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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.

Review summary

46 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Kevin S
"Shame not even a coffee stand at the start. Poor spectators waiting around for..."


nick b
"Only downside was they delayed the start 15 minutes but with no explanation...."


Jenny G
"Great flat 10k course😊<br />Perfect for beginners and more serious runners..."
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How to enter the Run Bournemouth Festival

  1. Bournemouth Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
  2. Supersonic 10K

    Run 10km
  3. Supernova 5K

    Run 5km
  4. Supersonic 5k

    Run 5km
  5. Dog Jog

    Run 5km
  6. Junior 2k

    Run 2km
  7. Junior 1.5k

    Run 1.5km
  8. Kids' Kilometer

    Run 1km

Run Bournemouth Festival routes

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

Event Details

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
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Bournemouth Marathon start?
The Bournemouth Marathon starts at 10:00am in Kings Park. The Bournemouth Half Marathon starts at 8:00am. The Supersonic 10K starts at 4pm and the The BMF Supernova 5K starts at 7pm.
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.
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.
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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Run Bournemouth Festival reviews (46)

4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2019

    Shame not even a coffee stand at the start. Poor spectators waiting around for upto 2 hours with nothing there.
  • Did the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2019

    Only downside was they delayed the start 15 minutes but with no explanation. Otherwise a great event
  • Did the Supersonic 10K in 2019

    Great flat 10k course😊
    Perfect for beginners and more serious runners alike
    Lots of encouragement along the way
  • Did the event in 2019

    Great race. lovely views of the sea.
    Well organised and great support along the route. Difficultt in strong winds unfortunately due to exposed nature of route
  • Did the event in 2019

    Greta atmosphere and wonderful volunteers.
    Course is very tough and hilly! But I love a challenge, Shame it’s not gonna be on next year.
  • 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
  • Did the event in 2019

    My first marathon! Certainly challenging, with hills and running along the promenade on sand and avoiding sun seekers!
    Great support though and lovely to run along 2 piers.
    It’s a shame it’s been cancelled next year
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    Zoe B

    Did the event 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.
  • Did the event 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...
    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.
    Not a course to set your PB but very easy access from London, well organised and a fun atmosphere.
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