Frequently Asked Questions | Run Gatwick

When & Where

When is the 2018 Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Kids Race?

It’s all happening on Sunday 12th May 2019 – don’t miss out!

When does the Half Marathon start?

9:00am sharp for a series of staggered starts broken down according to runners’ target times.

When does the 5k / Corporate 5k start?

09:25 am sharp for a mass start

When does the Family Run start?

The Family Run starts at 12:30pm for a series of staggered starts.

Where do all the events start and finish?

Southgate Park, Crawley RH10 6HG

Race Route

What are the race routes?

The International Half Marathon is a spectacular single lap route on fully closed roads combining park, town and beautiful West Sussex countryside around Gatwick Airport.

The 5k/Corporate 5k starts in pretty Southgate Park and works its way through Crawley’s lively town centre on fully closed roads and with lots of local support!

The Family Run is a one mile fun run for all ages 4 upwards from Southgate Park on closed roads and supported by thousands of spectators along the route.

What are the rules surrounding this event?

This race is run under UK Athletics rules. Run under UK Athletics and Run Britain rules, there will be mile markers and marshals throughout the course.  The route has been accurately measured and certified by the Association of UK Course Measurers.

Will there be mile markers?

Yes, there will be mile and kilometer markers on both routes at regular intervals.

Will there be first aid stations available if I need them?

Yes, there will be a strong presence from our medical providers at various points along both the Half Marathon and Corporate 5k routes, in addition to medical teams at water stations and in Southgate Park at the start/finish.

Is there a race time limit or cut-off time?

No there is no time limit to complete the race and have your finish time recorded. However, please note that three hours after the start of the Half Marathon our marshals will be stood down and normal rules of the road will apply. Bear in mind that you will have to walk and run on the pavements so please be careful of pedestrians. All runners are encouraged to continue running and every finisher will be chip timed. Any runner still on route after midday will also be given the option of a ride back to the start / finish site if they’re unable to complete the distance. There is no time limit to the 5k. All runners are encouraged to continue running and every finisher will be chip timed.

Are all runners chip timed?

Yes runners of all the races will be chip timed. Your chip will be included with your running number which needs to be firmly attached to the front of your running top with the safety pins we provide. Please note any runners without a timing chip will not be officially timed or included in the results summary post race. Any runner who has lost or misplaced their timing chip will also be charged a £2.00 replacement fee.

Timing chips: Your chip will be automatically detected as you cross the start and finish line. The race is timed from when you cross over the start line. Please keep moving once you have crossed the line and clear the finish area as soon as possible.

Can I run wearing an iPod, MP3 player or other personal stereo device during the race?

The wearing of headphones or similar devices is against IAAF/UK Athletics rules unless the entire route is wholly closed to traffic. Although our races are held on closed roads, we do not recommend the use of headphones for safety reasons. You should always be fully aware of your surroundings, able to overtake – and be overtaken safely, and to take instructions from marshals. Please remember that emergency vehicles may have to access the course and have priority over everything and everyone.

Are pushchairs allowed on the Half Marathon, 5k and Corporate 5k courses?

Yes, race pushchairs are allowed, but please be careful and considerate of other runners.

Anything Else?

How can I help?

Both races rely heavily on a large number of volunteers (or Racemakers as we like to call them) acting as marshals out on the course, giving out water and medals to name but a few jobs. If you’re not running it’s a great way to get involved. Please take a look at our volunteers page to find out how you can get involved.

Entering The Event

Why have I been charged a booking fee?

The booking fee covers the handling charge for your place, the compilation of your race pack, your chip timing registration and your race number allocation.

How much is it to enter the Half Marathon?

There is an early bird price of £30 for the first 300 runners and £28 for all UK athletics club affiliated runners. The price will then increase to £36.00 for all non-affiliated runners and £34.00 for affiliated runners. All tickets are subject to a £2 booking fee.

How much is it to enter the 5k/Corporate 5k?

There is an early bird price of £20.00 for the first 200 non-affiliated runners and £18.00 for affiliated runners. The price will then increase to £25.00 for all non-affiliated runners and £23.00 for affiliated runners. All tickets are subject to a £2 booking fee.

How old must I be to enter the Half Marathon?

Half Marathon entrants must be 17 years or older on race day.

How old must I be to enter the 5k/Corporate 5k?

5k entrants must be 11 years or older on race day.

How old must I be to enter the Family Run?

Family Run entrants must be 4 years or older on race day.

How do I know that my entry has been received?

