Kent’s 2023 Charity Run Calendar

Kent’s 2023 Charity Run Calendar


Charity runs, also known as charity races or charity walks, are events organised to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. They typically involve participants running, jogging, or walking a designated distance, often a 5K (5 kilometres or approximately 3.1 miles), 10K (10 kilometres or approximately 6.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), or full marathon (26.2 miles). Charity runs can be organised by non-profit organisations, charitable foundations, community groups, or other entities to support a specific charitable cause or organisation but in all cases, there will more than likely be a team of fully trained marshalls, stewards, first raiders and guides all of whom will be working for an events organiser.


This year in Kent, there are tons of charity running events to try suitable for people of all abilities. Read on to see if you’d like to join in on the fun or support any of the local events. 

Canterbury Half Marathon

The Canterbury Half Marathon is at the end of August on the 28th, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare for the event. The annual event is one of the best mass participation sporting events in Kent, with the event primarily supporting the work of Kent-based charity Pilgrims Hospices. It’s £25 to enter, and the lollipop course that winds through country lanes and in and out of the city isn’t exactly the easiest of routes, but it is one of the most exciting. 


If you don’t think you have the entire 13.1-mile run within you, there’s a two-mile fun run and even a child’s race on the same day. 

Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon

The Folkestone Rotary half marathon is another race that’s just as popular as the Canterbury half marathon in Kent. It’s an event that’s taken to the streets of Folkestone 18 times this year, with the 2023 event falling on September 24th. The 13.1-mile run is slightly easier than the Canterbury route, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be a walk in the park. Entry is £24, and tickets must be brought before the event.


People love the Folkestone Rotary half marathon thanks to the cash prizes at the end and the beautiful coastal views en route.

Colour Dash, Swanley

The Colour Dash event in Swanley is one for anyone looking to have some fun rather than enter into the more daunting half marathons. It’s a fun, messy day out for the entire family and one that’s for a good cause. There’s either a 5k or a 2.5k route to choose from – both aren’t designed with speed in mind. You’ll find colour powder stations every kilometre, and there’s a shorter wheelchair accessibility route. The race is on July 9th, and entry is £15.

Hever Castle Races, Edenbridge

The Hever Castle Races are a series of challenging races in aid of Macmillan Cancer support. The first series is a mix of triathlon, duathlon, aqua bike, aquathlon, swim or run – entrants can pick their chosen challenge from the list of options. That happens on July 9th, and the entrance costs £34. Some people will be completing courses up to the ultra-marathon length on the day.


The second series is on the 28th and 29th of September and is more of a fun, family-friendly day. There’ll be the option to run, swim or cycle the leisurely route on the day. 


Kent has numerous charity runs and sporting events to choose from in 2023. Whether you’re looking for something lighthearted like the colour dash or something more challenging like an ultra-marathon at Hever Castle Races, Kent has it all.


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