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The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead

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There is no better place or festival to be at than the 401 Festival of Running in the sunny town of Portishead on the 24th August. Get involved in all the epic action, take part in the most scenic runs and you are guaranteed to have an amazing time.

Review summary

8 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Sarah R
"Loved it. Such an awesome friendly atmosphere. <br />The best marshals ever, so..."


Lesley N
"A brilliant well organised event. The course was brutal, particularly the..."


Nicholls R
"A great running festival. Friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Ben makes ever effort..."
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How to enter the The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead

  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

The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead routes


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.

Event Details

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
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

The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead reviews (8)

4.4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Festival Half Marathon in 2019

    A brilliant well organised event. The course was brutal, particularly the second half, however, I'm sure if the weather had been cooler and, also a morning start I would have thoroughly enjoyed it and given extra stars for the course. I will definitely do it again. Well done Team.
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    Nicholls R

    Did the Festival Challenge in 2019

    A great running festival. Friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Ben makes ever effort to make it an inclusive event where all runners become part of the family
  • Did the Festival 5K in 2019

    Awesome event, incredibly hot but staff ensured plenty of water was available. Thoroughly enjoyed the day out. Disappointed not have been able to purchase the yellow finishers shirt either online or at the event.
  • Did the Festival Half Marathon in 2019

    Friendly & well organised event extra water stations provided due to extremely hot weather. The course was gruelling the hardest half I have ever done. Personally wouldn’t do it again
  • J


    Did the Festival 10K in 2019

    I found the course to be challenging, hated running through the town, up and down curbs, crossing traffic junctions (although the marshals tended to be good). I didn’t like the idea of a turn around point, would much rather of had a loop circuit.

    Would it of been too much to provide a manned baggage tent?

    Would of preferred a lesser quality finishers medal and a 401 tee shirt instead.

  • Did the Festival Challenge in 2019

    Loved it. Such an awesome friendly atmosphere.
    The best marshals ever, so encouraging and supportive
  • K


    Did the Festival 10K in 2019

    Great race, great atmosphere, great organisation, great competitors! I mean, I hated the hills (obviously!) but really fab event. Hopefully I’ll be back next year to do the whole thing!
  • J

    James p

    Did the Festival 10K in 2019

    Really good atmosphere. Friendly people. All round good. The views was amazing to run . I'm going to bring my family next time.
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