Supported by SantanderBlenheim Palace Half Marathon

with 10k, and Family Fun Run

Sunday 5 October 2014

Blenheim Palace half marathon

Update: Registration for the Half Marathon & 10k is now closed, you can still sign-up for the fun run on the day

Join us and thousands of other supporters at the half marathon, 10k or family fun run at Blenheim Palace in 2014 and put your best foot forward in the fight against heart disease. 

RegistrationLocation and transport | Event times | Fundraising | TrainingEquipmentSpectators

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Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and Family Fun Run event information

Join us in October 2014 for 13.1 miles of hard work and determination and an immense sense of pride when you cross the finish line. Open to anyone over 17 years of age, this half marathon takes you on undulating, tarmac paths through the stunning Blenheim estate and out on traffic free roads in nearby villages, and is suitable for wheelchair users.

We also have a 10k to tempt you, which offers all the benefits of the half marathon, such as full marshalling, chip timing and free t-shirt. The 10k run follows tarmac paths within the Blenheim estate.

To get all the family involved we have the Family Fun Run, taking place after the Half Marathon and 10k this is the perfect chance to get little ones to join in with the fun with a gentle 2k run.

To get event updates, as well as useful training, fundraising information and to chat to other participants join our Blenheim Palace Facebook page

Feel the buzz from last year's event

Registration and fees for 2014

Registration for the Half Marathon & 10k is now closed, you can still register for the Family Fun Run on-the-day, registration will open at 8am.

Sign up for your chosen distance below

Entry fees Adult Child
Half Marathon entry (17+) £23 - registration closed NA
10k Entry (15+) £17 - registration closed NA
Family Fun run £10 - Register on the day £5 - Register on the day

Note that children must be at least 17 years old to take part in the Half Marathon.

Under 16's taking part in the 10k and Family Fun Run must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Participants taking part in the Half Marathon or 10k are welcome to join the Family Fun Fun for no extra cost.

Take part as a team

Online registration - Each team member can register and pay individually online using the links above, making sure to record the Team name and Team leader's name where requested.

Pay for your whole team - Online registration is quick and easy, but if you'd like to register and pay collectively, you can use this registration form (pdf).

Your entry includes

  • Route map
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Timing chip for all Half Marathon and 10k runners - sent with your event pack
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage   
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing a sponsorship form, which will be sent to you before the event
  • Water available en route and at the finish 
  • Thank you certificate

Fundraising

Fundraising funds research that saves lives. In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20 per cent. Today that figure is 80 per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that help them lead improved lives.

For all our success, there's a lot still to be done. Heart disease is still the UK's single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. Your fundraising will help us continue funding research to ensure hearts keep beating.

Set up your online sponsorship page

Location and transport

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX

There is plenty of free parking at Blenheim Palace. The car park will open at 8am.

Travel and parking

Please allow plenty of time to arrive and park at the Palace (at least one hour) as there will be several thousand runners arriving at the same time and we want to avoid queues and congestion where possible. Please follow BHF Event car parking signs on arrival to Woodstock.

Before 9.30am If you are approaching the Palace on the A44 from the south please use the main visitor gate. If you are travelling on the A44 from the north please use the Woodstock gate.

After 9.30am All entry into the Palace grounds will use the main entrance on the A44. When leaving please follow the exit signs to leave through the Lower Park, the usual exit point.

For detailed directions visit the Blenheim Palace website

Accommodation

For guaranteed hotel rates for our participants the BHF Blenheim Half Marathon has again linked with the Holt Hotel situated close to the event venue – Click here for booking information

On the day

As long as you have your participant number, you don't need to register when you arrive, but there will be an information point if you need any help.

There will be toilets at the start and finish and en route and there is plenty of catering outlets on site

A baggage service will be available in the Event Village along with changing facilities. When dropping off items you will be issued with a wrist band. All items are left at the owner's risk.

Don't forget to pick up your free event t-shirt when you arrive, so you can run in it - we'd love to see a convey of red running through the Blenheim Estate.

Water will be available at the start and finish. There will also be water stations at the following distances for the half marathon:
         3 miles                           5 miles                                  8 miles                             11 miles

With one water station at the 5k point (approx.) for the 10k event

The emergency event contact number is 07775 763 481. Please add this number to your phone to call in case of an incident during the event.

Event times

Event date Sunday 5 October 2014
Car park opens 8am
Registration open 8am - you can only register for the Family Fun Run on the day
Warm-up 9.50am
Event starts

10.30am - Half Marathon

10.50am- Half Marathon Wheelchair users

11.00am - 10k Run

1.30pm - Family Fun Run

Event finishes 4pm

Wheelchair access

The route is all on tarmac and therefore perfect for participants in wheelchairs. Please contact us in advance to arrange easy access to the start line. 

Equipment and what to wear

Please see the kit list for recommended clothing and equipment. Remember to collect your t-shirt from the registration point when you arrive - we want a colourful convoy of red running through Blenheim Palace estate.

Training

This is a challenging run and you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part.

For expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit the training zone. Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it regularly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate gear, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor about it prior to the event.

Keeping you safe

This event is fully marshaled for your safety, with first aid support provided.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Your friends are family are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line, however they need to buy a ticket in order to gain entry to the Palace and Gardens. Blenheim Palace are offering discounted entry tickets for spectators and you can save more if booked before the event - book your spectator passes.

Dogs are not allowed on route but are welcome to accompany spectators (just remember your pooper scooper).

We need volunteers for this event, so please register with us if you'd like to help.

Contact us

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call the customer services team Mon – Fri, 9am - 5pm on 0845 130 8663 or email events@bhf.org.uk.

 

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