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The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead

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Distances in this event

  1. Festival Challenge

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Festival 5K

    Run 5km
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  3. Festival 500m (Saturday)

    Run 0.5km
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  4. 1 Mile (Saturday)

    Run 1mi
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  5. Festival Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  6. Festival 10K

    Run 10km
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  7. Festival 500M (Sunday)

    Run 0.5km
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  8. Festival 1 Mile (Sunday)

    Run 1mi
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  9. Festival 6.1 km

    Run 6.1km

Event details

  • Hilly
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Mixed
  • Trails
  • 1400 participants

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Come and join us for 1 or 2 days of fun by the seaside!

The 401 Festival of Running is coming back for the 3rd year to the sunny town of Portishead on the North Somerset coast near Bristol. With amazing views over the Bristol Channel, out to Wales and of the Severn Bridge Crossings, watch as the ships pass within metres of the Events Village, such an amazing backdrop to what is fast becoming an event you dont want to miss.

With adult races including 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and our famous Festival Challenge (26.2 miles across the weekend!), plus 4 childrens races there is so much to choose from for the entire family to enjoy.

Our events are designed to cater for everyone, no matter if you are a beginner or someone that likes to go flat out. Our events are made even more special because of our incredible volunteers who really add to the supportive and friendly atmosphere of the event across the weekend. Whether you are first or last over the finish line, youll be greeted by a smile and maybe even a hug. We want you to go away from this event with your confidence boosted and feeling great about yourself, because after all, thats what running is all about.

We cant wait to see you in August, its going to be epic!

What’s Included
  • Enjoy good quality food and drink along with a FREE evening film in our events village just as the sun sets over the forest, this year it's ‘The Goonies’, a true classic!
  • Enjoy bespoke quality made bling (totally worth it!), along with the chance to buy a piece of our event merchandise all with a #bemoreeco twist.
  • Mile Markers
  • Pace Runners
  • Water stations
Course Details


Routes are currently being discussed and signed off with North Somerset Council. We have had to change our 10km and Half Marathon course due to restrictions that are now in place regarding the Nature reserve section of our course. We will update these once they are available


All of our courses are either on pavements, hard cycle paths or coastal paths. Please be aware that the weather will affect some of these terrains so come prepared for a bit of mud. The courses are undulating in places, further information will be shared once we have confirmed each course with UKA and North Somerset Council.


We include mile markers on all of our courses


We do not have this facility, however, feel free to pace each other.


Each route with the exception of our 500m and 1 Mile races will have either 1 or a number of water stations included throughout the course. We automatically provide you with a reusable cup that you can use during the race, simply fill these up at any of our water stations. There will be water available in the finishing funnel area as well. Stay hydrated and if you want to bring your own water bottle or hydration pack, please feel free.

Raceday Logistics

Saturday 24th August-

Event Village opens 12:30pm Battery Point

Start of 5km 2:30pm Battery Point (Only 11 yrs and over)

Start of 500m 3:30pm In front of Lido (All ages)

Start of 1 Mile 4:00pm Battery Point (All ages)

Start of Half Marathon 4:30pm Battery Point (Only 17 yrs and over)

'Film on The Point' begins 7:30pm Battery Point (Classified PG)

Events Village closes 10.30pm Battery Point

Sunday 25th August-

Event Village opens 8:00am Battery Point

Start of 10km 10:00am Battery Point (Only 15 yrs and over)

Start of 500m 11:30am In front of Lido (All ages)

Start of 1 Mile 12:00pm Battery Point (All ages)

Start of 6.1km 12:30pm Battery Point (Only 17 yrs and over)

Event Village Closes 2:00pm Battery Point


Your race pack can be collected from the 'Information Tent' in our Event Village prior to your event. Please ensure plenty of time as we don't post our packs out so lots of people will be picking theirs up on the day


As standard, your pack will consist of an eco-friendly canvas bag that holds your bib number (inc chip for main races), safety pins and a reusable cup. If you have bought or are being given merchandise as part of a package this will be included as well. Any issues with sizing, please let one of our team know and we will do our best to sort it for you, please understand that we don't place big orders so stock is limited.

Kit List


Headphones are NOT allowed in our Portishead races due to the terrain and location to roads. We do however allow bone conduction earphones, which are much safer.


We welcome all abilities when it comes to our races. With blind runners specifically, we offer a free place to any guide runner required. Please contact us via email at [email protected] ahead of booking, we can provide a FREE code and your guide runner will get a medal and race pack as well.


Our 500m and 1-mile courses are suitable for wheelchair users, unfortunately, none of our other course allow for access. Please contact us via email at [email protected] ahead of booking your ticket, as we may be able to accommodate with the 5km, but definitely can't for the 10km and Half Marathon course. In some cases, assistance may be required.


We regret to inform you that bikes are unable to accompany you during your race, this is for the safety of other runners.


Fancy becoming a 401 volunteer?

If you would like to support our Portishead Festival of Running event as an event volunteer / marshall, then please visit our ‘Volunteer’ page at -

We offer our volunteers some amazing rewards for their support as we know we couldn’t do our events without you, here they are:

50% off any 2020 race entry

1 FREE food voucher worth £5 for each day of volunteering

A FREE Volunteers T-Shirt



Our main toilets can be found in the Events Village however there are one set of toilets on the route which will be marked on our course maps which are dew to be loaded later in the year. Please be mindful that you will be running through residential streets so act in an appropriate manner and ensure we keep the reputation of this event intact with the local Portishead community

Medical Support-

St John’s Ambulance volunteers are on hand and are based in the Events Village. Please ensure that you fill in the back of your bib number and make the Events Team at the Information Desk aware of any medical issues you have if you haven’t already added these to your application form.

As standard, on entering any 401 Challenge events, you are doing so knowing that you are physically fit and healthy enough to take part. The 401 Challenge Ltd and our race event partners Nicework will work effectively with St John’s Ambulance if a medical emergency arises, ensuring you are treated with the utmost respect and dignity and medical attention is provided quickly.

Please ensure you watch out for fellow runners and make our Volunteer Marshals aware of anyone having difficulty


You are able to purchase merchandise ahead of the event. If the site you are booking through doesn;t allow this then simply drop us an email to [email protected] and we will be able to send you a pre payment link so you can order ready for pickup on the day of your race. If you need to change your size, or want to buy extra, you are welcome to purchase it from the 'Information Tent' on the day if we have the sizes available. Prices remain the same as online. We accept Card and Cash Payments

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