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Rugby Half Marathon Rugby Half Marathon

Rugby Half Marathon

Hart Field, Lower Hillmorton Road, RUGBY. CV21 3TR

153 Lower Hillmorton Rd, Rugby CV21 3UB, UK

Sun 24th October 2021

Starting at 08:45

1 race



These measures, together with other Covid-related requirements at our events, may be subject to revision in response to any change in the current public health guidance issued by the government or regulatory bodies.

NHS Test and Trace will be in operation at our events. Participants will be required to complete a health declaration prior to arrival and to check-in where possible using the NHS COVID-19 app (available to download in advance for iOS or Android). Any information obtained will be held for 21 days after an event only and will not be used for any other purpose. Participants may not be permitted on site if they fail to follow this process, the full details of which will be communicated in the week leading up to an event.

One-way navigation and social distancing signage will be present on site to facilitate adherence to official guidance. Queue markers must be observed at all times and sanitisation stations used as frequently as necessary.

Unless there have been any changes following communication of the final pre-event information, there will be no event briefing on the day. Participants should read the communication thoroughly to familiarise themselves with the event details.

Participants will start individually at 10-15 second intervals to maintain social distancing, with a recommended 15-minute arrival window allocated and communicated prior to the event. Participants from the same household/bubble will be permitted to start together (if participating in the same distance/category) and should follow the relevant instructions to arrive and/or start at the later of any times communicated (if different). Whilst running, participants should only overtake when there is enough room (at least 1m) to do so.

Once finished, participants should continue moving and follow signage and marshal directions to keep the area clear for other finishers. Any post-event rewards (medal, water etc.) will be self-service (following hand-sanitisation) to ensure there is no contact amongst staff and participants.

Participants are asked to review the UKA Participant Code of Conduct prior to their arrival.

The Race Organiser has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Through the disused Great Central railway and the closed town and country roads of Britain's railway centre, this is the half marathon you can't afford to miss.

Starting at Hart Field, you'll quickly find yourself out on clear country roads and flying around to return to the town centre on 'a linear nature reserve' - the old railway line that is now a recognised wildlife hotspot.

With a unique medal, post-event goodies and some local support, the Rugby Half is becoming a major fixture in the local calendar - don’t miss out!

If you’re participating this year, please consider running for Alzheimer’s Research UK to raise vital funds for dementia research. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK is dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Their mission is to bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia by 2025 and they need your support! Join #TeamARUK

The Rugby Half Marathon is proud to be partnered with runr - the fitness and lifestyle brand for people passionate about running. 
runr firmly believe that the best thing about running is the community and hope that by wearing runr products, you'll engage with other runners in everyday life and share stories of triumph and failure.
Keep an eye out for competitions, special offers and more as we work together in 2021. runr will be providing exclusive prizes for top finishers at the 2021 event.
Be proud of your achievements, be proud to be a runr!
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Further details will be communicated by email in the week leading up to this event.


Entry on the Day will not be available at this/these event(s).


This event will be Licensed with UK Athletics (UKA) and the results published by Run Britain shortly after the event.


Event Schedule


Enquiries: 7:30.
Start Times: Between 8:45 - 9:30. Allocated with respect to estimated finish time (prioritising quicker times) and communicated prior to the event by email and/or SMS, these times may be subject to change.
Finish: 13:00.


Event Details

The Route is undulating, on closed roads, consists of 2 loops extending almost to Barby and is suitable for runners of all abilities.


Bib Numbers will be mailed to all participants that have entered by midnight on the Sunday prior to the event and have provided a valid UK address during registration. When a bib cannot be mailed due to an incomplete/invalid address - and in cases where it does not arrive - participants can collect a new/replacement bib at the event. Participants do not need to contact us with respect to non-receipt of their bib but should be prepared to show their booking confirmation on arrival if requested.

To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided, your number should remain visible at all times. A timing chip is attached to the back of the bib and should not be removed.


Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.


All finishers will receive a Medal on completing their event and, subject to a competitive field of participants, Prizes will be awarded to the top three places overall - and the top place in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) - for both females and males. Winners will be notified by email by the end of the following week where a presentation is not possible on the day.


Marshals will be present on the course throughout the event.


Course Markings, including arrows, tape, and distance markers, will be visible on the course where necessary.

Pacers will not be offered at this event.



Photography will be provided at this event, a link to which will be available on our website and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Suitable Medical Cover is provided at our events in case of a medical emergency. Participants must provide, during registration, details of any pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities, medication, or allergies that may be relevant in the administration of any medical assistance. Participants should also provide the same information on the reverse of their bib number (where applicable) prior to starting their event, marking a large, red X (or other contrasting colour, using the pens provided at registration) to the front of their number to alert the medical provider to any such information.

Bag Drop will be available at this event. Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, participants can leave essential belongings with us while they run using the tear-off baggage strip on their bib. They can then present their number after the event to retrieve their item(s).

Water Stations will be available on this route approximately every 3 miles.

Toilets and sanitisation stations will be available in the event village for use throughout the event. Toiletswill not be available on the route.

Refreshments are expected be available throughout the event from local vendors.

There are no dedicated Changing Rooms/Showers at this event.

Lost Property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.

Other Information

As part of our ongoing COVID response, to ensure the opportunities for social distancing are maximised, Spectators will not be permitted in the event village throughout the event. Whilst opportunities are available on the route, spectators are reminded that they should adhere to the appropriate social distancing recommendations at all times.

Participants must not be accompanied by a personally owned or controlled Dog during an event. Entries may be accepted from participants with medical assistance dogs, subject to them being correctly registered and identifiable as such, and subject to prior approval by the Event Director.
Although this event takes place on closed-roads, participants should remain vigilant of each other, spectators, marshals, support and emergency response vehicles, and other users of public footpaths and rights of way at all times.

