When club runners start the Parker Tools Canterbury 10 Mile road race on Sunday (January 24), many will set out on a journey that will end in Ashford nearly nine months later. Sunday’s race is the first of 10 events that are linked by the quest to discover the decathletes of distance running through the Kent Road Race Grand Prix.
Kent County AA Road Running secretary, Dave Behagg, has selected 10 qualifying races at distances from 10k to the marathon plus a multi-terrain challenge over 30k to test the mettle of Kent’s best endurance athletes. The top eight results count towards the team event. There were 34 men’s and 32 women’s teams competing last year, with Dartford Road Runners (men) and Maidstone Harriers (women) taking the top positions.
Individual runners count their six best scores and there are separate awards for masters’ categories. There were 437 men and 234 women competing in 2015 and the winners were Terry Reeves (Dartford Road Runners) and Julie Stoppani (W45, Maidstone Harriers).
The full calendar this year is:
- Canterbury 10 Miles 24 January
- Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon 21 February
- Dartford Half Marathon 13 March
- Folkestone 10 Miles 25 March
- Staplehurst 10K 5 June
- North Downs Run 30K 26 June
- Deal Dinosaur 10K 31 July
- Kent Coastal Marathon 4 September
- Tonbridge Half Marathon 2 October
- Ashford 10K 9 October
Canterbury 10 details available at the East Kent AC website
Kent Road Race Grand Prix details available at the Kent County Athletics Association website.
image - runners at Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon