Bournemouth Half Marathon

The Bournemouth Half Marathon course follows the Full Marathon route, taking in both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers along this coastal route. This is running as it should be!

People running the Bournemouth Half Marathon
Cost:£ 35.50
Event Time:11:00 am
Event Date:04 October 2020
Event Distance:13.1 Miles

Running Events

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Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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The Bournemouth Half Marathon Course

The Bournemouth half marathon route follows the full marathon route, starting in Kings Park before making it’s way down onto the seafront. You continue to take in the beautiful coastal views as you hit mile 6 – standing mid way between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays. You then turn west and at around mile 8, you run along the breathtaking Boscombe Pier. The Pier was first constructed in 1856. The Pier has undergone numerous transformations over the years, with the addition of the Bournemouth Pier Theatre in 1959. You then run past Lower Gardens at mile 10 before the final home stretch along the stunning coastal seafront and a grandstand finish.

 

KING’S PARK ATHLETICS CENTRE

An impressive all-weather facility, with a full range of track and field equipment available to hire.  It’s home to the Bournemouth Athletics Club and hosts regular competitions and events. The centre includes an all weather track, cross country course, weights room and a throws area.  You can watch events from the covered stand and get refreshments from the cafe.

 

ENTRY BENEFITS

  • Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
  • Accurate chip timing
  • Tailored training plan
  • Great finisher’s medal
  • Race recovery pack
  • Keyring
  • Fantastic running experience

 

RUN FOR CHARITY

Since the event launched in 2013, Bournemouth Marathon Festival runners have raised an astonishing £1.5 million for hundreds of amazing charities. If you’re looking for a reason to become a future BMF charity runner, then look no further! The Official Bournemouth Marathon Festival Charity is Macmillan Cancer Support.

Event Location : Bournemouth, Kings Park Drive, BH7 6JD

50.73322, -1.84021

Charities & Sponsors

Barnardo's

Email Address: Not Provided
Phone Number: 0800 008 7005

British Heart Foundation

Email Address: events@bhf.org.uk
Phone Number: 0845 130 8663

British Red Cross

Email Address: supportercare@redcross.org.uk
Phone Number: 0344 871 11 11

Children with Cancer UK

Email Address: info@childrenwithcancer.org.uk
Phone Number: 020 7404 0808

Christian Aid

Email Address: Not Provided
Phone Number: Not Provided

CLIC Sargent

Email Address: Not Provided
Phone Number: 0845 120 4442

Coeliac UK

Email Address: Not Provided
Phone Number: 0333 332 2033

Epilepsy Action

Email Address: helpline@epilepsy.org.uk
Phone Number: 0808 800 5050

MS Society

Email Address: helpline@mssociety.org.uk
Phone Number: 0808 800 8000

Oxfam

Email Address: events@oxfam.org.uk
Phone Number: 0300 200 1292

Target Ovarian Cancer

Email Address: fundraising@targetovariancancer.org.uk
Phone Number: 020 7923 5474

Unicef UK

Email Address: Not Provided
Phone Number: 0300 330 5580