Medway Mile 2023

Join thousands of other runners, joggers and walkers for this free mass participation family event.

We’ll be taking the Medway Mile to different locations across Medway during the next few years. This will bring the fun of this mass-participation event to as many local communities as possible.

This year’s event will take place at Medway Park and Great Lines in Gillingham on Friday 21 July 2023.

Anyone is welcome to come along to the event and enjoy the free sports activities, attractions and entertainment.

Bookings for this event will open late May 2023.

Event details

This year’s Medway Mile will include:

  • a mass mile route which will go around the award-winning Great Lines Heritage Park and past the Royal Naval Memorial which has panoramic views across Chatham
  • children’s races on the Medway Park athletics track
  • competitive club and run group races
  • mascot race
  • free sports activities
  • live entertainment
  • souvenir t-shirt for registered participants.

For the competitive adult race this year, we are linking with Medway and Maidstone Athletics Club to stage a series of showpiece mile races on the Medway Park track.

The Medway Mile 2023 is supported by A Better Medway as part of the physical activity campaign.

It is also being supported by child-friendly Medway.


  • 5pm: event opens
  • 5pm to 6.30pm: new aquatic taster zone in the Medway Park swimming pool (lockers on site to store kit)
  • 5.15pm: children’s races
  • 6pm: mascot race
  • 6.15pm: Medway run groups mile (invite only)
  • 6.30pm: club track races (invite only)
  • 7.15pm: mass warm-up
  • 7.45pm: Mass Medway Mile 2023
  • 9pm: event closes.

Sports activities, family fun and entertainment will run throughout the evening, but will stop between 7.15pm and 8pm for the Mass Mile.


There’ll be lots of activities, tasters and demonstrations on the night, run by our partners, including:

  • athletics – Medway & Maidstone Athletics Club
  • balance bikes – KLS Active
  • basketball – Kent Crusaders
  • boccia and bowling – Prince Arthur Bowls Club
  • bowling – Hollywood Bowl
  • cheerleading – MCDA Allstars
  • dance – Caterpillar Dance school
  • football – Anchorians Football Club
  • gymnastics – DLJ gymnastics
  • hockey – Gillingham Anchorians
  • ju-jitsu – Kyushin Ryi Ju Jitsu
  • judo – Medway park Judo Club
  • korfball – Tornadoes Korfball Club
  • martials arts – Shi Kon.


Mass Medway Mile

Participants need to pre-register to take part in the Mass Medway Mile, to guarantee a souvenir event t-shirt.

The Mass Mile event is free to enter and we welcome everyone to take part on the day.

You can pre-register for the Mass Medway Mile now.

The Medway Mile online registration is provided by Eventrac.

Competitive track races

Medway and Maidstone Athletics Club will be managing entries for the club races on the track.

Full details of the race criteria will be given to clubs and run groups.

Mascot race

If you are a charity, club or other organisation wishing to enter our novelty mascot race, email

Children’s races

There is no need to pre-register for the fun children’s races.

Children will be sorted into heats on the evening.

Medals sponsored by child-friendly Medway will be awarded to participants in the children’s races.

Preparing for the Medway Mile

Medway Sport has mapped out one-mile routes at parks across Medway.

Why not give them a go to help prepare for the event, or continue to walk or run a mile together as a family after the Medway Mile?

Remember you can still move Medway around the world, Log your miles today!

Find your nearest Park Mile.

You could also join the weekly parkrun at Great Lines Heritage Park on Saturday mornings at 9am, or Junior Park Run at The Strand, Gillingham, on Sundays at 9.30am.

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