Sunday 21st January is an important date for Farnborough as it hosts the second Farnborough Winter Half Marathon, returnng after a sell out first edition. Home of the world famous Air Show, Farnborough was crying out for a major running event and now, with the full support of Rushmoor Borough Council, we are pleased to say the town has one immediately established - The Farnborough Winter Half Marathon.
The start and finish area will again be under the famous Air Ship hangar in Farnborough Business Park, which now stands as a monument of the past as a great piece of industrial art.
From the hangar the route takes you past the end of the runway and, with an improvement to the route in 2017, will continue adjacent to the runway emerging next to the Air Accident Investigation Centre. From here the route returns to the Business Park and passes the start at approx 5 miles.
The route will then continue through the Business Park and out on a flat road circuit through the rural area that surrounds the airfield. Gone are the multiple laps of the Business Park at the start, the climb up to Queens Roundabout, the gravel section through Southwood Woodland Park and the gravel tow path alongside the canal.
Entirely traffic free, we feel that the Farnborough half is now one of the flatest, fastest routes in the South.
The 5km Fun Run is open to all runners over the age of 8 years (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult), which is on the first 5km of the Half Marathon route and is also traffic free. For 2018 the 5km will be chip timed.
For 2018 we are introducing a Kiddies Run for 5 to 8 year olds. This will be on a safe circuit of 800m within the Business Park starting and finishing under the famous Airship Hangar. The kiddies run is free to enter but you should register your children online through the entry link above.
Local Charity Support
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
We are delighted to be supporting local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care through the Farnborough Winter Half Marathon and Fun Run.
For over 35 years Phyllis Tuckwell has been supporting and caring for patients and families who are living with cancer, or another terminal illness (such as heart, lung or neurological disease). Their wide range of services, all of which are offered free of charge, ensure that both patients and their families are able to make the most of the time they have left together.
Care is delivered from the Hospice in Farnham where there is an 18 bed In-Patient Unit and a Day Hospice, at the Beacon Centre in Guildford and through their Hospice Care at Home team out in the community. It costs around £10 million a year to run the Hospice’s services but only 20% of their costs are covered by the NHS/Government. This means they have to raise around £20,000 every day and we are delighted to be doing our bit to support them.
If you would like to support the work of Phyllis Tuckwell please visit our Virgin Money/Just Giving page and give a donation. Or you may like to ask friends and family to sponsor you. Whatever you can do to benefit this worthwhile local charity will be gratefully received.
Step by Step
Step by Step are a local, Aldershot-based charity helping homeless young adults get their lives back on track. The charity has a sheltered housing centre in Aldershot where young adults are helped to fend for themselves, work on volunteer projects in the community and develop a CV towards finding perment work. Visit Step by Step's website for more information.
Click HERE for the Half Marathon route.
Click HERE for the 5km route.
Race entry fees
Half marathon (17+, 9am start)
|Up to November 30th: UKA affiliated* £26, unattached £28|
|From December 1st: UKA affiliated* £33, unattached £35|
|Corporate relay: £112 per team of 5, fastest four count|
5k Fun Run (8+, 9:10am start)
Kiddies 800m (5 to 8, 9:15am start)
|FREE (family members may run with child but do NOT need to enter)|
* Please note that during the registration process your British Athletics/UKA membership will be checked and if valid the appropriate discount will be applied. Scottish Athletics and Welsh Athletics members can also obtain the discount by entering their membership number into the appropriate field.
A booking fee of £2 per entrant will be added together with a 1.25% administration fee per order.
The event limit is 3000 runners and entries will close January 15th 2018 unless capacity has been reached before that date.
Awards and mementos
A quality technical T-shirt featuring the race logo can be purchased at the time of entry for £10 (see below for the design). T-shirts have to be pre-ordered and will be availbale for pick up on the day. There will be no T-shirts sold on the day.
- Full medical cover provided by event medical service provider GB EMS
- Secure bag storage facility at the start/finish
- Free parking
- Bespoke medal to all finishers
- Prizes for first 3 M/F, first Masters M/F 40, 45, 50, 55, 60+
- First corporate team
- Chip timing
- Goody bag
5k Fun Run
- Medals to all finishers
- Prizes for first 3 M/F
- Goody bag
800m Kiddies Run
- Medal to all finishers
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