Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex
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Organiser's Description

Join us for a unique opportunity to run a Marathon, 20 Mile, Half Marathon, 10k or 5k at the World famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, and enjoy the thrill of running a new course, or racing your way to a new chip timed personal best, on this smooth traffic free tarmac motor racing circuit!

Located at the foot of the Sussex Downs, the track is the only classic circuit in the World to remain entirely in its original form. Goodwood Motor Circuit originally opened its gates to the public in September 1948, to host Britain’s very first post-war motor race meeting at a permanent venue.

Each mile will be accurately marked out and we have plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish. This is a lapped course, with each lap being around 5k.

Start Time

09:00am

Races

Themed medal

Event t-shirt

Post race goodies

Free photographs

Free pre & post race massage

Free parking

Water

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PX

Goodwood is located just outside Chichester, 60 miles from London, and 30 miles from Brighton and Southampton.

By Road: From London - follow the A3 (Junction 10 on the M25) South towards Guildford. About 3 miles past Guildford, at the Milford turning, take the A283 to Petworth, then the A285 to Chichester for about 6 miles.

From the West - Follow the A27 to Chichester. At Chichester, stay on the A27 bypass/ring road. After the only set of traffic lights, take the second exit at the next roundabout signposted Goodwood. At the next roundabout take the second exit. 200 yards after the Goodwood Motor Circuit & Aerodrome entrance, straight over at the roundabout, (brown signs for Goodwood House). Entrance to House is on the right. Use postcode PO18 0PX for your Satnav.

By Rail: There is a regular service from London Victoria to Chichester (1hour 40 minutes), plus there's a coastal service from Brighton and Portsmouth.

Buses or taxis are available at Chichester Station.

Free parking on site for all competitors

9.00am - Marathon
9:15am - 20 Mile
10:00am - Half Marathon
10.30am - 10k
10.45am - 5k

All race packs are to be collected from the event village on the morning of the race!

The entire course is inside the Goodwood Motor Circuit on the roads/paths, not on grass.

Each mile will be accurately marked out and we have plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish.

The race involves laps around the circuit. The 5k will be 1 lap, 10k is 2 laps, the Half Marathon is 5 laps and the Marathon will be 11 laps of the circuit.

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A run with a difference

8 laps of a circuit may seem a little dull, but it was a quick way to count down 20miles.

Overall the day was well organised, good parking and plently of areas for refreshments.

I thoroughly enjoyed running on a track with runners from other disciplines - ensures you're not judging your pace on others'-.

Sam . / Jan 13, 2020

Good location, but organisation on the day needs a polish

As you would expect from a run planned at a destination deliberately designed to host events, there are lots of positives associated with running around the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. It is easy to get to, has plenty of parking, albeit in a field for those who arrive a bit later, just about enough toilet blocks (although there is a bit of queuing just before the more popular events, like the 10k), and some modest shelter from the rain (if not the wind) for any supporters. Another coffee shop would not have gone amiss however, as the queues were pretty long.

The course itself is a decent running surface and while the repeated laps (1.25 laps for 5k, 2.5 for 10k, 5.25 for half-marathon and 11.5 for full marathon) might be a bit boring, the staggered starts (marathoners start at 0900, 20-milers at 0930, HM-ers at 1000, 10k'ers at 1030, 5k'ers at 1100) means that there is always a mixed ability crowd on the circuit. While this is good for plodders like me, it does make it more tricky for the faster athletes, who have to thread their way through a different crowd each lap, although they also have a fresh batch of 'pacers' so it probably balances out!

As you would expect from a motor circuit with an airfield in the middle, the track is very flat and exposed to the wind and rain so it is better to start wearing an extra layer / hat / gloves on a cold day as you always have the option of ditching clothing as you run past the start line on each circuit.

The GP events team is a well-recognised name for running events, so their website is clear and registration is easy. The medals are bespoke and 'bling' enough to make your running friends jealous, so that's always a win. Track-side entertainment was provided by a steel-drummer, who raised morale on a chilly into-wind stretch!

A minor point was that the organisation on the day was a bit sporadic, so while there were coordinated warm-ups for the marathon, 20-miler and 10k races, the race marshal seemed distracted at the start of the half-marathon and the warm-up disappeared, and while there was water on every lap, the food (bananas and flap-jacks, no gels) only appeared on the final lap of the half-marathon. If food was there before it was well-hidden and not being offered to runners, and I could have done with a gel boost at an earlier stage in the race (if only to counter the wind-chill).

All-in-all though, a decent event, with a cracking T-shirt, medal and snacks at the end. Just make sure your supporters wrap-up warmly!

John Craig / Dec 16, 2019

Fantastic day

Hello
What a great day at Goodwood Motor Racing circuit
Brilliantly organised, great location and lovely flapjacks!
Thanks for fantastic experience and I will be back again to run the course
Did a PB as well for my 10K
Thanks

Gary Coburn / Dec 09, 2019

Congrats on the PB!!

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A Well organised event

There were lots of good things - the marshals , bag drop off easy, collecting numbers before and medals/t-shirts afterwards. Maybe more toilets needed?

My Garmin had me down as running 560m longer than the half-marathon distance? I was probably a bit wobbly in places but that seems quite a distance.

Andrew Carter / Dec 09, 2019

Goodwood marathon

Lovely flat course really enjoyed running it well organised and loads of support as going round.
My only negatives would be mike markers were confusing with out my watch I would not have known how many miles were left to run and more facilities for runners and spectators as one overly priced coffee van was not enough as long queues and not much variety

Stuart Vince / Dec 09, 2019

Fast circuit but lacking in amenities

Really enjoyed the half marathon. Fast circuit and easy to judge the distance left. I was a little disappointed with the amenities on offer. Distinct lack of toilets and only 1 van selling food and coffee meant long wait times and few options.

Daniel Lashley / Dec 09, 2019

Well organised event

Luckily the rain stayed away.. might not have been so good as very exposed course, but nice and flat. Well organised although having surname initials above registration tables would have helped people queue up in the right place! Bigger t-shirts would be great. Loudspeaker organiser and staff really nice and everyone was helpful. Car parking excellent. Shame there was an extra 300m run as some people were just over their PBs! Overall, really good, well attended and would sign up again.

Erica Pearce-Howard / Dec 09, 2019

A well organised events

It was a well organised event, just completed the 10k which was just fine as you completed just over 2 laps of the circuit, but any longer in my opinion would get a boring as running over the same lap again and again. Nice views though.

Paul Marshall / Dec 08, 2019

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