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What is Run Leicester? The all-new Run Leicester Festival is a complete re-invention of the Leicester Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay Events with a renewed focus on creating a fantastic race atmosphere for all. Expect entertainment to keep you going all around a newly-revised route and more support than ever before.

When will it take place? The Run Leicester Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay events all take place on the same day on Sunday 11 October 2020. Traditionally all three events all start at the same time – 8:45am. This year’s start time is subject to confirmation once our newly-revised route has been finalised.

Where is the race arena? The race arena, start and finish line are all based in Victoria Park, Leicester, LE1 7RU.  Parking is available nearby and Leicester Train Station is but a 15 minute walk away.

What is the route? We are currently finalising plans for a newly-revised route which we hope to be able to share with you at the end of May. Both the half marathon and marathon routes will continue to start at Victoria Park and head through the city and then out along Leicester’s Golden Mile. The revised routes will then aim to take in more of Leicester iconic sights with entertainment all the way round before heading back through the city centre and up everyone’s favourite New Walk before reaching the finish back at Victoria Park. We’ll email everyone registered when the new route is finalised at the end of May, in the meantime you can check out last year’s marathon route here and last year’s half marathon route here to get an idea.

When will I receive my race pack? Almost all runners will have their race packs posted out two weeks before the event. This will contain your bib number (with chip attached), along with all final details for the event. Any late entrants or international runners will need to collect their race packs. Collection is generally available between 10:00am – 2:00pm the day before the race as well as on the morning of the event from the race registration desk.

Can I enter the race on the day? Unfortunately not. Online registration will close approximately one week before the event and there will be no registration on the day.

What happens if I get injured during training or am unable to run on the day? If you are unable to run and would like to defer your place until next year then you can do so by sending us an email to leicestermarathon@gmail.com. Deferrals are available up until Friday 11th September 2020. No deferrals will be accepted after this date. Alternatively you have the option of transferring your place to another runner at any time right up until entries close. You can do this by logging into your Results Base profile online and changing the owner of your place. For more info please follow this link which describes how to transfer your place to another runner.Please note if you are transferring a place in September or later then your race pack may already be in the post and you will need to arrange to pass your race pack onto the new runner.

What facilities are available in the Race Arena? You will be able to deposit bags in our bag drop facility on the day. Please note that we cannot take any responsibility for valuables left with us. There will be a changing area on the park as well as toilets on-site. Race registration for any lost packs will open approximately an hour and a half before the race. Post-race physio will be available along with hot and cold food and drink from vendors on-site.

What should I do with my race number? Race numbers must only be worn by the person who has registered for the event, and should only be pinned to the front of your top.

Are there water stations and toilets on route? Water stations are provided approximately every 3 miles, with water served in cups. Toilets are located at the start and finish, as well as a several places on route.

I am coming by car will there be plenty of parking? There is event parking available at selected university car parks, payable with a donation to LOROS Hospice. Parking details will be provided in your race pack. Numerous NCP car parks are also available nearby. We recommend car sharing as much as possible or using public transport wherever possible to reduce the number of cars coming into the city. Car parks will be well sign-posted.

I want to come in fancy dress, is this allowed? Yes, the more the merrier! When choosing your costume please bear in mind the race day weather conditions and appropriate fluid intake should your fancy dress layers leave you needing extra hydration.

I heard the race flooded last year – What have you done about that? Sadly we cannot control the weather, but after fifteen or so years of running through Watermead Park we are confident that last year was very much an anomaly. That being said it is our intention that the route revisions for 2020 will make us more flood proof in the future.

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 safety of our runners, volunteers and the general public very seriously. Medical cover will be provided by St John Ambulance.

How will I remember the route? Unless you’re leading at the front this should not be a problem as there will thousands of runners out on the course to follow. The race route will be laid out clearly for the entrants with barriers, cones, mile markers and our wonderful team of volunteer marshals. A lead vehicle / bike will remain at the front of the race, with a sweep at the rear. Don’t worry you won’t get lost. The main thing to watch out for will be the split point of the half marathon / full marathon which will be heavily signposted and marshalled and detailed once the route is announced at the end of May.

I am quite a slow runner. Is there a cut-off time? The roads around the course unfortunately have to be re-opened at certain times. As such, anyone moving around the course at slower than six hour pace for the marathon, and three hours for the half marathon (that is slower than 4 miles an hour), may be asked to move over to the pavement and continue as a pedestrian on the path alongside the route..

Can I listen to music as I go around the course? No, please leave your earphones at home. We consider it dangerous to wear headphones during the event. Should the emergency services need to pass you to reach a runner in distress then you will not be able to hear them or any instructions given by the marshals. In accordance with UKA ruling (read more here) any competitors seen with earphones in or covering their ears will be disqualified. Please note however that bone conductor head phones which do not sit in or over the ear, are permitted.

Can I bring my dog? Unfortunately no you are not able to run with your dog in either the full, half or marathon relay.

Can I run with a pushchair? Unfortunately due to age limits for races set by UK Athletics who provide our insurance we are unable to allow runners to take with their children in buggies.

Can I walk? Whilst we know that some people will run / walk for large chunks of the race, we cannot say it is OK to walk through the entire distance. Runners will be expected to stay ahead of the sweep car who will ask you stop if you fall behind the pace required to finish within the cut-off time (6 hours for the full, 3 hours for the half).

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 work closely with local media, and information will be sent directly to them so that they can broadcast any relevant information. Check our website and Facebook page in the days and weeks before the event, and keep an eye out for any email updates.

What prizes are there for the winners? There are trophies, prize money and gift for both male and female; 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the both the Full Marathon and Half Marathon distance. Cash prizes will also be awarded to male and female; 1st V40, 1st V50, 1st V60, and 1st V70.

What do we get at the finish line? A massive feeling of achievement and a pat on the back from the Leicester Marathon team! There will be bananas and water available when you finish, along with of course, your hard-earned finishers medal and souvenir race T-Shirt if you have ordered one.

How will I get my results? Results will appear online on the ResultsBase website soon after the race. During registration you can also opt to receive a text with your finish time on it as well if you wish. To ensure your time is accurate and recorded correctly, please do not tamper with your number as you chip is attached.  

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 doctor or local physio to have the injury properly diagnosed – and to prevent a re-occurrence of your injury. Please see above for how to defer your place or transfer to another runner.

Where are the hilly parts of the course? There are no major climbs. The climbs on route are generally either really short or gradual inclines. We save the best for last as the final mile is all uphill as you head up New Walk back to the finish line in Victoria Park.

Is there a minimum age limit to take part? Yes as per UK Athletics guidelines the minimum age limit for the half marathon is 17, whilst for the full marathon it is 18. The minimum age for the relay challenge is 17.

Where can I read through your Terms and Conditions? Full details of all our terms and conditions are available on our website here.

What if my question isn’t answered above? – Please direct any general enquiries to leicestermarathon@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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