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EVENT INFORMATION

VENUE: The Green, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 3AA.

The charming historic market town of Devizes lies at the very heart of Wiltshire. Founded in Norman times at the boundaries (the Latin 'ad Divisas') of surrounding villages, the town grew up around the castle. The outline of the town walls shows in the 'D' shape of the centre which retains its mediaeval street plan. The town is compact and, being on the level, easy to walk round. Some buildings survive from the 16thC including the renowned hat shop in St John's Alley. 

Devizes is lucky to have kept many small independent shops offering a wide range of goods not found elsewhere - with service to match. Weekly general and collectors' markets and regular farmers' and continental markets bring added colour.

The spectacular Caen Hill flight of 29 locks leading up to Devizes was a major engineering feat when built at the end of the 18thC. The tow path from the Wharf leads to the locks and provides excellent views of the countryside. Boat hire and trips on the canal are available in the summer.

The surrounding countryside offers stately homes, picturesque villages, great pubs, attractive waterways and fantastic walking and cycling in stunning scenery.

DEVIZES HALF RACE ROUTES

Route

PARTICPANT INFORMATION

In the lead up to the event, more information will be available.

 

Devizes Half Marathon is not included in the Wiltshire Road Race League for 2024.

Devizes Half Junior Race is race number 3 in the Wiltshire Junior Race League for 2024. 

Estimated Event Schedule;

​Saturday 13th April;

  • 13:00 - 15:00 - Number & Chip Collection

Sunday 14th April;

