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Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k

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Join runners from all around the country in this fast and mostly traffic-free event in Gloucester. Perfect for all abilities, there is a challenge for everyone. So whether its your first time attempting a distance or you're after a personal best, everyone goes home with a medal.

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Scenic running events within the pleasant Gloucestershire area. Spectacular views can be observed around the flat and undulating routes.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Fri Jul 30 2021

What's included:

  • Specially designed finisher's medal
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Water & High 5 stations
  • Distance markers
  • Toilets
  • Free parking
  • Race photography
  • Bag drop
  • Medical support
  • Prizes for race winners
Half Marathon
10:00am Sun 1st Aug 2021

Run 13.1mi

£32.00 - £34.00
Marathon
9:00am Sun 1st Aug 2021

Run 26.2mi

£48.00 - £50.00
50k
9:05am Sun 1st Aug 2021

Run 50km

£50.00 - £52.00
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4.0
20 reviews
Dan
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Cracking little looped course. Starting at the leisure centre, you are soon through a small industrial estate and out on to country lanes. Can see myself doing it again.… read more
Mark
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Even though this was my first running race I am not a novice to events. I have been in many cycling sportives and know what to expect. Starting with some of the positives. The route was well marshalled- enough Hi Viz volunteers- they need a big congratulations.The route was good and I enjoyed the 90% no traffic so we could all run on the roads.Some negatives,The start was delayed, for reasons I am not sure. I thought it was a 10.10am startTo my knowledge there was no race briefing at the start. Due to multiple distances being run on the same course there were many markers saying how far you had run- these should be colour co-ordinated with each running distance to enable a clearer understanding.The inflatable finish arch and the timer were the wrong way round- for purely photographic reasons having the arch with finish on the reverse and the clock facing backwards would enable friends/family to take a better pictures as the runners cross the line.Also, in the race notes it says to leave the sports centre, go past the first start point (as this is for the full marathon) and go to the second start point further down the road. This is not accurate- there was only one start point for all run distances. Confusing to say the least.More postives- the medal and t-shirt are great and a good memento.The start venue is good. Nice to have coffee and food to buy after the event- much needed!The thrill of running with a whole host of other people, each with their own desire and motivation was brilliant.Thank you.Mark N… read more
Sam
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The course route, marshalling and on course support were perfect. Regular drinks stations were available and a flat route made for fast times. Also good facilities for bag storage and toilet facilities both on site and extras provided. However, the build up was somewhat spoilt by poor pre-race organisation, massive queues for race numbers which couldve been sent out in advance and contained the required bands, and insufficient numbers of bag labels made the process slow. We arrived by 9.20 and werent race ready until 10.05 - 5 minutes before the race start. Otherwise, a thoroughly enjoyable run. … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
How can I find my results from the Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k?
Results can be found on the event organisers website at - https://Gloucestermarathon.co.uk… read more
FAQ
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag at the Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k?
Yes, all baggage can be left in the Sports Hall Race HQ which is the Finish location.… read more
FAQ
Will there be toilets at the Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k?
Yes, there will be toilets available at the event.… read more
Route description
Route description

This mostly flat and traffic-free course takes runners through the scenic parish of Haresfield and Colethrop village, is fully marked, and has aid stations approximately every 5k.

