Rugby Half Marathon

Hartfield, Rugby, Warwickshire
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 Hartfield, you'll quickly find yourself out on to clear country roads and flying round to return to the town centre on 'a linear nature reserve' - the old railway line that is now a recognised wildlife hotspot.

With a fun 1k run for the family too, this is your perfect end-of-half-term day out before all the Hallowe'en and fireworks fun.

Start Time



08:00 to 09:15


We’re pleased to confirm that we’re hoping to offer carefully adapted, smaller and simplified events from September onwards.

Following updated guidance from the UK Government and the governing bodies who license our events - UK Athletics and British Triathlon - we’re working on the details to determine which events could safely take place. There’s a quick reference list on what we know so far at the bottom of this page but if you see an event open for entry on our website it means we are planning for that event to take place.

We know how important races and organised runs are to every runner. We understand that for some, the return of events can’t come soon enough. For others, taking part in an event still holds significant concerns.

It’s not going to be quite like it was before. Things will have to be a little different for a while. But the benefits of committing to a goal, running with others and that finish line feeling will be all the greater for the recent challenges we’ve all overcome.

Specific details on each of our events

We’re carefully adapting our event plans – from getting there to going home. We’re thinking through every detail that makes events feel great to work out what the safer alternatives are. Whilst the specific details for individual events are changing, all events will incorporate a range of fundamental changes to ensure a socially-distanced and contact-free event, the details of which are summarised below. Sadly, it is likely that some events will not be possible under these new requirements and in those cases we’ll announce their cancellation and explain why. Each event is different, so where they do go ahead we’ll explain what’s changed and why it’s all in place to keep everyone safe. We’ll also summarise everything you need to know in a final ‘Event Information’ email, sent a few days before your event day. If you have a question before entering, we’re here to help.

What to expect at events that go ahead:

Small and scheduled staggered/rolling wave starts

Contact-free registration with race pack by mail.

Simplified bag drop measures where available

Covid-secure water stations although self-sufficiency is advised Safe pick-up for medals and snacks

Bookable time windows from getting there to going home to control capacity.

Thank you for your support and understanding over these four months. We’ve missed you! That finish line feeling will be worth the wait. #SeeYouOnTheStartLine

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

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.

Exclusive commemorative 2020 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.

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.

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.

Social Media

For further information about our races or any race updates, please check our social media accounts;

Join our Strava club to see how your fellow competitors are training and compare your race day performance.

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)

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