The Eastbourne Half Marathon offers you a great challenge, whether you are running a half marathon for the first time,
or trying for a PB. You will find a good atmosphere, great crowd support, entertainment en-route and a fun community spirited day. New for this year - look out for our pacers to help you achieve your target time. The race is approved and run under UKA rules and the course is certified and measured by the SEAA approved course measurer.
Your race number, timing chip and useful information will be sent out to you about two weeks before the event. If you enter after 20th February you will need to pick your number up from Race HQ on the day. Any merchandise ordered, where possible, will be sent out before the event, otherwise it will be available for pick up from Race HQ on the day.
Training - For many runners, a half marathon is the pinnacle of their ambition; for others it is a competitive race or a stage on the way to completing a full marathon (or greater). Either way, it should be treated seriously and you need to be in good physical shape to attempt it, and hopefully, complete it. Do NOT attempt to run on the day if you are feeling under the weather - you may do yourself more harm than good. If you are new to running, follow a training plan to prepare yourself for the day. Good advice on training and how to prepare for the event can be found on the Runners World website - www.runnersworld.co.uk or why not join our special Eastbourne Half Marathon training group? - click here for more information and advice. Make sure you have appropriate footwear suitable to running a 1/2 marathon. If in doubt, visit a good running store to seek advice. Wearing appropriate running kit will help to keep you comfortable, warm and dry if the weather is adverse. Again a good running store can advise.
The closing date for postal entries is the 21st February which is approx. 2 weeks prior to the event.
Parking Facilities - There is limited street parking around the venue at Princes Park. (PLEASE do park legally and respect local residents). Extra parking will be available in the Fishermans Car Park (Free parking but limited spaces - must display parking permit which will be handed out (space permitting) as you enter the car park. All other car parks on the seafront are pay and display and there will be delays on exiting the car park opposite Princes Park at Fort Fun whilst the run is still in progress. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR, WE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS FROM YOUR CAR.
If you have received your race number by post then there is no need to register on the day.
Headphones - please note we do allow the use of headphones on the course. However you will still need to be able to take directions from marshals at all times.
At the Start / Finish
There will be the Race HQ, a separate changing tent with attended bag storage, a refreshment van (available to purchase), toilets - there will be portaloos near the start gantry.
The race will start on time. All runners should be in place by 9.50am for a 10.00am start. The start will not be delayed for late arrivals.
The race starts and finishes on grass. If it rains badly please be aware the ground will be slippery. 100 yards after the start, on exiting and entering the park - there is a narrow gate (the same width as the gantry).
On the Route
The route is mainly flat but with a steep hill between miles 2 and 3. If you are not used to running regularly take it easy!
As you pass through Sovereign harbour, there are several tight turns, three pedestrian swing bridges and a small gravel slope which may be slippery. All these hazards will be well signposted and marshalled but please be aware. N.B. These bridges will be down for the 90 minutes, allowing the majority of runners through without a delay. After passing this time you may have to wait a few minutes for the bridge to lower.
Side Roads: Parts of the race (especially around Sovereign Harbour) will cross side roads and, whilst marshalled, all runners are responsible for their own safety whilst crossing these roads. Please be aware of traffic entering and leaving these side roads.
Pedestrians: We cannot close the seafront promenades and pavements to pedestrians so runners should note these as potential hazards. We would ask all runners to be courteous to pedestrians, and anyone found verbally abusing pedestrians will have their number noted and will be disqualified.
Street furniture: Please take care with seats, bollards, bus shelters etc.
Road Closures - Please note that road closures are for a set period depending on the road. If finishing after this time, for your own safety, please move on to the pavement if requested to do so by the police / marshals.
Mile Markers will be placed every mile up to Mile 12.
Finishing the Race
Please be aware that your time is measured on a chip which is attached to your race number. As you come through the finish your number will be scanned by a marshal using something looking like a table tennis bat. Please don't grab it !!
You will be given a medal
About 25 yards past the finish will be the final drinks station with chocolate and bananas. To ensure a supply for later finishers please just take one of each. If you need a space blanket, please bring your own.
There will be a prize giving about 15 minutes after the first three men and ladies finish.
Safety - It is each runners responsibility to take care of their own safety and welfare before, during, and after the event.
Spectators - The focal points to watch the race will be at the start and finish in Princes Park, other locations to see the runners include the Bandstand, Fort Fun (approach Princess Park) and the Waterfront.
Refreshments - There will be drinks posts around the route. Water, chocolate & fruit avaliable at the finish. There will be opportunity to purchase food and hot drinks etc at Princes Park.
Results will be available throughout the morning on the results board, which will be continually updated. Results will also be uploaded to our results page on the website later the same day as well as being published in the Eastbourne Herald.
Marshals - Please respect the marshals and all the helpers on the day. Please obey the instructions of the Police and marshals and do thank them and remember that they have given up their time in order to make the race possible.
First Aid - We are very grateful to St. John's for providing First Aid for our event in the form of two ambulances and a team of their trained staff around the course. It you require the assistance of St. John's or need to withdraw from the event, please see a marshal, who will assist you and notify the race organisers.
We will provide a sweeper vehicle to pick up any runners that cannot complete the course.
Timing - There will be a race clock on the start and finish gantry. There will also be a race clock on the lead vehicle leading the race on the parts of the
course that are on the roads. All competitors should have completed the event by 3 hours and 30 minutes. If competitors are unlikely to finish within they time they may be asked to withdraw.
Whilst the race is on the promenade the race will be lead by a cyclist.
The organisers cannot be held responsible for any loss, personal injury or damage to any runner as a result of entering or participating in this event.