Race Information

HAMPTON COURT PALACE HALF MARATHON
SUNDAY 15TH MARCH 2020

ADDRESS: Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, KT8 9AU
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS STRICTLY NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE PALACE ITSELF FOR THIS EVENT (See below for further travel information)

START TIME: 9AM
EVENT VILLAGE OPEN @ 7:15AM

RACE NUMBERS

SEE ENTRY LIST HERE

All entries will be sent race packs in the post. If you DO NOT receive your pack by the end of the day on Thursday 12th March please get in touch and let us know at [email protected]. There will be a £5 charge for lost chips payable on the day that will go to the event charity.

Please be sure to check your race pack contains your race number with detachable baggage label, race information leaflet and chip (as pictured).

When you receive your race packs, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief Runner Information form which can be found printed on the back of your bib. This will help us greatly in case of an emergency, and there are pens available at the registration desks.

*If you are coming from outside of the UK, you will collect your race pack on the day*

Those who need to collect your race pack on the day, please head to the collections tent in the event village. To collect your race pack, you need to make your way to the information desk between 7.15-8.30am. It will take around 10 minutes to collect number and drop your bag off. The earlier you get there, the more efficient we will be on the day.

All runners who receive a race pack in the post will have been allocated a wave.

PLEASE IGNORE THE WAVE THAT WAS ON YOUR ENVELOPE AND CHECK YOUR WAVE ON THE ENTRY LIST HERE.

The waves will have staggered start times as follows:
Wave 1 – 9am
Wave 2 – 9:04am
Wave 3 – 9:08am
Wave 4 – 9:12am
Wave 5 – 9:16am
Wave 6 – 9:20am

IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU REMAIN IN THE WAVE YOU HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED AS THIS HELPS TO REDUCE CONGESTION ON THE COURSE AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE RACE. 

You only need one number attached to the front of your shirt. If you have your own pins then that would be great, but we will have spares at the information tent if needed. Your timing chip will also be in the envelope, this needs to be attached to your shoe as per the instructions on the back of the chip. Please make sure you keep your number and chip on at all times during the race. At the finish you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back).

The Course

The race does not finish where it starts. The start is on the main driveway of Hampton Court Palace, whereas the finish is located in the Hampton Court Palace Gardens, along with the event village.

The course is on pavements, tow paths and grass. We will be running inside Home Park for the final section of the course, which will be a unique experience for many, with the finish inside the Hampton Court Palace gardens.

There will be yellow signs marking each mile along the course and along with arrows to direct you along the way there will be plenty of marshals to keep you going all the way to the finish. As the race route incorporates public paths we strongly advise against wearing headphones to ensure that you are alert to all marshal instructions throughout the race.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a strict 3 hour cut off time, anyone yet to pass the 12 mile marker by this time will be picked up by the sweep vehicle.

Getting to the Race

The post code for the venue is KT8 9AU, it’s the Palace and you can’t miss it!

We strongly recommend using public transport to get to the event. All stations appear to be running a full service on the day. The closest mainline station is Hampton Court which is a short walk over the bridge from the Palace. Kingston and Hampton Wick train stations are within walking distance (30 minute walk) from the Palace (please check Google Maps and plan your walk).

If you are travelling to the race via public transport please remember to check your journey before you leave on TFL.

There is NO parking at the Palace however there are numerous public car parks in the surrounding area, including Bushy Park and Hampton Court Station. We advise referring to Parkopedia for local parking HERE

More details on how to get there can be found HERE.

The Essentials

BAGGAGE

We will have a secure area where you can leave your baggage ready to collect by the finish line. There will be a detachable baggage label at the bottom of your race number that you will need to attach to your bag.

To collect your bag after the race all you have to do is show your race number to the baggage tent staff and they will help you find your belongings.

TOILETS

There will be plenty of toilets within the event village for you to use before and after the race. The toilet blocks within the Palace grounds will also be open on the morning of the event, there are various blocks at different entrances to the Palace. There will also be toilets located around the 3 & 11 mile mark on the course to use during the race.

REFRESHMENTS

There will be 3 water stations along the course at miles 3, 7, and 11. There will also be water at the finish line where you can collect your Henry VIII medal, t-shirt and goodie bag.

