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Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon 2019

08:30am, Sunday 19th May

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Prizes & Competitions


1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female (Only one prize per athlete will be awarded).
VO40, VO45, VO50, VO55, VO60, VO65, VO70, VO75 Male and Female.
1st Junior Male/Female – U20.
All individual winners will receive free entry into 2020 Half Marathon.


1st Corporate Team
1st Services (Military) Team
Team Prizes will be awarded on accumulative finish positions of first four athletes to count.

Important Information (including road closures)

  • Cost

    Unaffiliated Runners: £34.00
    Affiliated Runners: £32.00

    Elite Runners

    We will give FREE entry to elite athletes who meet the following times;

    Men – Sub 67:30
    Women – Sub 74:00

    Race Deadlines

    Race entries close on Sunday 28th April.
    Entry transfers must be submitted before Sunday 28th April.

  • England Athletics are pleased to announce the addition of the Half-Marathon to the England Age Group Masters representative opportunities. The programme was first launched in 2016 with the chance to qualify for an England age group vest at the marathon distance with the addition of the 10k in 2018. To date, approximately 400 club runners between the ages of 35 and 85 have represented the England Age Group Masers team at either 10k or marathon and in 2019 we will be widening that opportunity with the addition of the Half Marathon.

    Britain’s Ocean City Half-Marathons is working in partnership with England Athletics in providing these opportunities and enabling club runners up and down the country to get involved.

    Qualification can be gained in every age group from V35, V40, V45 through to V75+.

    To gain selection for the England Age Group Masters Team runners will be required to meet the following criteria:

    • Finish in the top 4 of the eligible runners in their age category within one of the qualifying races. * Please note, you must qualify via your correct age group on the day. However, if you are successful in qualifying and have a birthday between the qualifier and the representative race then you will compete in your new age group on 1st
    • Have achieved a minimum qualifying standard either on the day of the qualifying race or within the previous 12 months
    • Be available to compete at Maidenhead on 1st


    • Be at 35 years or above on the day of the qualifying race.
    • Be a member of an England Athletics affiliated club and have eligibility to run for England in the year of competition.
    • Hold a ‘registered athlete’ under the UKA rules for competition. For details on athlete registration see:
    • Have pre-registered your interest in selection using the England Athletics link *Please note this is not the same as ‘athlete registration’.

    Register your interest at:

    Please note runners who are selected to represent England at Maidenhead will be required to pay their own entry fees and travel to the race. Specially designed retro style England Age Group Masters kit will be available to purchase for the selected team members.

    1. Only the person entering the race can compete*
    2. You cannot be accompanied by anyone who has not entered the race, nor by such as walkers and cyclists.
    3. Don’t stop to take selfies or use selfie sticks
    4. You are advised not to wear earplugs for music because you could miss vital instructions
    5. You can’t be pushed around the course
    6. You can’t push a child around the course in a buggy or pushchair
    7. You must seek approval from the organiser if you are thinking of undertaking a challenge of any description during the race
    8. If you compete in fancy dress please ensure that you are properly hydrated
    9. Wheelchair Athletes must be self-propelled (not hand cranked or electric)
    10. You can’t carry a child around any part of the course

    We are imposing a cut off time of 3 hours due to constraints on re-opening roads, thus minimising the effects on the general public.

    At this time marshals and on route volunteers will inform you to get on to the pavement and proceed to the finish. Your medal and goody bag will be waiting for you. All other race infrastructure will remain in place e.g. finish gantry, athlete’s village and medical provision.

    The sweep cyclist will also remain with the last runners until they have finished.

    We have an exchange number provision up until 12th April; there will be a £5.00 admin fee, contact

    Anyone found to be giving or selling their race number to another person will be banned from future Event West Ltd. events and disqualified (this applies to both the people involved)

  • (Full details all UKA Rules Effective from April 2017 can be found General Rules 1-24 and Road Running 202-215) Extracts below. 

    Run Under UKA Rules.

    Athletes must be age 17 years and above on race day.

    Club vests must be worn by athletes who want to count for Team Prizes, these athletes must also have to be registered affiliated athletes.

    Race Numbers must be secured by pins to the front of your garment and must not be folded. The whole of the number must be intact and visible.

