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How do I enter the race?

Registration for the 2015 Colchester Half Marathon is now closed.

If you would like to register to become a marshal please email Dan@griffin-chapman.co.uk. Marshals are vital to the success of the half marathon so this is a great way to show your support.


What time does the race start?

The race starts at 9am (please note that this is the day the clocks go forward!) Please arrive from 7.30am to allow plenty of time to get into position before the race begins.

How do I collect my race pack?

Race packs can be collected from Colchester United Weston Homes Community Stadium from Saturday 21st March until Friday 27th March at the following times:

Saturday 21st March 2015                     09:00 -16:00

Sunday 22nd March 2015                      09:00 – 14:00

Monday 23rd March 2015                      09:00 – 17:00

Tuesday 24th March 2015                     09:00 – 17:00

Wednesday 25th March 2015                09:00 – 17:00

Thursday 26th March 2015                    09:00 – 17:00

Friday 27th March 2015                         09:00 – 17:00

Saturday 28th March 2015                     09:00 – 13:00

Race packs may be collected on the morning of the race but please note it will be very busy and there may be a long wait time.

Where does the race start and finish?

The Colchester Half Marathon 2015 starts at finishes at the home of Colchester United – Weston Homes Community Stadium. The full course can be found here.

Entry by car is via Axial Way only. Upon arrival you will be directed to parking by the race marshals.


Is there parking?

Yes. There is free parking and more available in surrounding car parks.  You will need to arrive at the surrounding car parks early as you will not be permitted to park on nearby road sides. Thousands of people will be heading to the start and so allow plenty of time to make your way and avoid the queues.

Can I transfer my race number to someone else?

No transfers will now be accepted as race entry is closed.

If you can not run and it is too late or you don’t want to transfer then you can defer your entry to the following years event. Log in to your account and follow the links to defer your details.

Please note it is a condition of the race that you run with your own name and number.

When and where can I get the results?

The Colchester Half Marathon will be using electronic chips to provide accurate timing. This will be available after the race.

The full results will be published on our web site soon after the finish on race day and by our timing partners.

Under UK Athletics rules, the positions are established solely on ‘gun time’. This is the time from the start gun to crossing the finish line. We also publish chip time. This is the time from you crossing the start line to crossing the finish line, and accurately reflect the time it has taken you to complete the course.

How can I confirm that you have received my registration and it has been processed?

You can check if we have received you entry on this web site. Check Entry lists all entries received and processed by the date shown.

On-Line entries will be processed within a day or two.

If your entry is not shown within two weeks of submission, please let us know by e-mail colchesterhalfmarathon@gmail.com   and we will investigate further. For on-line entries we will need the confirmation reference number provided to you by e-mail immediately you have successfully completed the entry, including payment. If you have not received this confirmation it is most likely your entry has failed at the payment stage and you will need to re-apply.

Can I get a refund?

Sorry. It is a condition of entry that there are no refunds for any reason, however all proceeds do go to charity. This years main beneficiary is Headway Essex.

You can, however, defer. To defer please click here:


Can I enter on Race day?

No, we will not be accepting entries on the day.

If you want to support the race on the day then please consider volunteering for the Colchester Half Marathon.

Will there be a reserve entry list?

No we will not be operating a reserve list.

If you want to support the race on the day then please consider volunteering to be a marshal.

How many water points are there on the route?

There are 4 water points on the Half Marathon route, including one at the end of the race Location is shown on the route map.

Is there a secure baggage area?

Based on your feedback there will be a larger, secure bagging area for the 2015 Colchester Half Marathon.

Please note that the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to your property.

Is there any medical support?

Although the organisers accept no responsibility for any injury, a full medical team from Essex Medics will be in attendance. If you need assistance just contact a marshal and they will arrange for help.

Are there any changing facilities?

There are no gender specific changing rooms, however there is plenty of indoor space for all runners to change. Please remember to take all your belongings with you after the race.

How can I defer my entry?

Please click here:


Are there any prizes?

