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Folkestone 5k 2025

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Folkestone 5k

Sunday 8 Jun 2025

£15.99 Aged 16 and over | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 8 Jun 2025

Time: 10:30

Venue: The Leas

30% off entry in 2025 with code RFL25ISU

Life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

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About the 5k event

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The 5k is an achievable distance and a good first challenge for most people. At just over 3 miles it can take about an hour to walk on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Go at your own pace to help fund life-saving cancer research.


The Leas, Outside The Grand, Folkestone, CT20 2XL View map

Course information

The start and finish are on grass. The Folkestone course boasts beautiful sea views along the top of The Leas. This flat course is perfect for everyone and there are plenty of viewing locations along the route.

Our courses are accurately measured with a measuring wheel, which may differ from GPS devices. Please follow the designated route closely to maintain the intended distance; cutting corners will affect your distance covered.

Join forces or go solo

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You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer.

Warm up with other Race for Lifers

Shake off any pre-Race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.

Supporters and spectators welcome

Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section above to see what’s happening on the day.

Soak up the atmosphere

After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park.

Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.

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Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start is on The Leas, outside The Grand, Folkestone, CT20 2XL.

If using what3words, enter ///standards.standing.next in the free app, to find the exact starting point.


By car:

General Event Parking: There isn’t any specific parking for this event. Please use public transport where possible. Please also be aware that road closures will affect Cliff Road, Dixwell Road, Metropole Road West, Metropole Road East and The Leas from 10:00am- 1:00pm.

Blue Badge Parking: There will be a number of blue badge spaces allocated in front of The Grand hotel along The Leas. Please inform our stewards on arrival and they will direct you.

Volunteer Parking: There is no designated volunteer car park. The Event Manager will contact volunteers prior to the event with any parking information.

Drop Offs: There is no specific drop off area for this event. 

Electric Charging points: Best Western Hotel CT20 2HR 0.2 miles from event site. Civic Centre CT20 2QY 0.8 miles from event site.

Public transport and pedestrians:

Pedestrians: You can access the event site from any direction of The Leas as it is an open area with no specific entrance point. If you head towards The Grand hotel the event site is directly in front.

Bus: The 10A bus drops at the top of Metrpole East.

Train: Folkestone West and Folkestone Central are both 1 mile (20 min walk) to the event site.

Cycling & Bike Racks: Unfortunately there are no bike racks available along The Leas.

Dogs allowed
Not suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No showers
No parking

This flat 5k course is very accessible.

We aim for maximum accessibility at our events. Our contact centre and on-site team are ready to assist with any needs or questions you may have.

Additional Support request badges are available, and our Event Managers are trained Dementia Friends.

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.

Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.

Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.

Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.

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