1. Where does the Marathon start? – Victoria Park Leicester LE1 7RU. There is parking nearby but we recommend car sharing or use of public transport where possible.
2. What time does the marathon start? –The Marathon, Half Marathon and the Cummins Relay Challenge start at 9:15am on Sunday October 15th 2017.
3. What time do I need to be at Victoria Park on the Day? – The park opens at 7am, most participants aim to arrive 1 hour before the race starts.
4. What is happening about race pack? Race packs including your registartion number will be posted out from September 5th onwards by first-class post, if you registered before 10th of October. If you registered after October 10th you will need to collect your race pack. This can be collected on the day before the race.
5. Can I enter the race on the day? No. No race day entries are permitted this year but (subject to places still being available) entries can be made online until October 13th. The earlier you enter the cheaper entries are.
6. What happens if i get injured during training or am unable to run on the day? You have the option of transferring to another person up until October 10th 2017.
7. What do I do when I arrive at Victoria Park? – On arrival if you have not already received your packs go to registration to collect your pack, otherwise when you arrive you will need to deposit your bags, kit, and valuables at our baggage collection point, although we do not recommend leaving valuables in your race day baggage. You will then have time to warm up add your number to the front of your top, please note your race number must be worn by the person who has registered and must be altered in any way.
8. Will there be water stations, toilets and gels available? – Yes Water stations are provided every 3 miles, gels are available on the marathon route from mile 9 and onwards, and the toilets are located at mile 6, mile 15 and mile 19.
9. I am coming by car will there be plenty of parking? – Yes, Leicester does have parking available but we can not guarantee where this will be or how much. The car parks will be well sign posted but we recommend using public transport if possible.
10. How many runners will there be? – We will be expecting between 4,000 and 5,000 people on the day. statistics show that there will be a 15-20% no-show on the day.
11. I want to come in fancy dress, is this allowed? – Yes this is allowed but please bear in mind the race day weather conditions and appropriate fluid intake should your fancy dress layers leave you needing extra hydration.
12. What is the route? See Map for the route.
14. I have an old injury – what if I have problems half way around the course? – We will have full medical care/treatment available to all runners at the start, along the route, and at the finish. We take medical safety of the entrants as of paramount importance. Our medical cover will be provided by St John Ambulance.
15. How will I remember the route? – Unless you’re leading this should not be a problem! The race route will be laid out clearly for the entrants via signs, barriers, route marking and marshals and our team of trained volunteers. Don’t worry you should not get lost!
16. Do you hand out copies of the route to runners/family/friends? – We will provide race day information for everyone prior to and during the event. The route map is available to view online.
17. I am quite a slow runner. What happens if i don’t finish or it takes me more than 6 hours? – The roads around the course obviously have to have a re-opening schedule. We have worked this out so if anyone is just walking (and we do not advocate “walking”- we expect every entrant to be able to jog for at least significant portions of the race) at a reasonable pace. However, anyone moving around the course at slower than six hour pace (that is slower than 4 miles an hour), may be told to move to the pavement and in effect regard themselves as a pedestrian.
18. Can I listen to music as I go around the course? – No, please leave these at home. We consider it dangerous to wear headphones at the event as portions of the race will be on public roads. Should there be any blue light services needing to pass you or any emergency messages given out by marshals whilst you are running you will need to be aware of them; therefore we must insist that headphones are not worn. A new rule was introduced on April 1st 2016 regarding this issue, learn more about it here.
19. Can I bring my dog? – Can your dog run in the race, absolutely not. The day is not for the pets, not even the most athletic dogs.
20. Can I roller blade? Or can I walk? – Neither unfortunately. While we know that some people will walk for large chunks of the race, we cannot say is it OK to walk through our entire 26 mile event. Rollerblades are neither appropriate, nor safe and will not be permitted. Time limit of 6 hours applies.
21. What happens if the weather is bad? How will we know what to do? – We suggest that from five days out, you keep an eye on the weather forecast so that you have time to prepare all the correct running apparel; not only to run in, but to warm-up in before the race and to wear after the race. We also are working very closely with local radio stations, and information will be sent directly to them so that they can broadcast any relevant information. Check our website too and Facebook page in the days and weeks before the event as we’ll be updating it regularly.
22. What prizes are there for the winners? – Winners trophy, prize money and gift for both male and female 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the marathon and the Half. Also 1st V40, 1stV50, 1stV60, 1st V70 will be awarded.
Awards will be at 11am for the Half and approx. 12noon for the marathon.
The County Championship awards will take place for the Full Marathon during this time.
23. What do we get at the finish line? – A massive feeling of achievement and a pat on the back from the Leicester Marathon team. Along with of course, a great medal, drink, banana and de-chipping experience (don’t worry, it won’t hurt).
24. How will I get my results? – Please do not tamper with your number. When the gun goes your time is started. It stops when you cross the finish line. It records your Gun Time and Chip time. The Gun Time is your official Race time. All prizes, records and team results are based on this. Both times will appear on the website, but the Chip Time is only for your interest. The number bib is a disposable device after the race.
25. What do I do if I am injured before the race and have to consider pulling out? – The basic advice for any mild injury or “niggle” is ‘r.i.c.e.’ ( rest, ice, compression, elevation), but this should not be relied upon for anything other than a slight sprain or ache. For any pain that persists, it is best to consult your local physio to have the injury properly diagnosed – and to prevent a re occurrence of your injury. Make sure you prepare correctly for the marathon, as they say…. “Fail to prepare…prepare to fail!”
26. Where are the hilly parts of the course (miles)? – There are no major climbs but at 15 miles there is a sharp up hill and a quick down hill, only gradual inclines, after this until the last Mile, it is a steady gradual mile uphill. Remember your first Mile was downhill and you are returning to the Park!
Terms and conditions
I undertake to have completed sufficient training for the race, which I understand to be physically demanding. I believe that I am medically fit enough to complete the event. I am an amateur as deemed by UKA rules and will compete on foot at my own risk.
I understand a need to limit the race and that runners need to be capable of completing the Full Marathon in under 6 hours. Any runner not able to do this may be withdrawn from the race at the discretion of the race organisers. Any runner will then be classed as a pedestrian and will then be able to complete the remainder of the course by use of pavements.
I understand that the wearing of headphone will be banned during the race, this invalidates my entry and can lead to my disqualification of the race. I will wear my race number on the front of my running top and any alterations of the number may lead to my disqualification. I understand that the number is only to be worn by the person who has entered and it must not be passed on to anyone else. I give my consent to my photograph being taken, together with video and or media uploads on the World Wide Web, I also allow any imagery of myself to appear amongst publicity material.
Should my circumstances change and I am no longer able to attend the marathon then I will notify the organisers in advance of the event. I also understand that no refunds will be issued unless I apply within the 7 day distance selling law. Outside of this will be seen as a donation to the charities.