Dan
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Cracking little looped course. Starting at the leisure centre, you are soon through a small industrial estate and out on to country lanes. Can see myself doing it again.
Mark
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Even though this was my first running race I am not a novice to events. I have been in many cycling sportives and know what to expect. Starting with some of the positives. The route was well marshalled- enough Hi Viz volunteers- they need a big congratulations.The route was good and I enjoyed the 90% no traffic so we could all run on the roads.Some negatives,The start was delayed, for reasons I am not sure. I thought it was a 10.10am startTo my knowledge there was no race briefing at the start. Due to multiple distances being run on the same course there were many markers saying how far you had run- these should be colour co-ordinated with each running distance to enable a clearer understanding.The inflatable finish arch and the timer were the wrong way round- for purely photographic reasons having the arch with finish on the reverse and the clock facing backwards would enable friends/family to take a better pictures as the runners cross the line.Also, in the race notes it says to leave the sports centre, go past the first start point (as this is for the full marathon) and go to the second start point further down the road. This is not accurate- there was only one start point for all run distances. Confusing to say the least.More postives- the medal and t-shirt are great and a good memento.The start venue is good. Nice to have coffee and food to buy after the event- much needed!The thrill of running with a whole host of other people, each with their own desire and motivation was brilliant.Thank you.Mark N
Sam
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The course route, marshalling and on course support were perfect. Regular drinks stations were available and a flat route made for fast times. Also good facilities for bag storage and toilet facilities both on site and extras provided. However, the build up was somewhat spoilt by poor pre-race organisation, massive queues for race numbers which couldve been sent out in advance and contained the required bands, and insufficient numbers of bag labels made the process slow. We arrived by 9.20 and werent race ready until 10.05 - 5 minutes before the race start. Otherwise, a thoroughly enjoyable run.
Luke
Star
2.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Race HQ was chaotic with long queues for registration, wrist bands, toilets and food and on the road to car parking. Course was fast and scenic. Marshalling errors led to leaders going the wrong way. Not much support. One section was not closed road and was not adequately marshalled and therefore dangerous. Presentation was half hearted and there were no prizes despite high entry cost and race sponsorship. Not a race i will return to.
Ryan
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Nice and flat course (a little bit of undulation), some organisational issues, but overall a decent race.
Sally
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
New race for me really enjoyed it not a great lover of laps ! 4 was enough. Had a few more hills in than expected. Messed up my race programme when it was brought forward a week plus social media speculation as to whether if the race would go ahead
Paul
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4.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Great event back in my home City. Very little elevation, the odd slope as expected on country lanes. Lots of water tables with bottled water (bonus points for that) and plenty of places for family or friends to spectate and be personal energy stations!The small roundabout after the garden centre could have a section coned off to protect runners as there is no pavement at that point and there would still be ample vehicle room. Friendly Marshals all over the course on a cold (If standing around) day. Fabulous relevant medal and this was my 8th marathon and all came together for me to leave with a smile and a PB. Well done, one of my favourite races yet.
Nathalie
Star
3.3
Did the Marathon in 2018
Great course - few inclines to keep it interesting. Plenty of water stations perfectly situated. Fantastic support from the Marshalls. Thank you. Perhaps numbered baggage labels and safety pins could be put in with the envelopes with race number. In a room full of people, this table was hidden. I had my own safety pins so that was fine and at the start line, which also wasnt obvious, I had to come back to find where to collect the labels. Then there was no pen but one was found fairly quickly. Just something small but one less thing to have to think about.On a more positive note, the sports facilities were great. Showering and then Stretching out in the warm with a cup of tea and a slice of cake was great and perfect for me to prepare for my 2 hour journey home. If I lived locally, Id do the race again. Thank you to the organisers as well as the marshalls and the lovely women who worked at the tea and cake stall.
SCOTT
Star
4.3
Did the Marathon in 2018
Great course and a real challenge. Was relieved that there were water stations. A well organised event although it was chaotic for the ultra runners all lining up with the marathon runners! They should have started elsewhere but were not informed.
Mark
Star
4.7
Did the Marathon in 2018
First marathon and all the volunteers were so good at supporting us get to the end
Ian
Star
3.7
Did the Marathon in 2018
Really great event. I like that its mid January so its a nice one to blow the cobwebs away. Its got a club feel to the run. Lots of stewards who are very helpful. The route is two miles out to a loop which was 5.5miles so for marathon it was four laps of that and then 2 milestone back to the finish line. I had not run a marathon as loops before and it was actually pretty fun as you became aware of landmarks on the loop which enabled you to tick the miles off. Good parking near the start line. Nice bag drop set up and refreshments. A good race which I will do again.
Steve
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4.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
The event was very small, and in the main was well organised. There were few spectators (but I didn't expect anything else). The course was well laid out and very well marshalled, except for the table where the energy drink was - the people manning this didn't understand that they needed to be handing out the drinks to runners and it wasn't well indicated that energy drink was available there. Also, the array of mile/km markers on the circuit was bewildering - given the nature of the course it would have been helpful to be clear which race each distance marker applied to.The marathon involved four loops of a country road circuit, but the length of the loop meant that it didn't become boring, and you were able to adjust your run and anticipate hills, etc. The method of giving wristbands to runners as they completed each loop worked fairly well, and only on one lap was there a bit of congestion to collect the band.
Daniel
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Great event - really enjoyed it especially as it was my first marathon. Plenty of support and the band system worked really well.
Lorraine
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
First of all I was glad that the race moved to 14th from 21st as weather not good on 21st. Adequate parking, enjoyable walk to registration, adequate toilet facilities. Loved the start of the course as flat and slight downhill. Found all the marshals and team very pleasant & supportive. First lap was intreging as did not know what to expect. So enjoyed laps as could work out where need to up the pace and where to slow it down. I found the course breath taking as love Gloucester anyway so the race was a bonus. This was only my second marathon and if you keep the course the same, would definitely take part next year. Thank you for a lovely experience.
Usingh
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4.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Very well organised. Amazing supportive positive Marshalls. Good facilities to use before and after race. Plenty of water available. Lovely scenic country loops. Good start to running year.
Ian
Star
3.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Course was quite mundane as it was four laps of country roads. Pretty scenery but very lonely in places.
Sean
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
My third marathon - the other two were big city (Dublin & Birmingham) which were great for the crowds and always being with other runners - this one was much smaller and very different but absolutely superb - 4 laps along (mostly) country lanes - quite sparse field so when 1/2 marathon finished there were stretches running with not many other runners around which made for a great atmosphere, quiet then busier stretches - there were people along the route encouraging runners (was good to see them 4 times) - stewards\volunteers tremendously friendly and helpful - organisation excellent -highly recommended
Nick
Star
3.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Chosen as there are few January Marathons. Course was challenging but good - didn't like running on main road with no pavements, closed roads made it easier, but signage was good and marshaling was excellent. Some confusion over the organisation at the start - some people went off on the wrong race, couldn't hear the Race Directors briefing, road closures didn't seem to take effect. Changing the date a month before the event wasn't helpful (but I understand out of control of the organisers). Disappointed with no goodie bag at the end (only medal and High-5) and the showers afterwards were all cold!!
Owen
Star
3.3
Did the Marathon in 2018
More and louder vocal organisation would make this event better - after completing a marathon you need clear instructions as you are not at your physical/mental peak e.g at finish line someone clearly telling you where the bag drop van is (I walked off and then back 2-300 yards on very unsteady legs to find out). Also I completely missed out on collecting the print-out memento of my finish time which I would have cherished because I wasnt made aware these were being handed out (I was at the finish HQ but there was nobody organising/talking to the athletes). Also different start and finish HQs is not ideal as leaves you disoriented trying to locate your vehicle.
Shaun
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
This was my first marathon, and I ran carrying a bicycle as a fundraiser for the Firefighters Charity. I set the first world-record for this ( pending Guinness verdict) finishing in 4:51:30. Norman and Anne Wilson were superb hosts and the organisation was flawless on the day. There had been a date-change due to roadworks, but most people seemed to have dealt with that in good spirits. The marshals and officials were great, very supportive, even on such a cold day!Lovely rustic course, interesting scenery, gentle inclines that I found quite hard with the extra weight, but it was a fair challenge for most runners. I would definitely recommend this course and commend the organisers, www.beyondthelimitations.org.uk, for being so very supportive of my cause. Thankyou!Shaun Scott @upyrbikewww.justgiving.com/giveitupforfirefighters
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

