A charming 5 mile route heading to Hockley Woods, returning through Cherry Orchard Jubilee Park, New England Wood, & Grove Wood.

Raced under UKA Rules – Permit Number:  2020-38938


Race Entry Fees remain at 2019 prices, as we would love to fill our Race once again and break the £50,000 total for monies raised for our charities!



Kirste was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, and underwent six bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She passed away on February 9th 2012, at the age of just 42 after raising more than £50,000 for breast cancer charities by running 23 marathons while fighting the disease.

Her smiling face will be forever missed.

All profits from this race will be donated equally between Macmillan Cancer Support (261017), and Southend Breast Unit (1057266).

We are so pleased and humbled that The Finish Line Fund will be sponsoring our First Aid Cover, through EuroMed Ambulance for our 2020 event.





We are proudly inclusive of all members of the LGBT+ community and we welcome entrants as female, male or non-binary.

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We are committed to ‘spreading the message far and wide that there is no room for homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in sport’ by signing up to the Sports Charter.



Race Review 2019

Big thank you to all our lovely volunteers from across the Clubs and Communities!

Also thanks to all our runners, who support this race every year.


Proud to present our fundraising cheques to Southend Hospital Breast Unit and Macmillan Cancer Support from Kirste5 Race 2019. £5,500 split between both great charities.



Well done to all our winners to, even though we were all winners !


1. Stuart Cable Leigh Striders
2. Stephen Kirsh. Leigh Striders
3. Sean Mcarlane Leigh Striders

1. Lindsey Colman Southend AC
2. Samantha Cone Leigh Striders
* 3. Katie Spicer Leigh Striders

* corrected due to a runner using incorrect race number on the day.


(fastest 5 athletes from each Club, male or female)

1st  Leigh on Sea Striders
(Stuart Cable, Stephen Kirsh, Sean Mcarlane, James Burns, Chris Mclay)


2nd   Rayleigh RAT’s Runners
3rd   Phoenix Striders




71e84f8f-d015-4b17-b140-e9d3008b1d00“Superb,uplifting,inspirational – just as Kirste would have wanted.

This is a memorial race in honour of my extraordinary brave and special wife Kirste.

She loved running because of the camaraderie ,warmth and frienship she found with fellow runners.

These gave Kirste the courage to fight cancer and to continue running for seven years. This race exemplifies all these values and is also a lovely friendly and great value race.”

To design a more fitting tribute would be difficult if not impossible, the event you guys created is the perfect tribute. You will find nobody that knew Kirste saying anything different.

I am certain anyone that knew Kirste knows how much she loved running and encouraging others to run.

John Bowman




“Thank you to all our Marshals, Partners and to all the Runners.


We had some excellent comments about the race again this year, so thank you for making it a special day. ”

Karl Cadman, Race Director


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