Runner Information

Plymouth’s Half Marathon, will once again take a single lap through the heart of the city. The traffic-free course is open to all abilities and will start and finish at The Hoe, with its stunning coastal backdrop. We hope we have answered all your queries here for race day, but if we have missed anything then please get in touch.

Race Number: Your race number is individual to you and cannot be resold or transferred. It must be worn and clearly visible on the front of your t-shirt. Please fill in the emergency details on the reverse of your number, and use the safety pins which were provided in your race pack to secure your number to your t-shirt, before leaving home.

Timing Chip: The timing chip that accurately measures your time is attached to the back of your race number. Please do not bend, fold or cover the chip, as without this we will be unable to track your time.

Race Results: Thank you to the Plymouth Herald, who will be publishing runner results in the newspaper and online at the Monday after the race. Race results will also feature on the Plymouth’s Half Marathon website straight after the race. If you provided your mobile number when you registered, you will also receive a text message with your official race time.

Baggage Drop: The bag drop is located in the Race Village. At the bottom of your race number is your baggage label. Make sure it’s attached before dropping it off. Changing facilities will also be available in the Race Village.

Changing facilities: These will be available in the Race Village.

Timing pens: There will be a number of timing pens, marked with expected finish times to be amongst runners of a similar pace.

Pacers: Thanks to our pacers from Tamar Trotters Running Club, who will be running to times of 1.30, 1.45, 2.00, 2.15 and 2.30 hours!

The Race: Starts and finishes on The Hoe. Timing pens marked with expected finish times will be provided. The race will start at 9.00am and there will be no entries on the day.

Meeting Points: The Hoe is very busy at the end of the race, so please arrange to meet your friends and family in advance, post-race at one of the coloured flags in and around the Race Village.

Marshals: We will have Volunteer Marshals wearing bright green t-shirts positioned at 1-mile intervals along the route and at key junctions and turning points. All Marshals will be on radios and able to call for runner support.

First Aid: The Medical Centre is located at the finish line and additional first aiders will be roaming within the Race Village. There will also be medical cover along the route and at every drinks station, should a runner face difficulty. In the event of an emergency, runners will be asked to move to the left side of the road to allow access for an emergency vehicle. Please follow instructions given by the Course Marshals.

Headphones: While we understand that some runners prefer to train wearing headphones, we advise against using them throughout the race to ensure any medical alerts or Marshals’ instructions can be heard.

Race Cut Off: Plymouth’s Half Marathon only has priority over the roads for 3½ hours. Runners predicted to finish after this time will be asked to move onto the pavement to continue.

The Course: the route takes the runners around the Hoe, with its stunning view of the harbour, before heading through the Barbican. The course then heads to the east of Plymouth running through Saltram Park and past Saltram House. Finally runners drop down onto Elburton Road and the last turning point before heading to The Promenade and the Finish.

Mile Markers: Mile markers will be clearly marked at each mile.

Energy Drink: There will be an energy drink station at 5 and 8.5 miles.

Water Stations: There will be seven stations at approximately 1.8, 3.2, 5, 6.6, 8.5, 10.5 and 12 miles. Water will be provided in 250ml sports cap bottles.

Toilets: There will be toilet facilities along the course at each of the water stations as well as in the Race Village.

Race Village: The race village and start/finish area is located on the picturesque location of the Hoe. Here you can find the Baggage Tent, Runners’ Information, Medical Centre and charities.

Physio: We have teamed up with the School of Health Professions at Plymouth University. Physiotherapy students from Plymouth University, under the supervision of experienced lecturers, will be on-hand to provide pre and post-race assessment advice and injury management, including massage to help with any muscle strains and joint aches. This free service is available to all runners to help optimize recovery. You can find the team from Plymouth University in the Race Village.

iTab Personalised Medals: Personalise your Plymouth half marathon medal with an iTab.
Ordering your iTab personalised Medal Insert for the 2015 Plymouth half marathon could not be easier:

If you ordered an iTab whilst entering the race, simply collect your medal at the finish line and wait for your iTab to arrive in the post a few days later. It’s as easy as that!

If you’d still like to personalise your medal, you can order your iTab, engraved with your name and finish time.

Plymouth’s Half Marathon, is organised under UKA rules.

We advise that you do not run if you are unwell, have an injury or if you are not comfortable running at least 8 miles.