20 May 2018

Event Announcement

 

The date for next year’s race is Sunday 20th May 2018, entry now open.

 

Event Information

Worcester Full and Half Marathon is now in its seventh 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 with a small addition to make up the distance. 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 2018 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.

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Registration

Pre-Enter
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.

Lost Numbers or Timing Chips
If you have mislaid your race pack or it hasn’t arrived in the post, please come to registration and we will issue you with a new pack. Please give yourself enough time to do this before the start of the race.

Minimum Age
Marathon – 18 years old
Half Marathon – 17 years old

Entry Fee
Marathon: –
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £35
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £37
Half Marathon: –
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £30
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £32
Please note there is also a small transaction fee.

Full and Half Marathon Course

Half Marathon

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.

Full Marathon

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

Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester WR3 8ZE
FREE parking is provided at Six Ways Stadium.

By Road
Take Junction 6 off the M5 motorway. Take the A4538 to Droitwich. Sixways is signposted from the motorway junction island.

By Rail
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 early before the race start time at 9:30.  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.

Drink Stations

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

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 Policy

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 or deferrals are offered unless the runner either marshals or provides a marshal. However an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race.
All contact should be made by email where at all possible.

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.

Event Charities

St. Richard's Hospice

2018 will see the continuation of our successful partnership with St Richards Hospice. Providing care for patients and families in Worcestershire who are living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. During 2016/17 3,088 patients and their families benefited from their free care and support. St Richard's are also fantastic supporters of Worcester Full & Half Marathon, helping to provide lots of marshals who will be cheering you on during your race. We strongly encourage you to do your bit and help raise money for this inspirational charity. This year they will require £8.4m to enable them to continue to provide these much needed services. To run in support of St Richard's Hospice please tick YES when asked if you wish to run for St Richards. You will then be sent your sponsorship forms and information pack about the Hospice. Or you can donate some money at the same time as you enter.

Event Partners

Hewett Recruitment

Hewett Recruitment have been big supporters of the Worcester Full & Half Marathon since the beginning. They offer temporary and permanent recruitment solutions from the shop floor to the boardroom. Their team of professional consultants have an outstanding reputation delivering “Recognisably Better Service”. They believe in coaching and developing their own people through the “Hewett Academy” and external providers to enable them to reach their full potential - ensuring they deliver a truly unique recruitment experience to both clients and candidates. For general enquiries please email louise@hewett-recruitment.co.uk

Your Race Day

Your Race Day will be taking snaps of you looking at your finest as you're running around the course.  Click on the logo to view your photo's.  It may take a few hours after the event for them to be uploaded.