    Race Numbers are issued to the individual athlete completing the application form.

    Athletes who receive transferred numbers without permission will be disqualified from the race. Both runners will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate National Association.*

    *If you have entered but can’t now run but you would like to give your number to a fellow athlete you can do so by emailing giving your name and entry details and the details of the replacement athlete. 

    A runner must retire immediately if ordered to do so by a medical officer of the race.

    Runners who retire from a race must not remove their number card until they have reported to an official as having retired from the race.

    Dogs are not permitted to accompany the runner.

    Any Wheelchair Athletes must be self-propelled (please inform the Race Director).

    Emergency Contact Details and any medication or medical condition should be notified to the Race Director and included on the template on the reverse of your race number.

    Please pass this information on to the Race Director (this information will only be shared with the Medical Manager).

    No athlete can be accompanied other than a blind or partially sighted athlete using a guide runner.

  • Definitions

    Conditions: the terms and conditions of the Event, available at;

    Entry Fee: the sum paid by a Participant upon entering the Event;

    Event: Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon

    Participant: an applicant who pays the Entry Fee.


    I am a Participant and acknowledge that by participating in the Event, I agree to the terms below and the Conditions, which include details of my cancellation rights. I also understand that I am entering into a contract with the Event organiser and not [England Athletics Limited and/or] [UK Athletics Limited].

    I hereby:

    1. agree that any participation by me in the Event is solely and entirely at my own risk and (to the extent permitted by law) no person(s) or organisation(s) shall be liable for any accident, harm, injury, loss or damage to property, however so caused, arising out of or in connection with or, suffered during or as a result of, my participation in the Event, provided always that nothing shall exclude liability for death or personal injury caused directly by the negligence of the organiser or its employees;
    2. consent to medical assistance and/or medical care being given to me in the case of illness, injury or an emergency situation, should this occur during the Event, such assistance to be given by the organiser, its employees, contractors or other trained personnel conducting the Event (which may include the use of anaesthetics);
    3. acknowledge and agree that:
    4. running is an endurance sport;
    5. I should only undertake such an activity to a level which reflects my level of fitness;
    6. I am responsible for monitoring my own physical condition prior to and during participation in the Event;
    7. understand the importance, for safety reasons, of obeying the rules, guidelines and instructions given by the Event organiser’s officials, stewards, nominated representatives and other authorised personnel and hereby agree to abide by the same and to behave responsibly at all times during the Event and be mindful of the impact of my actions on others; and
    8. agree that my participation in the Event is for recreational and/or charity fundraising purposes only and I will not participate in the Event for any commercial or business purpose. The Event organiser will have no liability to the Participant for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or other loss of business opportunity.
  • Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon Sunday 19th May 2019 08:30

    There are several road closures that could affect your journey in and out of the City.

    In order to ease this disruption, find below some helpful advice;

     Leave extra time for your journey.

    Key Road Closures:

    Gdynia Way in its entirety.

    Embankment Road westbound carriageway from its junction with Mutley Slip road B3214.

    Millbay Road from The Ferry Port Roundabout to The Crescent will be closed from 07:00 – 08:30

    Around The Hoe:

    Citadel Road for its entirety from 07:00 – 09:15

    Hoe Approach for its entirety from 07:00 – 09:15

    Elliot Street for its entirety from 07:00 – 09:15

    Leigham Street for its entirety from 07:00 – 09:15

    Southside Street for its entirety

    Hoe Road for its entirety

    Madeira Road to its junction with Hoe Road

    Lambhay Hill for its entirety

    Car Parking:


    Drake’s Circus, open from 06:00

    Western Approach

    The Guildhall

    Theatre Royal

    Civic Centre – no height restriction

    Pavilions – no height restriction

    Travelling from Plymstock and Kingsbridge area towards the City Centre:

    The A379 remains fully open

    At the end of Laira Bridge Road you will be diverted into Embankment Road to Cattedown Roundabout.

    You will still be able to turn left into Hele Terrace to access The Embankment A374 eastbound.

    From Cattedown Roundabout you will be able to proceed into Exeter Street or Tothill Road.

