Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2019

Thousands of runners, joggers and walkers will flock to Rochester High Street in July for the Medway Mile.

The 12th annual mass participation mile will take place on Friday, 19 July, from 5pm at Rochester Castle.

The Medway Mile provides residents with a great opportunity to get active and with a number of free activities taking place during the evening there will be something for everyone to enjoy. As well as the mass family mile, there will also be a competitive adult race, children’s races and the ever-popular mascot race. There will also be free sports activities on offer as well as inflatables, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Registration for the Medway Mile 2019 will open on Wednesday, 1 May.

The annual Mile event kicks off a sporting weekend, which will come to a close on Sunday, 21 July with a national cycling event. British Cycling is bringing the National Circuit Championships to Medway, with the UK’s top elite male and female riders racing around Rochester’s cobbled streets. Previous winners of the national event include World and Olympic champions. Before the elite men’s and women’s championships races there will be a mass participation Big Ride on the race route, as well a festival of cycling activities and family-fun in and around Rochester Castle Gardens. There are limited places available for the Big Ride and registration for the Big Ride will open on Tuesday, 21 May.

Schools can create their own Medway School Mile by planning a mile route around their school grounds using a resource pack and support from Medway Council’s Sports Development Team. The daily school mile encourages schoolchildren to lead active and healthy lifestyles by running, walking, skipping, jogging or tip-toeing a mile each day.

Medway Sport – the council’s sports team which organises the Medway Mile – is also planning on launching new running routes in Medway parks. The one-mile routes will be mapped out and be put on display in Medway parks this summer to encourage residents to get more active with a daily mile walk, jog or run.

Encouraging residents of all ages to get more active

Dawn Hudd, Assistant Director of Physical and Cultural Regeneration at Medway Council, said: “The Medway Mile is a fantastic event which encourages residents of all ages, and running abilities, to get more active. There will be plenty of fun for all the family to enjoy in Rochester Castle Gardens finishing with a great firework display. The Medway Mile is the perfect start a weekend of sporting activities in Medway.”

To find out more about the Medway Daily School Mile or Medway Parks Mile, email:

For more information about and to sign up to the Medway Mile from 1 May.

For more information about the cycling events on Sunday, 21 July and to register for the mass participation Big Ride.

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