Bournemouth Half Marathon


The Bournemouth Half Marathon course takes in the sites at both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers along this coastal route. This is running as it should be!
  • Sunday 10th October 2021
  • Start time: 10am
  • Age: 17 years or over
  • Start: Hengistbury Head, BH6 4EL
  • Finish: Lower Gardens, BH1 2AQ


The Bournemouth Half Marathon starts at the spectacular and beautiful Hengistbury Head, which forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays. The first 5 miles of the route makes its way along the cliff tops affording participants the very best views of the coastline before dropping down onto the seafront. You continue to take in the beautiful coastal views as you run along the promenade with Boscombe Pier in sight. A short incline at Mile 8 brings you back up to the overcliff to enjoy a new view of Bournemouth Pier and Poole beyond. Passing Russell Coates Museum on the way down to Pier Approach you’ll get a taste of the glorious finish line that awaits you, but not before once again enjoying the run out to end of Boscombe Pier where you enjoy the feel of the wooden pier boards beneath you. Once final stretch on the promenade, alongside Bournemouth’s award winning blue flag beaches before you once again tread the boards of your second pier, Bournemouth Pier. This Pier was first constructed in 1856 and has undergone numerous transformations over the years, with the addition of the Bournemouth Pier Theatre in 1959. Take it all in before you start your sprint finish through your much anticipated finish line on Bournemouth Pier Approach.
Bournemouth Half Marathon Route
King’s Park Athletics Centre
An impressive all-weather facility, with a full range of track and field equipment available to hire.  It’s home to the Bournemouth Athletics Club and hosts regular competitions and events. The centre includes an all weather track, cross country course, weights room and a throws area.  You can watch events from the covered stand and get refreshments from the cafe.
Hengistbury Head
Take in these beautiful views as you hit mile 9 on the coastal marathon route. Standing mid way between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays.
Boscombe Pier
Run along the breathtaking Boscombe Pier at Mile 9. The Pier itself has stood on the site since 1889 and was declared ‘Britain’s Coolest Pier’ by Wayne Hemingway in 2009.
At Mile 10 you can see the famous Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Situated on Bournemouth’s stunning cliff-top, over looking the sea, this exotic seaside villa has been sealed in time creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting.
Bournemouth Pier
As you hit the iconic Bournemouth Pier, you know you’re on the home stretch. The Pier was first constructed in 1856. The Pier has undergone numerous transformations over the years, with the addition of the Bournemouth Pier Theatre in 1959.
The finish!
The most beautiful sight for any half marathon runner – the finish line at the Lower Gardens! Landscaped in 1871 after a competition was held by Bournemouth Council to design the new gardens, most of the Victorian splendour still remains today.
Standard entry
£ 39.25 per person
Club entry
£ 37.25 per person
Charity entry
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GFA/Top Club
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Group entry
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running as it should be along the beautiful south coast



  • Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
  • Accurate chip timing
  • Tailored training plan
  • Great finisher’s medal
  • Race recovery pack
  • Keyring
  • Fantastic running experience
  • Glorious day for the BMF half marathon - fabulous location, great atmosphere, unrivalled support teams and generally wonderful experience. Thank you Bournemouth.

    Jessica B
  • Fab organisation. Stunning scenery. Inspiring to see so many different people loving their running!

    Naomi Johns
  • Best half marathon that I have run. Great atmosphere, great support, great medals. Just great!

    Neil Solanki
  • Fantastic event, many good causes, well done all runners. Superb marshalling and warm encouraging supporters.

  • Fabulous weekend, brilliant organisation, well marshalled cheery and so encouraging and enjoyed every moment. Will be back. Runners were amazing and would be crazy not to include this one on their next year's race event itinerary. Well done to everyone!

    Phil Davey
  • Crowds and marshals were the best I've ever seen today, well done to everyone involved, fantastic!

    Andrea Ellwood
Bournemouth Half Marathon
Be a part of one of the UK’s top autumn running events!

Run for Charity


Since the event launched in 2013, Bournemouth Half Marathon runners have raised an astonishing £1.5 million for hundreds of amazing charities. If you’re looking for a reason to become a future charity runner, then look no further! The Official Bournemouth Half Marathon Charity is Macmillan Cancer Support.Run for Charity


The Bournemouth Half Marathon offers a variety of essential running accessories and clothing - an ideal way to mark your Bournemouth Half Marathon Running experience

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Be part of one of the UK’s top autumn running events



There will be event buses operating between the finish area and Kings Park, these services are the fastest way to travel and we strongly suggest you opt to travel this way.BUY ONE WAY TICKETBUY RETURN TICKET


With a fun filled weekend promised and good weather almost guaranteed, why not book your accommodation and make a real break of it!?  

Bournemouth is a bustling seaside resort during the summer months and it’s known for its 7 miles of beaches, Victorian architecture and buzzing nightlife in areas such as the Triangle. The resort is also home to Bournemouth Pier, an activity centre with an obstacle course, a climbing wall and a zip line. The 3km-long Bournemouth Gardens offer rock gardens, an aviary and plant species from 3 continents.

If you don’t know Bournemouth very well, or have never visited before, (sister booking company to the Bournemouth Half Marathon) can give you invaluable assistance and help make booking your stay in the town a breeze. Offering specially negotiated rates, in all types of accommodation from budget (but excellent quality) Youth Hostels,  to 3, 4 and 5 star hotels convenient to the Race Start.

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