    Exeter Street will be down to one lane of traffic from 07:00 – 09:15

    The Viaduct (westbound) will be closed to traffic from 07:00 – 09:15

    Royal Parade (westbound) will be closed to traffic from 07:00 – 09:15

    Union Street to its junction with The Crescent will be closed from 07:00 – 09:15

    Travelling from City Centre to Plymstock and Kingsbridge;

    Use Exeter Street A374 into Embankment Road and Laira Bridge Road


    Travelling from Plympton to the City Centre:

    From Plymouth Road join The Parkway A38 and exit at the Manadon Junction and proceed along Outland Road A386 to Alma Road.

    Then use Western Approach or Cobourg Street.

    If you use Deep Lane entrance to the A38 continue until The Manadon turning.

    Travelling from City Centre to Plympton:

    Either use Exeter Street A374 into Embankment Road and Laira Bridge Road

    Or North Cross, Alma Road and Outland Road joining The Parkway at Manadon.

    Travelling from Cornwall to the City Centre:

    Exit the A38 at the Weston Mill Junction A3064 and follow the signage to the City Centre, via Wolseley Road, Alma Road A386 and Saltash Road.

    Then use Western Approach or Cobourg Street.

    Travelling from the City Centre to Cornwall:

    Western Approach to North Cross Roundabout before proceeding to Alma Road and Outland Road joining The Parkway at Manadon or via Wolseley Road to Weston Mill.

    Travelling from Tavistock to the City Centre:

    Proceed along Tavistock Road A386 and continue to Outland Road and Alma Road

    Travelling from the City Centre to Tavistock:

    Western Approach to North Cross Roundabout before proceeding to Alma Road and Outland Road joining The Parkway at Manadon.



    Travelling from Exeter to City Centre:

    Exit the A38 at The Manadon Junction and proceed along Outland Road A386 to Alma Road.

    Then use Western Approach or Cobourg Street.

    Travelling from the City Centre to Exeter:

    Western Approach to North Cross Roundabout before proceeding to Alma Road and Outland Road joining The Parkway at Manadon.

  • Event West Limited Limited (“We”) is a company incorporated in England and registered under Company Number: 9978323. It is the promoter and organiser of the event.

    By entering the event you agree to abide by these conditions of entry and any race instructions given to you by the organisers and officials of the event [Corporate Challenge, Services Challenge, Schools Challenge, Fun Run] or any other event associated with it.

    It operates a no refund and no carry forward policy once you have entered the event/s.

    Its events operate under Licence from UK Athletics and its competition rules will apply.

    Plymouth 10k:

    All entrants must be over the age of 15 years of age.

    You must not compete on roller skates/blades, skateboard or any other form of a propelled object, or push children/adults around the route in any form of carrying.

    You must not be escorted or paced by anyone on foot or cycle.

    You are not permitted to enter with any animal with the exception of guide dogs; arrangements for guide dogs must be made with the organisers in advance of the event.

    We reserve the right to change fees, alter programme details, prizes and prize structures and any aspect of the event management organisations.

    For safety reasons and primarily for identification by medical staff, the swapping, sale, resale or transfer of race numbers is strictly prohibited. Participants must complete their details and sign the back of their race number prior to the event.

    The organisers reserve the right to refuse an entrant’s attendance at or participation in the event or any future event.

    We aim to organise a safe and enjoyable event and hope that you will help us in achieving this. Any participant who is found in breach of these terms and conditions may be excluded from future events.

    Schools Challenge and Fun Run:

    All entrants under the age of 15 years of age must have a parent/guardian signature authorising consent for competing.

    Medical Condition:

    It is strongly recommended that you train for the event/s.

    All participants are strongly advised to consult with their doctor prior to undertaking any exercise programme or running event. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure they are medically fit to participate in the event.

    We recommend you look at our guidelines and linked websites for further information.


    In no event shall we be liable to you whether for breach of contract, any tortious act or omission (including negligence) or otherwise, under or in connection with these terms of entry or in connection with the event for any:

    • loss or damage;
    • loss of profit;
    • loss of reputation;
    • loss of business, revenue or goodwill;
    • loss of anticipated savings;
    • pledges made on your behalf or by you to charity; or
    • consequential or indirect loss regardless of whether the loss or damage: (a) would arise in the ordinary course of events; (b) is reasonably foreseeable; or(c) is in the contemplation of the parties, or otherwise.

