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We need to raise over £8 million every year to provide outstanding Hospice care to the local community. To get involved with our fundraising activities, design your own, or make a donation, use the information on this page.

Hospice Run 2024

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Sign up for Hospice Run 2024!

Sunday 15th September | Lower Common Cricket Ground, Tunbridge Wells | 08:00-12:30

Back for its 18th year in the heart of our community, Royal Tunbridge Wells, our iconic Hospice Run is one of the most hotly anticipated closed-road routes in the South East. With four fantastic routes to choose from including our classic 5k & 10 routes and our latest additions a brand-new Half Marathon route and Family Fun Run. There really is a run for everyone so lace up those running shoes it’s time for you to join Hospice Run!

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Run with purpose

Whether you are a seasoned runner or a beginner, Hospice Run is all about coming together as a community to support those who need it most in Kent and Sussex. This year we have up to 1,000 spaces, looking to make this year’s run our biggest ever. By taking part you’ll be helping make sure no one has to face a terminal illness alone. Your registration fee and fundraising will help deliver vital care and support to adults and children when they need it most.

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Family fun rooted in our community

Hospice Run is a fun-filled and family-friendly event in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, with a buzzing atmosphere full of smiles, laughter and lots of hugs. We like to think everyone taking at our events becomes part of the Hospice family, knowing we’ll be there when they need us most.

What to expect?

  • Challenging but beautiful routes designed to showcase Royal Tunbridge Wells and test our runners.
  • Live Samba band bringing energy and latin flair – helping our runners race to the finish line.
  • Race warm-up with local personal trainer and running specialist Ollie McCarthy.
  • Professional Chip-timing from Nice Works.
  • Unique finisher medals – obligatory finisher photos are a must!
  • Cheering stations along the route and a booming event village.
  • Local sporting legends.
  • Tantalising food stalls & much needed refreshments.
  • Plenty of water, hydration and exhilrating Kilometres or Miles (whichever you measure on Strava).
  • Race merch and Hospice in the Weald goodies.
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Daniella after Hospice Run

Daniella will be running to remember her grandad

“We had the most amazing couple of weeks we could have had grandad. You just can’t even think about how amazing that experience was.”

“The people that work at the Hospice are incredible. The last couple of years I did the Hospice Run to honour them and to be able to give something back and raise some money to help them keep going and ensure they can provide care to other families. But we need everyone to be aware of it and fundraise. All my friends got together, and we ran the 5K. They were so proud of themselves because they’re not really runners. They knew how important it was to me.”

FAQ's

What's the course like?

Our classic 5k and 10k courses are unchanged and take you on a familiar scenic route past popular local landmarks such as the Spa Valley Railway Line and The High Rocks.

Our NEW half marathon is an undulating route, starting with the 5k and 10k runners before venturing down into Groombridge and Eridge then re-joining the end of the 10k route as you head to the finish line.

Our Family Fun Run theme is Hospice Heroes!

The route takes families on an adventure through the common and around Wellington Rocks and children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite hero as they dodge the water. Participants have the option of completing 1 or 2 loops of the route before receiving their finishers medal.

What about fundraising?

We ask all Hospice Runners over the age of 13 to raise sponsorship for their run but we would love for younger participants to get involved too with the help of friends and family.

We rely on your sponsorship for the success of Hospice Run; this year we are aiming to raise over £60,000 to support patients and their loved ones.

Our fundraising team are here every step of the way to give you easy tips and tricks to reach your fundraising target.

Runners that raise over a certain amount will be eligible for an exclusive Hospice Run gift!

Can I wear headphones?

For safety reasons, wearing headphones is not permitted as we want to make sure you can hear any safety instructions from our marshals on the route.

Bone-conducting headsets are permitted.

What measures are in place for participant safety?

To ensure the safety of all our participants we work with traffic management company Amber Langis to close the roads for the event.

We will also have our wonderful marshals with phones or radios placed in strategic positions around the course.

Medical professionals will be present on all routes and at the event village.

Please listen to marshal instructions and be aware that marshals can only advise motorist and do not have the power to stop traffic. Emergency vehicles will be given access to the route.

Is there an event village where my family can come and support?

Yes! Our event village is at the Lower Common Cricket Ground. We’ll have a variety of food vendors, music from DJ Lee, and lots of fun activities and a bouncy castle to keep the kids busy!

Where can I view my run time?

Our chip timing company Nice Works will upload all run times to their website shortly after the event and you’ll be able to find it here on our website.

What's your refund policy?

Given the limited number of spaces for the event, entry fees are non-refundable unless we change the event venue or date.

If you are unable to attend Hospice Run, your registration fee will be accepted as a donation

Matt running and smiling at the camera

“I’m hoping a lot of people will come out to support Hospice in the Weald this year because it was brilliant for Matt and brilliant for me. To help fund the ongoing work, it’s just wonderful. I want others to get the support and love I got.” – Ali, who’s partner Matt – a keen runner – was cared for at the Cottage Hospice before he died.