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The time limit for the Colchester Half Marathon is four hours. This means the finish line will be closed at 1.00pm.
If you think that you are likely to take longer than this then there are lots of other events that may be better suited to slower runners or walkers.
You can enter the 2020 Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon by clicking https://www.colchesterhalfmarathon.co.uk/enter.
We’ve benchmarked our prices against a range of similarly-sized running events across the country and think we offer great value for money.
Race entry cost depends on whether you are a member of UK Athletics Affiliated running club:
£29 – Member of UK Athletics Affiliated Running Club
£31 – Not a member of a UK Athletics Affiliated Running Club
(Although you can’t put a price on that feeling you get when you’ve just completed a half marathon!)
We invest the revenue to stage the event, make it bigger and better for you each year, provide runners with finishers’ packs, tech t-shirts, medals, etc.
Finally, remember that all our profits go to charity. Last year we gave £65k to MS-UK and Headway Essex on top of the tens of thousands of pounds that runners raised for their good causes.
Runners must be 17 years old (or older) on race day – 29th March 2020 (to comply with our race licence).
You can be assured that entering online is secure.
Your entry details are contained within secure servers and locally within an encrypted, password protected database. No personal data is passed to any third party and is only used to send out race packs, present results and email all entrants with details of the following year’s event.
Your Credit/Debit card payment is handled by Stripe who are PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant on Data Security Standards.
Sorry, 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 Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon.
Sorry, 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.
Yes, you can.
You can transfer your place by following the link below.
Please note that anyone found to be running under another person’s name will be disqualified from the event and their details passed to UK Athletics.
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.
Online 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 contacting us and we will investigate further. For online entries we will need the confirmation reference number provided to you by email 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.
Yes, you can.
You can defer your entry using the below link:
The race starts at 9am.
Please arrive from 7.30am to allow plenty of time to warm up and get into position before the race begins.
The Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon 2020 starts and finishes at the home of Colchester United – The JobServe 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.
We will have parking at the JobServe Community Stadium from 7am on race day.
There are a limited number of spaces here and once full (or 8am, whichever is soonest), marshals will direct you to the Colchester Park & Ride (1,000 space pay car park) which is a short walk away from the Stadium. The Park & Ride postcode for your sat nav is CO4 5JA.
The Park & Ride is (currently) £3. You can pay before you leave after the race, which should remove queues at the paystations before the event. Alternatively, you can pay in advance at ParkJockey.
The Park & Ride barriers will be permanently open during runners’ arrival to further reduce queues.
Please note that there are NO buses running from the Park & Ride on race day.
We strongly advise runners and supporters NOT to park on the approach roads/verges near the stadium, nor in the surrounding businesses, car dealerships or industrial estates. We know that you’ll be sensible and considerate.
Council/ private parking enforcement will most likely be in operation. Don’t have your morning spoilt for the sake of a few pounds and a five-minute stroll!
You will note that on your race bib there is a tear off strip. Please remove this strip and add to any baggage you wish to leave in the bagging area. You will need to make sure you still have your race number when you return to collect items.
Please note that the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to your property.
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.
No, and not under any circumstances will you be allowed to wear headphones (including bone conduction headphones). If at any point you are seen wearing them (including around 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 4,000 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.
Spectators are welcome to watch at any point around the course, as long as it is safe to do so. However from experience, we know that it is nice to see loved ones cross the finish line, and there is some parking available at the stadium to do this.
The High Street also offers a good place to see the runners with local landmarks in the background.
The Shepherd Public House in Langham is on the race route and will also be open for teas and coffees and they do have limited parking.
Wherever you do watch those participating please take into consideration local residents and make sure you give all the runners a clap or cheer as they pass, it makes a massive difference.
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.
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.
There are four water points on the Griffin Chapman Half Marathon route, plus more water available at the race finish.
The locations are shown on the route map.
