Bournemouth Marathon Festival

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

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Tickets £17.50–£53.50, charity places available

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

From the organizer

Organizer's website

The Bournemouth Marathon is Running as it should be. Beautiful coastal views, and a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers with a spectacular finish.

The Bournemouth Marathon and Half Marathon starts in Kings Park before making its way down onto the seafront. The rest of the events start from Bournemouth Prom.

Run along this picturesque coastline and take in the views as you run path both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers.

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 available
  4. Supernova 5K

    Run 5km
    7:00pm Sat 5th Oct 2019
    Tickets 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 starts in Kings Park before making its way down onto the seafront. You continue to take in the beautiful coastal views as you hit mile 9 on the coastal marathon route.

Standing midway between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays. You then turn west and at mile 14 you can see the famous Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum which is situated on Bournemouth’s stunning cliff-top, over looking the sea. You then continue to run along the seafront, taking in the breathtaking Boscombe Pier, at mile 12 & 16.

As you hit the iconic Bournemouth Pier for the second time, you know you’re on the home stretch. The Pier was first constructed in 1856. As you continue your run west towards Lower Gardens at mile 18, you then head towards Poole’s Natural Harbour which is the largest in Europe before taking in the last few miles along the stunning sea front and finishing in Lower Gardens.

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Reviews (75)

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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