Schedule

 

The Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday 3 March 2019.

Please note, this schedule is provisional and timings are subject to final confirmation.

 

SATURDAY MARCH 2 – RACE PACK COLLECTION & EXPO

All general entry runners who did not pay for race pack postage will need to collect their event pack on Saturday 2 March between 10:00 – 16:00 from our Expo at the Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge Campus. Our Expo will feature running brands, local businesses and inspirational talks from industry experts, so it’s well worth coming along!

 

SUNDAY MARCH 3 – RACE DAY

07:00     All park & ride sites open – see travel section below

07:30     Helpdesk, bag storage and bike parking open

08:00     VIP Area Open

09:00     Race warm up begins

09:10     Runners invited to start pens

09:30     Race Start (there will be a series of starts across a 25 minute window)

VOLUNTEERS

Get involved with the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon in 2019 as an events volunteer.

With 10,000 runners taking to the Cambridge Roads you can be part of the action and have a great time doing so. Volunteering at our events is more than just a few hours of your day, it’s a chance to get involved with award-winning events, meet like-minded people making friends along the way and potentially inspiring yourself to take part in future events.

Volunteers are invited to attend a briefing event in Cambridge before the big day, it is not compulsory to attend, but it is advised. On the weekend of the event, as a volunteer you will be given role specific information as well as any uniform to identify them as well as refreshments while you are with us.

Venue Volunteers

The main venue for this event is Midsummer Common which will host the start and finish area of the event. There will also be a charity village and a number of partners exhibiting on the weekend.

Course Marshals

We’re always on the lookout for volunteers who enjoy being out on the course, you are the eyes and ears and play a crucial role in delivering a memorable race experience. We encourage volunteers to have fun in these areas as much as any other and you can be creative with your role; as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Days Required

Volunteers can get involved for one day or the weekend, there’s plenty for everyone to do. Please see some of the dates below and what to expect:

Saturday 2 March – Event Set Up Assistant (Midsummer Common and Anglia Ruskin University) and Expo Assistant

Sunday 3 March – Event Site Marshal, Course Marshals, Start Team Assistant, Finish Team Assistant and De-Rig Assistant

What to expect from us

It’s super important that you have a great time whilst volunteering. Here is what you can expect from us:

• Look and feel the part – all of our team are an event crew t-shirts/jackets to keep
• Friendly atmosphere
• All the hot drinks and cake to help keep you fuelled throughout the day
• An exciting day – we like to keep volunteers on their toes and feel involved
• Inspired by the event? Volunteers are given the option of a guaranteed place into the 2020 event
• Volunteer event gift
• Goody bag including food and drink while you are in position
• Any training that is required to undertake your allocated role

Residents & Businesses

 

Due to the scale and numbers participating in the event, it will be necessary to implement road closures across the route to facilitate the safe passage of participants. We want to work with local businesses and residents to minimise any possible disruption the road closures may cause.

Please be aware that the road closures could impact your travel arrangements on that day.

For further assistance with queries regarding the route and subsequent road closures on Sunday 3 March, please contact info@osbevents.com.

For a detailed breakdown of all the Cambridge Half Marathon traffic information, please click on the button below.

FAQs

Travel

The Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon Event Village is at Midsummer Common, Victoria Avenue (CB4 1EH).

 

Walk

If you live locally please walk to the event, as this will greatly assist with the flow of traffic around Cambridge and help us with our sustainability goals.

Drive

There are a very limited number of parking spaces available around Cambridge, you can purchase car parking when completing your online entry.

Cycle

We will have a secure free bike park for competitors, so please cycle if you can. It’s Cambridge after all!

Park & Ride

We have partnered with Stagecoach to run special event buses from four sites; Milton (North), Trumpington (South), Newmarket Road (East) and Madingley Road (West). For more info regarding the sites visit Cambridge Park & Ride. These sites will open from 07:00, however we advise you get there early to avoid any possible delays. You will be able to purchase your Park & Ride ticket when you secure your online entry.

➜ The Park & Ride costs £5.00 per person if purchased online before February 3. After this date tickets cannot be purchased online and can only be purchased on the day of the event at a cost of £8.00.

➜ Park & Ride tokens will be included in race packs for those who have elected to have their race packs posted to them. Otherwise these can be collected from the Expo on Saturday 2 March.

➜ Please note that Children under 5 years old can travel for free with a fee-paying adult, but concessionary passes are not valid on this special service.

➜ Your Park & Ride token will include both journeys to and from the event site and covers the parking on site.

➜ The buses will depart from 07:15 from all four sites. Once the race has finished, the buses will return to the Park & Ride sites from the same locations you were dropped off at until 15:00.

➜ Participants and supporters wishing to travel back to the Park & Ride sites after the final 15:00 departure can use their tokens on the scheduled Park & Ride services.

➜ The Milton site is located just off the A10 to the south of Butt Lane, near Milton. Milton is ideally situated if you are coming from the North/A10/A14, (CB24 6DQ).

➜ The Trumpington site is situated to the south of Cambridge on the Hauxton Road. Access to the site is either via a dedicated access lane from junction 11 on the M11, or a traffic signal controlled junction on Hauxton Road (CB2 9FT).

