3rd June 2018

9.00 am

Poole Park

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Event Information

Poole’s new Half Marathon features a fast and flat course out from Poole Park, around Upton Country Park then back along Poole Quay. There will be the usual great Poole Festival of Running atmosphere, with lots of events going on over the weekend, including a running expo, bar, live music and great food in the Festival Village in Poole Park.

This is a brand new event for the town and the local authorities have asked us to limit numbers and time, so for this year there is a 400 person limit and a cut off time of 2 hours 30 minutes.

The race has a no headphone rule due to traffic and we want you all to be safe.

Poole Festival of Running is delighted to have joined forces with local endurance running & nutrition specialists XMiles to make sure you hit your targets in Poole Half Marathon.

Based in Wimborne and run by England international ultra marathon runner Anthony Clark X-Miles is your one stop shop for those longer distances. Offering advice as well as supplying everything you need to get you over the line in those long races, so if you’re starting out on distance running or want to improve your performance, XMiles is the place for you.

We’d like to help you along the path to hitting you half marathon goals and, with XMiles we will be setting out a 12 week training plan culminating in Poole Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd June. Now we know those long Sunday runs can be tough so each Sunday from 11th March we will meet at the Customs House on Poole Quay and hit the road as a group. Run with friends, chat, get advice and finish with a coffee and bacon roll. Either side of his running for England in the Anglo Celtic Plate 100K on 31st March Anthony will be joining us on our run to offer support and advice for hitting those targets.

We believe that running in groups is a great way of improving, getting support and getting that boost to complete those long runs. We also believe that coffee and breakfast is a great reward for doing that!

So come along and join us, even if you’re not running the Poole Half Marathon and just want to improve your distance running.
Keep an eye on social media for more information and your 12 week half marathon plan can be found here.

Course Information

New for this year’s Festival of Running, the Half Marathon features a harbourside course heading out from Poole Park, heading down Poole Quay, then a loop around Upton Country Park, before heading back down the quay, along Baiter Park to the finish line back in Poole Park. A fast, flat course run on roads and compacted gravel paths with plenty of support along the way. It will be fully marshalled with water stations and medical facilities along the route. The exact course details are still to be finalised and will be published nearer the event date.

Poole quay will be turned in the place to watch and support those taking part before heading back to Poole Park for the after party.

Entry List

A  full list of entrants, is displayed here.  Please check  your details are correct. Errors can be corrected before the race but NOT afterwards.

Entries and number transfers close on 20/05/2018 at 8pm.

On the day

Race Numbers & Timing Chips

Your race number can be collected from the admin marquee in Poole Park on Saturday 2nd June from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm and race day 7:00 to 8:30 am.  Please attach your number to the front of your vest or T-shirt and ensure it is visible at all times. Please ensure that contact phone numbers & medication details are written on the reverse.

Please note that in order to comply with UK Athletics rules you must not fold your number. Race referees can and do, disqualify runners who do so. Race Numbers must be worn only by the runner to whom they have been issued. They are NOT transferable in any circumstances.

 Car Parking & Toilets

There are pay and display car parks at the Civic Centre and the Everyone Active Leisure Centre. Toilets are available at The ARK and at the start/finish.


Please come changed ready to run if possible, however, there are changing facilities in the marquee. The Friends of Poole Park will be running a baggage tent where you can leave bags in return for a small donation. Do not leave valuables in here as we cannot accept responsibility for any loss.


Full results will be on the results page on this site.


9:00 am in Poole Park (close to the marquee). Please assemble from 8.45am in your estimated finishing time zone. There will be time boards to assist you. Please note that as per UKA licence rules, you are not allowed to wear headphones/earphones as you may not hear instructions from marshals or runners closing behind, especially at water stations.


Remember you have entered at your own risk, so please pay attention to the marshals and the race instructions. Race officials will remain at the finish until the last runner has completed the course. Where police cones have been placed in the road competitors must run inside the cones. DO NOT run out of the coned off area into the road.


There will be water stations on the course.

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Entries fill up fast! On-line entries close 9:00 pm Sunday 20th May 2018
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