07:45 Registration opens

08:55 Race briefing

09:00 Marathon starts

09:05 50k Ultra starts

09:30 Registration closes

10:00 Half Marathon starts

12:50 First Prize Presentation

13:50 Second Prize Presentation

Race Packs

Your race pack with your running number and chip will be sent to you 10 days prior to the race.

Age Requirements

Runners are asked to be the following ages to enter each distance.

  • 17 years of age for the Half Marathon
  • 18 years of age for the Marathon
  • 20 Years of age for the 50k Run

Cut-Off Times

The races each have the following cut-off times:

  • Half Marathon - 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Marathon - 6 hours 30 minutes
  • 50k Ultra - 6 hours 30 minutes
How to get there

Severn Vale School, School Ln, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 4PR, UK

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Parking

There will be free parking in and around the event site. There will be an email letter sent out to all participates at the latest 10 days before the race with details of the car park which you have been allocated and full address and post code.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
How can I find my results from the Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k?
Results can be found on the event organisers website at - https://Gloucestermarathon.co.uk
FAQ
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag at the Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k?
Yes, all baggage can be left in the Sports Hall Race HQ which is the Finish location.
FAQ
Will there be toilets at the Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k?
Yes, there will be toilets available at the event.
FAQ
Is there somewhere to park at the Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon & 50k?
Yes, there will be plenty of free parking in and around the event site.
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Half Marathon
10:00am Sun 1st Aug 2021
£32.00 - £34.00
Marathon
9:00am Sun 1st Aug 2021
£48.00 - £50.00
50k
9:05am Sun 1st Aug 2021
£50.00 - £52.00

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