Race Instructions – Waterside Half Marathon
Sunday 3rd September 2023
Thank you for registering for the forthcoming Waterside Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 3rd September 2023. 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 our City and hope that your stay and race experience will be an enjoyable one.
The Waterside Half Marathon Start Time is 9.30am 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 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 Ebrington Square at 9.30am sharp. Wheelchair Participants start at 9.20am.
You have worked hard for this event so please arrive in good time to facilitate Parking, warm up etc.---- by 8.30am 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:
- Ebrington (Top Entrance)
- Oakgrove Integrated Primary School, Limavady Road.
- Old Bridge Car Park on lower Glendermott Road.
City Centre public car parks are also available. Alternatively, you may choose to use the Foyleside East Carpark which is located on the West Bank and walk across the Peace Bridge. 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 10am.
Participants and the public can hop on Translink's shuttle bus between the NW Transport Hub and Foyle Street in the event they want to return or go over to Ebrington start / finish during the Peace Bridge closure.
Race Pack – Number, Chip, T-Shirt
You can collect your Race Pack from Foyle Arena on
Friday 1st September 12 noon – 8pm
Saturday 2nd September 10.00am – 4pm
For those travelling race packs can also be collected early on Race Day Sunday 3rd September 7.30am – 8.30am.
It is advised to come changed and ready to run, however changing facilities and showers are available in the Foyle Arena. Toilets are in the Foyle Arena and Portaloos at the Start area in Ebrington.
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: 9:20am
There will be Bag Drop/Pick up area at the finish area in Ebrington Square. 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 to the start line. Alternatively, there are lockers available in Foyle Arena, you will require £1 in order to use these.
Wheelchair participants will go at 9.20am from the front of the start line. Everyone else, including the first-leg relay runners go at 9.30am. The front ranks of the start area is reserved for the faster runners, please respect this!
*There is no early start option for this event and buggies / racing buggies are not permitted.
The designated pacers will be visible around the start area from 9.00am. 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.
The wearing of earphones while running (whether in a race or warming up) can be especially hazardous therefore the wearing of headphones is not permitted. Bone-conducting headphones such as Aftershokz are allowed. 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.
Please let race organisers or marshals know if you are having difficulties at any time during the event. First Aiders are located at every mile point on the course.
Hydrate well in advance, there are five water stations for the Half Marathon,
3 Miles, Under Foyle Bridge / Waterside Greenway
7 Miles, Gransha Roundabout
10 Miles, Bay Road
11.5 Miles Council Car Park
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/Finish in Ebrington Square. There will also be toilets available at
3 Miles, Under Foyle Bridge
5 Miles, Temple Road, Strathfoyle
7 Miles, Gransha Roundabout
9 Miles Boomhall
11.5 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 safety pins. 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. On the back of your race (bib) please put any important medical information and a contact number in case of emergencies. YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF FOUND SWAPPING NUMBERS.
Everyone must cross under the finish gantry on the Ebrington Square 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 Goodies will be presented as you exit right onto the Square 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 finish area.....we will have a special backdrop set up to facilitate this record of your achievement.
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 www.derrystrabane.com/whmresults and our Waterside Half Marathon Facebook Account.
Cryotherapy recovery and injury prevention services are available at Foyle Arena – to book in advance ring Foyle Arena on (028) 71 37 6555
The podium finishers will be presented with their awards in the podium area straight after they finish their race.
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.
No marshals or First Aid will remain on the course after this time as the race is over.
Just a reminder that the route has changed slightly from 2022 - Route
The main changes are at Strathfoyle Greenway, Bay Road, Foyle Embankment and Ebrington.
Strathfoyle Greenway - The route will not pass through Gransha this year, instead, it will continue along the Strathfoyle Greenway to Strathfoyle, turning right towards Temple Road. The route will follow Temple Road to the A2 Dual Carriageway, turning right towards the Foyle Bridge.
Bay Road - The route will continue past Davinci’s rear car park onto the Pennyburn roundabout and along the Strand Road ( coned runner lane) to Queens Quay ~ Foyle Embankment.
Foyle Embankment - The route will continue along Foyle Embankment to Craigavon Bridge and turn onto the greenway, back towards the Peace Bridge. There is no running on the Foyle Road to Coshowen this year.
Finish - Once runners cross the Peace Bridge, they will continue up the mall towards Ebrington Square, turn right past the new Ebrington Hotel and an 80m dash to the finish gantry in front of the Walled City Brewery.
Details of the route and map are available here: https://www.derrystrabane.com/whmraceroute
Any clothes left at the start and finish areas will be donated to charity if not collected. There will be refill stations at the finish line please use these once you get your water bottle to refill.
This race has a Permit from Athletics NI.
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 next 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