➜ The Newmarket Road site is situated to the east of Cambridge and is accessible from Junction 35 on the A14, head towards Cambridge on the A1303. At the first roundabout take the second exit signposted Airport, the Park & Ride site is on the right (CB5 8AA).

➜ The Madingley Road site is situated to the west of Cambridge and is accessible from Junction 13 of the M11 (northbound only), or from the A428, head towards Cambridge on the A1303 (CB3 0EX).

Training

Do you provide training?

Yes! Thanks to the incredible RunningWithUs and our partners at Saucony we have produced a number of training programmes that cater for all abilities, from complete newbie all the way through to advanced.

Before you go on to choosing your training plan, you must first know where to begin, please use the button below to find out more:

However, choosing the right plan for you will be key. We want you on the start line at the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon healthy and in the best shape possible.

Please use the button below to make sure you have the right level of training.

Once you have decided on which plan to use, please download the plan that best suits you here:

Entry Information

How do I enter?

Pre-Registration for Priority Entry is now closed. If you didn’t pre-register but would like to take part, please join our Waiting List and you’ll be the first to know if any entries go on General Sale.

Tuesday October 30 – entries go on sale to everyone who pre-registered with a Cambridgeshire postcode.
Wednesday October 31 – entries go on sale to everyone else who pre-registered (without a Cambridgeshire postcode).
Thursday November 1 – if any entries remain, they will go on General Sale.

What's the minimum age to enter?

17 years old on or before 3 March 2019.

Once Entered can I transfer my place to someone else?

For more information on our transfer process, please use the button below:

 

Pre-Event Information

Can I change my details?

You can change your details up until 3 February 2019. You can do this by logging into your account (using the details setup during registration) and edit your information here: https://myevents.active.com.

When will I receive my event pack?

Packs will be sent out in advance of the event to VIP, Business challenge and everyone who has paid for race pack postage. If you have not received your pack by Thursday 21 February, please get in touch by emailing info@osbevents.com.
If you are collecting your race pack from our expo (location and timings outlined in the schedule section above), please remember to bring a photo ID and your confirmation email.
If you entered using an international address you will have to collect your pack from our Expo or on the day- please visit the enquiries area on the day of the event (no later than 08:30).

Event Day Information

What is my start time?

All participants will start between 09:30 – 09:55. You will be invited to the start line based on the estimated time you gave when entering the event.

Will there be Pacers?

Yes. Our friendly pacers sourced through the C&CAC will be there on the day to help you achieve your target time.
We have pacers for the following times:

1hr 30mins
1hr 45mins
2hr
2hr 15mins
2hr 30mins

Can I listen to music whilst running?

We currently only allow Bone-conducting headphones, which is now under the new UKA rules, but athletes must be prepared to be challenged if they wear them, as some of the marshals may not recognise them as such and ask them to remove them

Will there be a bag drop?

Yes, the bag drop will be located on Midsummer Common and will be available from 07:30 on race morning only.

Where are the toilets?

There will be large blocks around the event site, each complete with 100 berth urinals, the standard blocks will be open on Midsummer Common, Jesus Green and Chesterton Road, plus there will be a few last chance salon toilets in the start pens.

Is there a secure bike park?

Yes, there will be a free and secure bike park for up to 1,000 bikes.

Can I change pens to run with my friend?

You can move back into a slower pen, but you cannot move forward into a faster wave.

Will there be on course entertainment as in previous years?

Yep we have been working hard on this and hope to keep you entertained with a number of DJ’s and bands!

How many drinks stations will there be and what will be available?

There will be 4 drinks stations on course so you will never be more than three miles from one.
The drinks stations will all be laid out with:
– Bottled water (sports cap)
– High5 Iso Gels

Are you accepting participants taking part in a wheelchair?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer an official wheelchair race/wave. Standard wheelchairs are welcome in the main field. However, we highly recommend viewing the event site and route first to assess suitability.

Can I run with my child in a buggy?

No. unfortunately we cannot make sure the event is safe for those wanting to run with buggies.

 

Spectators

Will there be a way to track friends and family on the day?

Yes, we will be providing live-to-web athlete tracker from our website, so from the point they reach the first timing point (approx. 2.3 miles) you will be able to track their progress all the way around the course.

 

Volunteers

Do you need volunteers?

If you don’t fancy taking part yourself then volunteering is a great way for you be a part of the event. We’re always looking for amazing people to volunteer at our events and we can guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time doing so. You’ll also get a cool gift that’s not available to anyone else, not even the runners! Email volunteers@osbevents.com for more info.

 

Other

Which roads will be closed during the day of the event?

An extensive business and residents communication plan will be implemented, including a leaflet drop to all residents and businesses on the route roughly 3-4 weeks prior to the event. Please note that the road closures apply to both vehicles and bicycles.
Emergency access will be facilitated throughout the event. Pedestrian access will also be maintained throughout, with the except of Garret Hostel Bridge (please use King’s College back entrance to access the City from the Newnham Area) and one small section of Elizabeth Way.

How can my business get involved in the event?

There are lots of ways for businesses to get involved – you can become an event sponsor, a supplier or vendor, or new for 2019 you can enter a team into the Frontier Business Challenge!
If you’re interested in getting your business involved please email us at: Business@cambridgehalfmarathon.com.

 

Contact

If you need to ask us any questions that aren’t answered in our FAQs, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking below. We will get back to all queries as soon as possible.