21 May 2023
Worcester Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K
Congratulations to all finishers for this years set of Worcester Running Races!!
The provisional date for next year’s races is Sunday 21st May.
Worcester Full and Half Marathon is now in its 11th year and has grown consistently in that time. The race is based at Six Ways Rugby Stadium where the Worcester Warriors team play.
Both longer race distances start at 9:30am in Offerton Lane, a five-minute walk from the Rugby Club. The Full Marathon takes in two laps of the loop around beautiful rural lanes. The Half accompanies the Full for the first lap before splitting away at 11 miles and heading back where both races finish in front of the Worcester Warriors Ground.
All marathon and half marathon finishers receive a 2022 quality bespoke medal and a T-shirt.
10K finishers will receive a medal and the race starts at 10am.
Again for 2022 we’re proud to be supporting St Richard’s Hospice. Some of the entry fee goes towards this fantastic Worcester Charity but many of you go the extra “mile” and help raise sponsorship money for this great cause, you can also make a contribution on the entry form if you wish.
Photographs will be available at yourraceday.co.uk shortly after the race.
Click on the red ‘Enter Now’ button and fill in the form.
Registration on Race Day
Registration will be open at 7:30am at the Rugby Ground.
Numbers and Timing Chips
These will be posted out to you shortly before the event. If you have mislaid your race pack or it hasn’t arrived in the post, please come to registration on race day and we will issue you with a new pack. Please give yourself enough time to do this before the start of the race.
Marathon – 18 years old
Half Marathon – 17 years old
10K – 15 years old
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £36
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £38
Half Marathon: –
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £33
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £35
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £24
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £26
Please note there is also a small transaction fee.
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 or 10K, 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.
Full and Half Marathon Course
The Event Start is across the road from the Warriors Ground and the Half and Full Marathon race starts at 9.30am. The 10K race starts at 10am. All runners need to move from the Warriors side to the amateur car park (follow the signs) where the start is located. Please be in place on the amateur car park for 9am so you can get into pens based on your predicted finish time.
Starting on Offerton Lane the route follows the same first mile as the longer races, but rather than turning right to head to Oddingley the route carries straight on Hulls Lane. Reaching the outskirts of Droitwich at Newlands Common the route turns right along Newland Lane before another right turn on Tagwell Road. The route then picks up the race route again for the longer distances by heading along Plough Lane and Green Lane back up to Smite before descending back down the hill, along the canal and finishing under the arch at the Worcester Warriors Rugby ground.
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 to Oddingley where Half Marathon Runners make the return journey back up to the Pear Tree Hotel and then downhill 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.
Directions and Parking
Take Junction 6 off the M5 motorway. Take the A4538 to Droitwich. Sixways is signposted from the motorway junction island.
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.
Prizes will be handed out on the day in the finish area. Please come and speak to the organisers if you think you’re in line to win a prize so we can confirm the timings of the prize giving. There are prizes for the first 3 finishers of each gender and the first in each age group starting from 35 and going up in 10 year increments. If an age group winner also finishes in the top 3 then the age group prize rolls down to the next finisher.
Baggage, Toilets & Water Stations
A baggage drop off area will be provided at Worcester Warriors near the finish area and your bags will be available for collection after the race on viewing your Race Number.
Tere are phlenty of toilets available for you to use on the Worcester Warriors Ground by the parking and finishing area. Please make use of these before you head across to the briefing/start area as there are no toilets once you leave the Warriors ground side. On the course, there is one mobile toilet for use at 6 miles (& 13 miles)
There will be three water stations on the half marathon and 7 on the full marathon. These are at mile 3.5 (14m), mile 8 (21m) and mile 11 (24m) with an additional one at mile 18. In the interests of re-use plastics please think carefully about how you manage your fluid intake, we throw out hundreds of bottles each year with just one swing taken from them. We will supply some energy drinks at each apart from mile 18, this will be in plastic cups.
Withdrawal And Cancellation
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 unless the runner comes to help marshal on the day. However an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race. Entries cannot be transferred on race day.
In the event of the race being cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control we will attempt to reschedule to a later date in the same year and all entries will transfer to that rescheduled date.
If this proves impossible we will offer entrants either a percentage refund or the option to donate that refund to the race charity.
The percentage refunded / donated will depend on costs incurred at the time of cancellation.
All contact should be made by email
Music Whilst Running
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.”
We will uphold this rule this race has some places where hearing a marshal is absolutely critical. Anyone seen using earphones will not have their results recorded.