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Important Announcement

Today we sadly announce the postponement of the Britain’s Ocean City Running Festival, including the Half Marathon, 10K, and the 5K to Sunday 16th May 2021.

This is due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, government-imposed requirements for social distancing and the new guidelines from Run Britain for mass participation running events. We believe these restrictions and guidelines will result in our runners having a reduced race experience.  Furthermore, and more importantly the safety of our runners, staff and volunteers is paramount in our decision and crucially ensuring our events do not impact on our local NHS.

We understand this is incredibly disappointing news for everyone who was due to take part this year.  A determining factor and an integral part of our decision making were the results from our ‘runners survey’, with almost half of our runners indicating that they did not feel safe to take part in the Britain’s Ocean City Running series in October.

We have explored and considered numerous planning scenarios to enable the events to go ahead safely following the new Run Britain guidelines. However, as event organisers we are passionate about the quality and value our events deliver and we are uncomfortable that the new guidelines for staging the event will seriously reduce the running experience for all those taking part.

 The Running series has become one of Plymouths most Iconic sporting events and provides economic benefits for the City, health and wellbeing for our runners and in 2019 raised just over £400K for local and national charities.

To give us the best opportunity to secure the future of the Race Series we seek your support, by deferring your entry to Sunday 16th May 2021. We do appreciate that some of you would seek an alternative, therefore we are offering several options which have been emailed to every runner.

Please use this disappointing news as motivation for your next event. With the amount of new lockdown runners and the continued appetite for events within the running community, we are anticipating the post Covid-19 demand for running events will be greater than ever.

Finally, we would like to offer a huge thank you to our runners, sponsors, volunteers, local authority, medical teams and other key stakeholders for their understanding and support through this incredibly difficult time, we have been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of positive comments and well-wishes.

We so look forward to the time when we can run, walk and be together in 2021.

We have notified all runners by email, who have been given multiple options on what to do with their race entry. If you have not received an email please contact 

UltraCardiac announced as tsponsor for the Britain's Ocean City Running Series

We are delighted to announce UltraCardiac Ltd as a sponsor for the Britain’s Ocean City Running series, including the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon taking place on Sunday 17th May 2020, Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City 10K and the Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City 5k taking place on Sunday 4th October 2020.
Running is gaining momentum as a popular healthy activity and more people across all ages and abilities are taking on new challenges from couch to 5k to completing their first Half Marathon. Making sure your body is in a fit and healthy state is vital for any runner and that’s why we are working in partnership with UltraCardiac to help raise awareness of how quick and easy it is to ensure your health is on the right track!
UltraCardiac is a Plymouth-based private provider of ultrasound echocardiograms and have been able to assist the local NHS Trust to significantly reduce outpatient waiting times for an echo scan by more than 75% from around 16 weeks down to 3 weeks. For more information or to book a scan visit

Ocean BMW Plymouth announced as the lead vehicle and automotive support partner for Britain’s Ocean City Running Series and Great South West Sportive

Event West are delighted to announce Ocean BMW Plymouth will be providing the lead vehicle and automotive support for the Great South West Sportive and Britain’s Ocean City Running Series consisting of Half Marathon, Plymouth 10k, Plymouth 5k and the inaugural Tamar Bridge 10k. 

Interest in running has been increasing sharply over last few years, with this reflected in the Britain’s Ocean City Running Series which saw over 12,000 runners take part in 2018. With the increasing demand and launch of new events such as the Tamar Bridge 10k, it is vital that the right vehicles are available to provide support and assistance. Ocean BMW Plymouth will supply automotive support including lead vehicles and motorcycles across all events.

‘As a locally owned, family run business, Ocean are dedicated to supporting a number of events across Devon and Cornwall and are exceptionally proud to be part of the ‘Britain’s Ocean City Running Series.’ The series will bring a fantastic number of events to Plymouth and provide numerous opportunities for the local community. Many of Ocean’s customers and staff are already involved with running and cycling at differing levels and this series provides a fabulous opportunity for everyone, I for one, am very excited and can’t wait to get started.’ Said Gareth Watton, Sales Manager at Ocean Plymouth.

David Williams, Director at Event West commented ‘We are delighted that Ocean Plymouth will be providing their full support for the Britain’s Ocean City Running Series and Great South West Sportive. Their support is very much appreciated and we are excited to be working alongside them at all our future events.’

Local Estate Agent Lawson becomes main sponsor for the Plymouth 5k

Event West are delighted to announce Lawson Estate Agency as the main sponsor for the Plymouth 5k, taking place on Sunday 6th October 2019.

Formerly Mansbridge Balment Plymouth Ltd, the recently rebranded Plymouth based business are an established force in the local property industry with a proud heritage rooted in the values of honesty and integrity. Showcasing their support and commitment to the City, Lawson have come on board as main sponsor for the Plymouth 5k.

Starting at 10.15am after the Plymouth 10k, the Plymouth 5k will be returning for 2019. Last year the inaugural event encouraged over 600 new runners to start running, get active and enjoy the experience of a closed road racing event with chipped timing and finishers medal.

