Dover Running Series October 1st 2023

Race Director's Report

The inaugural race in the Dover Running Series by Hellfire Events took place at the Citadel on October 1st, in what can only be described as nearly perfect running conditions. As a result of the clear sky, all the runners and spectators were treated to uninterrupted views across the channel to France. The atmosphere was electric throughout the event, with many people coming together to join us at the start of our Hellfire Events journey, as well as to experience the Citadel as it opened its doors to public sport for the first time in its history. It was also nice to see so many running clubs from around Kent coming to join us.

Due to the lack of rain, the footpaths surrounding the hills of the Western Heights fortifications were dry and very runnable. However, the 20-degree heat added an extra layer of difficulty onto an already challenging run.

In total, we had 35 runners take up the challenge of the 5k race, of which 6 were taking part in an event for the very first time. In part, I would like to think this is because of the new park run on the Dover Seafront, which is without doubt inspiring people into the sport. There was 16 males, 18 females and one non-binary runner competing in the 5k race.  

Whilst in the 10k race, the total number of runners was 69, of which 2 were taking part in their first-ever running event. In total, there were 41 males and 28 females competing in this race.


The fastest male, Henry Cox, completed the challenging 5.7 kilometres in a time of 29 minutes 29 seconds

The fastest 5k female was Daisy Collinge, who completed the course in 31 minutes 40 seconds. Daisy did an amazing job staying with Henry well into the race. She also finished 2nd overall, beating the second fastest male, Jason Usher, by over 4 minutes. Daisy and Henry are definitely ones to watch in next year's Dover Running Series.

Dover Running Series 10k

In the 10 kilometre race, Michael Arkinstall-Doyle absolutely dominated the field, finishing over 5 minutes faster than Janik Friend, who raced a very mature race considering his young age.  Janik is definitely a runner who I can see going far in the world of trail running.


The female race was more competitive with Rose Smith finishing less than two minutes behind our 10k fastest female, Jennifer Rumsey. Jennifer also gave the men a run for their money, finishing 4th overall in a time of 58 minutes 34 seconds.

Max Effort 

The Dover Running Series Max Effort awards for the day went to two of the members of Jellylegs Running Club; Jessica Joy & Rebecca Robinson who showed pure grit and determination to complete the 10.4 kilometre course, not to mention the 120 steps 8 kilometres into the race. 

Mighty Mile - White Cliffs Athletics & Running Club

We also had the pleasure of hosting the White Cliffs Athletics and Running Club who joined us with a total of 25 children of all ages to take on the Dover Running Series Mighty Mile. Their race started within the high walls of the Citadel’s revetment, before tackling a hilly 1 mile course and finishing up at the main start-finish gantry overlooking the revetment. All the children did a magnificent job with the fastest of all being Charlie Wood, who finished in a very impressive time of 7 minutes 17 seconds! This time would have been right up there with some of the fastest adults competing in the 5 and 10k events. With the guidance of the White Cliffs Athletics Club, I’m sure we will be hearing Charlie’s name on the big stage in the future

Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the success of this event, especially those who volunteered their time to marshal on the day.  We can’t wait to do it again!

Kind Regards


Ryan Castle - Race Director 

Dover Running Series 

Hellfire Events Ltd

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