Coventry Festival of Running

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A great event with a huge crowd and some phenomenal sightseeing. The Coventry Half, 5k and Wheelchair 2.5 race is one of the classics on the running calendar. There truly is something here for everyone so get down to the starting line and crush that PB.
Half Marathon, Wheelchair 2.5k and 5k
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8:30am Sun 31st Oct 2021 - 8:50am Sun 31st Oct 2021
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Where and when
University Square, Coventry CV1, UK
Start times
8:30am Sun 31st Oct 2021
Half Marathon:
8:50am Sun 31st Oct 2021
8:48am Sun 31st Oct 2021
Wheelchair 2.5k:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Coventry Festival of Running
Half Marathon
£36 - £38
Wheelchair 2.5k
Route information
This classic course takes runners past some of the most historic landmarks in the city, out through the country lanes before leading runners right back down towards Coventry Cathedral.
A beautiful course for all participants. Whether starting with a brief 5k run or going whole-hog with the Half Marathon you are bound to enjoy this race.
Coventry Cathedral will provide a stunning backdrop as you cross the finish line and for celebratory pictures afterwards.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Clearly marked course
  • First aid on-hand
  • Chip timed results
How to get there
University Square, Coventry CV1, UK
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By Train
Coventry Railway Station in Station Square is approximately 20 minute's walk to the Race Village. Check arrival times if you choose to come by train.
By Car
  • From Birmingham: Use the A45 and A4114
  • From the North West or M6: From M6 Junction 4 take the A446 south and then A45 and A4114 From M6 Junction 3 take the A444 south From M6 Junction 2 take the A4600
  • From the South West (M5) or M42: Exit M42 at Junction 6 and take the A45 and then A4114
  • From the M40: Exit at Junction 15 and take the A46 north
  • From the South/M1: Exit M1 at Junction 17 and use the M45 and A45
  • From the North/M1: Exit M1 at Junction 21 and use the M69 and A46
Follow signs for Coventry City Centre; the Race Village is in University Square, next to Coventry Cathedral.
Parking and Road Closures
There are many car parks in Coventry city centre, the vast majority of which are within a 5 – 10 minute walk of the Race Village, by the Cathedral.
Please note that due to road closures access to White friars Car Park and Grove Street Car Park will be severely restricted so you are advised to avoid these.
All of the car parks above are within a 5-15 minute walk of the Race Village. Drop off and pick up point White Street Coach Park, CV1 4TX Use Ring Road Junction 1 and follow the signs for the drop-off point.
Event day logistics
07:30 Event Village (University Square), Customer Services (The Hub) and Bag Drop (Square One) all open
08:00 Start Assembly (Gosford St) opens to Half Marathon runners
08:30 Half Marathon starts and start assembly opens to 5k runners
08:48 2.5k wheelchair race starts
08:50 5k starts
Race Packs
If you have received your race number in the post, please arrive in University Square race ready with your number attached to the front of your running top. There is no need to register.
If you have not received your race number in the post, head to Customer Services in The Hub to pick one up.
Start Line
There will be a series of entry gates based on estimated times for the run with the fastest runners positioned towards the front. Maintaining social distancing in the assembly area will be difficult but there is plenty of space at the rear of the assembly area if you prefer.
Please bear in mind that your time does not start until you have crossed over the start line.
Finish Line
Please do not stop when you have crossed the finish line. Continue forward to pick up your medal, T-shirt, and bottle of water before dispersing into and away from University Square.
Bag Drop
There is a bag drop facility available for participants to use, however it is recommended to leave your belongings with your support. If you do use the bag drop facility, please ensure that you put your belongings in a bag with your race number clearly visible.
It is strongly encouraged to take a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before attending the event.
This year there will not be a mass warm up and the flow of runners across the start line will be controlled to ensure that runners have more space on the course.
Spectator Info
Thousands of spectators turn up for this event and it makes for an incredible atmosphere so drag your friends and family to Coventry, or better yet - sign them up.
Can I resell my Coventry Half Marathon ticket?
No, your race number is individual to you and cannot be resold or transferred. You must wear it clearly on the front of your shirt and the emergency information must be filled out.
Is the Coventry Festival of Running chip timed?
Yes, these races are chip timed and they are fixed to your race number so please ensure you attach your race number to the front of your shirt.
How can I get my race results from the Coventry Festival of Running?
All race results will be posted on the Coventry website and be found at -
Can I wear headphones at the Coventry Festival of Running?
Technically yes, but you are encouraged not to wear them on the day because there will be thousands of people around you and you should be aware of your surroundings.
Will there be a bag drop at the Coventry Festival of Running?
Due to on-going COVID-19 considerations there is unlikely to be a bag drop.
8 reviews
Did the race in 2021
Brilliant course and set-up. The good start and finish. Nice challenging course with a rewarding downward finish. Having the benefit of the inside concourse and bag drop was a blessing with the adverse weather. Could have arranged for coffee shop to have opened (would have made a killing). Crowds were great, battling the rain and still cheering and ringing bells. I'll be entering in 2022!
Did the race in 2021
The best thing about this event was the brilliant support of the public along the route. It was such a friendly race. Very well organised, and although I think the bag drop system could have been a bit smoother, overall it was a fantastic race with a great atmosphere. The course was lovely with potential for a pb. Loved it and will be back next year!
Did the race in 2021
It went well organised and thank you so much for all volunteers!! I enjoyed it. I got so soaked!
Did the race in 2021
Organisers did brilliant weather was really bad, cold with torrential rain and wind but it didn't dampen the spirits of the Marshall's and the supporters who were out cheering all around the course. Well put together Would definitely take part again.
Did the race in 2021
Really enjoyable run despite the weather. People out clapping on pretty much every inch of the road the whole way which was great. Only issue was I found was with finding the baggage area
Did the race in 2021
Loved my first ever run. Weather was awful but the crowd and other runners made it. Can’t wait to do it again!
Did the race in 2021
Prefect for PB Planning for doing again next year already! Very easy car park, and running route
Did the race in 2019
A great race, generally well organised and well supported. Quality medal and Tee-shirt and plenty of feed stations. The only issue with the new start/finish this year was the bag collection, the friendly volunteers and their kids were doing a great job, but they needed more help and more space as the queue for collection was massive at the end of the race.
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