Will there be starting zones (pens) for runners of different abilities?

  • Posted on: 16 May 2014
  • By: seamusc

No. We pride ourselves on having a common start-zone where all participants get to start the race at the same time. However, as a mark of courtesy to your fellow runners and for your own comfort and safety, we would ask that walkers/joggers/slower runners should place themselves towards the back of the field at the start. For all participants, please note that your timing chip will record your actual net-time and any delays in crossing over the starting mat after the gun will not take from your chip time. As a general rule, only athletes capable of finishing in less than 30 minutes should occupy the first 20 rows of the starting area. Gun-time (or gross-time) will be considered as the official finish-time and will be used to determine prize-winners. Chip-times will be recorded and published for all athletes as well however. Note - "wave-starts", such as may be seen in many large city marathons, are not feasible for this race (see question on road-closures for one reason why).