Frequently asked questions

What is Run Leicester? The all-new Run Leicester Festival is a complete re-invention of the original 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 the event take place? Following months of uncertainty, we’re delighted to confirm that Run Leicester will be going ahead on Sunday 31st October 2021. For a number of reasons in the wake of COVID-19 we have decided not to host the full-marathon distance event this year, nor the corporate relay. We will instead be focusing our efforts on giving you all the best Leicester Half Marathon experience ever with plenty of entertainment to keep you going all the way to the finish line!

The expected start time for the race is 9:15am.

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.

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 on Victoria Park.

Can I enter the race on the day? Unfortunately not. Online registration will close at midnight on Wednesday 27th October 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 Deferrals are available up until Sunday 3rd October and no deferrals will be accepted after this date. The one exception to this being if you test positive for COVID-19 or have to isolate and can provide evidence of this, in which case we will accept a deferral request beyond 3rd October but only in these circumstances.

Alternatively you have also have the option of transferring your place to another runner at any time right up until Sunday 24th October 2021. You can do this by logging into your Results Base profile online and changing the owner of your place. For more details on how to transfer your place to another runner please see here. 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 is generally available along with hot and cold food and drink from vendors on-site.

What additional COVID-19 measures are you intending to put in place? We absolutely want to make sure that everyone is kept safe at this event to make sure that events like this can continue to take place as we move out of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a licensed UKA Half Marathon race we will be following all guidelines laid out by UK Athletics along with government recommendations as and when they are updated.

The releasing of restrictions on 19th July gives us huge confidence in being able to hopefully run the event relatively close to ‘normal’, however regardless we are working on a number of different scenarios which include everything from a standard mass start, through to allowing for 2m social distancing in waves of 520 over at most a one hour period. At time of writing we anticipate encouraging runners to wear a mask in the start pens before you start your run. We will be watching cases carefully and monitoring any updated guidelines as we go and will communicate exact procedures for the day closer to the time. 

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. As part of COVID-19 mitigation measures volunteers will not hand you cups and you will need to pick it up from the table yourself. As per the above point COVID-19 measures will be reviewed as we go along. 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. Please note that the Granville Road Car Park outside De Montfort Hall will not be accessible on the day as Granville Road will be closed for the event. 

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.

What is the route? The race arena and both the start and finish are all situated in Victoria Park, just outside the city centre. After an initial downhill run for the first mile, we run straight through the city centre and head out on miles 2-6 which are all relatively flat and follow Leicester’s Golden Mile all the way to the top end of Watermead Park. From there we had back through the park, still relatively flat until you get to a short uphill and downhill around mile 8. From there you re-enter the city and follow nice paths roughly along the course of the canal down through Abbey Park before heading back into the city centre. Miles 9-12 are relatively flat as well and we run through the Highcross and straight down High Street before eventually turning up the idyllic New Walk which is your final hill to push through all the way to the finish back at Victoria Park. You can take a close up look at the route map online here.

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! 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 at all times, with a sweep vehicle / bike at the rear. Don’t worry you won’t get lost.

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 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. Much of the later stages of our route take place on pedestrianised streets however which does mean that we can be somewhat flexible on this depending on how far around the course you have managed to get.

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. The exception to this are bone conductor head phones which are permitted as they do not sit in or over the ear, and therefore still allow you to hear any instructions from marshals or noise from approaching vehicles.

Can I bring my dog? Unfortunately no, in line with UK Athletics ruling you are not able to run with your dog during the event.

Can I run with a pushchair? Similarly 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 (3 hours for the half-marathon).

What happens if the weather is bad?  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. 

What prizes are there for the winners? – There are trophies, prize money and a 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. All winners will also earn a free place in next year’s event.

What do we get at the finish line? – A massive feeling of achievement and a pat on the back from the Run Leicester 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.

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.

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

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