  • 8:00 am - Number & Chip Collection

  • 9:30 am - Half Marathon Start

  • 10:15 am - 1.5km Junior Race Start

  • 10:35 am - 350m Free Children's Fun Run

  • 11:15 am - Presentations

Participants

FAQs

  • How do I enter?
    You can enter through our partner Eventrac where you can update your entry if anything changes closer to the event. We do not accept postal entries. Entries on the day for this event will not be accepted. A copy of the UKA rulebook can be found here. We will have a UK Athletics Race Adjudicator present on the day of the event. Please familiarise yourself with the rules to prevent disappointment on the day.
  • What's included?
    For your entrance fee, you will receive a bespoke medal, designed especially for this event. Electronic timing is available for the event and you will receive gun & chip start times, and a 7 mile split time for the event for the half marathon. Gun times will be available for the junior race, no times are available for the fun run. You will have access to a free online training programme and also you will be part of the 2024 Devizes Half Marathon.
  • Where do I park?
    Ample parking is available around the town of Devizes. Currently many of the car parks in Devizes offer free parking on a Sunday, please ensure you check tariffs before leaving your car. LPS Events Ltd will not be held liable for any parking infringements. Travel times by car vary, however as a guide you can get here from the following cities by google maps. The nearest motorway junction is J14-J17 on the M4. Salisbury - 0hr 45 Cardiff - 1hr 30 London - 1hr 55 Birmingham - 2hr 05 Exeter - 2hr 10
  • How do I train for this event?
    You should ensure that you train your body for endurance road running events and build up your stamina. This will enhance your overall fitness. A combination of strengthened joints and also fitness will aid in your successful completion of this event and assist with your recovery after the event. As you will be running for a long period of time, you should ensure that you train for the event by undertaking some longer running sessions. We also recommend that you trial your race nutrition prior to race day. We are pleased to offer 50% off personalised training programmes with Phazon Training, simply use the code LPS50 at https://phazontriathlon.com.
  • What is the event gets cancelled?
    As soon as we receive your entry for this event, the money is budgeted towards the successful delivery of this event. For this reason refunds will not be permitted once you have entered. You can view our policies here. By signing up to this event you are agreeing to these policies and understand that refunds and transfers are not possible. Should you have any doubt we advise you to take out cancellation insurance when bookng the event, please ensure you read the terms of the cancelation policy as LPS Events Ltd cannot be held liable for any loss.
  • Is there a minimum age for the event?
    The minimum age to take part in this event is; 17 for the half marathon, this age is set by UK Athletics and we are unable to override this. Age 8-16 for the junior race. The fun run is set for anyone age 7 and under and is free to take part.
  • Do I receive a race number in the post?
    No, to reduce our carbon footprint, you will collect your race number on the day during registration which is available from 08:00 on the morning of the race. We will also have collection on the Saturday afternoon between 13:00-15:00. The race number is made of a recyclable material and the timing chip is reusable to prevent landfill.
  • Are there entries on the day?
    Half Marathon - there will be no entries available on the day. Pre registered collection is from 08:00-09:10. Junior Race - we will have limited entries available on the day, we encourage you to enter before. Collection is from 08:00-10:00. Fun Run - collect a race number before 10:30 on the finish line.
  • Can I collect my friend's race number?
    No, we will only allow you to collect your own race number. This is to ensure that; We can confirm who you are, To prevent others running under other runners numbers, To ensure that bibs/chips don't get mixed up. Please ensure that you have your identification, race licence or confirmation on collection.
  • Where does my event start?
    Half Marathon - under the green inflatable arch on Church Walk Junior Race - under the green inflatable arch on Church Walk Fun Run - under the main finish line gantry on The Green.
  • What are the race licence details?
    This event is permitted through Wiltshire Council and local authorities and holds all the relevant permissions. The race is registered with England Athletics and holds a full licence - 2024-46148. Rankings will be eligible for the Power of 10. The course measurement for the half marathon is under permit - 23/456.
  • What is the race distance?
    The half marathon is 13.1 miles, on an officially measured course (21 kilometres) with mile markers, (min age 17). The junior race is approximately 1.5km. The fun run us approximately 350 metres.
  • What is the event course?
    An interactive map of each course can be found via Strava, (Half Marathon, Junior Race, Fun Run). The Devizes Half Marathon will start on Church Walk, next to The Green. The route will go down Nursteed Road and head towards Monument Hill before looping off into the surrounding villages. There will be a times 5km between mile 7 and mile 12 and medical stations on the course. The finish line will be on The Green with a spectator friendly finish. There are 4 water stations which will all utilise cups. We encourage you to run with your own water bottle or hydration vest to reduce waste. The junior race will start on Church Walk, next to The Green. The route will head around a residential area before heading back to the finish line, which will be on The Green with a spectator finish. Due to the change in the finish for the half marathon, there is a dog let before finishing to make up the distance. The fun run will start under the finish gantry and will be out and back along Church Walk.
  • Are there toilets on the course?
    For the first time in 2024 we will have two cubicles at the 7 mile checkpoint.
  • Will there be water stations?
