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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, returning to exercise or wanting to run more frequently, here's your guide to what's available locally.

Medway Sport Summer 5k Series 2017

MEdway 5 Summer Series Great Lines 2017Medway 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 to 16 welcome if running with an adult.

All races begin at 7pm.

View current series standings after three races (PDF)

 

Entry fees

Advanced:

  • £10 per race for affiliated runners (including Premier members), £12 per race for non-affiliated £5/6 juniors). 
  • £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 (£6/£7 juniors).
  • 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).

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 Sports 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. This is 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 12 July 2017.

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

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 also run a junior version of this session on Monday evenings at Medway Park 5.15pm to 6pm as part of our Athlete Development Centres programme. This session has now stopped for the summer but will resume in September 2017.

Medway 10k

Medway 10k at Medway Park 2016

The Medway 10k is an annual event in aid of the Friends of Wisdom Hospice that starts and finishes on the Medway Park track.

The event is organised every June in partnership with Nice Work and the charity partner this year was sponsored by Hidsons.

The race attracts hundreds of runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to running. There are medals and goodies to all finishers, team prizes, plus prizes/awards for leading runners in all age categories. Childrens races are also held on the Medway Park track.Medway 10km fun run image

View the 2017 results.

Take a look at a copy of the course map course map.

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

Parkrun

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

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)