St Albans Half Marathon

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This community-driven event is perfect for the whole family. With walking and running half marathon races, a 5k, wheelchair races, and a kids race, theres every reason to sign up now. Come for the awesome finisher's medal, scenic views, and a fun day out.
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Half Marathon, 5k, Walking Half Marathon, and 2 more
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Calendar
Sun, 13 Jun 2021
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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4.7
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Location
Verulamium Park, 1 St Peter's St, St Albans AL3 4SL, UK
Start times
Sun, 13 Jun 2021
Half Marathon:
10:00am |
5k:
8:50am |
Walking Half Marathon:
8:30am |
Wheelchair Half Marathon:
9:50am |
1.5 Mile Fun Run:
10:15am
Here's what races are available for St Albans Half Marathon
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
£33.00 - £35.00
5k
Distance
5km
£15.00 - £17.00
Walking Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
£21.00
Wheelchair Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
£33.00 - £35.00
Half Marathon/Walking Half/Wheelchair Half
The Start and Finish of the race is Verulamium Park. The course takes place on the country lanes of St Albans and although the route is hilly and challenging at times, you are rewarded with stunning views at the top of the hills. Marshals will help you throughout the race, and medical cover will be on hand. Keep thinking of the free ice lolly at the finish line to keep you going!
There will be water stations throughout the course. The course is certified by UKA as a Half Marathon (13.1 Miles). The Walking Half Marathon is the only chip-timed event of its type in the country.
5k race
The 5K race stays within Verulamium Park, so you will benefit from the stunning surroundings throughout. Anyone can get involved in this relatively flat route, which goes around the lake and through the woods before returning to the Race Village.
1.5 mile Fun Run
This 1.5mile run will take runners through the scenic Verulamium Park, and is a great race to get your kids involved in racing this summer. Kids under 7 must run accompanied by an adult and those 8+ can run alone.
Cut-off Times
  • Running Half Marathon - 3hrs 15mins
  • Walking Half Marathon - 5hrs
  • Wheelchair Half Marathon - 3hrs 30mins
  • 5k - 55mins
  • 1.5mi Fun Run - No cut-off
  • Unique finisher's medal
  • Water and a free ice lolly at the finish
  • Fully marshalled with professional medical cover provided throughout the course
  • Race prizes (distance specific)
  • Chip timed results
Train
Verulamium Park, 1 St Peter's St, St Albans AL3 4SL, UK
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**Address: Verulamium Park, 1 St Peter's St, St Albans AL3 4SL, UK
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By Car:
The main motorways to access Verulamium Park are M1 and M25. Please note that from 9:30am some roads will be closed and diversions will be in place.
By Bike:
For those planning to cycle to the event, a cycle shelter is available by the entrance to Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre. These bike facilities are public, so remember to bring a lock.
By Bus:
There are direct services to St Albans from North London, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Luton and Watford, as well as other routes to the city’s suburbs. The Runners Village is only a short walk from St Peter's Street, where many local bus services stop.
By Train:
St Albans City Station is a 15- 20 minute walk to Runners Village or there will be taxis and buses in operation. The train from London to St Albans only takes 20 minutes.
St Albans Abbey Station is less than a 5 minute walk to the Runners Village.
By Foot:
If you live locally please consider walking to the park or sharing a car if possible. There will be Street/Road closures in place from 9:30am throughout the day which may affect your journey.
Parking
There are 2 free car parks for participants. Please note that parking will NOT be available for runners in Westminster Lodge or at Verulamium Museum. This car park can only be accessed with a permit, for disabled and Leisure Centre users only.
Nearby Car Parks include:
  • Premier Foods: Centrium, Griffiths Way, St Albans, AL1 2RE. Open 7.45am - 2pm (FREE)
  • ​Marlborough School: Watling Street, St Albans AL1 2QA. Open 8am - 2pm (FREE)
  • St Columba’s College (A414, A5, M25) King Harry Lane, St Albans, AL3 4AW. Open 8am - 3pm (£3 donation towards the school's charity). Please note that this car park is usually full by 11:30am.
  • ​St Albans District Council Offices (A1, M25): St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3LD. Open 24hrs (Parking charges apply)
  • ​Drovers Way / Russell Ave Multi Storey car parks AL3 5EB. Open 24hrs (Parking charge is £1 all day). 900 spaces available and is a 10 minute walk from the park.
