Worcester Half and Full Marathon Sunday 22nd May 2016
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Directions to Race Start - Start Time 9:30am
Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester WR3 8ZE
Parking is provided at Six Ways Stadium. There will be NO additional charge for parking.
Take Junction 6 off the M5 motorway. Take the A4538 to Droitwich.
Worcester Shrub Hill Station
Make your way to Worcester Bus Station which is approximately a 15-minute walk into the city centre or take a short taxi ride (there is a taxi rank right outside the station). A taxi to Sixways Stadium will cost approximately £8-£10.
Worcester Foregate Street Station
Worcester Bus Station is a short walk into the city centre and signposted.
Numbers & Chipped Timing
PLEASE NOTE – Numbers and chips will be sent out prior to the race (approximately three weeks before). For anyone entering less than a week before the race, we will keep hold of your number and chip and will make it available for collection on the day of the race. Details on how to use the chip will be provided with the chip.
This takes place at Worcester Warriors and will be open from 7.30am for you to collect your race number and chip if you did not receive them by post for some reason. Please give yourself enough time to do this before the start of the race. On arriving at the Rugby Club please follow the signs to registration and find your race number on the lists provided. With this number you can then proceed to pick up your race number and timing chip.
The race finish for Worcester Half and Full Marathon will be close to the stadium on Six Ways Stadium site.
All finishers will receive a technical t-shirt and a bespoke medal.
The race starts over the road from the Rugby Club, to get there please follow the signs and the directions given by marshals which will take you under the tunnel below the A4538 and then out past the Amateur pitches and onto Offerton Lane which will be closed to traffic for the first 20 minutes of the race. The gun goes off at 9:30am and the race route follows Offerton Lane up to Smite by the Pear Tree Hotel. Turning right to head to the village of Oddingley you will take another right turn and head for another lovely village, Tibberton. Once Through Tibberton you’ll take your first left turn of the race and head through the village of Crowle and then Himbleton. Once past Himbleton the route turns left onto Hay Lane and heads for Spernal Green. Aiming then for Dunhamstead you return back to Oddingley where Half Marathon Runners make the return journey back up to the Pear Tree Hotel and then down hill along Offerton Lane. After crossing the canal bridge and turning right you take another right to go onto the canal towpath. Following the canal for 400 meters you will then be directed left and onto the Worcester Warriors Rugby Club Site. The finish is then another 200 meters right by the main pitch Rugby Stands.
The Full Marathon runners follow the same course as the Half Marathon until they enter the village of Oddingley for the second time; they then carry on straight through the village and start the second lap. They then follow the same course again except just before they get to the village of Himbleton there is a right turn past Huddington entering a loop that brings them back to the far side of Himbleton rejoining the original Half Marathon Course. They then repeat the route along Hay Lane, through Spernal Green and back to Oddingley before retracing their original steps past the Pear Tree Hotel and following the Half Marathoners along the canal towpath to your finish on the Worcester Warriors Site.
You can view and purchase a photo of your race experience with our friends at www.yourraceday.co.uk out on the course trying to catch you looking at your energetic best.
Prizes will be handed out at 12pm at the finish area. There are prizes for the first 3 runners male and female and also age group prizes.
A baggage drop off area will be provided at Worcester Warriors and your bags will be available for collection on viewing your Race Number.
Post Race Nutrition
Tea, coffee, water and a mixture of sandwiches, cakes and hot food will be available to buy at the finish (ones you have gained your post race appetite!).
Ipods, rules and race referees…
No earphones please! From 1 April 2016 a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition:-
"The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.
Drink stations & first aid points
There will be three drink stations on the half marathon course, and six on the full course. (Mile 4, 7, 11, 14, 21 & 24) They will all have plain water handed to you in small bottles, and SIS GO sports drink handed to you in cups. There is an additional station on the marathon loop which will just supply water at mile 19
Cut Off Times
Much as we hate the idea of cut off times we cannot ask our volunteers to be out for too long. There are no cut off times for the half marathon, but in the full marathon if you do not reach the 11 mile point (where the half turns for home) by 2 hrs and 15 minutes you will be directed to complete just the half marathon, for which you will still get a finish time, medal and tee shirt.
If it looks like you are going to take 6 hours or more we may support you with a following car, but we will always communicate with you before that happens.
• Up to six weeks prior to the race entrants will receive a full refund less a £2.00 admin fee.
• After this deadline no refunds are offered, however an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race. Or if a runner marshals a full refund is given.
• All contact should be made by email if possible