2017 Worksop Half Marathon & Fun Run Event Information
36th Worksop Half Marathon – Sunday, 29th October 2017
A thank you from our Chairman and Race Director, Peter Fendley:
On behalf of Worksop Harriers, I thank everyone who contributed to the great success of this year’s 36th Worksop Half Marathon, which was initiated way back in 1982 and has now become an annual event in Worksop, not just another race.
This was our second year based at Outwood Academy Portland and this venue is proving to be a success, as we are able to accommodate larger numbers of people and create a much better atmosphere for runners, volunteers and spectators. Both the Half Marathon and 2.6km Fun Run courses remained the same as last year and the weather was ideal for the runners of all ages who took part. For the Half Marathon, the distance runners had a perfect autumn day, with the very scenic course encompassing the tree-lined route of the National Trust property of Clumber Park and the grounds of Worksop College. Although the course can be described as more undulating than flat, the good running conditions produced many personal best performances. It was also nice to see so many people adopting the Halloween themed fancy dress approach, in both races, which helped to contribute to a great atmosphere.
We are grateful to Outwood Academy Portland for allowing us to set up the majority of the race village on the day before the race, and for the help from the members and friends of Worksop Harriers for giving their time on the Saturday as well as the Sunday, in many cases. This then allows us to put the finishing touches to the event, prior to the runners arriving on the Sunday morning, in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Although we had to raise the entry fee slightly, this year, we were still able to give the Half Marathon runners a finisher’s medal to go with our highly sought after T Shirts. We also welcome the continued support of our main race sponsors Lincolnshire Runner and Shoe supplier HOKA One One.
Once again, I would especially like to thank those runners who have taken the time to place comments, on the various social media sites, commenting on the quality of the organisation, the friendliness of the marshals, the scenic nature of the course (we are privileged to have National Trust’s Clumber Park on our doorstep), the humorous signs around the sponge station and the design of the T Shirts & Medals, they are extremely positive and are a great source of encouragement and inspiration to the organising committee and our large band of volunteers, without whom it would not be possible to promote such a large event. We acknowledge that with more people than ever before utilising our ‘bag drop’ that deposit and retrieval of bags was not as smooth as last year and we are already looking to ensure that this is a much smoother and swifter operation for next year.
The race limit of 3000 runners was reached at the beginning of October and we had almost 400 people take part in the Fun Run, the largest overall numbers of entries since the event began, actual total runners being just over 3000, due to the normal pre-race drop out, for various reasons.
Set in, and around, the spectacular autumn woodlands of Clumber Park, this race regularly ranks amongst the most scenic, well organised and ‘value for money’ races, in the Country, according to those voting on Runner’s World and has previously been ranked as high as the 2nd most scenic course in the UK Half Marathon list. We will, however, continue to take note of all of the comments again, this year, as we strive to improve even further.
I thank all the runners who have continued to support our event, in such large numbers, and all of the members, friends and families of Worksop Harriers who performed all the various tasks leading up to the race and on race day itself. Again, this year, we were able to take on-line entries on our own dedicated website, courtesy of xaffi Online Sports Event Management. I am also very grateful that the Highways Authority allowed the roads to be closed and to the Police, Traffic Management Services, Fire Brigade, The British Red Cross for their Medical support and Bassetlaw District Council workers who all provided a tremendous service on the day, to ensure that the athletes are able to perform to the best of their abilities and live their dreams, in a safe environment.
Special thanks must go to Outwood Academy Portland, National Trust Clumber Park and Worksop College, who provide the facilities to allow this event to take place in such picturesque surroundings for the whole distance.
We now support three main charities, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Guide Dogs for the Blind and it is hoped that all of these Charities, and the other charities which individual runners support, will enjoy significant benefits from being part of our Event.
This year, once again, Dave and Julie’s ‘Tea and Cake’ stall did exceptionally well, raising almost £1,000 for P.A.C.T. at Sheffield Children’s Hospital – Oncology Department. They both wish to thank everyone who contributed to the baking of the cakes and to those who bought them.
I hope that the volunteers, as well as the runners, enjoyed this year’s experience and that you will continue to give your support in future years, perhaps even adding a friend, or two, to our much needed band of helpers, and that the runners will encourage their club mates and colleagues to take part in what is becoming a ‘must do event’ in the running calendar.
