Make it a Date

Competing in a sponsored event can be a fantastic way to help raise funds for South Kent Mind and get fit or fulfil a lifetime’s ambition in the process. If you are looking to participate in a marathon, half-marathon, triathlon, 10k, 5k, bungee jump, parachute jump, or any other incredible feat of athleticism, then please consider fundraising for us.

We recommend you set-up an online fundraising page so friends, family, and supporters are able to easily and safely donate to South Kent Mind because of the great work you are doing.

While we continue to observe government guidelines on social distancing and staying safe we are delighted that a number of COVID-safe running events are starting to get organised in Kent. Consequently we have curated the following event calendar that may be the challenge you are looking for.

May 2021

Folkestone Coastal 10K

Sun 30th May 2021

Treat yourself with this flat and fast 10k race along the south coast. Great for runners of all levels, the course starts at Folkestone Seafront before making its way along the promenade. Come for the chance to record a PB or for the finisher’s medal.

June 2021

Hawkhurst 10k & 5k

Sun 27th Jun 2021

Stretch your legs this summer in the Hawkhurst 5k & 10k. With 2 distances and a kids race on offer, there is something for the whole family. Set in Kent, the Garden of England, there is sure to be stunning country views. Come for the views, a fun day out, and a finisher’s medal.

July 2021

The Mind walk

Sat 3rd July 2021

The Mind Walk is a fundraising event that asks supporters to get together, and to take on the fight for mental health out in the open. Supporters are encouraged to walk up to 10km in their local area on Saturday 3rd July, along with their family and friends – flying the flag for better mental health.

South Kent Mind will be encouraging supporters to reach a £100 fundraising target, but the focus is on encouraging your community to talk more about mental health and how we can all join the fight for better mental health.

Channel 70 Bike Challenge

Sun 4th July 2021

Channel 70 Bike Challenge, the UK’s flattest cycle ride, consists of circular routes on Kent’s Romney Marsh. Great for the serious cyclist, family or just the challenge of riding 30, 50 or 70 miles. And this year the event organised by the Rotary Club of Folkestone Channel is raising funds for South Kent Mind.

Tough Runner UK Kent Triathlon

Sun 18th July 2021

The Kent Triathlon will take place from Brett Lydd Lake at Jurys Gap, Kent. The Kent Sprint (Swim 750m, Bike 20km, Run 5km) or Standard (Swim 1500m, Bike 45km, Run 10km) triathlon can be entered by anyone who feels capable of completing the above distances and takes place in the breath-taking scenery of Brett Lake and it’s surrounding area. Number of participants: 600

August 2021

The Mount Ephraim 10k

Sun 8th Aug 2021

This beautiful 10k course takes runners around the stunning estate of Mount Ephraim Gardens. As runners of all abilities speed around the beautiful course, they will enjoy breathtaking views of the Kent countryside, and celebrate with a bespoke medal.

The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon

Sun 15th Aug 2021

Drive your training forward with this pan-flat half marathon and 20 mile event. Great for runners of all levels, the course winds its way through the Kent countryside surrounding the Marsh Town of Lydd. Come for a great physical challenge.

The Canterbury Half Marathon

Mon 30th Aug 2021

The half marathon that has a bit of everything to it. Known to be one of the most popular in Kent, it is an extremely well organised event combining challenging running with stunning scenery. Take on these country lanes and you will have definitely deserved that medal at the finish line.

September 2021

Folkestone Channel Triathlon

Sun 5th Sept 2021

The Channel Triathlon, based close to Folkestone’s popular Harbour Arm, offers a wide range of events to suit athletes at all levels. The Channel Tri is a sea swim from Folkestone’s Sunny Sands beach. The cycle is a slightly testing outward climb into the countryside with a compensatory downhill return to transition. The run is on a flat route through the picturesque coastal park finishing back at the harbour. The entire route has numerous marshals.

The event has both Sprint (750m Swim. 20k Bike. 5k Run) and Standard Triathlons (1500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run) as well as Sprint and Standard Aquabike events (same distances as above but no run), open Water Swim events (750m and 1500m) and Relay Team events at both distances. New this year is GO TRI 250m Swim. 10k Bike 2.5k Run.

Over £1000 of cash prizes are up for grabs for winners across each category.

Take part and raise funds for South Kent Mind.

Rye Ancient Trails 30K & 15K

Sun 12th Sep 2021

Test your endurance with this 15 or 30KM route, kicking-off in the historic town of Rye. Great for seasoned runners and newcomers alike, the mixed-terrain course weaves around the surrounding country lanes and tracks. Come for the historic sites en-route or for the bespoke finisher’s medal.

The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon

8:00am Sun 19th Sep 2021

Take on the great half marathon event on the south coast. Great for beginner and veteran runners alike, the course is relatively flat and makes it way along the promenade. Come for the chance to record a PB or for the finisher’s medal.

October 2021

Dymchurch 10k

11:00am Sun 3rd Oct 2021

Feel the sea breeze on your face in this fun charity race. This flat route heads inland before finishing along the coastal promenade. Perfect for all levels, whether you’re after a rapid time or fancy chilling out. Make sure to grab your medal when you’ve conquered it.