Summer 2021 will see Southport Half Marathon return for its 8th and best edition to date. We have increased the capacity and increased the entertainment and music on the traffic free route which includes Lord Street in Southport town centre and a start/finish area with live music and entertainment. The route is the only running event in the history of Southport to be permitted to close Lord Street to traffic and allow participants to run through the heart of this famous seaside resort with custom medals and tech T Shirts for all finishers. Fully UKA Licensed with HM & 10k courses accurately measured and officially certified distances. Fylde Coast Runners have taken over the reigns of this event which was formerly organised by our friends at Epic Events. The route has changed for the 2021 event. This is partly due to relocating the venue to a much larger space on Marine Drive. We are also taking into consideration any Coronavirus restrictions (social distancing) that may be in place at the time. The new route gives space for everyone to enjoy the event with no "narrow pinch points".
Entry is available to all abilities of runner, you are welcome no matter how fast or slow you are. The minimum age for the 10k event is 15 and over on the day, and 17 and over on the day for the half marathon. Pre-registration is required for the event as there are no entries on the day.
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CORONAVIRUS... The event will be staged within guidelines set at the time of the event. More information about this will be made available as we receive it from UK Athletics and UK Government.
All information is subject to change as guidelines and regulations are given by UK Athletics and UK Government.
RACE NUMBERS & TIMING CHIPS... Your race number will be posted to you approximately 7 days before the event. The chip timing tag is pre-attached to the number so do not fold, cut or damage your number in any way or you may not receive an official finishing time. Your number must be worn on the front of your running top so your timing chip works correctly.
The route has changed for the 2021 event. This is partly due to relocating the venue to a much larger space on Marine Drive. We are also taking into consideration any Coronavirus restrictions (social distancing) that may be in place at the time. The new route gives space for everyone to enjoy the event with no "narrow pinch points".
MEDICAL & FIRST-AID... Fully staffed ambulance crews will be in attendance on race day with a First Aid Unit at Race HQ in Victoria Park, a mobile Ambulance/RRV Units and mobile Cycle Response Medics. However, you should not take part in the event if you have been feeling unwell. If you feel unwell during the event it is important that you stop racing and inform an event official so that medical staff can attend. Do not ignore warning signs such as chest pains, dizziness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea or other forms of distress. If you have an existing medical condition you should check with your doctor that you are able to take part. If you are able to enter, ensure that full details of your condition are written on the reverse of your event number in case of an emergency ensuring you include all information such as current medication.
HYDRATION... Fluids lost in sweat must be replaced. There will be 4 drink stations (with water available) along the Half Marathon route and 1 station on the 10k route. It is your responsibility to take on fluids as necessary. It is also not advisable to drink alcohol the night before – alcohol can have a serious impact on hydration.
HEADPHONES... We strongly advise that you DO NOT use headphones, MP3 players, iPods, mobile phones, etc on the course during the event. The reason for this is that we need runners to be able to hear instruction from marshals and in case of emergency, the safe passage of emergency vehicles needs to be assured. It's really important and for your own safety. Endangering the safety of your fellow competitors, event staff, spectators and members of the public will lead to disqualification by the race referee. UK athletics deem that headphones/MP3 players are not allowed. However, we are aware UK Athletics have in recent years promoted use of bone conducting headphones: http://www.uka.org.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=151996&t ype=full&servicetype=Attachment Therefore, it is acceptable to wear these specific headphones providing that the volume is at a level where you can still communicate and hear potential hazards or the official’s/marshal's voices. The route is traffic free but there are areas where traffic could be close by – please do not be offended if a marshal or official requests that you remove your headphones at any point this could be due to hazards ahead on the route.
RESULTS, WINNERS & PRIZES... Results will be available on the FCR website shortly after the events. Winners will be announced at the Prize Presentation after all competitors have finished the event. Prizes will be awarded for both male and female athletes by age group. Every finisher will receive a medal.
Complete up-to-date information will be sent with your race pack.