Please see below for our approved road closure times below:
|1||United Way / Boxted Road||TL||8.55||9.02|
|2||Boxted Road / Nayland Road / Northern Approach Roundabout||SO||8.55||9.03|
|Nayland Road / Leech’s Lane||SO||8.55||9.06|
|Nayland Road / Studd’s Lane||SO||8.55||9.06|
|3||Nayland Road / Mill Road||SO||8.55||9.07|
|Nayland Road / Un-name Cul-de-sac||SO||8.55||9.08|
|Nayland Road / Church Farm||SO||8.55||9.09|
|Nayland Road / Braiswick Lane||SO||8.55||9.10|
|Nayland Road / Tall Trees||SO||8.55||9.12|
|Mile End Road / Rectory Close||SO||9.01||9.17|
|Mile End Road/ Groves Close||SO||9.01||9.19|
|Mile End Road / Bruff Close||SO||9.01||9.21|
|4||North Station Roundabout||SO||9.01||9.23|
|5||Clarendon Way / Westway 133 Roundabout||SO||9.01||9.25|
|6||Cowdray Avenue Roundabout||SO||9.01||9.27|
|North Station Road / Serpentine Walk||SO||9.01||9.29|
|North Station Road / Morten Road||SO||9.08||9.31|
|North Station Road / Victoria Chase||SO||9.08||9.32|
|North Station Road / Causton Road||SO||9.08||9.33|
|North Station Road / Middleborough||SO||9.08||9.34|
|7||North Station Road / Middleborough / St Peters Street||SO||9.08||9.35|
|North Station Road / Northgate Street||SO||9.08||9.36|
|8||North Hill / Head Street / High Street||TL||9.10||9.37|
|High Street / Stockwell Street||SO||9.10||9.38|
|High Street / George Street||SO||9.10||9.39|
|High Street / Denburghs||SO||9.10||9.40|
|High Street / Long Wyre Street||SO||9.10||9.41|
|9||High Street / Queen Street||SO||9.12||9.42|
|High Street / Roman Road||SO||9.12||9.43|
|High Street / Land Lane / Priory Street||SO||9.12||9.44|
|East Hill / Roseberry Avenue / Guildford Road||SO||9.12||9.46|
|East Hill / Brook Street||SO||9.12||9.47|
|East Hill / East Bay||SO||9.12||9.49|
|East Hill / Grosvenor Place||SO||9.12||9.50|
|10||East Street / A1232 to Old Coach Road||TL||9.15||9.51|
|11||A123 / A1232 Double Roundabout||SO||9.15||9.52|
|Ipswich Road / Ratcliffe Close||SO||9.18||9.50|
|Ipswich Road / Compton Road||SO||9.18||9.54|
|Ipswich Road / Dilbridge Road West||9.18||9.57|
|Ipswich Road / Valentines Drive||SO||9.20||10.02|
|Ipswich Road / Goring Road||SO||9.20||10.05|
|Ipswich Road / Upland Drive||SO||9.24||10.07|
|Ipswich Road / Friars Close||SO||9.24||10.08|
|Ipswich Road / No Name||SO||9.25||10.11|
|12||Ipswich Road / Highwood Approach Roundabout||SO||9.25||10.13|
|13||Ipswich Road / Severalls Lane||TL||9.25||10.17|
|14||Severalls Lane / Wyncolls Road||TR||9.27||10.21|
|15||Wyncolls Road / Newcomen Way / The Crescent Roundabout||SO||9.30||10.26|
|16||The Crescent Severails Lane Roundabout||TR||9.30||10.34|
|17||Severails Lane / Axial Way Roundabout||SO||9.30||10.38|
|18||Severalis Lane / Langham Road / Langham Lane||TR||9.35||10.41|
|Langham Lane / Park Lane||SO||NRC||11.04|
|Langham Lane / Chapel Lane /Moor Road||SO||NRC||11.08|
|Moor Road / School Road / Grayhound Hill / High Street||TL||NRC||11.12|
|High Street / Chapel Lane / Old Mill Road||TR||NRC||11.20|
|Old Mill Road / Dedham Road||TL||NRC||11.23|
|Dedham Road / Sky Hall Hill||SO||NRC||11.27|
|Dedham Road / Cooks Hill||SO||NRC||11.32|
|Dedham Road / Cage Lane||TR||NRC||11.35|
|Dedham Road / Carters Hill||TL||NRC||11.36|
|Dedham Road / Boxted Straight Road||SO||NRC||11.37|
|Boxted Straight Road / Windmill Close||SO||NRC||11.40|
|Straight Road /Chapel Lane / Mill Road||SO||NRC||11.47|
|Straight Road / Queens Head Road||SO||NRC||11.51|
|Straight Road / Langham Lane||SO||NRC||12.04|
|Straight Road / Horkesley Road||SO||NRC||12.06|
|Boxted Straight Road / Accommodation Road / Boxted Road||SO||NRC||12.09|
|Boxted Road / United Way||TL||NRC||12.13|
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!
For the 2020 event, our sponsors are:
Please see the sponsors page.
The Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon is organised by the Colchester Colne Round Table – Essex Round Table of the Year.
We mostly have a laugh & contribute in our community and are always looking to welcome new guys into our fold. No requirements; apart from a willingness to get involved and enjoy life.
We meet twice a month, although we always try and squeeze in a cheeky pint when we can. A great way to unwind and forget work for an evening.
18-45? #DoMore and get in touch.
The Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon is also supported by a host of volunteers from local charities, The University of Essex, local businesses and local residents.
There are prizes for the following categories:
Half Marathon – Male
Half Marathon – Female
Half Marathon – Veteran Male 35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70+
Half Marathon – Veteran Female 35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70+
The presentation will begin at approximately 11 am.
Sussex Sport Photography are the official photographers of the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon.
As soon as they’re available, the 2020 photos will be on their website.
The Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon 2020 will be using electronic chips to provide accurate timing.
The results will be available from our timing partners, Sports Systems soon after the finish on race day.
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.
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
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
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
Local press informed, via press releases
All suppliers informed
If you cannot find an answer to your question please contact us.