Good Luck with the run from Team ACTIPHACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water with the highest pH in Europe. Through a unique ionisation process, our purified spring water is infused with a blend of electrolytes and supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH9+. ACTIPH is the healthy choice as you restore and maintain your natural balance, enabling you to live life to the fullest and get the most out of every day. All ACTIPH bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free including the cap and label which makes us unique to other bottled waters and we believe gives us a clear sustainability advantage. Please remember to recycle in a recycling bin after the race. Take your hydration to a higher level and grab a bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line.

KIND® is more than just a name. It’s a commitment: to making snack bars that don’t compromise. Just the very best ingredients. Full of wholesome nutrients. And always packed with flavour. They have kindly donated some of their delicious bars for you all to try after your race! To find out more about KIND and their products, head to their website HERE.

TENZING will be available for you all to try after your race! TENZING Natural Energy is a plant-based, natural alternative to a market that is flooded by sugar and artificial ingredients. Here is a message from the team:  Planet conservation is at the forefront of the brand. Last year we created the TENZING Clean Air Tracker (http://tenzingcleanairrunclub.com/) which syncs with running tool STRAVA to show the live Air Quality Score of the user’s route. We hope to raise awareness about the issue of air pollution in the capital as well as offering a solution to the growing running community. Head to their HERE website to find out more.

Thank you to VIT HIT for donating some of their low calories vitamin drinks for you all to try after your race! VIT HIT is a unique blend of vitamins, teas, juice + water, combined to give you the ultimate health drink. With less than 35 calories per bottle and 6 exotic flavours, VIT HIT is the perfect alternative to sugar and calorie filled drink. Not only is it delicious, each bottle contains 100% RDA of 8 vital vitamins. Head to their website HERE for further details about their yummy products.

MISSION will be in the event village handing out samples of their tea for you all to try. Mission
is a range of unique performance improving teas (Energise, Focus, Perform, Endure, Recover and Sleep).If you’ve been struggling with energy spikes and crashes, these teas are perfect for you. They contain Yerba mate and other plant based ingredients that create a slow, sustainable release of energy compared to coffees and sugar based energy drinks.
This week MISSION are giving away a free sample bundle of their range – you just need to cover p+p. Use code RunThrough for 10% off on their website HERE.

Love Corn have kindly provided some post race goodies for you all to try and can be collected from the finish line alongside water, bananas and of course flapjacks! To check out more of their product, see their website HERE.

Thank you to Popchips for donating some of their delicious products for you all to try after your race. Their Popchips are a healthier and lighter alternative to your usual crisp. To find out more, head over to their website HERE.

Twinings have kindly donated some of their cold infused tea for you all to try! These are designed for water bottles and are perfect to have on the move. To find out more, head to their website HERE.

Spectators

Spectators are more than welcome and the more the merrier! Entry to the Palace will be free for spectators and with the start of the race heading along the towpath this makes a great viewing spot for the early stages of the race. You can see the course map HERE. Or our spectator map HERE for the best spots!

Results

Results will run live on the PalaceHalf.com website so you can see your official time as soon as you cross the finish line! If you have any questions or queries regarding your time please do contact us at [email protected].

Pluvia

Pluvia will be within the event village on the day, so don’t forget to go and check them out! Here is a message from them:
“Pluvia Liberandum means ‘Rain Rescue’ in Latin and that is the ethos of our brand.  We sell good quality umbrellas with bright, cheerful designs.  Each umbrella colour/design is allocated to one particular charity.  When you buy an umbrella of their colour part of the proceeds of the sale go to support a project that the charity is planning.  Come and visit us and help us Brighten the Day!”
Head to their website HERE to find out more.

Massage

St Mary’s University will be offering free pre and post race sport massage within the event village. Be sure to head over and see them to give those muscles a little TLC after your race!

Pictures

We will have a couple of photographers taking a few snaps of the race, which will be uploaded to the Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon Facebook page shortly after the race, so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself. All race photos are free for you to save and share as you wish!

Up & Running

Up & Running are proud sponsors of The Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon! Up & Running will be retailing within the event village so do head over see what they have got.
Find out more and see the products stocked on their website HERE.

Things To Note!

We recommend you do not use earphones and you need to pay close attention to everything around you and remain alert to all marshal instructions throughout the race.

We have marshals and signs around the course, but please pay very close attention to where you are going.

Social Media

For updates leading up to the race, please check out our Facebook page @PalaceHalf and use the hashtag #PalaceHalf on Instagram to share your training progress in the build up to the race!

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at [email protected].