The Kirste 5 Memorial Race


25th July 2021

When we set the date for the Kirste 5 Memorial Race 2021 as 25th July, we had imagined that all restrictions would have been lifted on June 21st.

As the “next” Roadmap update won’t be until July 19th, we are concerned we will not be able to organise the Race as we intended.

Although we do have a UKA Licence, we still do not have clear approval from the Land Owners, Local Council and the SAG committee.
This is understandable due to the delay in the Roadmap.

Even though we don’t want to do this, we feel that a revised race to cover any new restrictions will mean the race will not be to our normal high standards, along with the added stress to organise at such short notice. We also now need to commit to extra expense to push forward the event.

Therefore, we have taken the hard decision to cancel the Kirste 5 Memorial Race this year.

We thank you for your support, and will be giving you details of how to claim a refund shortly. We will push ahead with a Virtual Race, and ask that you transfer your entry to this race if you can, so we can still make a donation to our charities.

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Karl, Ian, Mike


We are so pleased and humbled that The Finish Line Fund will be sponsoring our First Aid Cover, through EuroMed Ambulance for our 2021 event.





The Kirste 5 Memorial Race 2020

If you do want to donate to the 2020 charity pages, they can be found here


Our race committee has been wrestling with the decision to host The Kirste 5 Memorial Run 2020 this year in light of the current situation involving Covid-19.

As you know, this pandemic has drastically reached into our lives, our homes, and our communities.

The running community has been impacted with cancelled races, limited training opportunities, etc., and while running for many of us is our lifeline to both physical and mental health; we’ve all had to take a step back.

There will be more races, more opportunities, more great times, more chances to run great paths on the Kirste route, but we feel we would be reckless if we did not cancel The Kirste 5 Memorial Run for 2020.

We have a loyal base of participants, incredible base of volunteers, and an extremely supportive and involved community, which we are ever thankful.

For our participants who have already signed up we are giving options on what to do with their race entry because we appreciate and recognize their loyalty.
1.) DEFER your registration to our 2021 event, on 25th July 2021
If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you are happy to defer your entry fee to the 2021 race. You don’t need to tell us you want to defer, but it’s always nice to hear from you !
2.) Request a REFUND of your race entry. Do this by going back into Event Page and clicking on your entry, and then “Request a Refund”
The event page website is now:
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Our Virtual Race will remain open for entry, if you wish to complete the event and receive a medal.
(Although our 2020 medals are coming from China, so there will be some delay)
If you have already entered the 2020 race and now want to switch to the Virtual Race, just apply for a refund and then re-enter in the Virtual Race.
Thank you for your loyal support of our race, and thank you for caring for yourselves and your families, your running groups, and your communities during this time.

Lastly, stay safe and thank you for putting us in your calendar for 2021.

Karl, Mike, Ian


Our Virtual Race remains open for 2020:

If you have already entered the 2020 race and now want to switch to the Virtual Race, just apply for a refund and then re-enter in the Virtual Race.


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 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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