Schedule:
08:30 Walking Half Marathon Starts
08:50 5k Race Starts
09:50 Wheelchair Half Marathon Starts
10:00 Half Marathon Starts
10:15 1.5 Mile Fun Run Starts
13:15: Half Marathon Cut Off time (3hrs 15 mins)
There is a pre-race warm up before every race, led by an instructor. You are advised to arrive at the start-line 10-15 minutes before the race begins.
There are also plenty of activities to do in the Runners Village, so it is recommended that you arrive at the event at least 1 hour before your race.
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Crowds
There are three specific spectator viewing areas along the route. There are also lots of spaces along our finish line, which your family can cheer you on from. The VIP garden is the best place to watch the Start/Finish, and you can purchase spectator VIP passes.
Backpack
Fancy dress is hugely encouraged, so don't forget to dress up.
You will either have received your race pack in the post or collected it in advance on a pre-race collection day (depending on what you choose when entering the race). Please don't forget to bring this with you.
What are the age requirements to enter the St Albans Half Marathon races?
Runners must be the following ages to enter each race: Half Marathon – 17 years, Walking Half – 17 years, 5K – 11 years, 1.5 Mile Fun Run – All ages.
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Are there cut-off times for the St Albans Half Marathon?
Yes, please see course details above for information on cut-off times.
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When will I get my race pack for the St Albans Half Marathon?
Event packs will be sent two weeks before race day.
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Can I enter on the day of the St Albans Half Marathon?
No, entries will not be accepted on the day of the event. Entries will close at midday on 10th June, but in the past some races sold out before the cut off.
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Can I take my dog to the St Albans Half Marathon?
Sorry, no dogs are allowed in any of the races.
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Can I run the St Albans Half Marathon in fancy dress?
Fancy dress is massively encouraged! There is even a prize for the best fancy dress runner, and the marshals will all be dressed up as well. This is a great opportunity to get dressed up with your friends and family and make a statement.
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Can I wear headphones at the St Albans Half Marathon?
In the half marathon, you are not permitted to wear headphones or similar devices, unless medically prescribed. f you want to wear bone-conducting headphones you must declare it in your registration form, otherwise you may be disqualified..
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Is the course suitable for a wheelchair at the St Albans Half Marathon?
Yes, the course is suitable for a wheelchair. The wheelchair race starts 10 minutes before the half marathon in order to avoid collisions. Please note that the start and finish line are both in the park and hence are on grass. There route also includes hills and speed bumps.
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Are there toilets and changing facilities at the St Albans Half Marathon?
Yes, there are toilets situated on the route and in the Runner's Village and changing facilities available to entrants.
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Where can I check my bags in for the St Albans Half Marathon?
A secure baggage area is available in the Runner's Village free of charge.
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4.7
11 reviews
Mark
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2019
A very hilly course however the organisation and finish lolly more than made up for this!!😀.Will be back next year
Simon W
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2019
Very well organised and 10 water points around the course which were well needed as it was quite hot!
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
Local support and marshals were great - everything from the pick up to the final clear up. I would love it if the fun run was not at the same time as the half marathon.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2019
Was a lovely day for a run. Weather was kind for the time of year. Everything organised well at the start and all round the course. Lots of spectators to cheer you on. Quite hilly
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
This was my first half. Really great event, so well organised. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
Great atmosphere. Hilly and hard half but with music and support on the route. 9!! Water stations! Not sure about the gels as I don’t use them.
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
Tough undulating course through the St. Albans countryside, but the ice lolly at the end makes it worthwhile.
Star
3.3
Did the race in 2019
Course is very hilly - if that's what you are after great but it's really tough. Organisation around the race was good, but we had spectators who asked several Marshalls about places to watch and none of them knew the area or suggested spots. Atmosphere on the course was great. Would probably do again but with some more hill training and some pre-planning for spectators.
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
Very well organized. Plenty of water stations. Tough course but great surroundings.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2019
I ran this in 2017 and all I remember is it was a tough tough tough course! But today I decided to run and take it all in and enjoy it and it’s exactly what I did and I loved it and finished with a PB. Wanted to say a big thank you to all the volunteers as I didn’t say thanks along the way! I go into a zone and forget. But absolutely grateful for the jelly babies, all the water stops and cheers. Also wanted to say thanks to the 2hour pacers! They were amazing, they really kept me going and I stuck with the lady most of the way! Thanks for the pointers and tips to keep going strong!! Truly grateful
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