17 May 2020
Worcester Full & Half Marathon Postponed due to Corona Virus
This update will not be unexpected. In light of the rapidly unfolding progress of Covid 19 we will not be staging this race on May 17th as originally planned.
For those who are already entered we are looking to give you four alternatives and are currently working on the details of these: namely a postponed date in the Autumn (likely October), a virtual race which you can do anywhere, get a result and be sent your medal; transfer to one of our other races this year, or a deferral to the 2021 race. For any of these you can substitute another runner at any stage, as is our policy.
As the venue is a Rugby Club we are unable to pin down a date in the autumn until they finalise match dates.
We want all of you who wanted to run to still reach your goals. For all those raising money for charities to be able to complete your challenges, and importantly, help to keep our Charity Partner, St Richards Hospice afloat. To that end we ask you to stay with us.
In the meantime, we thank our wonderful Tempo Events Community for supporting us. Runners, volunteers & spectators. Thoughts sent to all the associated businesses too. Medics, toilet bib numbers and medal suppliers etc that will struggle over the next few months.
We will be in touch in the near future with more information about the choices on offer and in the meantime keep safe & stay healthy.
Worcester Full and Half Marathon is now in its ninth year and has grown consistently in that time. The race is based at Six Ways Rugby Stadium where the Worcester Warriors team play.
Both 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 finishers receive a quality bespoke medal and technical T-shirt.
Again for 2020 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.Download Race Information
Click on the red ‘Enter Now’ button and fill in the form.
Registration on Race Day
If the race limit hasn’t been reached, then there will be entries available on race day. Registration will be open from 7:30am.
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
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £36
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £38
Half Marathon: –
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £33
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £35
Please note there is also a small transaction fee.
Full and Half Marathon Course
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.
The Event Start is across the road from the Warriors Ground and we encourage you to walk across for your race briefing for 9am. You’ll arrive at the amateur car park where we ask you to get into a pen dependent on your estimated finishing time. We’ll do a short briefing before walking you out to the start on Offerton Lane.
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.
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.
Water and bananas will be handed to you at the finish and food will be available for you to purchase.
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
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.
There are plenty 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 portaloo for use at 6 miles (& 13 miles)
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.
This also includes bone conducting earphones. We’re aware UKA permit the use of these earphones but with such a high volume of entries it’s impossible to police who is wearing which type. As safety is paramount for our events we would prefer to keep all runners safe and so have a complete ban on all earphones.