Events Kent Coastal Marathon and Half-Marathon

Kent Coastal Marathon and Half-Marathon

Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon 2017 (3rd Sep 2017)

Location: Palm Bay School, Cliftonville CT9 3PP

Start time: 09:30

Host: TRAC

The Kent Coastal Marathon and half Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 3rd September 2017.  The half marathon has been rated by Women’s Running and Men’s Running Magazine as one of their top 100 races in the UK for the last 4 years.  The event is suitable for all abilities and allows you to see some of the beautiful coastline in Thanet.  There is free parking available with secure baggage facilities and bottled water available on the course. 

Location: Palm Bay School, Cliftonville CT9 3PP

Start time: 9:30

Host: Thanet Roadrunners AC - A race organised by runners for runners


The races will be run under UK Athletics rules. UKA Race licence: applied for. The minimum age 18 on day of race for Marathon, and age 17 for Half-Marathon. Thanet Roadrunners AC accepts entries from disabled athletes; please contact the race director in advance to discuss their needs and the requirements. Both races will have chip timing, and baggage storage, while post-race physio will be on hand to work those aching limbs. 

The race has ample free parking, free secure baggage storage, ample toilets, pacers at 1hr 45mins, 2hrs or 2hrs 15mins for the half marathon and we hope to have the brilliant drummers provided by Rich Rhythms At the start-finish area, we will have a bar and new food provider.  Plus we have our usual selection of nutty signs.  Watch out for ‘Run like the police are chasing you', just outside Margate police station.

Please note: In line with current BARR and UKA guidelines, IPod and MP3 players will be BANNED during this race. Please do not enter the race and then decide to run with headphones or earphones – you will be disqualified, and it may mean the race will not go ahead in future years. Runners in the full marathon should aim to complete within 6 hours – support may be reduced after this time. Any runner reaching half way after 2hrs 50mins may be withdrawn.

PRIZE MONEY IS OFFERED TO THE FIRST MALE AND FEMALE FINISHERS - £75 to the marathon winners and £50 to the half marathon winners. In addition, there will be awards for second and third male and female runners, and also for first placed teams and first placed runners in age group categories for both full and half marathon races. Presentations will take place after the race at 12pm for the half marathon and 1.30pm for the marathon. All finishers will receive a spectacular race medal, a technical T-shirt and a goody bag. 


We would like to extend our thanks to the following people and organisations, without whom the race would not take place:

  • County Solicitors, formerly Fosters Law Solicitors who have supported this event for several years and.
  • Fujifilm Specialist Ink Systems in Broadstairs, who are a major local employer
  • Thanet District Council
  • RAYNET - for their excellence and communications experience
  • The Margate Ambulance Corps - without whose help we could not stage this event
  • Local scout groups - for manning the water stations
  • The myriad of helpers and marshals - who all give up their time voluntarily to ensure all goes smoothly. Please be nice to them out on the route – without them you would not have a race – any runner who is rude to a marshal may well be barred from future races.


Race Charity

We will once again donate at least £1 from each entry fee to local charity.  In 2016 we donated £700 to Margate Ambulance Corps and over £1000 to local scout groups from the race.  

Race Photographs

Jodi Hanagan will be on hand taking race photographs around the course. You will be able to download or order prints through her website ( shortly after the event. This year we have arranged for runners to receive FREE downloads of professional finishing photos courtesy of Jodi Hanagan.

Race Results

The race will be chip timed by UK Sports Timing, so please collect your chip from race HQ (Palm Bay School, Cliftonville, CT9 3PP) between 7.30 and 9.15 on race day. Results will be available on their website ( shortly after the race.

Course Map and Profile

The course will follow the same route as used since 2012. The race HQ will be Palm Bay School in Cliftonville, and the race will start with a loop around Palm Bay before following a largely coastal route through Broadstairs towards Ramsgate, heading back to complete the half marathon at Cliftonville. Those running the marathon then continue through Margate, again largely along the coast, before turning at Minnis Bay and heading back to finish at Palm Bay School. The course profile, from a recent Garmin trace, is at the bottom of the page, with the full course map.

Course measurement and full course details:-

Half marathon 12/152 - Full course details. Full marathon 12/151 - Full course details

We have regular water stations, including gels at two stations in the second half for marathon runners, plus there are ample public toilets throughout the course. Full details to follow in the race info at the bottom of the page.

Entry Details




On Day*
(if not oversubscribed)

Postal Entry Deadline

Entry Form

Half Marathon




28th August 2017

at bottom of page





28th August 2017

at bottom of page

* Entries on day only if race quota not reached. Race entry limit: 450 Half Marathon and 300 Full Marathon. Check on this website after the closing date.

Online Entries will be available  - Marathon and Half Marathon.   Please use Run Britain if entering online (this is the cheapest way to enter!!!).  Online entries will be open until Friday 1st September 2017 so you can avoid on the day prices where possible.

Entries to: Kent Coastal Marathon, 19 Favourite Road, Whitstable, Kent. CT5 4UB. Please ensure that full postage is affixed, do not staple your cheque and remember to include a stamped self-addressed C5 envelope for return of your race pack.

* A reminder that any club member wishing to run the half or full marathon should provide a marshal – your entry will not be accepted unless you include their contact details with your entry form. This is the club’s main event, and a huge number are needed across the entire marathon course, so we do need all club members to pull together. Thanks! Please send details to Helen Langsmead.

Race Packs

Race packs including numbers will be sent out approximately two weeks before the event. If your cheque is cashed, you have been entered successfully.

The race information packs will contain information for all runners, which is also available on the website. If you do not receive your race pack, then this means that you either have additional fees to pay or there is some other query with your entry. You can contact us for more information. Online entrants will also receive their race pack through the post.

Chips will not be sent though the post, and all runners will need to collect their timing chip from race HQ on the day.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

Before entering please note the terms and conditions of entry.

Race Director

For all enquiries regarding this race, please contact:

Jon Holl - 07974 355811



Half Marathon Entry Form
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Full Marathon Entry Form 2017
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