The first ever Grand Pier Half Marathon took place on Sunday 23rd September 2012 in association with Freak Events Ltd.
Although the conditions were very wet for spectators and volunteers the conditions for running were pretty good! A fantastic time was posted by Stuart Leaney to win the first ever Grand Pier Half Marathon in 1:11:42 with local girl Liz Wiggins winning the female race in 1:28:55.
In 2013 the conditions for competitors were a lot warmer, so the volunteers were happier but the competitors not so. Stuart Leaney from Chippenham was on show to defend his 2012 title but had stiff competition from local runners James Rodgers (Clevedon AC) and Chris Old (Weston AC).
The race started shortly after 9am with superb conditions, if a little warm. All the runners began at a tremendous pace but by the end of the first lap the top 3 runners were shoulder to shoulder and all looked very comfortable. By the time the leaders had come past the Grand Pier with a mile and a half to go James Rodgers had a sizeable lead and pushing on.
James continued with his form and came in as eventual winner in a time of 1.13.37, second was Stuart Leaney 1.14.25 and third Chris Old 1.14.33.
The femal race was a much more one sided affair with Annabel Granger leading from the gun and continued throughout the race in a fantastic time of 1.21.27. Second place was Sally Johnson in a time of 1.27.37 and looked very comfortable throughout and third was Nikki Linfield 1.29.59 – well done ladies.
The 2013 run will start on the Grand Pier on Sunday 2nd November 2014 where you will begin your 13.1 miles of “fun” and “exhaustion” by doing two laps of the flat (ish)all road/ tarmac route – it has been quoted as being a very good course for a PB and certainly a number of runners did that on Sunday 29th September!
With the generous support of the many sponsors we have a considerable cash prize fund available and further money to support charities.
Numbers are limited for this event and after the success of the 2012 and 2013 it is sure to fill up quickly so do not delay and get a “Freakin move on”!
Once you reach the finish line and greeted by your friends and family you will receive your goody bag with various items.
Race entry includes:
- Race day ‘Finisher’ medal!
- Grand Pier Half Marathon technical T-Shirt and other goody’s!
- Grand Pier £5.00 ride voucher (to be used on the day)
- Grand Pier food discount voucher (to be used on the day)
And for those lucky enough to finish in the top 3 (male and female in each race of the series) then a cash prize will be waiting for you at the prize ceremony;
- 1st Male and Female Winner – £250.00 (cash prize)
- 2nd Male and Female – £125.00 (cash prize)
- 3rd Male and Female – £75.00 (cash prize)
Other age/prize categories, prizes TBC;
- Under 21
- Spot Prizes for best costume/achievement!
Running for Charities
A number of local and national charities have been chosen to benefit from the Grand Pier Half Marathon;
- Action for Children
- Asthma UK
- Bone Cancer
- British Heart Foundation
- Children’s Hospice South West
- Weston Hospicecare
There are many ways in which the charity can benefit from the Grand Pier Half Marathon;
- When the runner enters the event via this Freak Events website they will be asked to select a charity (listed above);
- Freak Events will automatically donate £2.00 to the chosen charity;
- The runner may also decide to collect further funds from friends and family for competing, and completing the 13.1 miles of fun and exhaustion;
A Race Information Pack will sent prior to race day (via email) to confirm all the final details, and will also be available to download from this page 14 days before the event.
- Race Start Time – TBCF
- Grand Pier Awards Ceremony – 30 mins after final competitor finishes;
- Licence Number – (applied for TBCF);
- The event will be run under UK-Athletics rules;
- Minimum age at date of race – 17
- If you have a medical problem which makes it difficult to run 13.1 miles please consult you GP before beginning any training;
- Entry Fee £27.50 (+£2.00 if not affiliated to a club)
“Great race, very well done to all involved! Marshalls were incredible and so was the support considering the weather. Very happy as I got a new PB and I love the bright top (much more use to me than a t shirt!) Will be wearing it on night runs!”
“Thank you for a very well organised half at Weston it was lovely to see such a range of runners and walkers/walk runners and so many amazing stewards out. I never usually run out and back the same way usually a circle but it made a change and was good to be able to cheer on other runners on the way bye.”
“I took 9 minutes off my PB but the wife took 19 minutes off hers.”
“I took part in the half marathon today and just wanted to say that it was a really enjoyable experience, thank you very much for organising it. It was very well organised and I found all of the volunteers helping with water stations, marshalling, registration, bag storage etc to be very helpful, cheerful and encouraging. It was a great atmosphere and I’d recommend it to anyone.”
These are just a small selection of the very positive quotes received from the competitors, and certainly what drives us on in ensuring we put on great events for you all!
Download the course map NOW!The run will start on the Grand Pier where you will begin your 13.1 miles of “fun” and “exhaustion” by doing two laps of the flat (ish)all road/ tarmac route! Take a left turn and run all along the promenade until you reach the end of the prom (by Marine Lake) where you will be guided onto Knightstone Road and continue along Birnbeck Road and Kewstoke Road (all roads will be closed to road traffic) where you will turn-around at mile 2.5 and the first of many water/feed stations.
You will then run back along the route you have just come along, past the Grand Pier until you reach the next turn-around point. You then run back to the Grand Pier where you will finish lap 1 and start again.
At the end of lap 2 you will then turn onto the Grand Pier and down to the finish line where all your family and friends will be waiting to cheer you home.
With many sponsors, charities and authorities supporting the Grand Pier Half Marathon this is sure to be a fun fuelled day for ALL THE FAMILY.
We have many other activities taking place on the day, including a fun run/activity on the Grand Pier itself where we are inviting schools, clubs and other groups to take part in a fun team relay event!