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Run Bournemouth Festival

6000 participants · Sat 9th Oct 2021 · Bournemouth
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About this event

There's nothing better than taking part in a coastal run on a fresh Autumn morning. The course provides a few challenging hills but, for the most part, it's about the scenery, which includes a run along Bournemouth and Bosworth piers. Run in this festival to earn your medal, t-shirt and goody bag.

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BRINGING CHARITIES AND COMPANIES TOGETHER THROUGH EVENTS

GSi Events Ltd specialise in organising events that provide a fundraising platform for charities.

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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
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Bournemouth Half Marathon
8:00am Sun 10th Oct 2021

Run 13.1mi

Supersonic 10k
9:00am Sun 10th Oct 2021

Run 10km

Supernova 5k
7:00pm Sat 9th Oct 2021

Run 5km

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What people think
4.5
46 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
ThumbsUpWell organized
Kevin
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2019
Shame not even a coffee stand at the start. Poor spectators waiting around for upto 2 hours with nothing there. … read more
nick
Star
4.0
Did the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2019
Only downside was they delayed the start 15 minutes but with no explanation. Otherwise a great event… read more
Jenny
Star
5.0
Did the Supersonic 10k in 2019
Great flat 10k course😊<br />Perfect for beginners and more serious runners alike <br />Lots of encouragement along the way … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What is the cut-off time for the Bournemouth Marathon?
The maximum cut off time for the Bournemouth Marathon is 6 hours 30 minutes from the final runner to cross the start line.… read more
FAQ
How do I enter the Bournemouth Marathon?
Entries to the Bournemouth Marathon are online only. On-the-day entries are not accepted. Entries cannot be deferred but can be transferred to another runner.… read more
FAQ
Can I wear headphones when running the Bournemouth Marathon?
Yes. The Bournemouth Marathon takes place on closed roads and runners are welcome to take part wearing headphones.… read more
Route description
Route description

