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June 23rd 2019 will see the 28th running of this very popular seaside event; with demand for places steadily growing, early entry to this event is advised, as it may well be full before race day.

Review summary

4.7
16 Reviews
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Sarah T
"This was my 3rd year running Torbay half. Again well organise and gear..."

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Iwona K
"Scenic course, great track with a great atmosphere.<br />Definitely looking..."

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Daniel B
"Since I last completed the race the local council have reduced the numbers of..."
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How to enter the Torbay Half Marathon

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    Torbay Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    £25–£27
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Torbay Half Marathon route

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Two lap course. The course will be closed to traffic during the race, but please be alert as to what’s going on around and behind you at all times in case of an emergency. Most runners will be lapped by the lead runners – overtaking from behind. The course is not suitable for wheelchairs. Mile markers will be in position. There will be 6 water stations supplying bottled water, including one at the finish. Along the route there also are several public toilets at various points. The course will be dismantled after 3 hours.

Event Details

What’s Included
On the final return to Paignton Green keep left past the Pier to the finish line, you will then receive your Goody Bag with raceT-Shirt and medal.

Results - A full list of finishers will be posted at www.torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk by the early evening of race day.

Photographs - Our official race photographers are www.photo-fit.net Register online at www.Photo-fit.net with your race number & email address to be emailed previews of your photo's straight to your inbox

Prizes - Our extensive prize list is worth over £3,000, the number and value of the individual prizes is the same for men and women. The first 3 men and first 3 women will win cash bonuses £450, £250, £100 in addition to any category prizes.
Category prizes in the form of vouchers will go to the first runner in the following groups :- 17-19 yrs, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59, 60-64 65+
NB - prizes will be awarded according to finishing positions rather than chip times. Under UKA rules.
The presentations to the first three men and women will take at 11:30 am.


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Raceday Logistics
The start will be on the Eastern Esplanade at the Pier, please line up from 8:45am in accordance with your estimated finishing time. Please be honest with yourself when estimating your finishing time - if you line up too far forward, you will get in the way of those who have been more realistic, particularly during the first few miles. The race will start promptly at 9:00am.

Timing chip - Your timing chip is built into your race number and is disposable; your number must be attached in accordance with the issued instructions. There will be no other timing system on the day.

Race number - Please insert the requested information on the reverse of your race number, which must then be pinned securely to the front of your vest. You must not cut, fold or otherwise mutilate your race number in any way. Your race number must not be transferred to another runner unless the correct procedure has been followed (see Enter Event). You will not be permitted to finish without an official race number.

Facilities – There will be Baggage and Changing tents, a Hunters Brewery refreshment area. A massage team from South Devon College will also be on hand to treat you after the race. Toilet facilities will be available at one locations on the seafront, but regret that there are no showers so how about a nice dip in the sea to revive you?

Baggage – In advance please use a thick black pen to write your race number on both sides of the tag sent to you then attach it firmly to your bag. You must present your race number to reclaim your bag afterwards. This facility will be staffed throughout the event, but please be aware that we store your belongings entirely at your own risk, so please don’t leave any valuables.

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Kit List
The wearing of in the ear headphones - Most runners will be lapped by the lead runners – overtaking from behind. We therefore need our runners to be able to hear our marshal’s safety instructions as the lead runners and escort vehicles approach. You will not be able to hear them if you are using in the ear headphones – if you must wear in the ear headphones please use one earpiece only or use bone-conducting headphones that work from outside the ear. It’s really important that you hear what’s going on around you
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Volunteers
Volunteers
There are numerous roles that need filling by keen volunteers looking to be part of the race day experience.
Our events takes a huge amount of manpower. Volunteer roles range from handing out water along the route to working at the finish area handing out medals to runners.

All volunteers will receive a full briefing and a Torbay Half Marathon t-shirt plus of course a huge thank you from us and the sense of satisfaction that being involved in an event brings.

If you would like to volunteer, please email [email protected]
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FAQs

Questions & answers

Find out more from members of the community who did it last year, or those already signed up.

2 questions • 0 unanswered

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Violet C
Hi I have paid my entry fee but haven't had any notification as yet, can you help.

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Steph E
Hi there! Sometimes our email confirmations end up in spam folders I'm afraid. If it's not in your spam then skid an email to [email protected] and our team will be able to help you out :)

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Nathan H
Hi just wondering if portable toilets will be available during the half marathon, thanks

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Steph E
Hi there! There are a few public toilets along the course as well as some toilet facilities near the main event village :)

Torbay Half Marathon weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

19°C
Predicted highs
10°C
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Torbay AC

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Torbay AC
Formed in 1970 Torbay Athletic Club is one of the most successful clubs in the South West with over 300 members, nurturing athletes of all abilities, some joining us from their childhood others much later in life. We are proud to boast a fine history having seen members represent their County and Great Britain at major championships including the Olympics. We offer various running activities - road running, cross country and track.

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Torbay Half Marathon reviews (16)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
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  • Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Since I last completed the race the local council have reduced the numbers of public toilets and made them 30p to enter. The organisers saw the sense to provide portaloos but there were nowhere near enough. This race also suffers from the problem of having barriers along the start/finish line meaning it's difficult to get into the starting pen. 5 stars for everything else as it is a brilliant half marathon. I prefer the courses when you pass back on the other runners as I can wave to my clubmates.
  • Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Some positives first: the seafront course is largely pleasant and the hill between Paignton and Torquay adds a nice challenge to the route. The marshals were friendly and supportive. There was adequate water available on the course. Nice medal and a good quality t-shirt.
    Now the negatives: I know it isn't something the race has any control over but the car park we are advised to use is horrendous! The smell of urine was overpowering and not a nice welcome to Torbay! The start of the race was chaotic with no segregation of starters according to pace / expected finish time. This made it very difficult to settle in to a comfortable pace; I was still weaving around slower runners whilst faster runners were trying to get past me almost a mile in to the race.
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    Sam C

    Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Lovely course, great organisation and the atmosphere was brilliant too. Every marshal was fabulous, so even though I’d said thank you to them all as I went past, THANK YOU again to all of the marshals!
  • Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Great course; twice out from Paignton to Torquay. Well organised and good support, probably even better on a sunny day.
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    Katherine s

    Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Never seen so many marshals on a race which was brilliant. A few Pacers would be great but otherwise a superb race. Will be back next year
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    Iwona K

    Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Scenic course, great track with a great atmosphere.
    Definitely looking forward for next year 2020!!!
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    Veronika W

    Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Amazing race, well supported by the community and spectators. This was my 3rd year in a row, will most likely be back again and can recommend.
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    Hannah W

    Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    Absolutely fabulous event.

    It would be great if the kids race could start at such a time any parents running the half could do the fun run first.

    More toilets at the start would be great, although the queue moved fast.

    Some kind of expected start times in the pen would be great if no pacers.

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    Mrs kelly Lawson

    Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    More toilets and a water station at the big wheel is needed not keen on the 2 laps but knew what I was signing up for other then that good course. Well marshalled and public was great cheering everyone on and handing out sweets.
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    Sarah T

    Did the Torbay Half Marathon in 2019

    This was my 3rd year running Torbay half. Again well organise and gear atmosphere! Love the medal and good quality t-shirt
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