The course is a little different from your usual town centre half marathon! We start in the shadow of the historical Guildhall in the centre of Northampton, the down the Derngate before turning left into Spring Gardens by the Charles Rennie Macintosh House. The course takes you past St Giles Church, on to Abington Street past BBC Radio Northampton and the art deco Old Savoy and passing under the watchful eye of the Charles Bradlaugh statue and one of the Northampton War Memorials. A slight up hill along Kettering road takes you in to the stunning Racecourse Park and then though the park gates on to Barrack Road past the amazing modern architecture of the Northampton International Academy. After crossing Campbell Square then its on to Sheep Street, past the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is over 900 years old and turning into Ladies Lane, down Wellington Street and back on to Abington Street. You then turn on to Wood Hill, past the War Memorial designed by Edward Lutyens (he designed the Centotaph in London) and back past the start line. Then its down hill past the Royal and Derngate Theatre and the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery across Victoria Promenade and into the picturesque Beckets Park following the river Nene past the University buildings and the Arc floating restaurant. Once you have crossed the bridge at the White Water Centre then you follow the tree lined paths of Brackmills before climbing the renowned “pink hill” and up into Great Houghton where a great view of the town below awaits. Its then down hill through the Brackmills Country Park , along the paths and into Delapre, past the Golf Course through woodland before the route opens up into the South Lawn at Delapre for a beautifiul backdrop to the finish.
Elevation is +534 Ft and – 567 Ft.
The course is measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers and comply with all UKA standards – Certificate No. 17/369. Course distance is 13.1 miles.
The course is marked and well marshalled. Mile markers are provided along the length of the course.
There are 4 aid stations providing water in recyclable paper cups. The Guildhall (after the town centre loop), Salthouse Road (visited twice before and after the Great Houghton loop) and Great Houghton.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female Competitors. All finishers will receive a medal and T-shirt.
REGISTRATION AND START TIME
Registration will open from 13:00 until 16:00 on Saturday 26th September and from 08:00 on Race Day. Registration will be located at The Old Bank Pub opposite the Guildhall please click here for directions. The race will start at 9.30am
The age limit for the half marathon is 17 on the day of the race in accordance with the UKA Licence Standards
A bag drop facility for small bags will be available at the start area to allow a discard of pre-race clothing only.
Event Parking will be near the the finish in Delapre Country Park
The walking route to the start will be signed and is one mile. In addition, there is parking in the town centre but this will not be signed or marshalled.
Michael Aldridge 01:11:23 (2019)
Kirstie Sharman 01:25:22. (2017)
CUT OFF AND PACERS
The cut off time for the race is 3 hours. We will have a number of pacers with various times aiming to get you round in your target time.
In accordance with the UKA rules the wearing of “in ear” headphones is NOT permitted in a race where roads are open to traffic. Yes bone conductor headphones are permitted but we would rather that you communicate with and encourage your fellow runners!
If you wish to register for a charity place please click here for a full list of charities
Available at the start in the pub and additional portable toilets in front of the Guildhall and in Delapre Abbey after the race. Changing facilities are limited.
Sports massage will be available after the race (Subject to availability).