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Cheltenham's Half Marathon
The Cheltenham Half Marathon is set in the heart of this beautiful regency town and has been designed to show off its splendour and Cotswold charm.
Now moving into its seventh year, this popular half marathon has grown in size and is now hosted at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse.
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We are incredibly excited for 2021 and being able to deliver our events again. However, we are also committed to ensuring that all runners, volunteers, staff and supporters are safe, and the event is delivered in line with all guidance and in line with all public health advice.
The current headline advice from Sports England is the following:
Organised outdoor sports and organised sports participation events such as organised group walks, and races can take place outdoors but must follow Covid-secure guidance.
We will be implementing a number of measures at our 2021 events; these will evolve and develop as the events approach and will be constantly reviewed alongside the government guidance.
- All marshals and staff within the event and around the course will be issued with PPE and wear gloves and a mask for the duration of the event.
- Race packs will be posted out ahead of the event and event communications will be sent via email in the lead up.
- There will be limited baggage drop facilities within the event village, and all participants are asked to please limit the number of belongings they bring to the event to reduce contact between runners and staff.
- There will be multiple hygiene stations around the event with hand sanitiser for all runners.
- You will see clear signage around the event village, please follow all signage and instructions from the marshals before, during and after the race. There may also be one-way systems put in place.
- The race will start in waves based on your estimated finish time, with the faster runners at the start and slower near the back to avoid any congestion and the need to overtake on course.
- While on the run route please stay left, if you need to pass another participant please pass on the right and only when you can maintain a safe 1m distance. We ask that runners are respectful of their fellow participants and event staff and do not spit or blow their nose on the course. When you reach the finish please do not stop at the line, there will be signs and staff to help point you in the right direction.
- We want to make the event environmentally sustainable, we also want to make sure it is safe. We will have self-serve water stations on the route which will be re-stocked by event staff in PPE. There will also be water available at the finish.
- Face coverings are mandatory at the event site and to be worn at all times prior to the event start, though runners will not be expected to run in a face covering. We kindly ask that you come ready with your own face covering.
- The event will have enhanced medical cover to cater for the most up to date guidance for mass participation events in outdoor spaces. Further details will follow closer to race day.
- Our spectator policy will be shared closer to race day however sadly we expect that we may need to ask you to limit the number of supporters you bring with you on the day and that they will not be able to wait at the finish line to watch you cross it.
TRACK AND TRACE
- Via your run number timing chip, we will know that you are at the event. Now more than ever it essential that you do not swap numbers or use a number with someone else’s name so that we can efficiently track and trace should we need to.
AFTER THE RACE
- Do not stop within the finish barriers. Please continue past the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space.
- We ask that once you have collected your medal and water to leave the event village as soon as possible to avoid groups congregating within the event village.
Fully closed roads
On route entertainment
Water and energy stations
Quality medal and finishers t-shirt
07:00: Village Opens
08:30: Start Assembly
09:00: RACE START
09.10: COMMUNITY MILE START
09.20 Onwards: Community Mile Finish
10:05 Onwards: Half Marathon Finish
12:30*: Half Marathon Course Closures
*Participants falling behind the pace required to finish by 12:30 will be asked to move to the pavement.
There are a number of questions that seem to crop up time and time again. So rather than hunting for information, please find below answers to those simple, everyday questions:
Q. What is the date of Cheltenham's Half 2020?
A. Sunday 20th September 2020.
Q. What time does the race start?
A. 9:00 AM.
Q. Where is the start/finish?
A. The half marathon will start and finish at Cheltenham Racecourse
Q. How old must I be to enter?
A. You must be 17 years or older on race day. Younger runners can take part in the Community Mile.
Q. How much does it cost to register?
A. Before 6th August - Entries cost £43 for runners not affiliated with a running club and £41 for runners that are affiliated with a running club.
Q. I have entered the race - how do I know my entry has been received?
A. If you entered online, you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards. If you have not received a confirmation email, please contact us at email@example.com.
Q. When do entries close?
A. Entries close at midday on Monday 14th September 2020.
Q. When will I receive my race pack?
A. Race packs will be sent out during the last two weeks leading up to the race. If you haven't received your then please arrive at the event early to visit the helpdesk who can issue a new number.
Q. Can I run wearing an iPod, MP3 player or other personal stereo device?
A. We advise against the use of iPods, MP3 players or other personal stereo devices to ensure runners are able to hear any announcements or medical alerts. As per UK Athletics rules Bone Conduction type headphones are allowed.
Q. Can I sign up on the day?
A. No. We cannot accept entries on the day.
Q. Do I need to register on the day after I've signed up?
A. No. Just come along and line up in your allocated start pen.
Q. Where is the race village?
A. The race village is at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Q. Can I run in fancy dress?
A. Yes, as long as it is not obstructive to other runners.
Q. Is there a cut-off time for runners?
A. The cut-off time for 4 miles is 1 hour 10 minutes. At 3 hours 30 minutes, any participants remaining on the course will be asked to move onto the pavement.
Q. Will there be pacers?
A. Yes. We have pacers from 1 hour 30 minutes at 15 minutes intervals up to 2 hours 30 minutes.
Q. Is there parking onsite?
A. Yes - plenty of parking for runners or spectators. You can find information about the best access for you personally by checking our parking map on this page.
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. No dogs are allowed on the half marathon course. Spectators around town are allowed to bring their dogs and we ask kindly that they keep them out of the path of runners. If you are coming to the racecourse there are no dogs allowed at the racecourse. We understand some people have brought dogs to the event there in the past and we would advise against this, and that the racecourse staff are within their rights to ask you to take any dogs home.
Q. Can I transfer my entry to someone else?
A. You must not, under any circumstances, give your race number to anyone else. Among other potential problems, doing so may cause problems of identification for the event medical services in the event of any accident or injury.
Q. Can I have a refund if I can no longer take part?
A. You are entitled to a refund within the first 7 days of signing up (the cooling off period). After this period no refunds are offered.
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