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Route Queries and Race Regulations

Is there a map of the routes?
Maps for each race can be viewed here http://www.stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk/Event_Info/Race_Day_Info.htm

Are there toilets on the route?
Yes, there are toilets situated on the route.

Which stations have energy gels?
There are energy gels at water points situated at mile 6 and just before mile 11.

Is the course suitable for a wheelchair?
Yes, the course is suitable for a wheelchair.  We have a wheelchair race which will start 10 minutes before the half marathon race, so as to avoid collisions.  Please be aware that the start and finish line are both in the park and hence are on grass.  There are also hills and speed bumps on the route.  If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us and we will be able to advise you.

Why is the walking half marathon not a race?
Due to the whole route not being closed to traffic, we unable to make it an official race. We have made it a chip timed event this year so participants can get an official time.

I don’t know whether to do the half marathon or walking half?
Walking events is strictly walking so suitable if you have no intention to run.

The running half marathon has a time limit of 3h 15mins so you could walk parts but you need to have the intention to jog a good percentage of it.

Are there time limits on finishing the races?
Yes, there time limits for each race.  They are as follows:

Half Marathon: 3 hours 15 minutes
Wheelchair Half Marathon: 3 hours 30 minutes
Walking Half Marathon: 5 hours
5k: 55 minutes
Fun Run: No limit 

How does the race start work?
We have nowintroduced new allocated colour/time zone starting pens. You will be asked for your estimated finishing time when registering. You will then be sent further details in regards to your starting pen within your Race Pack.  This has been introduced to help prevent collisions and injuries at the start by people going quicker or slower than others. Race results are done by gun time; however your chip-time starts when you pass under the gantry and over the chip mats so don't worry if it takes a while to get through the start. Both your gun and chip time will appear in the results.

My training has been going well/poorly and my estimated time does not reflect my current fitness levels.  Should I start in a different zone?
If you know you estimated finish time is wrong 2 weeks before the event, please contact us on 01727 819327 to make the adjustment. If it is very near to the event, you will need to stay in your allocated pen, but we recommend you make your way to the back/front of the pen depending on your circumstances.  Please be aware of runners around you, especially at the beginning of the race.

Are there pace makers?
Yes, there are pace makers for a selection of times.  More information can be found here.

Can I run in fancy dress?
Yes, we encourage you to!  Fancy dress helps to make the race really fun for spectators, families and runners alike.  There’s even a prize for the best fancy dress, so get your thinking caps on!

Can I wear headphones?
For 2017 we will be allowing the use of Bone Conduction headphones ONLY but the runner must declare this in their registration form before the event or they may still be disqualified.  Any runner seen using any other form of headphone or who has not declared using bone conduction headphones will be disqualified. In 2016, 70 runners were disqualified for breaking this rule. 

The Race Director has taken advice and in-line with current UKA and BARR recommendations on health and safety grounds when establishing our headphone policy.  This is for your safety, as listening to music during a race may distract you from being able to hear instructions from race officials and other runners on the course. Please respect our rules, we don’t have many! 

Is the course fully marshalled?
Yes, we are known for our loyal, enthusiastic and encouraging marshals.  We could not run the event without the continues support from the local voluntary organisations that help us marshal the event.

Can I take my dog?
Sorry, no dogs are allowed in any of the races.


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