The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run

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The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run truly is one of The Greats. The route mixes beautiful Exeter countryside with an electric atmosphere in the city centre. Great for beginners and experts alike, this event should be on every running calendar. Come for the pretty country lanes or stadium finish.
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Where and when
Location
Exeter Arena, Exeter EX4 8DD, UK
Start times
Sun, 22 May 2022
Great West Run:
9:00am |
Community Mile:
9:00am |
10k:
9:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run
Great West Run
Distance
13.1mi
£32.00 - £42.00
Community Mile
Distance
1mi
£5.00 - £12.00
10k
Distance
10km
£25.00 - £27.00
Route information
Elysium Healthcare Great West Run Half Marathon takes an exciting 13.1 mile route through the heart of Exeter. This route has it all; a journey through the city centre, followed by pretty country lanes, stunning views, and a fantastic stadium finish.
There will be 6 drinks stations on route.
The 10k route follows the first and final 3 miles of the Half marathon route.
The Community Mile is designed to encourage first-time runners, families, and friends to come together and challenge themselves to get active for a fitter, healthier life.
COVID-19 Information
Although it cannot be predicted where we will be as a nation by May, the event organisers have put well thought-out, flexible and responsive measures in place to ensure the Elysium Healthcare Great West Run is a COVID-secure event, as other events have already shown is possible.
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What's included
  • Closed & clearly marked route
  • Pacers
  • Chip-timed results
  • Race photography
  • Refreshment & nutrition stations
  • On-route entertainment
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How to get there
Exeter Arena, Exeter EX4 8DD, UK
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By Car
There is no official race parking. If you are coming by car you are encouraged to car pool, arrive early and use the 'Pay and Display' parking in the city centre. There will be shuttle tickets available on the Great West Run's website, so please purchase one of these if you plan on getting a shuttle to the race venue.
Shuttle Bus
Shuttle Bus tickets are available to purchase at registration, please select the ticket including the shuttle bus return.
Buses will depart from Exeter city centre (original) bus station from Stand 7 between 07:00 and 07:45. Runners are encouraged to arrive early as this is a popular option and will be busy. The last bus will depart at 07:45 and will arrive at the arena at 08:00.
There will be a return service pick up from Whipton Village shops on Pinhoe Rd. from 11:15.
Event day logistics
07:00 First shuttle bus to the Event Village
07:30 Event Village opens
07:45 Last shuttle to the Event Village
09:00 Half Marathon starts
09:30 10k starts
12:30 Course closes
*Participants falling behind the pace required to finish by 12:30 will be asked to move to the pavement.
Race Packs
Race packs will be sent out to participants 2 weeks before race day. This pack will include your race number, bag label, and race instructions.
Race numbers will have your timing chips attached and must be attached to your front with 4 safety pins. Please ensure you have filled out the personal details on the reverse o the number and that your number is clearly visible to the medical team.
Cut-off Times
Runners will have 3 hours to complete the Half Marathon as this is when the roads will reopen and must reach the 4-mile mark within 1 hour 10 minutes.
Any participant after this time will be redirected right along Cowley Bridge Road to follow the remainder of the route along the footpaths.
Trees Not Tees
This event is proud to be partner of Trees Not Trees, who will be planting a tree for every participant instead of race t-shirts.
Bag Drop
There will be a bag drop located within the event village, which is left at the owner's risk. Please use the baggage label in your race pack when using the bag drop.
Start Assembly
Runners should line up in the appropriate zone relating to your estimated finish times.
Prizes
There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place men and women who will be awarded on the main stage post race. These prizes will be determined based on gun time, in accordance with UKA Athletics Rules.
Drinks Stations
Drinks stations will be located at the following locations:
  • Drink Station 1 - Pinhoe Road (by St Marks Church outward)
  • Drink Station 2 - Cowley Bridge Road (by Steiner Academy outward)
  • Drink Station 3 - Stoke Road (by Pennsylvania Road on return)
  • Drink Station 4 & HIGH 5 ENERGY GELS - Cowley Bridge Road (by Steiner Academy on return)
  • Drink Station 5 - Prince of Wales Road (by Devon and Exeter Squash Club)
  • Drink Station 6 - Pinhoe Road (by St Marks Church on return)
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Spectator Info
The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run's spectator policies will be available closer to the event date. However please expect a limited number of spectators will be allowed.
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Kit List
  • Running shoes
  • Performance clothing
  • Water & race nutrition (optional)
  • Face mask (to be worn while not racing)
FAQs
Can you sign up for The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run on the day?
Unfortunately not, so make sure you secure your place in advance!
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When will I receive my race pack for The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run?
Race packs will be sent out during the 2 weeks leading up the race. It will include your race number which will have your chip timing attached, a baggage label and race instructions.
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What happens if The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run is cancelled due to COVID-19?
All entrants will be offered refunds or transfers if this event cannot continue due to COVID-19.
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What is the cut-off time for The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run?
The course closes at 12.30, allowing you 3.5 hours to complete the half marathon.
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Will there be pacers at The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run?
Yes. There are pacers from 1 hour 30 minutes at 15 minutes intervals up to 2 hours 30 minutes.
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Can I run wearing an iPod, MP3 player or other personal stereo device at The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run?
Runners are advised against the use of iPods, MP3 players or other personal stereo devices to ensure runners are able to hear any announcements or medical alerts.
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Is there an age requirement to take part in The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run?
Yes, entrants must be 17 and over on race day. Anyone younger can take part in the community mile.
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Is there somewhere I can leave my bag while I race in The Elysium Healthcare Great West Run?
There will be a limited bag drop at the event but please only bring essential items to help reduce contact between staff and participants.
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Reviews
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4.3
Did the race in 2022
The day was really good but the fact I couldn't find where to get the return shuttle bus was a big disappointment. It wasn't where we were told it would be because people were still running there, I asked every steward and some said to keep walking up the road which I did but still couldn't find where to catch it. Most stewards I asked didn't have a clue where it was leaving from. In the end I had to walk 3 miles back to my car. I had just run 6 miles and it was very hot so I didn't appreciate then having to walk another 3 miles when I had paid for the shuttle bus. I wasn't the only one either as I met others who didn't know where to catch it from. One guy had done the half marathon and was really struggling to walk due to pain but had no choice but to walk back into the centre.
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
I was surprised by how many people came to support the runners. This was my first half marathon and I was at the back most of the way around but there were still hundreds, if not thousands, of people cheering me on. Brilliant experience.
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3.7
Did the race in 2022
They could improve system for toilets at the start. Taking away T-shirts and replacing them with plastic bottles is not sustainable.£16 for an emailed photo🤣 Other than that route is good and plenty of support and water along the way
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
This year's baggage lorrys were a great improvement. (thank to the scouts who were very quick at finding bags). The course is, great a lite challengeing in places which I like. All the marshals are very very good. Loads of encouragement from the local people. I would recommend. Being in October it means it is a little cooler which is great.
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4.7
Did the race in 2018
It was a very rainy day, but great course, well organised and great event support and facilities.Needed more toilets!
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Recent Questions
Emily Foster.Clemens
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Can I upgrade my 10k to the half marathon? If so how?
Emily Foster.Clemens
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Can I upgrade my 10k to the half marathon? If so how?
Scott Wooldridge
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Has her route changed for 2019
Stephy Dennis
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Hey there, just to let you know that the Exeter’s Great West Run has not changed and is the same route as 2018. All the best!
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