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The 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 all your running calendars. Come for the finisher’s medal or a dramatic stadium finish.

Review summary

2 Reviews
  • Course
  • 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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Exeter’s Great West Run routes

Runners and spectators come from miles around for this spectacle. The clearly marked route starts and finishes in the centre of the city. Seeing the huge crowds helps fire you up as you start your journey through Exeter's countryside and as you come back down the home stretch for your stadium finish.

Participants must make the 4th mile marker by 1 hour and 10 minutes to avoid the cut-off time. Runners who do not make this will be redirected along the remaining portion of the route. Unfortunately this is a strict cut-off time due to the road closures involved in the race.

Drink Stations will be at the following points:

  • New North Road by the Imperial Pub
  • Stoke Road by Pennsylvania Road
  • Cowley Bridge Road by Steiner Academy (Clif Energy Bloks)
  • Prince of Wales Road by Devon & Exeter Squash Club
  • Pinhoe Road by St. Marks Church

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Great West Run t-shirt
  • Closed & clearly marked route
  • Pacers
  • Refreshment & nutrition stations
  • On-route entertainment
Raceday Logistics

Kit List
  • Running shoes
  • Performance clothing
  • Water & race nutrition (optional)

This event would not be as awesome as it is without the huge crowds that come down to support. Please encourage friends and family to come down and cheer you on as you set your next PB.


If you have any further questions about the event or would like to get in touch to volunteer then please contact the event organiser directly at: [email protected]

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.
Will there be pacers?
Yes. We have pacers from 1 hour 30 minutes at 15 minutes intervals up to 2 hours 30 minutes.
Can I run wearing an iPod, MP3 player or other personal stereo device?
We advise against the use of iPods, MP3 players or other personal stereo devices to ensure runners are able to hear any announcements or medical alerts.

Exeter’s Great West Run weather forecast

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Exeter’s Great West Run reviews (2)

4.9 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event 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 event 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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