16 May 2021
Worcester Full & Half Marathon 2021
Update 6th April 2021
The date for the 2021 Worcester Marathon and Half Marathon is Sunday 16th May.
The licence application is in. There are very few entries left, but if you are thinking of entering please note the following:
The race will be run under time trial format, and positions will be decided by chip time, not gun time.
Runners will be given a specific race start time, and an earliest time in which they can be on site, and sadly, everyone will be asked not to stay around after the race. The date of the race is still inside the “Rule of 6” period and we cannot have larger groups of people in one place together.
The start will be in speed order, fastest first, both races mixed. This is to keep everyone spread out over the course, not crowded through villages, and to reduce overtaking. The logistics of this on a lapped course are complex, as is the overall time to cover marshalling. To that end we will probably be asking the full marathon runners whose finish time will be between 4 and 6 hours to start the race very early in the morning (7am). Everyone else will start at 9am onwards.
The entry form will ask for your estimated finish time. We appreciate that this is difficult but we need you to be as accurate as you can, don’t under or over estimate to give yourselves a challenge or a cushion! However, if you run at a similar pace to someone you know and want to be in the same “group of 6” please fill in the request.
St Richard’s Hospice remain our charity partners and many of the marshals that will be out keeping you on course for hours and hours that day will come from them. Like all charities, St Richards have had a terrible year and this will be the first fund raising event for them. If you feel able to raise any money at all, however small the amount, please tick the box. There are 600 of you, if everyone got £20 that’s £12000. Every bit counts.
If you have someone in your household or club that can spare a few hours to be a marshal we would really appreciate it. Let us know.
The medals will be the 2020 version, not a 2021 one. We have polled many of our runners and overwhelmingly everyone has asked us not to waste them. They are of course, unique!
We will be adapting the water stations to massively reduce the amount of handling of bottles. Thus runners should think about carrying their own water in a pack or in their hands. There will also be the opportunity to place own bottles out at the stations prior to the race. There will be bottles at stations for self service pick up. Full details will be issued but its worth thinking about adapting your training runs in advance. A positive spin on this, is a reduction of single use plastics which is always considerable at such a race.
These details will be updated as plans get finalised.
All runners who entered the 2020 race and did not run a virtual version have been transferred to the new race.
If you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to get in touch via this email link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Worcester Full and Half Marathon is now in its 10th 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 normally start at 9:30am in Offerton Lane, a five-minute walk from the Rugby Club. But for 2021, this could be very different! 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 a T-shirt.
Again for 2021 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 mobile toilet 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.