Take on this flat and fast course and get your PB in 2024
The RUN Barnstaple Marathon (formerly the Jewson’s Barnstaple Marathon) is back again for 2024 and better than ever
The RUN Barnstaple Marathon offers a flat and fast course, making it the ideal setting for those aiming to achieve a personal best. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or looking to take on your first marathon challenge, go the distance for your children’s hospice and together let’s raise vital funds and awareness for local children, young people and families living with life-limiting conditions.
Your registration fee only covers the cost of delivering this event. It’s your sponsorship that will help us make the most of short and precious lives across the South West. Without the support of wonderful fundraisers like you, we would not be able to keep caring for children and young people across the South West and their families.
For the RUN Barnstaple events, we suggest a minimum sponsorship target of £70 which could help to fund one hour of care at your local children’s hospice
Run miles to raise smiles
- £70 could help to fund one hour of care at your local children’s hospice
- £150 could support a family through the early stages of their bereavement journey
- £320 could pay for a day of support and care in the family home for a child and their family
- £1,000 could pay for heat, light and power for 1 week at your local children’s hospice
It’s the easiest way to get sponsored. Let everyone know why you’re taking part and update your page with photos and videos. Share your page on social media, WhatsApp and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.
RUN Barnstaple Marathon route
There are 8 water stops on the route:
- Old Shapland Site
- Fremington Quay
- Fremington Green
- Civic Centre
Important details for on the day
All routes are well marked, with distance markers, directional signs, and marshals. Most of the route is on either closed roads or the Tarka Trail, however there is a section of around a mile in which participants will be sharing the road with cars. The Tarka Trail is open as usual to the public and bikes, walkers etc will be using the trail on race day.
Race start and finish: Rock Park, Ladies Mile, Barnstaple, EX32 9AH
- The Marathon starts at: 9am
- The Half Marathon starts at 10am
- The 10k starts at 11am
Registration, running numbers, bag drop
Registration, running number collection and bag drop is at Park School (Park Lane, Barnstaple EX32 9AX) which can be accessed via steps from Rock Park/Ladies Mile. Please allow plenty of time to register, get your number and drop your bags before your race start as it can get busy.
- Marathon registration is from 8am to 8.30am
- Half marathon registration is from 8.45m to 9.30am
- 10k registration from 9:45 to 10:30 am
You must attend in person to collect your number; we do not post numbers out.
Please wear your number on the front of your body, it must be clearly displayed on your torso. Do not fold it as the chip is contained on the number and you will damage it and it may mean you don’t get a time or a finish position if you do. Please attend the race briefings 10 minutes before the start of each race located at the start area.
If you have purchased a CHSW running vest, we will post this out before the race to wear with pride during your training.
The Event Village, and start and finish is: Rock Park, Barnstaple,
The event village will have food and drink vendors, a bar, and stalls. There will be fun and entertainment for children so please bring family and friends along to support you.
Dogs on leads are welcome to spectate and in the event village but are not permitted to participate.
There are toilets, in the event village.
Barnstaple town centre has ample public parking.
There is no vehicle access to Rock Park, the road is closed all day.
There are plenty of great vantage spots for spectators to cheer. Our favourites are:
- The start and finish line
- Fremington Quay
- Barnstaple Long Bridge
- Vellator near the Quay Cafe
- Barnstaple Town Square
Water station locations
At Children's Hospice South West we strive to make our events as 'green' as possible. Thirsty Work are providing the water and recyclable cups for us at the 8 water stations and will be selling reusable bottles in the event village. We encourage runners to bring their own bottle or cup.
At each water station there will be water and jelly babies (and water and sponges in case it’s hot!)
Please note we will not be supplying isotonic gels or drinks at the water stations, please bring your own.
There are rubbish bins at each station, please do not throw cups, or rubbish along the route, please give it to the volunteers at the water stations or put it in the bins.
- Full and Half Marathon - Old Shapland Site
- Full and Half Marathon - Fremington Quay
- Full and Half Marathon - Fremington Green
- Full and Half Marathon - Yelland
- Full marathon - Civic Centre
- Full marathon - Ashford
- Full marathon - Chivenor
- Full marathon - Vellator
First Aid cover is provided by Medicare Southwest Ltd.
All races have the same prizes for male and female runners: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall.
The marathon and half marathon will also have 1st in the following age groups: Vet 40, Vet 50, Vet 60. These age groups are for male and female.
Prizes need to be collected on the day, we do not send out prizes, if you think you have won a prize please stay for the presentation.
Marshals and headphones
Our fabulous marshals are all volunteers giving up their time on a Sunday to ensure our event can go ahead. Please be respectful, they are there for your safety, look out for them and listen to any instructions given by them, failure to do so may result in disqualification.
We prefer you not to wear headphones, this is for your safety and for other people using the route. If you choose to wear headphones, please do not wear them on any of the road sections of the races.
Can you help at RUN Barnstaple?
We are looking for volunteers to help make RUN Barnstaple a continued success.
- Race marshalls
- Water stop volunteers
- Registration and bag drop
- Finish line crew