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Exeter’s Great West Run

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Incredible crowds


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This is a fantastic half marathon taking place on fully closed roads. Featuring plenty of on course entertainment, the 3 different distance choices are open irrespective of ability, making this great for the whole family.

Review summary

2 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


James H
"This year's baggage lorrys were a great improvement. (thank to the scouts who..."


Alice R
"It was a very rainy day, but great course, well organised and great event..."
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How to enter the Exeter’s Great West Run

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Event passed
  2. 5K

    Run 5km
    Event passed
  3. 2.5k

    Run 2.5km
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Exeter’s Great West Run routes

Exeter’s Great West Run takes an exciting 13.1 miles route through the heart of Exeter. This half marathon has it all; a journey through the city centre, followed by pretty country lanes and stunning views across Exeter and a fantastic stadium finish.

CUT OFF POINT: Runners must reach the 4 mile point within 1hr 10mins of the race starting to be able to do the full 13.1 mile route. Any participant after this time will be redirected right along Cowley Bridge Road to follow the remainder of the race route as a pedestrian using footpaths. We will have to enforce this cut off time due to us having to adhere to a strict road closure reopening schedule.

DRINK STATION 1 - New North Road (by Imperial Pub)
DRINK STATION 2 - Stoke Road (by Pennsylvania Road on retun)
DRINK STATION 3 & CLIFF ENERGY BLOKS - Cowley Bridge Road (by Steiner Academy on retun)
DRINK STATION 4 - Prince of Wales Road (by Devon and Exeter Squash Club)
DRINK STATION 5 - Pinhoe Road (by St Marks Church on return)

Event Details

What’s Included

On completion, half marathon runners can expect a quality Medal and T-shirt.

Raceday Logistics

Saturday 12th October

14:00: Village Opens

15:30: Activate 2.5k & 5k Run's Start

17:00: Village Closes

Sunday 13th October

07:00: First Shuttle Bus to Event Village

07:30: Village Opens

07:45 Last Shuttle Bus to Event Village

08:30: Start Assembly


10:05 Onwards: Race Finish

12:30: Course Closures


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sign up for the Exeter’s Great West Run on the day?
Unfortunately not, so make sure you secure your place in advance!
When will I receive my race pack for the Exeter’s 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
What is the cut-off time for the Exeter’s Great West Run?
The course closes at 12.30, allowing you 3.5 hours to complete the half marathon.
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Exeter’s Great West Run weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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Exeter’s Great West Run reviews (2)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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Reasons people recommend this event

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds


  • Did the Half Marathon 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.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    It was a very rainy day, but great course, well organised and great event support and facilities.Needed more toilets!