How fit do I need to be?

You should have at least a moderate level of fitness. The aim is for the pace to be leisurely and enjoyable, and we always ensure that the pace is comfortable for the group. No one gets left behind (including the guide!). Please note that we ask that runners can complete a 10km in 75 minutes or less (7:30 minute/km pace). If you're not quite that quick then we can arrange run/walk options for all of our tours. Just contact us to arrange a suitable date and time.

What do I need to bring?

Just what you feel comfortable running in and are prepared to carry with you e.g. a water bottle. Unfortunately we can't provide storage facilities or transport to/from the tour.

What if it rains?

While this corner of the UK gets more sunshine than anywhere else, we can't guarantee that it won't rain. Some routes outside the city walls are prone to occasional flooding so we may need to adapt the route (but not the distance). Tours will go ahead whatever the weather and will only be cancelled in cases of severe weather conditions. In these rare cases, you will be contacted as far in advance as possible and offered a credit or full refund.

What time do we need to be at the starting point?

Please aim to show up at the meeting point 5 minutes in advance of the scheduled starting time. You might not be alone and we would really like to start on time with the runners present.

Why are the tours early in the morning?

Our tours start at 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. Canterbury has quite narrow, medieval streets and can get very busy with visitors making running quite difficult. We run as the city wakes up so that we have it to ourselves. We understand that you may not be able to make an early start, so please contact us so we can arrange a more suitable time.

How long do the tours last?

The 5km tour takes approximately 1 hour; the 10k tour takes around 90 minutes. Both can be longer depending on pace and the number of questions.

Are we running the whole time?

Group runs are planned with short designated stops throughout the route where you can catch your breath, have a stretch or have some photo-ops as well.

What if I need to go to the toilet?

There are public conveniences on both our 5km and 10km routes, though it's always a good idea to go beforehand.

Is it possible to tip our running guide?

Yes, of course! Tips are not required or expected, but if you had an excellent experience then a positive review and recommendation is highly appreciated.

You haven't answered my question!

Sorry about that! Please feel free to send us any questions to canterburyrunningtours@gmail.com and we'd be delighted to help you.