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The St Alphege Sponsored Race

Raise the Roof

Sunday, 26 February 2017 from 11:30 to 14:30 (GMT)

The St Alphege Sponsored Race

Registration Information

Registration Type Remaining Sales End Quantity
Donation, say £10 per participant would be nice.   more info 26 Feb 2017 Enter donation (£)
Adult runner (16 years and over)   more info 11 Registrations 3d 7h 18m Free  
Adult cyclist (16 years and over)   more info 23 Registrations 3d 7h 18m Free  
Child runner (8-16 years)   more info 29 Registrations 3d 7h 18m Free  
Child cyclist (8-16 years)   more info 29 Registrations 3d 7h 18m Free  

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Event Details

7.8 mile race from St Alphege Church, Whitstable to Canterbury Cathedral 

Sunday 26th February 2017

11am for an 11.30am race start


This is a free-to-enter event. Race participants are invited to make donations or raise sponsorship for the Raise the Roof fund. Please let us know of your intention to run or cycle through this Eventbrite page.

There will be fee on the day registration, but time is limited, so online registrations (and donations!) are recommended. 

We suggest a donation of £10 per participant. 

Click here for start list


Gift Aid:

In the registration process, if you are a tax payer, we will invite you to apply Gift Aid to your donation. Click here for terms and conditions of Gift Aid, which can increase donations by 25%.

Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address will be needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer.

In order to Gift Aid your donation we will invite you to declaire your understanding that you ant to Gift Aid your donation to The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of Whitstable (that's the Charity raising funds to replace the St Alphege Church roof)

We will ask you to make the following declaration (if it applies to you): I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations it is my responsibility to pay any difference. 



This is a fundraising event and we would be delighted if you choose to raise additional sponsorship for the Raise the Roof Fund.

You may like to collect sponsorship through either collecting cash, cheques and charity cheques payable to ‘St Alphege Church’. 

Please use this sponsorship form to confirm pledges and enable your sponsors to make Gift Aid donations. 

Remember to make good use of your social media to invite your friends and family to join you running or cycling and support you with sponsorship, marshalling or other volunteer support. There are sharing buttons at the bottom of this page. Please let people know you’ll be taking part.

Under 16s:

Children are welcome to take part in the St Alphege Race, as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult (designated by parent or guardian). Under 11's must run or cycle with an accompanying adult throughout the Race.



We have reviewed our planning and resources for 2016. If you would like to get involved with marshalling, refreshment stands, registration etc, please let us know. Send us your details to Jayne Bale, our Race Director at - we will be very happy to hear from you.

Route:         Click here for a map of the route

Following feedback participants in 2015, we have improved signage and increased marshalling support throughout the route for 2016:

The route starts at St. Alphege Church, Whitstable, takes in the Crab and Winkle (through Clowes Wood) between Whitstable and Canterbury, through the University of Kent grounds and into Canterbury city center nr Canterbury West Station, ending at Canterbury Cathedral’s ChristChurch Gate.

Marshals and first aiders are on the route.

Whitstable parking:

Free parking may available in Nelson Road, Cornwallis Circle, Cromwell Road and Regent Street. The nearest car parks on Middle Wall and Gladstone Road will also be available, but will not be free of charge.

Please do not park on Island Wall – time restrictions apply!

Getting Home:

Alternatives to parking a car in Canterbury in advance are:

  • Run, cycle or walk back to Whitstable as part of a longer route.
  • Take the bus from Westgate Towers to Whitstable.


Refreshments ( also cake, probably) and toilets will be available at the church before the start.

Please carry a mobile phone for your own safety and any drinks/food you will need on route.

Please make sure you have warm clothes/ a change of clothes to put on after the race.

Your time:

We will record times but cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. We are always working on ways to get better with timing and would really welcome experienced race volunteers for the start and finish of the race. Please time yourselves too. 

Do you have questions about The St Alphege Sponsored Race? Contact Raise the Roof

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When & Where

St Alphege Church
High Street
CT5 1AY Whitstable
United Kingdom

Sunday, 26 February 2017 from 11:30 to 14:30 (GMT)

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Raise the Roof

Raise The Roof is a vital  campaign to bring in funds to replace the rapidly ageing roof on St Alphege Church in Whitstable. The original  Victorian roof, built in 1844, is made of expensive Welsh slates that must be frequently replaced. The roof has no lining and urgently needs a new one will protect the church's historic ceiling. We need to raise around £166,000 to replace the roof and preserve this beautiful old victorian lady for future generations.

Why does the roof matter? It's what goes on UNDER the roof that makes the difference to the community in Whitstable. Find out more:

Jayne Bale is our Race Director for the St Alphege Run as well as a Church Warden and one of The Friends of St Alphege. If you have questions about the event and how to get involved as a participant or a volunteer, please contact Jayne via email

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