliver Fisher 10km Run

The 4th annual Oliver Fisher 10km run takes place at Capstone Country Park on Sunday 17th September. Find more information and sign up visit nice works website.

 

Floodlit Track Race Series

Following the success of our Summer 5K Series, Medway Sport launched a new Floodlit Track Race Series at Medway Park.

The Wednesday evening races ran fortnightly through February, March and April 2017 and alternate between 5k and 5 miles. All races were licensed by Run Britain and are fully chip timed.

Race Results

 

Overall 5k Series resultsFloodlit 5k women's winners 2017

Women's:

1. Charlotte Bates (Maidstone Harriers)

2. Vanessa Vander

3. Kelly Foster (Rebel Runners)

Men's:

1. Ed Bovingdon (Istead & Ifield)

2. Matt Field (Larkfield AC)

3. Shaun Phillips (Medway Runners)

 

Overall 5mile Series resultsFloodlit 5 mile top 3 Medway Park 2017

Women's:

1. Charlotte Bates (Maidstone Harriers)

2. Kelly Foster (Rebel Runners)

3. Gina Payne

Men's:

1. Lee McAffee (Rebel Runners)

2. Shaun Phillips (Medway Runners)

3. Wayne Hemingway (Larkfield AC)

 

Overall combined series results

Women's:

1. Charlotte Bates (Maidstone Harriers) 

2. Kelly Foster (Rebel Runners)

3. Vanessa Vander

Men's:

1. Shaun Phillips (Medway Runners)

2. Simon Parrin (Istead & Ifield)

3. Ed Bovingdon (Istead & Ifield)