Bournemouth Marathon Festival

Sat 5th Oct 2019
4 Terrace Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5EL, UK

Secure your place

Tickets £17.50–£53.50, charity places available

  • Closed roads
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Road
  • 6000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Stunning seaside views, a chance to run on two piers, and a spectacular finish make this event one to remember. Runners will get the chance to feel the crisp sea air, with all routes spending at least a portion of their route along the beautiful coastline. A European Athletic 5 star event, runners can expect accurate chip timing, a finishers medal and a fantastic running experience.

Distances in this event

  1. Bournemouth Marathon

    Run 26mi
    10:00am Sun 6th Oct 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  2. Bournemouth Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    8:00am Sun 6th Oct 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  3. Supersonic 10K

    Run 10km
    4:00pm Sat 5th Oct 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  4. Supernova 5K

    Run 5km
    7:00pm Sat 5th Oct 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
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What’s Included


  • Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
  • Accurate chip timing
  • Tailored training plan
  • Great finisher’s medal
  • Race recovery pack
  • Keyring
  • Fantastic running experience
Course Details

The Bournemouth Marathon course runs through the neighbourhoods and coastal roads of the city, also taking in the boardwalk, and both Bournemouth and Bosworth piers. Competitors can expect a couple of small hills, with the most challenging to be found at Mile 9 and Mile 17/18 - this is a great course for those looking for a little more of a challenge. Athletes finish up their run heading to the Natural Harbour, before ending in Lower Gardens

Raceday Logistics

On Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October, the venue of the BMF Hub & Event Number Station is Lower Gardens. At the hub you can pick up your number (open Saturday 8am-8pm),

Address is Lower Gardens, Bournemouth, BH2 6DT. In the BMF Hub you will find the merchandise store, charity village and charities A-Z meeting point.

After finishing your race, a good spot to eat or catch the rest of the runners going by can be found at the Key West Bar and Grill at the pier.


BMF Event Buses

Both competitors and spectators will be able to buy a BMF bus ticket to ease travel around the start and finish areas. Make sure you get an early bus to reduce your wait time.


Bus Bournemouth Lower Gardens (Start/Finish) area are near Gervis Place, which is served by buses.

Walking The Marathon Hub is a couple of minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier Approach

Train/Coach The nearest train station is Bournemouth, roughly a 15 minute walk from the marathon hub. Coaches from National Express also run to the coach station.


Walking Races begin on Kings Park Drive. Your instructions will provide you with a map.

Bus Bournemouth Lower Gardens (Finish) area are near Gervis Place, which is served by buses.

Train Pokesdown Station is nearest to the start (15 min walk). Bournemouth station is nearest to the finish.

Shuttle Bus There will be event buses operating between the finish and Kings Park. This is the efficient way to travel and we strongly recommend buying a ticket.


How old do I need to be to run at the event?

To register for the marathon you must be 18 years of age or older on event day.
To register for the half marathon you must be 17 years of age or older on event day.
To register for the 10k you must be 15 years of age or older on event day.
To register for the 5k you must be 11 years of age or older on event day.

If I withdraw will I be refunded?

No, unfortunately all entries are non refundable.

Can I transfer between races?

No, we don't allow runners transfer from one race to another due to Health & Safety guidelines.

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Reviews (37)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2018

    It was an early start at 8 am. The sun was very welcome as it helped warm up a cold morning. We ran through the neighborhoods and headed for the coastal roads. Some beautiful views here looking out to the coastline. There were also a couple of small hills as we went down to the boardwalk and then back-up to the roads. There's a pretty tough hill around mile 9 that slowed us down. Once we caught our breath back, the final two to three miles was exciting as we made our way to the crowds and ran along the piers and onto the finish line.
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    Researched it well so no.
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    A great Marathon race. course a little hillier than I thought but fabulous atmosphere and more toilets than I have ever seen at any marathon ever! I will be back again in 2018.
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    Great course and organisation. Weather will always be a factor on a coastal marathon - 2017 was a fab year with no wind and warm weather but a strong wind along the coast will mean tricky pace judgement. There are more hills than you would expect - some killers in the 2nd half, mainly due to short steepness rather than duration.
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    The organisers provide everything you need in the build up and during the event.
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    It was my first marathon so it was pretty emotional. Great event, brilliant organisation. The hill at 17/18 makes you cry, but the beach makes you smile.
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    Really well organised event. Good course which takes you along the sea front on a few occasions. A couple of hills to her over which are a bit testing. I will definitely do it again.
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    The course starts with a slight high and for the first 12 miles or so is a reasonably flat route. However it does take in a couple of nasty inclines around 13 miles and 17 miles which can knock the wind from your sails.Water is also an issue - the last 5 miles or so lacked enough water stations - and as it was a hot day (for October) it proved an issue for a lot of runners
  • Did the Bournemouth Marathon in 2017

    Well organised, friendly helpful Marshalls, good crowd support in the centre of Bournemouth. Mentally tough to go under finish gantry at half way, but once through you can focus on the finish - as you know what to expect!

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