You will receive a confirmation email with a link that takes you to your own account profile, this area will provide you with all the details you have submitted and which event you are entered into. These details can be edited should you need to revise your postal address, email or contact number.

When will entries for the Half Marathon, 5k and Corporate 5k close?

All entries for postal delivery will close at Midnight on 30th April 2018. Please note if you enter either event after this date you will need to collect your race pack in person from the Information Tent on race day. Runners will also be able to enter the races on event day at the Information Tent.

How and when do I get my race pack?

If you paid for postage, your Race Pack will be posted out and should be with you at least 1 week before event day.

If you requested to collect your Race Pack, it will be available to collect from our Run Gatwick store, located opposite Toy Barnhaus on the first floor in County Mall, our opening times are:

Thursday 9th May: 3pm – 8pm 

Friday 10th May: 1pm – 6pm

Saturday 11th May: 10am – 4pm

Im injured or sick and won't be able to run. Can I get a refund?

As with the vast majority of races, we cannot offer a refund for either races. You can however defer your personal place to next year as long as you email us before race day. Please note there is a £15 fee to defer your place to 2019, this fee covers processing and event costs we have already paid for.

Can I transfer my place to a different distance or runner?

You can transfer your distance as long as you email us by the 1st April 2019. Please note there is a fee of £10 for transferring from the 5k to the Half Marathon.

You can transfer your entry to another runner for your original year of entry however, this must be done by the 1st April 2019.

This can be easily done, by following the steps below:

  1. Login to your registration here
  2. Go to “My Area” and then “Your Orders”
  3. Click on “Signed up” next to the race you want to transfer
  4. Click “Change Owner”, this is where you enter the details of who will take your place
  5. You are finished!

The person you have transferred to will then get an email promoting them to enter their details.

Please note: Never swap your race number with any other runner, as this could cause problems for our medical teams and results service. If race organisers become aware of anyone who swaps their race number they will be disqualified and reported to British Athletics.

How do I make changes to my registration? eg: my personal details or target time.

Changes to your registration and personal details can be made easily by logging into your Results Base user profile (this was set up and emailed to you automatically when you registered for the run). Simply login to review your user profile and select ‘My Area’.

Do I have to raise money for a charity or good cause?

No, it is not compulsory – it is entirely up to you.

On The Day Facilities

Is there parking available?

Yes, there will be just over 3,000 parking spaces within Crawley; all are within a 10-15 minute walk from Southgate Park. There are varying costs for these car parks and a map of all car-parking locations complete with satellite navigation will be available here in due course.

When will race photos be available?

Race photos will be available approximately 2 days after the race on our gallery page.

When will results be available?

Race results will be available straight after you finish – if you have registered with a valid UK mobile phone, you will receive an SMS message upon finishing with your results. You can also get your results from our race results booth in the Event Village. Post event all results will be available on our website in the main News section.

Will there be food and drink available?

Yes. The Food Village will offer a huge selection of delicious food for runners and spectators with some vendors serving breakfast from 8am. The main Food Festival will be open for lunch from 10am.

Will there be toilets?

Yes, there will be adequate toilet facilities in the Event Village and at water stations along the route.

Are there changing/shower facilities available?

No, there will be no changing or showering facilities so please arrive ready to run.

Will there be a bag storage area?

Yes, there will be a bag storage area in the event village (near to the Start/Finish area), look out for the signage when you arrive. The bag-drop will be open from 7:30am until 14.00pm and all runners can deposit one bag on the day free of charge, bags can be collected after the race upon presentation of your race number. Whilst the area will be attended by race volunteers, all items are left at your own risk, so please do not bring any valuables with you.

Disability Information

Access and Parking

Whilst the public car park at Southgate Park will be closed to the general public, there will be limited parking available for Blue Badge holders as this is located very close to the start and finish area. Availability will be on a first-come first-served basis. There will be no charge for parking for Blue Badge holders and you do not need to book in advance – just show the car park marshals your Blue Badge when you arrive. There are various other car parks located around Crawley with disabled bays.

Toilet Facilities

Southgate Park will have adequate disabled toilet facilities.

Athletes with a disability

The British Airways Run Gatwick International Half Marathon, 5k, Corporate 5k and Family Run welcomes disabled athletes, and naturally we want you to have an enjoyable and safe race. This is not a wheelchair race in itself, but wheelchair and other disabled athletes are invited to take part in the race. If you have a disability, please contact us in advance so we can understand your needs and help accommodate safe participation.