With respect to a Time-Limit for this event, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the venue hire agreement and road closure schedule, it may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the course and/or start/finish area at approximately 13:00 to facilitate our departure from the premises - and re-opening of roads - by the agreed time. If participants are unable to complete their event by this time, they may be asked to end their participation early.


  • Half Marathon


    Sun 24th October 2021

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00



  • Half Marathon


    Sun 24th October 2021

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00


Hartfield, Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 3TR.

Getting To The Race

Directions: Please navigate to Hartfield, CV21 3TR.

Parking: Designated race parking will be available, currently expected to be primarily at Rugby Town Football Club, Butlin Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV21 3SD.

Further information will be communicated to all pre-registered participants in the week leading up to the race.

What's Included

Exclusive commemorative medal

Prizes will be awarded to the top three runners overall and the top runner in each of the veteran categories

Finisher's technical running t-shirt

Chip-timed results available instantly after you finish

Goody bags

Spectator-friendly course

Bag Drop: You can leave your belongings with us using the tear-off baggage strip on your race number, collecting after you finish by presenting your race number.

Toilets: Portable toilets will be available at the start/finish area and at approximately 4/11 miles on the course.

Race Marshals: Marshals will be present on the course throughout the race.

Distance Markers: The route will be clearly indicated with arrows, tape and Mile markers where necessary.

Water/Fuel Stations: There will be water/fuel stations on the route approximately every 2.5 miles

Refreshments: Refreshments will be available at the race hub throughout the event.

Course Details

The course is traffic free, on closed roads and paths, and consists of an outward leg, two laps of the primary central loop and a different return leg. Please always be vigilant of other runners, spectators, dogs, cyclists and other users of public footpaths and rights of way.

Spectators: Spectators can watch from anywhere on the course and should see runners pass twice if situated on the main loop.

Pacers: Subject to availability, we expect to have pacers at this event with target half marathon times between 1h30m and 2h30m.

Event Information

Results: Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and, where possible/practical, timing print-outs will be available at the race. In all cases, results will be communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Lost Property: Lost property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.

Changing/Showers: There are no changing rooms or showers at this event.

Buggies/Pushchairs: This race is not suitable for runners with buggies/pushchairs.

Wheelchair Users: This race is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Earphones/Headphones: Noise-cancelling earphones/headphones are prohibited and whilst we discourage the use of other earphones/headphones at this event, participants choosing to use them should ensure they are set to a minimum volume such that instructions from marshals or other race officials can be clearly understood. We reserve the right to disqualify participants who cannot hear instructions as a result of their use.

Event Time-Limit: Whilst there is no strict time-limit for this race, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the road-closure schedule, it may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the registration/finish area(s) after approximately 3 hours to facilitate the removal of all equipment from the premises by the agreed time.

Licensing: This race will be licensed with UK Athletics and the results submitted to Run Britain within a week of the race.

Road Closures

Roads that are closed on or close to the race route will be closed for the minimum amount of time necessary. Our timing estimates shown on the road closure schedule are intended as maximum closure times - roads will not be closed any earlier than the stated closing time, but may open earlier than re-opening time.

Whilst we appreciate frustration for drivers, we do all we can to provide advance notice of closures and to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. On race day, our marshals and road safety officers will provide current, accurate information to the best of their knowledge with respect to timings and alternative routes. It is hoped that the benefit to the town and all those running or spectating is greater than the disruption caused by temporary road closures. If you are unable to travel by road for a short period during the race, please be patient. Abusive or intimidating behaviour towards staff and volunteers will be reported to the police. For details on roads that are closed or popular routes that are affected, please see our schedule of road closures below.

(1) Langton Road - The entire length (Road closed 09:25-09:30)

(2) Lower Hillmorton Road - From its junction with Langton Road to its junction with Kingsley Avenue (Road closed 9:30-09:45)

(3) Kingsley Avenue - The entire length (Road closed 9:30-09:45)

(4) Hillmorton Road - From its junction with Kingsley Avenue to its junction with Ashlawn Road (Road closed 9:30-09:45)

(5) Ashlawn Road - From its junction with Hillmorton Road to its junction with Barby Lane (Road closed 9:30-09:50)

(6) Barby Lane - the entire length (Road closed 9:30-12:00)

(7) Rugby Road - the entire length (Road closed 09:30-12:00)

(8) Onley Lane - The entire length (Road closed 09:30-12:00)

(9) St. Peters Road (Road open - controlled crossing)

If you require more information please contact us at [email protected]

Race Data, Insight & Analysis
  • The Rugby Half Marathon is popular with beginners and slightly faster than average - in the last edition of the race 72% of participants were unaffiliated runners and fun runners, and the average finish time was nearly 1 minute faster than the avergae UK Half Marathon finish time. Here’s the supporting evidence and more detail:

  • 2:01:09 Average Finish Time (all runners) - this is slightly faster (51 seconds) than the average for a UK Half Marathon (2:02:00)

  • 1:53:20 Average Finish Time for men at this event

  • 2:12:46 Average Finish Time for women at this event


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3 reviews


·2 years ago

Great race - would recommend. Well organised event with enthusiastic marshalls and excellent goodies at the finish including a T-shirt and medal

·2 years ago

Great event. Well organised, good course, good support from friendly locals, T-shirt & medal for all finishers.

·2 years ago

Rugby half marathon. Well organised, good course, great goody bag & t shirt, will definitely do again.


Hart Field, Lower Hillmorton Road, RUGBY. CV21 3TR


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