Thank you for entering the 5k, 10k or 1⁄2 marathon on Nov 10th 2018 and supporting our Charity and also a big thank you helping build a great sports event in our local town of Bexhill.

Thank you to the De La Warr for allowing the races to be based from this iconic building again this year. You can learn more about the DLWP here www.dlwp.co.uk

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

Timings for the day are below, 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, the courses are laps based on the promenade and unfortunately due to the numbers of runners and course format not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or runners with dogs.

8:45am – 12:15pm REGISTRATION
Registration opens in the De La Warr main hall – For all runners, collect race numbers, timing chips and any ordered T-Shirts or bobble hats etc. You are not required to bring anything to registration, just know your surname!

10am – 5km Race Start (60 mins Cut off)

11am – 10km Race Start (Cut off 90 mins)

12-12:15pm – Kids 1 mile Youth Run & 500m fun run. Registration will be required for the Youth Mile, but 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.

12:15-12:30 – Race start build up! National Anthem sung by Hannah Bradbeer, Last Post, 2 Minutes Silence

12:30pm – Poppy Half Marathon started by the Mayor (Cut off is 3hrs 30 mins and the Half Marathon course is cleared at 4pm)

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 12:15pm prompt for the Half marathon. Ensure you arrive in good time, the team are needed for the pre-race build up from 12:15pm.

Car Parking

There is plenty of parking around Bexhill town and 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.

Toilets

There are toilets inside De La Warr Pavilion and also a bank of porta-loo toilets outside around the race start.

Race courses

A map below shows the start / finish, Aid station. Full maps of the 3 races can be found at the race website and relevant distance page. www.poppyhalfmarathon.co.uk

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.

All 3 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 also 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.

Aid station & post-race food

There will be a Water/Feed station on the promenade by De La Warr. (see map). This year we are supplying 330ml sports cap water bottles at the main water station, please carry with you to stay hydrated. Marshals along the course will have bins and will keep plastic separate to recycle after race day.

5k – runners, no water station – please carry water if you feel you will require it.
10km – Water 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 drinks 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.

Bergen runners

New for 2018, the race is planning to provide a specific tent for the Bergen runners, as well as a ‘weighin’ on the outside stage for the Bergen packs proceeding the start of the Half Marathon. Please listen out for announcements on race morning.

100K Team Challenge

New for 2018, and we are also planning a specific tent for the Team Runners to include your bag drop to enable you to change clothing between races if required.

Trophy Presentations categories

Top 3 – 5km Male & Female
Top 3 – 10k Male & female
Top 5 – Half Marathon Male & Female (including cash prize) Gift prize for 1st 100k Challenge top team

Pacers

Pacers will be in the race for 1hrs 45 mins every 5 mins through to 2hrs 15 mins. Pacers will be wearing yellow Bibs with their guide time displayed on the back, keep an eye out for them!

Pre-post Massage

DW therapy will be providing pre /post-race massage on race day. Cash and card accepted.www.dwsportstherapy.com

Medical

Wealden Medical will be providing medical cover for 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!

We look forward to see you on Saturday 10th November!