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.
Festival Challenge , Festival 5K, Festival 500m (Saturday), and 6 more
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Sat, 24 Aug 2019 - Sun, 25 Aug 2019
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Battery Point Lighthouse, Esplanade Rd, Bristol BS20 7HD, UK
Start times
Sat, 24 Aug 2019
Festival Challenge :
12:30pm |
Festival 5K:
2:30pm |
Festival 500m (Saturday):
3:30pm |
1 Mile (Saturday):
4:00pm |
Festival Half Marathon:
Sun, 25 Aug 2019
Festival 10K:
10:00am |
Festival 500M (Sunday):
11:30am |
Festival 1 Mile (Sunday):
12:00pm |
Festival 6.1 km:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead
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Festival Challenge
Festival 5K
Festival 500m (Saturday)
1 Mile (Saturday)
Route information
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.
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
How to get there
Battery Point Lighthouse, Esplanade Rd, Bristol BS20 7HD, UK
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If you are using a SATNAV, please enter the following postcode - BS20 7HD
Arriving By Car:
Battery Point is located behind The Lido on Esplanade Road at The Lake Grounds area of Portishead. Follow signs for the Lake Grounds.
Arriving By Public Transport:
If you are coming via the bus take the number X3 or X4 and get off either at Sainsburys (15-minute walk) or on the High Street (10-minute walk). They run every half hour Monday-Saturday and every hour on Sundays. Please check details with First Buses.
The Lake Grounds has a large FREE car park located around its perimeter. Best parking is on Esplanade Road, however, please be aware the Lake Grounds get quite busy especially on Bank Holiday weekends if the weather is nice.
We do not offer onsite camping, however, there are campsites near Portishead. There are two main hotels in the town, these are Travelodge and Premier Inn, both around a 20-minute walk from the event village. We provide the hotels with walking details that can be given to you on check-in.
Event day 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.
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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 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 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.
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