    Nothing in this agreement shall affect our liability for death or personal injury, fraud, or any other liability to the extent it cannot be excluded or limited by law.

    Use of Images:

    By entering the event/s you give permission for the free use of your name, voice or picture in any broadcast, telecast, advertising, website, promotion or other accounts of this event/s.

    Collection & Use of Information:

    By entering this event you acknowledge and agree that your personal information (including medical information entered on my race number or collected by Event Staff during the event/s or after the event/s) can be stored, used and disclosed by the organiser in connection with the organisation, promotion and administration of the event/s and for the compilation of statistical information.

    Data Protection:

    We comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and you have the right of access to personal records held on the organiser’s computer on written request.

    Your name will be added to the organiser’s mailing list so that we can keep you informed about other events and activities of the event organiser.

    You agree that we may publish your Personal Information as part of the results of the Event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, permits or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times, occupation and age category.

  • Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon: Sunday 19th May 2019, 08:30

    Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon 2019 will be taking place on Sunday 19th May 2019 at 08:30, starting and finishing on Plymouth Hoe Promenade.

    The event is an established fixture within the city’s calendar and will see thousands of runners take to the streets to raise money for local charities.

    The event can only take place using roads that are closed to traffic and therefore changes will need to be implemented to ensure participant safety and to allow traffic to flow using diverted routes. This will inevitably cause delays but would ask for your patience, follow diversion routes and allow longer journey times. We are starting the race earlier this year to ease this disruption prior to peek traffic flow periods and will be implementing improved methods of re-opening roads quicker.

    The roads that will be closed are listed below.

    Road Closure – Route:

    1. Elliot Street for its entirety
    2. Leigham Street for its entirety
    3. Cliff Road from its junction with Elliot Street and Leigham Street
    4. Citadel Road from its junction with Elliot Street and Millbay Road
    5. Citadel Road for its entirety
    6. Millbay Road from its junction with West Hoe Road and The Crescent
    7. Millbay Road from its junction with Martins Street/North Quay to The Crescent
    8. The Crescent from its junction with Millbay Road and Union Street
    9. Union Street from its junction with The Crescent and Derry’s Cross
    10. Royal Parade from its junction with Derry’s Cross to St Andrews Cross Roundabout (westbound carriageway)
    11. Exeter Street from its junction with St Andrews Cross Roundabout to junction of Sutton Road (westbound carriageway)
    12. Sutton Road from its junction with Exeter Street to Barbican Approach
    13. Barbican Approach for its entire length
    14. Gdynia Way for its entire length
    15. Embankment Road from its junction with Gdynia Way to its junction with Old Laira Road (westbound carriageway)
    16. Embankment Lane for its entirety
    17. Laira Bridge Road from its junction with Embankment Lane to its junction with Billacombe Road
    18. The Ride for its entirety (access/egress to Stagecoach and egress from Saltram Meadow Residents)
    19. Billacombe Road from its junction with Pomplett Roundabout to Elburton Road eastbound (road coned for its entire length until junction of Haye Road runners will be on the left-hand side of the road (P)
    20. Haye Road for its entirety
    21. Bretonside from its junction with Exeter Street to its junction with Vauxhall Street (westbound side of the road only)
    22. Vauxhall Street from its junction with Bretonside to its junction with Southside Street
    23. Southside Street for its entirety
    24. The Barbican for its entirety
    25. Lambhay Hill in its entirety
    26. Madeira Road for its entirety
    27. Hoe Road from its junction with Madeira Road and Lambhay Hill/Citadel Road

    Note: Nos. 1 – 8 All runners will be through this section by 09:00

    Roads Affected:

