About the Race

The 10th  year of the popular Poppy Half Marathon in Bexhill-on-Sea organised on behalf of the Charity "Raising Money for Good Causes" on Saturday 11th November 2017. The day before Remembrance Sunday  

 

 

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A big thank you for entering the 5k, 10k or 1⁄2 marathon on Nov 11th 2017 and supporting our Charity.  Also a big thank you for helping us build the biggest sporting event in Bexhill.

 

Thanks to the De La Warr for allowing our race to be based from this iconic listed building. The restaurant is open from around 8:30am throughout the day for coffee, tea, cakes etc.  Please be respectful inside and out of the area.

You can learn more about the DLWP here www.dlwp.co.uk

 

Format of the Day – Based from De La Warr Pavilion TN40 1DP

Each race will aim to start prompt so please ensure you are registered and near the start line! Please note races are for runners only, all courses are laps on the promenade.  Unfortunately due to the numbers of runners and course format it is not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or runners with dogs.

 

8:45am Registration opens in the De La Warr – For all runners, collect race numbers, timing chips and any ordered T-Shirts or bobble hats.

 

10am - 5km Race Start (60 mins Cut off) Min age 13 yrs.

 

11am - 10km Race Start (Cut off 12:30pm, 90 mins)

 

12-12:15pm – Kids 1 mile Youth Run & 500m fun run. No registration needed for 500m just turn up. All Kids will receive a finisher’s medal in both the 500m Fun and competitive 1 mile.

 

12:20pm - Memorial Service, National Anthem (sung by Hannah Bradbeer), Last Post, 2 minutes silence.

12:30pm (ASAP after the Memorial Service) - Poppy Half Marathon

Cut off is 3hrs 30 mins and the Half Marathon course is cleared at 4pm.

 

Registration 8:45am – 12:15pm
Registration is in the main hall of De La Warr Pavilion.

You are not required to bring anything to registration, just know your surname! Bags etc can be left in the lower Hall.

Car Parking

There is plenty of parking around Bexhill town and the seafront, and it is free. There is a limited amount of parking in the De La Warr car park which is fee paying. We would advise parking around the town and seafront and walking the short distance to the De La Warr Pavilion.

 

Official Photography

http://www.sportsactionphoto.co.uk/v/photos/poppyhalf

 

Toilets

There are toilets inside De La Warr Pavilion and also a bank of porta-loo toilets outside around race start. Public Toilets on the prom to the East (500 mtrs) and the West (500 mtrs) of the start line.

Race courses. A map below shows the start/finish, Aid station. Full interactive maps of the 3 races can be found athttp://www.poppyhalf.co.uk/training.php

In summary:

5km – 1 x out & back route.
10km – 2 x 5k laps.
Half Marathon – 2 x 8km laps followed by a final lap of the 5km course.

Races are held on the promenade, with a small section on South Cliff Road. Some sections will have runners heading in both directions so do make sure you keep to the LEFT throughout the run. The half marathon is 3 laps so lead runners will catch the slower runners, again please keep to the left and be aware. We would request you don’t use MP3 players during the run, as it stops you hearing marshals and instructions on the course. The courses are laps based on the promenade and not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or dogs etc.

Don't forget the Promenade is open to the Public.

Aid station – Sponsored by GMP Accountants

There will be a Water/Feed station on the promenade by De La Warr. (see map)

5k – runners, no water station – please carry water if you feel you will require it.
10km – Water/Feed station at 5km (halfway)
Half Marathon – pass the Water Station at 5km/8km/13km/ 16km. Please carry any additional water/fuel if you need a different race nutrition strategy.

Post race snacks and drink will be available after your race in the Marquee outside DLWP.  Plus the DLWP café will be open all day for athletes and spectators.

Chip Timing

Timing chip and strap can be collected at registration, please fit around your ANKLE or onto your shoe. Please make sure it is secure. Chips will not read on the mats if they are in your hand, wrist etc. Chips are handed back in after you cross the finish line. Your official race finish time ticket will be available from the timing desk in the Marquee with the post race snacks.

 

Massage

Massage therapy will be offered 

 

Medical

Medical cover will be onsite race day, if you have any issues requiring medical assistance notify the nearest race marshal.

Please ensure you are fit and healthy before starting your race, and you are fully aware of the physical exertion you are about to attempt!

 

The layout of the race area at DLWP is below. The interactive course maps can be viewed from http://www.poppyhalf.co.uk/training.php

 

We look forward to see you on Saturday 11th November. 2017


Lee Holdaway

Race Director

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