And finally, I thank all of our sponsors and supporters, because without their contribution the event would not be possible:
Sports Systems, Lincolnshire Runner, HOKA One One, Trespass, Perrys (suppliers of the lead car), Cerealto (suppliers of energy bars), Nottinghamshire County Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Eve (suppliers of trackway and pedestrian barriers), Worksop Police, Worksop Fire Brigade, The British Red Cross (medical back up and support), Worksop Guardian, TRAX FM, Nottinghamshire Highways Authority, Raynet (communications), T print (T shirts), Water Logic, (our water supplier), Barnsley Premier Leisure, Wilkinson’s, TMS, The Green Toilet Company, xaffi Online Sports Event Management, One in Tent (Public Address), Worksop College, National Trust (Clumber Park),The Salvation Army Band, Sheffield Hallam University (Sports Physiotherapy), Mick Hall Photography, Frontrunner – Lincoln, Wakefield Scouts (water station), Whitwell Scouts, St Anne’s Guides, SOS, Bluebell Wood and colleagues (race number and T-shirt collection), David Bale (Burger Van) and Lee-Anne and Mark Manley (Sunshine Coffee Van).
Thank you ALL, for making this year’s race such an enjoyable experience for so many people.
Race Director and Chairman of Worksop Harriers
Half Marathon 10:00am
Fun Run 10:15am
**The Race Village Layout can be viewed here**
All race numbers and timing chips are to be collected on the day. PLEASE NOTE: No information will be sent out in the post. Collection desks will be open from 08:00am at Outwood Academy Portland. Please follow the clearly marked one way system in operation to avoid congestion inside the school. There is NO parking on site so please allow yourself plenty of time to walk from where you are parked. You are not required to bring anything to the registration desk, simply check your number beforehand and go to the appropriate collection desk.
Check your race number here:
Both route maps and an elevation map can be found here: 2017 Course Maps
Start/Finish: Outwood Academy Portland
The Worksop Halloween Fun Run is approximately 3km and is buggy friendly (depending on recent weather). The course can be found here: 2017 Course Maps. Entry is £5.00 and the race starts at 10:15am. All finishers will receive a medal to show off to family and friends! The safety of our runners is extremely important to us, so we would please ask that any child under the age of 8 is accompanied by an adult. Fancy dress is hugely encouraged for this event ... nothing like the Grim Reaper chasing you to help you run a little bit faster!
Changing Facilities and Toilets:
There will be changing facilities and toilets located at Outwoood Academy Portland. There will also be additional outdoor toilets provided.
There will be a secure baggage facility kindly run by volunteers from Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice inside the school dining area. Please attach the tear off strip on your race number to your bag before handing it in. You MUST produce your race number to retrieve your bag after the race. Donations for use of this facility will be very gratefully received by the charity.
Please click here for parking locations. There is NO parking at Outwood Academy Portland.
Please use the designated car parks only and do not park in the neighbouring streets. Make sure you allow yourself time to walk from the car park to the Academy to ensure you collect your number and timing chip before the start of the race. It would be advisable to bring some change with you as some of the car parks to charge on Sundays.
Details of road closures can be found in the resident's letter here
Drinks and Sponge Stations:
There will be 3 drinks stations (issued in cups) and one sponge station located throughout the course. Bottled water will also be provided at the finish.
The prize giving will take place at 1pm. This will be at the side of the Academy near the canteen area.
All prize winners across the age categories will receive cash vouchers courtesy of Lincolnshire Runner. The first 3 finishers in the male and female categories will also receive a pair of running shoes courtesy of Hoka One One, with the 4th place male receiving a Trespass Waikaka 8 Litre Bumbag and the 4th place female receiving a Trespass Cancan Running Belt. The first placed local runners will receive cinema tickets courtesy of Savoy Cinema. A full prize list can be found on our homepage.
- There will be NO half marathon entries on the day. We will only be taking entries on the day for the Fun Run.
- Do not cut or fold your race number. Please pin it to the front of your vest/t-shirt with four pins.
- Emergency contact numbers and name(s), along with any medical conditions must be written on the back of your race number in the spaces provided.
- We strongly advise against wearing headphones or using ipods/smartphones etc during the race. Runners do so at their own risk. If you choose to use such equipment, we please ask that you be vigilant at all times and to please turn the devices off before the start of the race so that you are able to hear any announcements.
- If you are no longer able to take part, please see our Refunds and Cancellation Policy.