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A guide to the 2019 Newark Half Marathon - Everything you need to know

Thousands of people from near and far are expected to attend the Newark Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, August 11.

The race is part of the county championships and is expected to attract runners from running clubs because of this.

More than 1,100 have already signed up, and organiser Peter Davis expects the event to surpass 1,300 participants. The cut-off point is at 1,500 and, for the first time, runners can enter on the day of the event.

Newark Half marathon (14328240)
Newark Half marathon (14328240)

Location, start and cut off time:

The race starts and finishes at the Tom Mann Pavilion at Sconce and Devon Park, Newark.

Number collection opens at 7.30am and closes at 8.50am.

Newark Half marathon youngest Newark Athletics club Edward Buck (14328236)
Newark Half marathon youngest Newark Athletics club Edward Buck (14328236)

Runners will set off from Hawton Road, Newark at 9.30am.

There will be a five minute walk from the gathering/race instruction area to the starting point.

The course closes at 12.45pm, meaning runners will have three hours 15 minutes from the start time.

Anyone who is deemed to be unable to complete the course in the cut-off time will be approached by a race official and told that they must use the pavement if they decide to continue running along the race course, as the roads will be opening up.

Newark Half marathon Melissa Gaffney (14328242)
Newark Half marathon Melissa Gaffney (14328242)

The organiser will be unable to guarantee that road closures, marshals and drinks stations will be in place after the cut-off time.

The course:

As the course is on country lanes there are potholes and cracks on many of the roads, so do run with caution and not too close to the runner in front so that you have a clear view of the surface.

Newark Half Marathon route (14328141)
Newark Half Marathon route (14328141)

The course is the same as for 2018 and there are five drinks stations at miles two, five, seven, nine and 11.

Road restrictions:

The following roads are subject to closure/restricted travel or access from 9am:

  • Hawton Road
  • Newark Road
  • Valley Prospect
  • Hawton Lane
  • Foss Road
  • Lodge Lane
  • Top Street
  • Brecks Lane
  • Cross Lane
  • Moor Lane
  • Thorpe Road
  • A46 Elston slip roads closed

Roads are estimated to re-open around 12.45pm.


There is strictly no parking on the roads in Sconce Park (Queens Sconce visitor centre and Thomas Mann Pavilion).

This is for safety reasons and, as the course runs on many of these roads, there will be closures.

You can safely park away from race HQ

There is ample parking in Newark town centre with a five to 15 minute walk to Sconce park.

There may be a charge for this parking, but do have a look around Newark if you are in the centre and a visitor.

Registration, numbers and timing chips:

Numbers will be posted to all entrants a few days before the event and will incorporate the chip timing technology.

Online registration closes August 8 and numbers will need to be collected on the day if you have entered in the last week. Postal and charity entries are closed.

On the day entries will be available, but entrants will not be eligible for prizes.

The number to be attached to the front of your vest/t-shirt.

Please declare any medical information that may be important in an emergency on the rear of the bib.

Toilets and changing:

There are no changing facilities.

Race HQ has ample portaloo toilets with one toilet at five miles.

There is a baggage drop area at race HQ, which will be manned, however, Newark Half Marathon said they cannot be responsible for any personal injury, loss or damage at the event.

IPods, similar MP3 devices and headphones:

The course is predominantly traffic free and you will be instructed by marshals and course signs.

The wearing of headphones or similar devices is not permitted according to UK Athletics rule 240 strictly for safety reasons as some roads are not completely closed.

Failure to comply will lead to disqualification.


The HQ race village has ample provision for food and drink and attractions for children and adults.

If you have any further questions visit https://www.newarkhalfmarathon.co.uk/contact

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