Kent players to do The Rainbow Run
Kent players to do The Rainbow Run

Following a positive response from the cricket family, Kent Cricket has made the decision to significantly raise its target distance during the Rainbow Run event on Sunday 17th May.

The Club had originally pledged to cover 150 kilometres, but will now try and reach 1,870km to represent ‘1870’, the year two local clubs merged together to form the current Kent County Cricket Club.

To help reach the target, Kent Cricket, official supporter of The Rainbow Run, is inviting for all affiliated clubs across the county to join the event with them to support Kent-based hospitals’ COVID-19 appeals.

The Kent Cricket team, a combination of playing, admin staff and team members from its Principal Partner Shepherd Neame, have created their own Strava ‘club’, where the distances covered on Sunday 17th May by all team members will be logged. The following day, the Club will release its final total and hope, that with the support of the cricket club network, the 1,870 kilometre target will be reached.

Kent Cricket will be incentivising participation for cricket club members, with prizes on offer, for both a junior and senior category. The Kent based cricket club with the highest number of  juniors (under 13s) taking part will receive a Kwik Cricket set to add to their coaching supplies.

For over 13s, the club which covers the largest total combined distance, will win a framed Kent Cricket 150th Year County Championship shirt, signed by the squad.

Kent Cricket’s Community Cricket Officer, James Moss said: “This is a great initiative and we’re delighted to be supporting our local NHS heroes.

“On Sunday 17th May, we are encouraging clubs to engage their entire membership to use their daily exercise allowance to clock up as many kilometres as possible, whether that be a walk, run or cycle. Clubs can log their miles and submit the final distance to Kent Cricket, whereby the greatest distance for seniors, or largest number of participants for juniors, will receive prizes.

“The Rainbow Run is supporting Kent based hospitals county wide to raise vital funds. Therefore, after you’ve logged your distance, we are encouraging you to call in that friend who owes you a drink and get them to donate the money to one of the five charities instead, whilst you can also make your own donation as well. Maybe just £1 per kilometre that you cover? I’m looking forward to seeing the cricket community in Kent coming together to support a fantastic cause.”

How do you get involved?

Please click here to register for The Rainbow Run>>>

Clubs (for those aged 13+)

Decide who is going to be the captain for your club’s effort and create a ‘Club’ on Strava. You can only create the club from a browser, not inside the App. Then get all of your members, players, parents and supporters on board to log their exercise on the 17th of May.

Take a screenshot of your final club distance and send it to [email protected] by 11:00 on Monday the 18th of May.

The Club with the largest total combined distance covered will win a signed, framed, Kent Cricket 150th Anniversary County Championship shirt.

——————————-Setting up your Club on Strava——————————-

  • Visit
    • • Sign up
    • • •  Log in
    • • • •  Go to the ‘Explore’ menu and click on ‘Clubs’
    • • • • •  Click ‘Create Club’
    You can make your club ‘Invite Only’ so that you can then approve members as they join.

Clubs (for those under 13)

To use the Strava App, you must be aged 13 or above, so for those younger members who want to be a part of this, we have created a Google Form (link TBC). We are asking your Junior Co-ordinator to collate two things:

  • How many juniors take part in The Rainbow Run
  • How many kilometres they complete

You can then submit these two totals on a form, along with your club name. The club which gets the highest number of juniors taking part will receive a Kwik Cricket set to add to their coaching supplies once we’re back to normal.

The Rainbow Run Donation Pages:

East Kent Hospitals Charity

Valley Hospital Charity

The Medway Hospital Charity

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Charity

King’s College Hospital Charity (including PRUH)