Maidstone Harriers are pleased to stage the revived Maidstone Marathon this weekend. The once popular race takes place for the first time since 1993 on a new course alongside the club’s flagship half marathon and more than 600 runners are expected to compete on Sunday (16 October).
This will be the 12th marathon and the 29th half marathon, which has also not been held for the past two years due to the change of event headquarters to Cornwallis Academy, Hubbards Lane in Coxheath.
The new course – two laps for the full marathon – features some tough climbs through The Quarries, Bottlescrew Hill and Loose Hill but runners will also be rewarded with fine views across the Weald of Kent and will pass orchards and traditional Kent oast houses.
There's a unique Garden of Kent themed medal, multi-function headgear giveaway and free, downloadable race photos for all finishers. The new venue has plenty of parking, changing facilities and baggage store and the 6-hour cut off time for the marathon means that it is accessible for all standards, although the course is unsuitable for wheelchair competitors.
Joining the field will be, ‘The Man Inside The Machine’, Steve Edwards, who is well on his way to becoming the world’s fastest multi-marathon runner. He has chosen to run his 750th marathon at Maidstone - last running the Maidstone Marathon in 1991 - and is aiming to become the world record holder by running 1,000 marathons in an average of less than 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Maidstone Harriers’ club president, Grant Woodman, won the first Maidstone Marathon in 1983 (see image) when there were, by curious coincidence 1,983 entries. His inaugural winning time (2:53) will be hard to beat this weekend.
Full details and course maps at Maidstone Harriers website.