    Yes - Water stations are located at 4.3, 7, 9.5 & 11.3 miles and the finish line. Water station 1 at 4 miles will be covered by: Calne Running Club Water station 2 at 7 miles will be covered by: LPS Events Water station 3 at 9.5 miles will be covered by: Royal Wessex Yeomanry Water station 4 at 11.5 miles will be covered by: Kingsbury Green Academy Water stations will be paper cups which are recyclable, each cup will contain approximately 100ml of water if you require more water, we encourage you to run with a bottle, vest or reusable cup to help minimise our impact, we are aiming to reduce our waste.
  • Can I participate in fundraising?
    If you wish to fundraise for this event, we are encouraging support to The Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Wiltshire Air Ambulance provide an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) throughout the county and beyond. The crew works alongside SWASFT (The South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust) land crews and other emergency services to deliver the best medical care possible to anybody who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire. The air ambulance can scramble in just two minutes and reach anywhere in Wiltshire within nine minutes. The speed of our helicopter, along with the skill of our crew, can make the difference between life and death. We fly up to 19 hours a day and attend, on average, 3 potentially lifesaving missions in that time. We are called to all kinds of emergencies, from road traffic collisions to cardiac incidents, child-related emergencies to horse riding and cycling injuries. These incidents are not just in Wiltshire but in neighbouring counties as well. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity and relies on donations to keep saving lives. It is not funded directly by the Government and receives no National Lottery grants. It costs £3.75 million a year to keep the air ambulance flying, that’s just over £10,000 per day.
  • Will there be pacers?
    We will have a number of experienced pacers on the team to guide you round the event. A lead vehicle with a clock will be ahead of the first runner, sponsored. We aim to have the following slots for pacing filled; 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20 and 2:30. Our sweeper team at 3:30.
  • Are headphones allowed?
    During this event, headphones and ear buds are not permitted as you will be running on open roads. Bone conductor headphones are also not allowed. Should you ignore this rule you will be disqualified from the results.
  • Is there a cut off time for the event?
    For the half marathon, a cut of time of 3 hours 30 minutes is set for this event. If you have not made the 2 mile point in 0 hour 40 minutes then you will be withdrawn from the event. If you have not made the 7 mile timing point in 1 hour 50 minutes then you will be withdrawn from the event.
  • Will baggage storage be available?
    Grist Environmental are providing a baggage truck for belongings, please note that limited space will be available so we ask that a small bag is left with essentials. Bags without a number will not be accepted. A baggage tag can be torn off your bib number.
  • What are the current course records?
    The current course records are as follows, both set in 2024. 01:21:53 by David Sirrelle, Swindon Harriers AC (2024) 01:31:09 by Laura Buchanan, Newbury AC (2024)
  • Can I run with a wheelchair, pram, pushchair or dog?
    Unfortunately this event is not suitable to run with a pram, pushchair or dog since most of the route is on open roads. Due to parts of the route being on open roads, narrow footpaths and a small off road section, wheelchairs are not suitable for the course.
  • Will there be presentations?
    Presentations will take place at approximately 11:15am, any categories which are not won by this time will be presented shortly after. Junior race winners presentations will be awarded to the following; 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and 1st, 2nd & 3rd female overall regardless of age for this event, all entrants will be provided with a chip finish time and bespoke race medal. Entrants will be categorised in the following; U17, U15, U13 & U11. There will be no results or prizes for the fun run. Half Marathon winners trophies will be awarded to the following; 1st, 2nd, 3rd open and 1st, 2nd, 3rd female overall. 1st in the following age categories: open junior (17-19), open senior (20-39), open 40+, open 50+, open 60+, open 70+, female junior, female senior (20-34), female 35+, female 45+, female 55+, female 65+. (if you win a podium, the age categories will be rolled down to the next person). 1st placed open team (top 3 accumulated times) & 1st placed female team (top 3 accumulated times), runners must be from the same club. 1st local (Devizes) runner. As there are new records due to be set, there is no prize payment for a new course record in 2024. Results will be available the day of the event and uploaded onto the results page.
  • Live DJ
    This year we will have DJ Disco Dion live, to encourage you over the finish line. DJ Disco Dion is a professional DJ with many years experience in entertaining a wide variety of events.
  • Photography
    Charles Whitton Photography will be providing race coverage for this event. Visit this page for photos, please note that they may take up to 48 hours to be published.
  • Are there refreshments at this event?
    At this event we have a few refreshment options available; The Good Food Van - homemade burgers, paninis and loaded fries Cafe 2 U - freshly brewed coffee and drinks, including alternative milks Tray Cake - home baked cakes with vegan and gluten free options Dominico's - ice cream van As we are located within the town, there are many other local places where you can get food and drink, note that bookings may be required.
  • Is massage available at this event?
    KG Sports Massage & Injury Therapy will be in the event village offering pre and post race massage. The treatment charge is £5 for 10 minutes and £10 for 20 minutes.
  • Is there any retail at this event?
    Wiltshire Air Ambulance - our charity partner will be in the event village with their mascot. Wiltshire Search & Rescue - who are providing a number of course marshals, will be in the event village. Mils and Mum - home crafts, personalised block printing products and workshops.
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