Upcoming Events

There will be a new ultra-challenge running / trekking event taking place over 25 hours from 08:00am on Saturday 7th August through to a cut off time of 09:00am on Sunday 8th August. The event is called the Rat Race Canterbury Trails organised by Rat Race. It is not competitive and all about the journey and, hopefully, getting to the finish line as the route is about 67 miles in length, well over two complete marathons, see https://ratracecanterburytrails.co.uk/. It is expected that in the region of 250 adults will set off on foot from Southwark Cathedral and follow in the steps of former pilgrims towards the finish, adjacent to Canterbury Cathedral. “Pit Stops” will be provided by the organisers where the participants can access both food and drink. In addition, there will be other checkpoints where bottled water will be provided.

The Thames & Medway canal section is on the route at close to the 26 mile point after the start. There will be quite an ability gap between the fastest and the slowest but currently it is estimated that the first arrivals would come through at about 10:30 and the last by about 14:30 on Saturday 7th August. The organisers will take over the grass area at Mark Lane end for a gazebo, portaloos, etc. TMCA members will be out on the grass area in front of our HQ so if you fancy seeing others exerting themselves and cheer a few stragglers please come along, the car park in front is usually empty on a Saturday so find us along the towpath at DA12 2HR.