Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about the Chippenham Half Marathon then have a look at the list of Frequently Asked Questions below.

  • When is the Chippenham Half Marathon?
    Sunday 10th September 2017 at 9.30am
  • Do I have to be a member of a running club before I can enter?
    No, anybody can enter and run in the Chippenham Half Marathon. If you haven't run before then this is a great course to start on!
  • Can I enter on the day?
    No, sorry. We simply dont have enough resources or time to be able take entries on the day but we do keep online entries open until 10.00am on the Friday before the race, assuming places are still available that is! If you do leave it until the last moment to book your place then you will need to collect your race number and timing chip from the Information Desk on the morning of the race.
  • When do I receive my race number?
    You will be sent a race pack which includes your race number, your IPICO timing chip and race information at the end of August/beginning of September.
  • Can I have a refund if I am unable to run?
    No, unfortunately we are unable to refund you once you have entered the race. You can view our refund and cancellation policy here.
  • Can I transfer my entry to my friend if I am unable to run?
    If you can no longer run and you have someone who would like to take your place then Sport Systems will carry out the transfer on receipt of a completed Transfer Form. For more information please email Sport Systems at Please note that Sport Systems will charge a £5.00 administration fee for this service.
  • Are drinks available on the course?
    Yes, there will be a total of 4 drink stations. Bottled water will be available approximately every 3 miles. Water will also be available at the finish.
  • How long is the course?
    The course is 13.1 miles or 21.1 km. The course has been accurately measured by an ARC accredited official.
  • How will I know where the course goes?
    A map of the course can be found here so you can see where the route goes. On the day the route will be well marked with marshalls present at junctions and turns to tell you which way to go. Mile markers will also be placed on the course so you will know how far you have run.
  • How will the race by timed?
    The race will be accurately timed using Sport Systems IPICO timing chips. Both Gun to Chip and Chip to Chip times will be recorded.
  • How should I train for the race?
    If you are new to running and want some help with you training and preparation for the race then why not have a look at our beginners training programme. More experienced runners may be interested in our advanced training programme.
  • How old must I be to enter?
    In order to enter you must at least 17 on or before the day of the race. You can find a complete list of race rules here.
  • Can I run in fancy dress?
    Yes, running is fun and we want to make it a fun day for everybody. If you would like to run in fancy dress then we welcome it but please remember that we would like you to finish within 3 hours so no costumes that will slow you down too much!
  • Can I use an ipod, mp3 player or other music player while I run?
    For safety reasons the organisers of the Chippenham Half Marathon ask you NOT to use music players whilst running in this event.
  • Can I walk part of the way?
    Yes, but as above please remember the 3 hour limit.
  • Will there be anywhere for me to change?
    Yes, male and female changing tents will be available before and after the race at the Chippenham Sports Club. Once you've changed you will be able to leave your bag in our storage tent if you need to - see below.
  • What about toilets?
    Toilets are always a big issue at races! Toilets will be available at a number of locations in and around the Chippenham Sports Club site. We are confident that we have got the numbers right so there should be more than enough to go around!! Please make sure that you do use the facilities available and that you leave yourself ample time before the start of the race.
  • Is there anywhere to leave my bag while I'm running?
    Yes, you will be able to leave your bag in our storage tent while you run. Please do not leave any valuables in your bag as we cannot accept liability for anything lost or stolen.
  • Will the roads be closed during the race?
    The roads will be closed as you run through the town centre but after that there will be light traffic. Busy junctions will be controlled by the police and marshalls. Please ensure that you follow their directions.
  • Will first aid be provided on the course?
    Yes, first aid and ambulance support will be available.
  • What happens if I cannot finish the race?
    If you are unable to finish the race for whatever reason you should report to the nearest marshall who will arrange for you to be transported back to the finish. If you are unable to make it to a marshall then remain where you are and wait for one of our sweep vehicles.
  • When and where will the results be published?
    The chip timing and results service is being provided by Sport Systems. The results will be published as soon as possible and we hope to make them available here on the same day as the race.
  • Will there be expected time markers at the start?
    Yes, there will be markers at the race start displaying different finishing times. Please stand in the section you feel is nearest to your estimated finishing time.
  • How do I get to Chippenham?
    Chippenham is close to the M4 and on the main railway line from London to Bristol. Full details of how to get to the Chippenham Half Marathon can be found here.
  • Where can I park on race day?
    There will be ample parking available on the Sheldon school campus. Please follow the signposts that will be placed on all the major routes into Chippenham. A map and details of where to park can be found here. In addition parking can be found in one of the many town centre car parks which are a short walk from the race start.
  • Where does the race start from?
    The race will start on Bristol Road but you should make your way initially to the Chippenham Sports Club where you will find changing facilities, baggage storage and toilets. The pre race briefing will take place in front of the Chippenham Sports Club pavillion after which you will be asked to line up according to your expected finish time on Bristol Road.
  • Where can I stay in Chippenham?
    There are many places to stay in and around Chippenham. For more information have a look at our Accomodation page here.

Hopefully we have provided answers to all your questions but if there is something we have missed then contact us and let us know.

Official Charities

Official Sponsors

John Williams Heating Services

Siemens Rail Automation

 & Construction Services Ltd

Par Foods Ltd

If you would like to be a sponsor of the Chippenham Half Marathon then please contact us.

Latest News

01/01/2017 - ** Many thanks to our sponsors for 2017 who will be John Williams Heating Services, CD Fencing & Construction Services Ltd and Par Foods **

01/01/2017 - ** We are pleased to announce that our official charity for 2017 will be The Rise Trust. **

01/01/2017 - ** Entries for the Chippenham Half Marathon 2017 ARE NOW OPEN!!! **