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Rugby Half Marathon & Fun Run

Sun 28th Oct 2018 • by The Race Organiser
Rugby, Warwickshire, GB
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What you need to know

Through the Great Central Walk disused railway and the closed town and country roads of Britain's railway centre, this is the half marathon you can't afford to miss.

With a fun 1k run for the family too, this is your perfect end-of-half-term day out before all the Hallowe'en and fireworks fun.

Starting at Hart field, you'll quickly find yourself out on to clear country roads and flying round to return to the town centre on 'a linear nature reserve' - the old railway line that is now a recognised wildlife hotspot.

Of course, all this also means a new, exclusive medal and course records in each male and female category up for grabs, as well as a free t-shirt for all entrants!

Be there from year one to help this event become a major fixture in the race calendar - we'd love to see you there.

Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    9:30am Sun 28th Oct 2018
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  2. Fun Run

    Run 1km
    9:15am Sun 28th Oct 2018
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Route info

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Race Day Schedule

8.00am Race Village Opens, Car Parks Open

9.15am 1k Fun Run Starts

9.30am Start Line Assembly

9.30am Route Road Closures Begin

09:30am Race Starts

10:45am First Half Marathon Finishers Expected

12.30pm Event Closes, All Roads Reopened




Trains do arrive into Rugby on some lines early enough on race day for runners to get to the race in time for the start. Runners should check travel times thoroughly before travel to the race by train.


Some route numbers will be on diversion between 9am – 1.30pm to avoid the race route. Please check your local bus stop or the Stagecoach website for details of the closest stops to make your journey.

Cars and Bicycles:

Road closures apply to those traveling to and from the race. Please ensure you arrive early enough to reach the car parks and be prepared to wait or take a diverted route if you are leaving the town before all roads are re-opened.


All roads are open to pedestrians. Crossing may be restricted at points to ensure safety for all runners and spectators. Race marshals can offer assistance in crossing roads safely. If you need to cross a road during the race where there is not a marshal, please do so with great care and do not obstruct any runners.


Free race day parking is provided at Rugby Town Football Club, Butlin Road, Rugby. CV21 3SD. The car park will open at 7.30am and close at 1.30pm. It is a ten-minute walk to Hart Field.

On-street parking is not advised on the race route, where roads will be kept as clear of parked vehicles as possible. On-street parking on nearby roads will likely have restricted access when the race is in progress making it difficult to leave before all roads are reopened.


At the race

Toilets, bag drop and catering trucks will be at Hart Field. Once you have collected your race pack, attach your number to the front of the shirt you will run in with safety pins provided, and use the tear of strip on your race number to attach to any belongings you want to leave in the bag drop. Toilets and catering will be available on Hart Field throughout and after the race until 12pm. There are no dedicated changing facilities at Hart Field, so please arrive ready to run wherever possible. The family fun run starts at 9.45am, shortly before the main race and stays within Hart Field. Medals are awarded to all fun run finishers!

After the race

Collect your medal and finishers’ goody bag as soon as you’ve crossed the finish line. You’ll be able to take a print out of your chip timed race result from the race timing gazebo. Prizes will be awarded on race day wherever possible. Full results will be sent to all finishers later on race day with a link to view photographs from the course and finish line.

Road Closures and Alternative Routes for Traffic

Roads that are closed on or close to the race route will only be closed for the minimum amount of time. Our timing estimates shown on the road closure map are intended as maximum closure times – roads will not be closed any earlier than the stated closing time, but may open earlier than re-opening time.

Whilst we appreciate frustration for drivers, we do all we can to provide advance notice of closures and to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.  On race day, our marshals and road safety officers will provide current, accurate information to the best of their knowledge regarding timings and alternative routes. It is hoped that the benefit to the town and all those running or spectating is far greater than the disruption of temporary road closures. If you are not able to travel by road for a short period during the race, please be patient. Abusive or intimidating behaviour towards staff and volunteers will be reported to the police. For details on roads that are closed or popular routes that are affected, see our schedule of road closures and our maps of recommended alternative routes.

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Organiser Reviews

There was great support all along the route, and the marshalls seemed approachable and helpful.
Mark G, 19th Feb 18
The Race Organiser do a good job, theyve got it down to a fine art
Lynda C, 19th Feb 18
Excellent, enthusiastic marshals. Well organised race.
Adrian M, 19th Feb 18

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