WHM Race Route
Waterside Half marathon
The 2020 WHM course is the same as last year, starting in Ebrington and finishing on the running track in St. Columbs Park.
Our Start point remains adjacent to the Ebrington Clock Tower, looking out across the Parade Square and we run past the Maiden City Brewery on your left, to quickly swing right and a short downhill past the Underground Car Park on your left, before heading up a small incline to the Kings Link Roundabout.
Careful at the Car Park! A small traffic island divides the road and we will have a conspicuous HI Viz warning marshal in place there.
A short climb up King Street and left onto the A2, Limavady Road, heading past the Ebrington Presbyterian Church on the right, with a Coned Runners Lane all the way from the Kings Link Roundabout. Continue along the Limavady Road, passing the entrance to the Foyle Arena, Mile 1 is at 42 Limavady Road, through the Caw traffic lights and drop down to Caw Roundabout to swing left into Waterfoot Park and Mile 2.
Swing right onto the Waterside Greenway heading for the Gransha Park grounds. All flat this section to the Foyle Bridge!
Enter the Gransha grounds at the Gransha Social Club---a portaloo here--and thru the middle of the Gransha Park site. A water station at the U3A Foyle premises-- 3 miles-- swing right at the Grangewood unit junction and then left back along the Main Avenue. Left again onto the Horseshoe to drop down for another right to connect with the lower Horseshoe. Right, left and right again heading for the Back road, 4 miles here at Oakgrove junction. Continue along the Back Road, a few 90 degree turns and some ramps to negotiate before a right onto the Dual Carriageway ----along another Coned Runners Lane-- and run down to and through the Gransha Roundabout, 5 miles and first leg Relay changeover point and Portaloo.
Continue running back towards the Caw Roundabout and right onto Madams Bank road to begin crossing the Foyle Bridge--a Coned Runners Lane all the way-- a downhill, then a pull up to the highest point of the Bridge, past the 6 mile mark, take in the view of the majestic river Foyle on the right and straight on towards the Culmore Road Roundabout.
You will be moved onto the pavement and directed right up the Culmore Road to swing right again at the Traffic Lights just before the Foyle Hospice access. Right again here and drop down along the Greenway past the historic Boomhall with its associations with the 17th century siege of Derry--7 Miles--and Water Station/ Portaloo here.
Drop further down into Bay Road Park and swing left to run along the banks of the Foyle heading back to the city. Left, out of the Park onto the Bay Road itself--8 Miles-all flat running here. Past the rear of Da Vincis Hotel and left to access the Riverside Pathway at the former Fort George site and run towards the city centre.
Pass Sainsburys/KFC and the second Relay leg changeover and Portaloo, close to 9 miles now, and press on to the Council Car Park and another Water Station and Portaloo. Continuing the flat terrain all the way here, onto the Foyle Embankment--Coned Runners Lane--through the Harbour Square Roundabout and past the Guildhall on your right. 10 miles is on the Embankment/Expressway opposite the Foyleside East Carpark, and past the Craigavon Bridge underdeck onto Foyle Road heading for 11 Miles at Coshowen.
Exit the Coned Runners Lane just past 11 miles at Coshowen and swing left to pick up the Riverside Path and return back towards the City centre. Water Station and Portaloo back at Railway Museum/Craigavon Bridge and runners back onto Foyle Road before picking up the Riverside Path at the John Street Roundabout, heading for 12 Miles and the iconic Peace Bridge.
You will have big crowd support here, just over a mile to go as you approach the Peace Bridge and you will have the scent of the Finish in your nostrils so keep focussed!