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

Kevin
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3.7
Did the race in 2019
Shame not even a coffee stand at the start. Poor spectators waiting around for upto 2 hours with nothing there.
nick
Star
4.0
Did the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2019
Only downside was they delayed the start 15 minutes but with no explanation. Otherwise a great event
Jenny
Star
5.0
Did the Supersonic 10k in 2019
Great flat 10k course😊<br />Perfect for beginners and more serious runners alike <br />Lots of encouragement along the way
Giles
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2019
Great race. lovely views of the sea. <br />Well organised and great support along the route. Difficultt in strong winds unfortunately due to exposed nature of route
Rebecca
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2019
Greta atmosphere and wonderful volunteers.<br />Course is very tough and hilly! But I love a challenge, Shame it’s not gonna be on next year.
Christian
Star
4.0
Did the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2019
The event was good fun. The route was flat ish.. although you do double back on yourself a couple of time. Lots of sand on the route. Medal was a bit disappointing but lots of supporters on the route
Alison
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3.3
Did the race in 2019
My first marathon! Certainly challenging, with hills and running along the promenade on sand and avoiding sun seekers! <br />Great support though and lovely to run along 2 piers. <br />It’s a shame it’s been cancelled next year
Zoe B
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4.3
Did the race in 2019
Outstanding organisation and atmosphere with the perfect number of runners to have company but not get held up by crowds. Loved the first few miles but found running along the promenade tough; strong winds and sand on the course made it hard going and it ended up pretty boring after the first couple of miles. The sections on the piers were however great, and I enjoyed heading back into town at mile 18 for a change of scenery - just wish there was a little less of the course on the sea front. Finish was good with great massages for dead legs but the long walk between the finish, baggage pick up and the shuttle bus stop pretty much killed me.
Jonathan
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3.3
Did the race in 2019
Very well organised race - race number posted the week before so no need to queue to register. Free bus from town centre to start line took 10 minutes. The course is very pleasant - along the beach with views on Studland and the cliffs of Isle of Wight. However, much of the course involved running up a road to then turn around and run back the other way which was a bit boring vs. other city marathons where you are always seeing something new. Also the course along the beach was not closed to the public so there were problems with the people walking in the middle of the course with their dogs, kids on bikes etc which was rather annoying during the final 6 miles! Also, the beach is completely unsheltered meaning much of race involved running straight into 25mph winds... <br />A brutally steep hill at mile 18 hit me for six and I could not recover my pace, which when combined with the wind factor unfortunately meant finish time was 10mins slower than hoped.<br />Not a course to set your PB but very easy access from London, well organised and a fun atmosphere.
David
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5.0
Did the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2018
A great race!
Dom
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4.0
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.
Matt
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4.7
Did the race in 2017
Researched it well so no.
David
Star
4.7
Did the race 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.
Dan
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5.0
Did the race 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.
David
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
The organisers provide everything you need in the build up and during the event.
Piers
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5.0
Did the race 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.
Steve
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5.0
Did the race 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.
Matt
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4.0
Did the race 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
Kristian
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4.3
Did the race 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!
Kevin
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
2018 will be my third time running the Bournemouth Marathon course. I didn't think there was another marathon out there that could match the vibe of London and I was worried that there would be miles and miles of no support meaning that that the miles would maybe drag by...but I was wrong! The support, marshalling and organisation were top notch, the crowds were amazing and the route was just the right mixture of scenic, less-than-scenic, flat and hilly. Running both Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers was a welcome distraction and the descent from East over-cliff down to the pier and round to head back to Boscombe made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck as the spectators treat every runner like a rockstar! Pretty much my whole family raced over the BMF weekend and it is now a 'must do' on our annual race calendar. Oh, and as for advice to those thinking of entering...DO IT! It is truly an amazing event in a beautiful part of the country. If you are worried about the full 26.2 then enter the half marathon which follows most of the same route as the marathon.
Dan
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2017
There's a massive hill around mile 16 that just sucks the life out of the run making the last ten miles feel like an unpleasant chore. Shame as up to that point the course was really nice.
Tracey
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
The course was really beautiful, but there were too many unnecessary hills for me. I had a bit of an injury and was running on track for a sub 4 hour until about Mile 10 / 11 when I just really started to hurt after another hill. I decided then to just giv up on time and get round and enjoy it. So I ended up walking quite a lot, something I have never done in a Marathon. I also got very sunburnt so would recommended sun cream even if it doesn't look like you're going to need it! To my mind the course would be better if you just had one hill early on as you run along the coast and maybe run boscombe pier and have a flat loop somewhere to make up miles. The last Hill was a killer and I walked nearly all the last 3 miles. Also a small complaint but as I finished so slowly, I think about 5:30 there were none of the nice purple bags left! Otherwise I thourougly enjoyed the whole weekend in. I had friends running in the 10k, half and full marathon and will definitely be back this yeartodothehalf
Glen
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
I've run in 2016 & 2017, I'd always carry a running water bottle as both years it's been very hot .
Iain
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
The hill just after you cross the finish for the first time (about 17.5 miles is very steep and reasonably log - I went up it too quickly and it killed my time for remaining 8 miles! Take it easy on the hill - plenty of people to walk with you and encourage you!!
Hayley
Star
3.0
Did the race in 2017
Take more snacks. And extra water for the odd hot day