    1. Leigham Street
    2. Athenaeum Street
    3. James Place
    4. West Hoe Road leading into Millbay Road
    5. Western Approach leading into The Crescent
    6. Derry’s Cross
    7. Princess Way
    8. Kinterbury Street
    9. Shepherds Lane
    10. St John’s Road
    11. Commercial Road
    12. Gashouse Lane
    13. Shapters Road
    14. Broxton Drive*
    15. Colesdown Hill
    16. Hillside Crescent
    17. Billacombe Villas
    18. Hillside Crescent
    19. First Avenue
    20. Second Avenue
    21. Third Avenue
    22. Woodland Avenue
    23. The Hollows
    24. Stage Lane
    25. Alexandra Close
    26. Misterton Close
    27. Ashtree Grove
    28. Hazeldene
    29. Fry’s Nurseries
    30. Haye Farm
    31. Merafield Road with its junction with Cothill
    32. Hawkers Avenue
    33. Sutton Wharf
    34. North Quay
    35. Harbour Avenue
    36. Lower Street
    37. Discovery Wharf
    38. Tin Lane
    39. Martin Lane
    40. Century Quay
    41. Basket Ope
    42. Barbican Court
    43. Exchange Street
    44. Quay Road
    45. The Parade
    46. Citadel Ope
    47. Southside Ope
    48. Parade Ope
    49. Pin Lane
    50. Blackfriars Ope
    51. Friars Lane
    52. Stokes Lane
    53. White Lane
    54. New Street

    *If exit from Broxton Drive into The Ride can’t be possible then the following roads within Saltram Meadows are also affected;

    1. Killerton Lane
    2. Westleigh Way
    3. Murhill Lane
    4. Ashbrook Street
    5. Brinchcombe Mews
    6. Whatley Mews
    7. Kilmar Street
    8. Rock Gardens
    9. Perryfield Place
    10. Linhay Lane

    (P) Parking restrictions will be in place from 04:00 on Sunday 19th May on the roads marked (P) above

    Please Note:

    A374 Exeter Street:       Traffic will move in both directions as usual

    Cattedown:                   Access via Cattedown Road, or by turning left from Laira Bridge Road westbound into Finnegan Road

                                        Egress via Elliott Road and Finnegan Road

    A38/Plympton:             Access from the City Centre is via Embankment Road – the bus and taxi lane restriction will be suspended and open to all traffic from 04:00-14:00. Alternatively, access Embankment Road from Lanhydrock Road or Old Laira Road.

                                        Access to the City Centre is via The Parkway and Outland Road

    Billacombe/Elburton Road:        The eastbound carriageway of Billacombe Road will operate as normal, with athletes using the hatch areas of the road. The westbound carriageway is not affected. Please do not obstruct the hatch area/inside lane

    Finnigan Road:                 Will be open as usual.

    Plymstock:                    Access from Elburton Road will be maintained.

    Sherford Development: Residents will be able to leave via Haye Road at all times but will not be able to access the development between 08:00 – 10:15 (tbc)

    Please Note: The arrangements that we put into place in 2017 for residents living in Saltram

    Meadow to limit the closure that affects you will once again be implemented.  The closure will be

    limited to one hour between 08:45 and 10:00 (estimated time) which will facilitate you being able to

    get in and out before and after those times. Should we be able to lift the closure earlier we will do so

    to limit the impact. We will also operate this for residents within Colesdown Hill.

    A map of the route is overleaf. We will operate a dynamic road opening scheme to ensure that

    roads are re-open as soon as runners have completed each section of the route. Road closures will

    start operating from 04:00 in most areas, with a dynamic re-opening schedule from 09:15. All roads

    will re-open by 14:00.

    Please note that once closures are in place no vehicles will be permitted onto the route until the

    closures are lifted. An estimated re-opening schedule is as follows;

    Millbay Road, The Crescent, Union Street, Royal Parade, Exeter Street, Cliff Road, Leigham Street, Citadel Road, Hoe Approach and Elliot Street – 09:15

    Billacombe Road and Elburton Road – from 10:15

    Haye Road – from 10:45

    The Ride – from 11:00

    All remaining roads – 12:00 – 13:00

    We appreciate your understanding with the inconvenience you experience due to these restrictions and hope that this advance notice helps with planning your travel around the closures. Please allow extra time for your journey.

    If you require further information, then please do get in touch by emailing or calling 01752 393338

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Unaffiliated Runners: £34.00
Affiliated Runners: £32.00

Registration Deadline

Race entries close on Sunday 28th April.

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