The Plymouth 5k is a fantastic opportunity for friends, families and young people of ages 11+ to take up the sport, improve their fitness and have fun working towards a common goal. It is a distance that even the busiest people can train for, and a perfectly achievable goal for those new to running.

 The Plymouth 5k is now open for entry and you can sign up for just £10 at

‘As a local business, supporting Plymouth events is something that is so important to us here at Lawson.’ Said Chris Mervyn, Marketing Director at Lawson.

‘It’s a proud moment to be main sponsor and we are delighted to be involved again in supporting Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City 5K – an event which is family orientated and an achievable distance for so many.’

David Williams, Event West Director commented ‘I’m delighted to welcome back the team at Lawson after working with them successfully on City events in recent years. There are a few exciting things to announce regarding this years 5k event and we look forward to building a great family event and stepping stone to larger distances.’


Pictured left to right – Chris Mervyn Marketing Director at Lawson, Nigel Rowe Race Director at Event West and Darren Lawson Managing Director of Lawson.

Acronyms named as headline sponsor for Tamar Bridge 10k run on Sunday 24th March.

Plymouth-based, IT and unified comms company Acronyms have been named as the headline sponsor for the 2019 Tamar Bridge 10k run.

The new event, which starts and ends in Plymouth at Kings Tamerton Community Centre, will be the first time that a road race has crossed the Tamar Bridge since it was opened in 1962.

With a maximum limit of 1,000 runners, the event is almost sold out with competitors from both Cornwall and Devon already registered for the iconic run.

Entry is £15.00 for affiliated runners and £17.00 for unaffiliated runners. Those wishing to take part are encouraged to sign up soon at


“Acronyms is delighted to be supporting this new and exciting event. The Tamar Bridge is one of our region’s most iconic landmarks and I’m sure runners from both sides of the Tamar will relish the opportunity to run across it.”  

“As a local business that has customers in both Devon and Cornwall, we’re proud to be involved. Whilst the day job involves providing IT services, an industry stereotyped for unhealthy living, we’re a company of keen runners. We glad we can encourage others to turn off their computers, get outside and enjoy local events like this one.”

“We have a team of our own raring to go, and as well as continuing to provide the event organisers with technical support, we’ll also be sending a group of volunteers to assist on the day. This includes a bigger and better jelly baby station that we introduced to the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon and 10k events earlier this year.”

Dave Smith, Managing Director & Founder of Acronyms

“We are delighted that Acronyms have agreed to be main sponsor of this inaugural Tamar Bridge 10k. This builds upon our partnerships through Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon and Plymouth 10k.”

Nigel Rowe MBE, Race Director

Five tips if you’re taking up running

If you are just starting running you’ve made a great decision and despite it looking like a challenge you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle, especially if you have your sights set on competing in Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon. But no matter, Gary Shum, Professor of Biomechanics and Rehabilitation at Plymouth Marjon University, is on hand to provide you with his tips on taking up running, and, ultimately, taking on Plymouth’s famous Half Marathon.

Tip One: Injury Prevention

Lots of first-time runners pick up injuries in the first few weeks of training. This is because your body isn’t used to the additional workload and your joints and muscles will be trying to keep up with the rigours of your new schedule. If you get injured then you can’t train. If you can’t train then you won’t be able to compete at Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon. 

Marjon’s Sport and Health Clinic offers an injury prevention service for runners to educate and prepare novice and experienced runners in the best possible way. A full assessment including running analysis, isokinetic strength assessments and anaerobic threshold will be conducted and a tailor-made pre-habilitation programme will be provided1. This service can be booked through:–services/sports-therapy–rehabilitation-clinic/

(Please choose the option running prehab).

Tip Two: Start Slowly

In short, don’t run before you can walk! You need to start exercising at a level you’re comfortable with. That doesn’t mean sitting on the sofa, but it does mean pushing yourself to a place slightly beyond your normal routine.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t go straight on a 20 minute run in the first week. Start with brisk walking and then gradually add in small bursts of running as your training days go by. By building the exercise up slowly, you can gradually build your fitness base until you’re at a point where you can run comfortably for longer distances.

Tip Three: Rest Days

It’s great if you’ve caught the running bug. But don’t let that make you think you need to go out running every day. Rest is a very important part of any pre-event training. It’s your body’s chance to adapt, recuperate and strengthen before the next training session. If you’re really serious about taking on Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon then you should train three or four times a week, allowing a day’s rest between each session.

Tip Four: Stretch

The advice to stretch before exercise is an age-old piece of wisdom passed down by PE teachers. However, it’s equally as important to stretch AFTER training. This will help prevent any muscle soreness the next day and ensure that your muscles are as supple as possible for when you next take to the running track.

Tip Five: Go all out once a week

For the slightly more-advanced runner, you could try to run att your lactate threshold once a week which provides a shot in the arm of your training routine near your maximum intensity.

Lactate Threshold measurement is part of the running injury prevention service offered at Marjon’s Sport and Health Clinic to establish what is your exertion level between aerobic and anaerobic training.


  1. Chan ZYS, Zhang JH, Au IPH,  An WW,  Shum GLK,  Ng GYF, Cheung RTH. Gait Retraining for the Reduction of Injury Occurrence in Novice Distance Runners: 1-Year Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Sports Med 2018;46:388-395.