Spring marathon set to welcome runners to rural Kent
Next month's PodPlus Marathon and Half Marathon is ready to race
The early buds of Spring races can finally be seen poking their heads up in the fixture lists and the PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon and Half Marathon looks likely to be one of the first live races following the announcement of the Government's four-step roadmap to exiting lockdown.
Sunday 11 April 2021 is the date and the start line will be open from 08:00am to 10:00am to support the comprehensive Covid-safe measures being followed by prolific race promoter Nice Work, to ensure the safety of all runners, race staff, and the general public.
PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon and Half Marathon follows an undulating, multi-terrain route on quiet country lanes around Ashford, Westwell, and Charing, with a particularly scenic section on the ancient Pilgrims Way long distance path.
Last year's races were postponed to 4 October 2020 and the marathon winner was Mathieu Lavedrine (2:48:44) – who had become the fastest marathon runner dressed as a Star Wars character when he ran 3:05:27 in London 2018 in full X-Wing pilot garb!
Sharon Bolister (Eton Manor, 3:22:05) took the women's marathon top spot and the half marathon title holders are Alex Barber (Swanley & District, 1:15:13) and Sophie McGoldrick (Hy Runners, 1:34:15).
One of the most remarkable results of this or any race was witnessed when Heather Noone (Woodbridge Shufflers, 2:49:32) won the 2019 marathon outright in what was then a course record! Heather's time remains the target for female athletes, while Mathieu Lavedrine has just edged the men's best time ahead of the outstanding Irishwoman's performance.
Typically, around 300 runners have been equally split between the single lap 13.1 mile race and the two-lap marathon and last year's tailenders finished in 3:05:55 and 6:12:32 respectively.
Kent Spring Marathon race information and previous results are available at Nice Work here
Alternatively, visit runABC South's comprehensive race listing here
Image: PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon by Nice Work