Events Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon 2018

Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon 2018 (2nd Sep 2018)

Start time: 09:30

Location: Palm Bay School, Cliftonville CT9 3PP

Host: Thanet Roadrunners AC

Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon 2018 (2nd Sep 2018)

Location: Palm Bay School, Cliftonville CT9 3PP

Start time: 09:30

Host: Thanet Roadrunners AC

The Kent Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 2nd September 2018.   The event is suitable for all abilities and allows you to see some of the beautiful coastlines 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 the 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. At the start-finish area, we will have a 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 Any runner reaching halfway after 2hrs 50mins may be withdrawn.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. Also, 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 12 pm for the half marathon and 1.30pm for the marathon. All finishers will receive a spectacular race medal and technical T-shirt. 


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

County Solicitors who have supported this event for several years and.

-  Fujifilm Specialist Ink Systems in Broadstairs, who are a major local employer

The Running Outlet

-  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 courteous 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 charity.  This year the charity will be the British Heart Foundation.  

Race Photographs

A photographer will be on hand taking race photographs around the course. You will be able to download images shortly after the event. 

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 2018

at the bottom of page





28th August 2018

at the bottom of page

* Entries on the day only if race quota not reached. Race entry limit: 450 Half Marathon and 200 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 24th August 2018, so you can avoid on the day prices where possible. Entries received after the closing date should collect their number from HQ on race day.

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 Roger and Maryanne, our marshalling coordinators at


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.  Numbers should be collected from HQ if received after 26th August from the late entries table.

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 through 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:

Terry Brightwell & Spencer Hoult - email:

Race Entries, Terry Brightwell - email



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