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9:00 am - Sunday 26th June 2022

On behalf of Torbay Athletic Club we thank you for entering the Ocean Healthcare Torbay Half Marathon 2022, after a tumultuous couple of years we are delighted to be holding this event back in its June slot. Thank you for your support and that of our headline sponsor Ocean Healthcare and all our other sponsors that help make this event possible. We trust you have an enjoyable and successful race.

Date: Sunday 26th June 2022

Half Marathon start time: 09:00

10k start time: 09:05 approx

start location: Paignton seafront next to Paignton Pier. what3words.com/fingernails.sadly.shiny 10k start location: North Green, opposite Parkfield House, near Redcliffe Hotel- this is the opposite end of the Green than the half start line. what3words.com/loans.shed.empire

Race pack: will be sent out over the coming days. If yours doesn’t arrive, no need to panic, just head to race HQ from 8am to collect a new one. Those signing up after 14th June will have to collect race number on the day.

Getting there: Postcode for Paignton Green: TQ4 6AG, ///fingernails.sadly.shiny Please note, the main seafront road between Torquay and Paignton will be closed from 8:00am. Please allow extra time to get to the event and follow any diversion signs.

Race HQ: For any queries and late collection of numbers please head to the tent on Paignton Green, open from 7:30 until 8:45. Please allow enough time. No entries on the day. If you wish to drop down to the 10k from the half marathon the day a limited number of race numbers are available on the day, first come first served.

Parking: Victoria Car Park in Garfield Rd Paignton TQ4 6AU. See www.torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk/travel. Other car parks and some on street parking are available, but maybe limited at this time of year, please also take into account that road closures are in place. It will be busy, please arrive in good time and car share where possible.

Race number/ Emergency Details:You must provide full and correct medical information on the back of your race number written with a permanent marker. Also add in the name and phone number of a relative or other person that we can contact if necessary. Never swap your race number as it could create a dangerous medical situation, wearing the incorrect number will lead to disqualification. You will not be permitted to finish or receive a tee shirt or medal without an official race number which must be displayed on the front of your vest and must not be cut or mutilated.

Timing Chip: Your timing chip is attached to the back of your race number and is disposable; your race number must be attached to the front of your running top with a safety pin in each corner – please make sure you do not perforate the timing chip with the pin. Also do not bend or fold the timing chip as this could damage its ability to time you. Please provide your own pins. There will be no other timing system on the day.

Toilets: Facilities are available in the on Paignton Green, there are urinals and portaloos but these will get busy. There are also public toilets on Paignton Green which charge 30p (cash or contactless). Unfortunately there are no showers but the sea is available for a refreshing swim!

Changing facilities: are limited and open from 8am. To avoid queuing. please you can please arrive ready to run.

Baggage store: Open from 8am. One piece of baggage can be left in the Baggage Tent which is found on Paignton Green. You will be provided with a tag to write your race number on. 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. If you can, to avoid queuing please leave your bag in your vehicle or with a friend.

The Half Marathon start: Is located on the seafront near the Pier and will start at 9.00am prompt. Runners are asked to assemble according to their anticipated finishing time, faster times at the starting line– if you line up too far forward, you will get in the way of those who have been more realistic. All entrants are required to be at the start by 8:45am in order to receive last minute instructions and guidance. ///fingernails.sadly.shiny

The 10k start: Is located on Paignton Green North near the Redcliffe Hotel, opposite the entrance to Parkfield House- this is the opposite end of the green that the half marathon and is marked by flags. Please line up by 8:50am, the 10k will start shortly after the half marathon around 9:05. ///loans.shed.empire

The Half Marathon course: Runners will complete one lap of the “Green” before heading to Torquay. At Torquay, near the big wheel, runners will turn and run back to Pier Road at Paignton Green to start the 2nd lap. Mile markers will be in position, please be alert to what’s going on around and behind you at all times in case of an emergency, or when other athletes wish to overtake. You will be guided by our marshals please obey their instructions. Important. Please don't wear headphones in both ears. Enjoy the atmosphere and support that you will have around the course.

The 10k Course: Shortly after the start of the 10k runners will merge with the half marathon runners along the Esplanade- please be alert to what’s going on around and behind you at all times. Kilometre markers will be in position. At Torquay, by the big wheel runners turn and then return to the Pier Road at Paignton. On the return to the “Green” , keep to your left past the pier to the finishing line- half marathon runners will be completing two laps. At the finish you will then receive your souvenir T-shirt and medal.

The wearing of in-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-ear headphones – if you must wear in-ear headphones please use one earpiece only or use bone-conducting headphones that work from outside the ear. It’s really important that you must be able to hear what’s going on around you.

Cycle marshals: As this is a two lap course, Cycle Marshals will help lead running groups and others to overtake. Please listen at all times to these marshals and obey their instructions.

Drink stations: There will be five drinks stations supplying cups of water. Please have a drink before you start. We have reduced our plastic use. To help us further please wear a bottle belt, not only will it reduce waste you will be able to drink when you want. All cups will be taken away and recycled after the event.

Medical Support: St John Ambulance will be in assistance throughout the route. If you become ill, please advise one of the marshals who will get help. If you drop out for whatever reason, please let an official know, giving your race number and name. In case of an emergency contact details supplied on the reverse of your race number will be used.

The finish: On the final return to the “Green” keep to your left past the pier to the finishing line. You will then receive your souvenir T-shirt and medal. To reduce our use of plastic, no plastic goody bags this year. A banana can be grabbed and a water station is available at the finish line.

Race Limit: Strictly 3 ½ hrs, so 12:30pm. Please note that roads will be progressively reopened after 11:30 am. Finishing runners must then move on to the pavement. A cut off time of 1 hour 55 minutes has been set to complete the first lap for the half marathon: 10:55. Anyone after this time will be asked to pull out of the race at this point.

Results: Results will be available at www.torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk please allow up to 48 hours for the results to be published. Please follow us on social media for announcements.

Prizes and presentations: Presentations will be awarded at the finish line: First three Men and first 3 Ladies. Age categories award will be sent out after the event from the categories below:- First Man aged 17 -19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ First Woman aged 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ Some prizes will be in cash as stated; other awards will be in vouchers.

Accommodation: See our web site www.torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk or contact The English Riviera Tourist Information www.englishriviera.co.uk

Photos: Event photographers www.photo-fit.com will be in attendance to capture your run. Photos available via their website for purchase.

Transfer: You can transfer your race to another runner before 19th June 23:59, you must do this yourself via the registration portal and click ‘check my registration’: https://www.njuko.net/torbayhalf2022/check-registration There are no refunds or deferrals as per our terms and conditions. Please do not email requesting a refund, transfer, deferral or to cancel your race; our team will not respond to these requests.

Spectators: We are encouraging spectators to line the route!

Queries:info@torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk we will aim to respond within 48 hours during working hours.

Race Licence No-2022/43679.
10k Course accuracy No-21/23
Half Marathon Course accuracy No-21/226