Medway Council has announced that the Medway Mile will be held again next year, following this year’s record number of people taking part. The fun run first took place in 2007 to mark the five-year countdown to the games, but has proved so popular that it has now become a highlight of Medway’s sporting calendar.
This year’s event, on Friday, 27 July, saw more than 3000 residents of all ages walking, running and even skipping a mile through Rochester’s historic streets, including 30 Royal Engineers in full kit, people in fancy dress and others raising money for charities.
Many stayed on to enjoy free acrobatic displays, music and children’s races, and almost 3,500 people gathered to watch the screening of the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “We were delighted to see a record number of more than 3,000 people join in the Medway Mile, which really added to the excitement of the build up to the Olympics opening ceremony.
“And now the whole country is getting into the spirit of the Games it’s fitting that we can announce the Medway Mile will continue next year as a fun community event that promotes health and fitness, while also helping to raise money for good causes in Medway.”