Chris
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
I have run the Bournemouth marathon the last 3 years and will be doing so again this year for my 4th consecutive year, my eldest grandson did the 1k last year and will be moving up to the 1.5k this year and my youngest grandson will be doing the 1k. I cant tell you how great an event it is as I couldnt do it justice.. its fantastic, well organised and just brilliant.. Ill be travelling down to run it for as many years as I can.
Russell
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
All fine
Simon
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
A fantastic race with a beautiful course. Well organised and a good medal at the end.
Guy
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
Loved the event (although have decided that a marathon is not for me). Really well organised, marshalled and sign posted. Two bits for me which could be improved - the last two water stops had no water left when I got to them. It was a bit day and in fancy dress I was badly dehydrated. This was disappointing. Secondly, the route was good although the amount of switch backs made it quite demoralizing I found- run a long way one way and straight back again. That all said I would have no hesitation in coming again!!
Ian
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2017
Hi Guys Just remember to hydrate properly as this caught me out in 2017 due to weather being really warm. Apart from that its 26.2 miles so enjoy:-)
russell
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Fantastic Course, with a couple of tough hills to test. Fantastic atmosphere and wonderful warm.weather (amazing for October) thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Heather
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
This was the second time that I have run Bournemouth marathon. It was a very well organised and friendly event along stunning scenery. The perfect marathon for someone who is new to the distance as it is easy to get around with the shuttle buses and a compact course so ideal for any supporters.
Rachel
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2016
Wear all your kit a few times before your races take the exact amount of food you need and water so you arent carrying masses of stuff!! Most importantly enjoy it!!
Tim
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
Absolutely brutal by road marathon standards, its a tough marathon and lots of training including hills is essential.
Salil
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
I can't think of any, I thought all the pre race info covered everything really well.
Stephen
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
It was the fourth time I have done this event and am going back for the fifth. I think it's one of the best organised races I've done.
matthew
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
A couple tough hills in this marathon but plenty of fast sections to make up for it. Lots of support, great weather and brilliant organisation.
Justin
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3.0
Did the race in 2017
I found the course to be a succession of boring run to the cone and then turn round and come back instead of being one long progression. Be prepared for two long hard slogs up the cliffs which are not welcome at 10 and 17 miles and the finish gantry did not allow for friends to take pictures as you crossed the line as it was runners only finish area and marathon photos again missed the cross the finish line with the clock picture.
SIMON
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
A blazing hot day added to the challenge of the 2017 Bournemouth Marathon. The marathon is fairly flat until you reach the two cliff climbs which at 12m and 18m are pretty challenging. Having climbed the second cliff you are pretty much on your own with very little support until you reach the promenade again around mile 20 1/2. You are then running alongside the dog walkers and the supporters who pretty much then carry you out to Sandbanks and then back to the pier. The crowds around the pier make you pretty emotional as they cheer you in. I am a sucker for a medal so I love the weight and quality of the marathon bling! Will I run it again, "No!" Will I be running the other distances again "Yes!" Organisation is excellent.
Nick
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
2nd half of course was tougher than first re hills, midday heat.Atmosphere was really good which helped in latter stages.
Sarah
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2017
Its cheaper to get a taxi back to the stadium after the race rather than the buses that were supplied I think the bus fare was too high
Steve
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Great atmosphere, well organised and fantastic support around a beautiful scenic route. Not as flat as you might think for a jog along the prom! If I'd had a pound or 2 in my pocket would have stopped at one of the kiosks along the front for a cheeky Mars bar in the last few miles, had enough of gels by then, and who ordered a 1 day heat wave in October(!?) - people sunbathing and in the sea - mad! Thoroughly enjoyed as my first marathon and now looking for the next challenge........
Michael
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2017
Was a great event, only problem I had with the event was the start/finish. I would of preferred them to be in the same place. As they were in different places I had to leave my car somewhere in between. So had to walk a couple of km to the start, then from the finish back to my car. I know there was public transport on. But I think people would of liked their families also see them set off as well as finish.
Jo
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
Great event, great atmosphere and great weather!!
Dan
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Really enjoyable race, great challenging course. Was a hotter day than expected, so hydration was important. Would definitely do this race again. Just dont underestimate the hills, they are short but sharp!
Martin
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5.0
Did the race in 2017
A couple of small hills which always seem worse in a marathon ! knocked back a couple of my splits slightly but apart from that a lovely course. If its even slightly warmer than usual plenty of fluids as there were a few people really suffering on the last stretch back along the seafront. Thought booking bus was a bit of a con as no one even checked my ticket & thought it was a bit too expensive, the start is a fair way away and awkward to get to otherwise parking/road closures etc.
4.5
46 reviews
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CrowdsIncredible crowds
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Logistics and schedule

On Saturday and Sunday 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.

How to get there

Bournemouth Parks - Lower Gardens, Westover Road, Bournemouth BH2 5AH, UK

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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.

SATURDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What is the cut-off time for the Bournemouth Marathon?
The maximum cut off time for the Bournemouth Marathon is 6 hours 30 minutes from the final runner to cross the start line.
FAQ
How do I enter the Bournemouth Marathon?
Entries to the Bournemouth Marathon are online only. On-the-day entries are not accepted. Entries cannot be deferred but can be transferred to another runner.
FAQ
Can I wear headphones when running the Bournemouth Marathon?
Yes. The Bournemouth Marathon takes place on closed roads and runners are welcome to take part wearing headphones.
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