Run / cycle

7.8 mile race from St Alphege Church, Whitstable to Canterbury Cathedral 

Sunday 21st February 2016

10.30 am for an 11am race start

How to enter:

Registration is via our Eventbrite page. >>Register Here<<

This is a fundraising event for runners and cyclists. Starting at St Alphege Church on Whitstable High Street and ending at Canterbury Cathedral. Donations are recommended at £10 for adults and £5 for children.

When you >>register<< you will be invited to support your free registration with a donation. If you are a UK tax payer, we will invite you to make a Gift Aid Declaration – a form will be available in your race day pack.

Click here for terms and conditions of Gift Aid – increasing your donation to Raise the Roof by 25%.


This is a charity run or cycle, so while fundraising isn’t essential, we would be delighted to raise additional sponsorship for the work of The Friends of St Alphege Church.

You may like to collect sponsorship through either collecting cash, cheques and charity cheques payable to ‘St Alphege Church’. 

Remember to make good use of your social media to invite your friends and family to join you running or cycling and support you with sponsorship, marshalling or other volunteer support. There are sharing buttons at the bottom of this page. Please let people know you’ll be taking part.

Under 16s:

Children are welcome to take part in the St Alphege Run / Cycle, as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult (designated by parent or guardian). Under 11’s must run or cycle within arms reach of the accompanying adult throughout the Run / Cycle.


We will are reviewing our planning and resources for 2016. If you would like to get involved with marshalling, refreshment stands, registration etc, please let us know. Send us your details via the Comment link (we won’t publish any personal contact details).

Route:         Click here for a map of the route

By Chris Brown (Christ Church Gate) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Starts at St. Alphege Church, Whitstable, takes in the Crab and Winkle (through Clowes Wood) between Whitstable and Canterbury, through the University of Kent grounds and into Canterbury city center nr Canterbury West Station, ending at Canterbury Cathedral’s ChristChurch Gate.

Marshals and first aiders are on the route.

Training Program:

Click here to see the training program

Whitstable Parking:

Free parking may available in Nelson Road, Cornwallis Circle, Cromwell Road and Regent Street. The nearest car parks on Middle Wall and Gladstone Road will also be available, but will not be free of charge.

Please do not park on Island Wall – time restrictions apply!

Getting Home:

Alternatives to parking a car in Canterbury in advance are:

  • Run, cycle or walk back to Whitstable as part of a longer route.
  • Take the bus from Westgate Towers to Whitstable.


Refreshments ( also cake, probably) and toilets will be available at the church before the start.

Please carry a mobile phone for your own safety and any drinks/food you will need on route.

Please make sure you have warm clothes/ a change of clothes to put on after the race.

Your time:

We will record times but cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. Please time yourselves too. 

Race director:

Jayne Bale:

On behalf of  The Friends of St Alphege, St Alphege Church, Whitstable CT5 1DY.

3 thoughts on “Run / cycle

  1. andy athene says:

    hi….did the run yesterday …very scenic and nice…..but not enough signs/ marshals ..twice i went the wrong way ..and thus lost several minutes (i hopped for under 1 hr)….not even any arrows when there was a choice of ways to run….maybe next year there will be more marshals and signs

  2. Ady says:

    Remember all marshals are doing out of their goodness, we plan to start recruiting much earlier for next years run, good idea about putting signs up to show the way, we will look into that, and marshals would be fantastic in awkward place’s throughout the run, we will do our best for next year. Well done and thank you to all that has helped raise the roof 😀

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