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Race Instructions


Event Instructions - Strabane Lifford Half Marathon

Sunday 17th May 2020

Thank you for registering for the forthcoming Strabane/Lifford Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday the 17th May 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 Strabane-Lifford area and hope that your stay and race experience will be an enjoyable one.

The Strabane Lifford Half Marathon Start Time is 9.30am at Meetinghouse Street, a short walk from the Race Meeting Point.

This year’s event will follow the same  race route as last year and we would ask you to co-operate fully with the Police, Gardaí, Organisers, Stewards and Race Marshals to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all.

Race Meeting Point

The Race meeting point is Melvin Sports Complex, Melvin Road, Strabane, Co Tyrone, BT82 9PP.


There is No Parking at Melvin Sports Complex on the day of the event.  There is designated Half Marathon Parking for participants at Canal Street Car Park directly behind the Alley Theatre, a short walk to the Race Meeting Point at Melvin Sports Complex. Other available Car Parks – John Wesley Street, Lower Main Street, Upper Main Street, Butcher Street

Race Pack – Number, Chip, T-Shirt

You can collect your Race Pack from the Main Hall at Melvin Sports Complex Strabane on

  • Friday 15th May 5pm – 9pm,
  • Saturday 16th May 9.30am -12.30pm
  • Sunday 17th May Sunday morning 7.30am – 8.30am

Changing Facilities

Shower and changing facilities will be available in Melvin Sports Complex before and after the race.


Warm up at Melvin Sports Complex Athletics Track 

Race Start Times

The Half Marathon starts at 9.30am. Participants are asked to arrive at Melvin Sports Complex no later than 8.30am on the morning of the Race. Participants should make their way to the race start no later than 9.00am for 9.30am Race Start.

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.  


The results will be available after the race at Melvin Sports Complex.  Results will also be posted on the Strabane Lifford Half Marathon Facebook page.


Hydrate well in advance, there are five water station for the Half Marathon, at the 3, 7, 10 and 11.5 mile marks and at the Finish Line. 


In addition to the toilet and changing facilities at Melvin Sports Complex, toilets will be available at the Race Start and at Melvin Athletics Track.  There will also be toilets available at the Water Stations at approx. miles 3, 7 and 10.


Refreshments will be served in Melvin Sports Complex after the race for all participants.


Cryotherapy recovery and injury prevention services are also available at Melvin Sports Complex with a 42 jet CryoSpa available – to book in advance ring Melvin Sports Complex on (028) 7138 2660


Category prizes will be determined with reference to the athlete’s date of birth with the exception of the Senior Open prizes, where it is first, second and third regardless of age.

The presentation of the open prizes (first 3 senior men & women) will take place at the Athletics Track (Finish area) at 11.30am.

Category prize winners will be notified on Monday 18th May 2020 via email / telephone.

Transfer of Number

In the unlikely event that you are unable to take part and had planned to give your race number to a friend, please advise us by 12 noon on Wednesday 6th May as this can affect results and prizes.  Please email of any changes


We will have race pacers running 1.30, 1.45, 2.00, 2.15, 2.30 and 2.45  Race pacers will have coloured balloons to maximise visibility.

The external pacing of runners by non-participants/cyclists, etc. is not permitted.


The organisers have taken important steps to ensure athletes have a safe environment in which they can enjoy their race experience.  Athletes should remember at all times that this event takes place on a public road.  Diversion signs for motor traffic will be in place at various points along the route, but the Course will, nevertheless, remain open to traffic throughout the race and normal Rules of the Road will apply: Traffic has priority.  

Runners are asked to use footpaths where available, or when directed to do so by a marshal, and to keep to the left hand side of the road except when otherwise directed.

The relevant authorities have been notified, signage will be in place to warn motorists, and police and marshals will be in place at important junctions.  However, please be aware that safety is also the responsibility of each athlete.  An awareness of vehicular traffic to the front and rear is essential e.g. when crossing roads, stepping off footpaths, taking the shortest possible routes, etc.  Remember, this is your past time, not the motorist’s.


The wearing of earphones while running (whether in a race or warming up) can be especially hazardous therefore the wearing of headphones, or similar devices is not permitted.  Athletes should wear hi-vis gear. 

Please let organisers or race marshals know if you are having difficulties at any time during the event.

Race Cut Off Point

The Strabane Lifford Half Marathon is a running race in which participants should make best efforts to complete the course within the 3 hour cut-off point. ( 14 minute miles). 

After 3 hours, all roads will be reopened throughout the race route to safely get traffic flowing again and protect all participants. The sweep car will collect those at the back of the race unable to keep up with the allotted pace time (min 14 minute miles).

After this time, individuals are at their own risk, they must use the footpath and comply with the rules of the highway, no marshals will remain on the course after this time as the race is over.


Race Permit/Certificate

This race has a Permit from Athletics NI, the Donegal Athletics Board and Athletics Ireland.

The route has a Certificate of Measurement by a certified Athletics 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

If you require any further details before the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 02871 253253 or email



HAVE A GREAT RACE AND ENJOY YOUR DAY                                                                                                                                                
Strabane Lifford Half Marathon Team