There are Prizes and trophies for the following categories:

1st/2nd/3rd in

Half Marathon – Male

Half Marathon Female

Half Marathon – Veteran Male (40 or over)

Half Marathon – Veteran Female (35 or over)


There will also be prizes and trophies for age categories and team prizes.

Are there any official photographs?

We have invited Sussex Sport Photography to the official photographer of the Colchester Half Marathon.  Competitors can find details of how to get their race photo here – www.SussexSportPhotography.com

Who organises the race?

The event has been organised by the Colchester Colne Round Table in association with Headway Essex. It is supported by a host of volunteers from local charities, the University of Essex, local businesses and local residents.

Who sponsors the event?

We would like to thank the following sponsors of the Colchester Half Marathon 2015, without whom the race would not be possible:


Scrutton Bland


Goody Burrett


University of Essex


What charities will benefit from the race?

Each year Colchester Colne Round Table identifies one local charity that will benefit from its fundraising events.  This year Table has been fundraising for Headway Essex which is based in Colchester and the proceeds from the Race will be donated to them.

Will you accept wheelchair entrants?

Unfortunately we have been unable to allow wheelchair entries in the Half Marathon due to safety reasons. The route is open to traffic and many sections are very narrow. There would be a significant risk to any wheelchair entrants.

Our rigorous risk assessments would not allow us to accept wheelchair entrants on safety grounds.

How secure is the online entry?

You can be assured that entering on-line is secure.

Your entry details are contained within secure servers and locally within an encrypted, password protected data base. No personal data is passed to any third party, and is only used to send out race packs and t-shirts, present results and email all entrants with details of the following year’s event.

Your Credit/Debit card payment is handled by PayPal who insist that we are PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant on Data Security Standards.

Can I wear headphones?

No and not under any circumstances will you be allowed to wear headphones. If at any point you are seen wearing them (including round your neck) by a marshal you will be reported to the UK Athletics race referees who are within their rights to disqualify you and your time will not count.

The UK Athletics word on all such disqualifications are final and there is no formal procedure for appeal.

As race organisers we take the associated duty of care to all runners very seriously. There will be up to 2,500 runners at the Colchester Half Marathon and we simply can not have people wearing headphones and unable to hear instructions from marshals, the Police and fellow runners.  So we need you to be vigilant throughout the race for your own safety and that of others.

Representatives from UK Athletics will also be vigilant to runners with headphones and they will instantly disqualify any runners found to be wearing headphones.

Can I raise money for my own charity and good causes?

Yes, you are welcome to raise money for the charities and good causes that matter to you. The Colchester Half Marathon raises money for charity through the entry fee but we don’t place any restrictions on the charities to want to race for.

We leave it up to you how you go about doing this and good luck with raising as much money as you can!

Why might the event be cancelled in advance?

In consultation with the UK Athletics referee, the Race Director will make the decision to cancel the event.

Circumstances to cancel may include, but are not limited to:

Poor weather conditions

Lack of marshal support

Lack of medical cover

Lack of road closures

Material concerns of safety to participants, marshals and the general public

How will we know if the event is cancelled?

All runners will be emailed to their addresses they used when registering for the event

Significant social media communications through all our social media channels

Local businesses informed

Bus companies informed

Churches informed

Sponsors briefed

Local press informed, via press releases

All suppliers informed

What happens if the event is cancelled on the day?

Race announcer repeatedly communicates “for your safety and those of the marshals, and in agreement with UK Athletics, this event has been postponed until further notice

Stadium marshals communicate race cancellation

Timing company instructed not to call runners

Registration team instructed not to register any further runners

Lead cars withdrawn

Course Manager informed and instructed to deactivate road closures and marshal teams, through their zone leaders

Course Manager directed to bring marshals back to stadium to help communicate with runners

Social media channels activated updating of race cancellation

Cancellation communications, pre written goes out Sunday evening with explanations and informing that race will be re-staged

How do I check my results?

You can check your result after the race by visiting https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/Colchester%20Half%20Marathon%20/1710