Heart of Kent Hospice is looking forward to getting 2022 off to a running start with the return of the Maidstone Road Run on Sunday 6 March 2022.
Hospice volunteers and marshals will be on hand to make sure the event runs smoothly and safely as runners take part in either a half marathon, 10K, 5K, or the 1k family fun run. All the routes will start at Cornwallis Academy and will take runners along the beautiful country roads around Linton, Boughton Mon Chelsea and surrounding villages.
Heart of Kent Hospice Events Manager Erica Snow said. “We can’t wait to welcome runners of all ages and abilities next March and we are hoping that this important fundraising event will attract over 500 runners who together will be raising much needed funds for the Hospice. Many of the enthusiastic runners have a personal reason for taking part and a running goal they want to achieve.”
The event offers three distances providing the perfect warm up for the Spring race season and all routes are chip timed and depart from Cornwallis Academy.
Family Fun Run: For families and younger runners there is also the opportunity to take part in a 1k family fun run with the option of running in fancy dress! Perfect for any younger family members coming along to cheer on a family member in another run.
All runners will receive a special finishers medal.
This year’s Maidstone Road Run is again sponsored by the Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS)
Booking is now available at www.hokh.org/events Book by 6 February 2022 to take advantage of the special early bird discount if you book the half marathon, 10k and 5k runs.
Specific details on runs
Half Marathon: A fantastic opportunity to run a half marathon (13.1miles) along this beautiful yet challenging road route with one category four hill climb. A perfect training run and warm up for any Spring marathon. This run starts at 9am. Adult entry – Early bird offer £23.00, after 6 Feb – £25.00.
10K run: Take on the 10k route through the beautiful Boughton Monchelsea. A wonderful run for intermediate runners and those wanting to challenge themselves. This run starts at 9.30am. Adult entry – Early bird offer £15.00 after 6 Feb – £17.50, Child entry* – Early bird offer £10.00 after 6 Feb – £12.50
5K run: Taking in part of the half marathon and 10k routes this is a perfect yet challenging run for all abilities. This run starts at 10am. Adult entry – Early bird offer £8.00 after 6 Feb – £10.00, Child entry* – Early bird offer £3.00 after 6 Feb – £5.00, Family entry (2 adults and up to 3 children*) – Early bird offer £20.00 after 6 Feb – £25.00.
1k Family fun run: Perfect for younger runners the 1k Family Fun Run takes place on site at Cornwallis Academy. Come in your favourite fancy dress and run, walk, skip or hop your way to the finish line. This run starts at 10am. Adult entry £3.00, Child* entry £1.00, Family entry (2 adults and up to 3 children*) £8.00, Under 3’s – Free
*Child entries for 16 and under. Please note all children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Covid safety measures: The event organiser will be following the latest government covid guidance in accordance with running an outdoor sport event. Full details of the event Covid safety measures will be included in the final instructions sent to runners in the lead up to the event.
The ‘Maidstone Road Run’ is an annual event which attracts over 500 runners but due to the pandemic the hospice was unable to hold the charity event in 2020 and 2021.
About Heart of Kent Hospice:
The Hospice provides free, compassionate, end-of-life care to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge and Malling and the surrounding towns and villages.
The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of our care, which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who awarded us with an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection in February 2017.
Our vision is for everyone living with a terminal illness in our community to achieve the best quality of life. We are committed to achieving this by enabling them to live in comfort, with independence and dignity to the end of their lives, and to support those closest to them.
Last year the Hospice cared for over 1,700 patients and their families in their own homes or at our Aylesford-based Hospice. Our services cost £5 million a year to run, with over £4 million raised through the generosity of our local community.
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About the Civil Service Insurance Society
The event sponsor is The Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS) which was founded over 130 years ago to provide Insurance services to Civil Servants. From day one all its profits were used to support widows and orphans of deceased policyholders. Today CSIS is still a “not for profit” organisation, providing Motor, Home and Travel Insurance to current, former and retired Civil and Public Servants and their partners.
As a member of the Maidstone community, based in the heart of the town, and as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme, they have been able to support local Kent charities by donating over £350k in the last 15 years.
CSIS, began supporting Heart of Kent Hospice in 2015, and is excited to be supporting what is an inspiring annual event that raises valuable funds for Heart of Kent Hospice.
For more information, please visit www.csis.co.uk