Race Day Information
9:00 am - Sunday 27th September – 2020
The Torbay Half Marathon and the Torbay 10k Organised by Torbay AC
Getting there - The postcode for your sat nav. is: - TQ4 6AG. Please allow plenty of time to get to the start as the seafront roads between Torquay and Paignton will start closing at 7.00am to give a traffic free course. Our Race HQ with our event facilities will be set up in the Runners Village on Paignton Green.
Technical stuff - This race is staged under UKA Rules and we will have medical cover provided. The accuracy of the course measurement has been certified by a UKA approved course measurer.
Safety - Headphones: In the interests of everyone's safety, please don’t use in the ear headphones. Runners can be lapped by the lead runners in the half marathon overtaking from behind running faster than you. We therefore need our runners to be able to hear our marshal’s safety instructions as the lead runners and the escorts approach. You will not be able to hear them if you are using in the ear headphones. Anyone using in the ear headphones during the event will be disqualified. Only bone-conducting headphones that work from outside the ear are approved by UKA. It’s really important that you hear what’s going on around you.
Facilities – There will be Baggage and Changing tents, and a refreshment area. A massage team from South Devon College will also be on hand to treat you after the race. Toilet facilities will be available at locations on the seafront, but regret that there are no showers so how about a nice dip in the sea to revive you?
The Start – Will be on the Eastern Esplanade near the Pier, please line up in accordance with your estimated finishing time. Please be honest with yourself when estimating your finishing time - if you line up too far forward you will get in the way of those who have been more realistic, particularly during the first few miles.
The 10k will start at 9:04am separately on Paignton Green shortly after the half marathon has started and the Torbay 10k will have a manage merger with the half marathon on the Esplanade.
The Course – Two lap course for the half marathon and one lap for the 10k. The course will be closed to traffic during the race, but please be alert as to what’s going on around and behind you at all times in case of an emergency. . Most runners will be lapped by the lead runners – overtaking from behind. The course is not suitable for wheelchairs. Mile markers will be in position. There will be 6 water stations supplying bottled water, including one at the finish. Along the route there also are several public toilets at various points. The course will be dismantled after 3 hours.
Medical – Medical personnel will be on duty around the course and also at the finish line. If you or another competitor needs medical attention at any time, please alert the nearest marshal immediately.
The Finish - On the final return to Paignton Green keep left past the Pier to the finish line, you will then receive your race tee shirt and medal.
Prizes – The Ocean Healthcare Torbay Half Marathon extensive prize list is worth over £2,000, the number and value of the individual prizes is the same for men and women. The first 3 men and first 3 women will win cash bonuses £450, £250, £100 in addition to any category prizes.
Category prizes in the form of vouchers will go to the first runner in the following groups :- 17-19 years 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,50-59, 60-69, 70-79,80+
The Ocean Healthcare Torbay 10k
Prizes for first 3 men and first 3 women in addition to any category prizes.
Category prizes in the form of vouchers will go to the first runner in the following groups :- 15-19 years 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,50-59, 60-69, 70-79,80+
NB - prizes will be awarded according to finishing positions rather than chip times. Under UKA rules
The presentations to the first three men and women will take at 11:30 am.
All category prizes will be sent out in the post after the event
Devon Double - We are also offering you the chance to take part in the Devon Double – a unique medal you can win if you take on two half marathons in our beautiful county in the space of just seven days.
Our friends at Britians Ocean City Half Marathon (Plymouth) will be hosting their rearranged race on 4th October– a week after our race in Torbay.
We have joined forces to support each other with an exciting new challenge medal called the 'Devon Double'.
If you run both the Torbay Half and Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon, you will receive a special ‘Devon Double Medal’- received a few weeks after the second race. There is no extra charge for taking on this challenge.
We will also have prizes for first, second, third male and female categories of the fastest combined times for both half marathons.
Those already signed up: sign back in and check the 'Devon Double' box to tell us you are intending to do both.