Race Instructions 2019
Thank you for registering for the forthcoming Waterside Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 6th September 2020. We are delighted that you have entered this year’s event and wish you every success. If you are a returning participant or visiting for the first time, we are delighted to welcome you to the Derry area and hope that your stay and race experience will be an enjoyable one.
The Waterside Half Marathon Start Time is 10.00am at Ebrington Square, a short walk from the Race HQ at Foyle Arena
During the event we would ask you to co-operate fully with the Police, Organisers, Stewards and Race Marshalls to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all.
Race Meeting Point
Race HQ is in Foyle Arena, 2 Limavady Road, Derry BT47 6JY. Race Start is in the adjacent Ebrington Square at 10am sharp. Wheelchair Participants start at 9.55am.
You have worked hard for this event so please arrive in good time to facilitate Parking, warm up etc---- by 9am latest, is recommended!
Parking is available at the Foyle Arena but is likely to be taken up early. Convenient overspill parking is available at the following nearby locations:
• Foyle College, Limavady Road
• Oakgrove Integrated Primary School, Limavady Road.
• Old Bridge Car Park on lower Glendermott Road.
• Waterside Theatre on Glendermott Road
Alternatively, you may choose to use the Foyleside East Car Park which opens at 8am on Race Day and offers runners a reduced rate. This car park is on the West Bank and you can walk across the Peace Bridge to St Columb's Park. Getting dropped off is another option! We ask that you advise any family or friends who are coming to support you to use city centre car parks, but to be mindful that the peace bridge will be closed from 10:45am, so to ensure that they are early.
Race Pack – Number, Chip, T-Shirt
You can collect your Race Pack from Foyle Arena on Friday 4th September 12noon – 8pm, Saturday 5th September 10am – 4pm. For those travelling race packs can also be collected early on Race day Sunday 6th September 8.00am - 9 00am.
It is advised to come changed and ready to run, however changing facilities are available in the Foyle Arena. Toilets are in the Foyle Arena and Portaloos at the Start area in Ebrington site.
Please warm up inside St Columb's Park, the Waterside Greenway or Ebrington---do not use St Columb's Road, Browning Drive or Limavady Road.
You will be called to the start line at the Clock Tower in Ebrington from: 9:50am
There will be Bag Drop/Pick up area on the track opposite the Finish. Warm up gear and other essentials should be placed in the numbered bag provided in your race pack and left in the supervised tents before you go the start line.
Wheelchair participants will go at 9.55am from the front of the start line. Everyone else, including the first leg relay runners go at 10.00am. The front ranks of the start area is reserved for the faster runners, please respect this!
The designated pacers will be visible around the start area from 9.30am or so. They can be identified by their coloured, balloons and distinctive luminous pacers vests. Locate your own particular finishing time group and ensure you line up with them at the start.
For safety reasons we discourage totally the use of ear-head phones during the race. You have to be able to hear what is going on all around you and particularly any information or warnings from Marshalls, Police, Officials or other Runners on the course.
Most of the course is within dedicated Runners Lanes, traffic free Parkland and Greenways. Traffic is limited in the Gransha Park grounds.
Please let organisers or race marshals know if you are having difficulties at any time during the event.
Hydrate well in advance, there are five water station for the Half Marathon,
1 miles Waterfoot Park
3 Miles, U3A Foyle in Gransha.
7 Miles, Boomhall Pathway
9+ Miles, Council Car Park
10.5 & 11.5 Miles, Foyle Valley Railway Museum
In an effort to make the race more environmentally friendly we will have large Recycling Bins located 150m after the water stations for the empty water bottles. These bottles will be reused and recycled in art installations at our upcoming events.
Don’t forget to Squeeze and Squash your water bottles before throwing them into the bins so they can be recycled.
There will be toilets available at Race Start in Ebrington Square and Finish Area, St Columb’s Park. There will also be toilets available at
2.5 Miles, Gransha Grounds.
5 Miles, Gransha Roundabout.
7 Miles, Boomhall Pathway.
9 Miles, Pure Gym/KFC.
9+ Miles, Council Car Park.
First Aid Cover
Static and Mobile First Aiders will cover the course...there will be 2 First Aiders at each mile point and ambulance back up is in support.
Race Number & Chip Timing
Your Race Number must be worn at the front of your running top and fastened with the safety pins provided. The Chip Timing is incorporated into the Race Number and the chip will record your race time and place, so it is important that you fasten it securely and it is always clearly displayed. You may be disqualified if your number is not clearly visible.
Everyone must cross under the finish gantry on the St Columb's Park track to register a finish time.(Wheelchairs, Half Marathon and final leg Relay Runner)
DO NOT STOP--Keep moving on through the finish funnel to receive your well-deserved finishers medal--the final Relay runner gets 3 with Drinks/ Snacks.
Medals and Goody Bags will be presented as you exit left onto the infield grass area to relax, recover and meet up with family and friends. Do not forget to collect your baggage from the bag drop tents! Best to get into dry clothing asap!
Finish line First Aiders will identify and treat anyone needing attention and may direct them to the finish area Triage station.
You may want to get your picture taken in the infield area.....we will have a special backdrop set up to facilitate this record of your achievement.
Complimentary showers and changing is at the Foyle Arena where complimentary Tea/ Coffee/ Snacks are also available, from 12 noon in the Sports Hall.
Take time out to relax and share your race experiences with your fellow finishers! Everybody will have a story to tell!
The results will be available after the race at Foyle Arena on our Website and our Waterside Half Marathon Facebook Account.
Refreshments will be served in Foyle Arena after the race for all participants.
Cryotherapy recovery and injury prevention services are available at Foyle Arena – to book in advance ring Foyle Arena on (028) 71 37 6555
Prizes will not be presented at the Foyle Arena this year! We will move to the Infield area adjacent to the Finish Gantry instead for maximum spectator input.
The podium finishers, the top 6 males, females and wheelchair winners, will be presented with their awards in the Infield backdrop area from approx 11.30am.
All prize money— Open, Age Categories and Relay winners-- will be posted to prize winners as soon as processed by Council Staff.
We will have race pacers running 1.30, 1.45, 2.00, 2.15 and 2.30.
Race pacers will have Coloured Balloons with the pacer times to maximise visibility.
The external pacing of runners by non-participants/cyclists, etc. is not permitted and may result in disqualification of the runner.
Race Cut Off Point
The Waterside Half Marathon is a running race in which participants should make best efforts to complete the course within the 3 hour cut-off point. For purposes of Health and Safety, to safely get traffic flowing again and protect all participants, after this time all roads will be reopened throughout the race route and the race sweep car will collect those at the back of the race unable to keep up with the allotted pace time. After this time individuals are at their own risk, they must use the footpath and comply with the rules of the highway, no marshals or First Aid will remain on the course after this time as the race is over.
This race has a Permit from Athletics NI.
The route has a Certificate of Measurement by a certified Athletics Northern Ireland Course Measurement Official.
Once again thank-you for your registration and we wish you all the best on Sunday.
For more information on the race please go to www.derrystrabane.com/whm
If you require any further details before the event, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or 02871 253253