Frequently Asked Questions

British Airways Run Gatwick

When & Where

It’s all happening on Sunday 9th May 2021 – don’t miss out!

9:00am, with a series of staggered starts broken down based on runners’ target times.

9:25 am for a mass start

The Family Run starts at 12:45pm for a series of staggered starts.

Southgate Park, Crawley RH10 6HG.

Entering The Event

£38 – Includes Fees and Postage & Packaging

£24* Includes Fees and Postage & Packaging

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

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

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

You will receive a confirmation email. You can also login into your account to review your booking.  Your details can be edited should you need to revise your postal address, email or contact number.

All entries for postal delivery will close at midnight on TBC 2021. Please note if you enter either event after this date you will need to collect your race pack in person on event day at the Run Series Information Tent.

Your Race Pack will be posted out to you at the end of April 2021, so it should be with you at least a week before event day.

As with the vast majority of races, we cannot offer refunds but will facilitate deferral to our 2022 event in the event of injury or sickness.   

Subject to availability you can transfer your distance as long as you email. Please note there is a fee of £10 for transferring from the 5k to the Half Marathon.

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.

Changes to your registration and personal details can be made easily by logging into your 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’

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

Race Route

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

The 5k Run starts in 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 with plenty of spectator support along the route.

This race is run under UK Athletics rules, under these 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.

Yes, there will be mile markers on the Half Marathon and kilometre markers on the 5k Run. 

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

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 the roads will begin to re-open and our marshals will no longer be present on the route. Once the roads re-open participants will have to walk or run on the pavements so please be careful of pedestrians.  Any participant still on route after the 3 hour cut off will be given the option of a ride back to the finish if they’re unable to complete the distance.

Yes, all runners will be timed. Your timing chip will be fixed to the back of your running number which needs to be securely attached to the front of your running top. Please note any runners without a timing chip will not be officially timed or included in the results summary post race. 

Your timing chip will be automatically read as you cross the start and finish line, your time will be sent to you via text message after the event and will also be listed on the results page of our website.

If you choose to wear headphones you should always be fully aware of your surroundings, able to overtake – and be overtaken safely, and to take instructions from marshals. 

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

On The Day Facilities

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.

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

Race results will be available straight after you finish – if you have registered with a valid UK mobile phone, you will receive a text 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.

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

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

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

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.

Access Information

There will be NO parking at Southgate Park on race day. We have agreed the use of several car parks around Crawley which are all close to Southgate Park. Parking for Blue Badge holders is on a first come first served basis. We recommend that you try the Hawth Car Park or Telford Place as these are closest to Southgate Park. 

Southgate Park will have adequate disabled toilet facilities.

This is not a wheelchair race in itself, but we welcome wheelchair and other disabled athletes 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.

Anything Else?

Both races rely heavily on a large number of volunteers (our RaceCrew 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.

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Coronavirus Update

We are sure you are all wondering if British Airways Run Gatwick scheduled to take place in just 8 weeks time is still going ahead. In light of the fast moving developments around COVID-19, regretfully we have taken the decision this weekend to postpone the event. Whilst we are extremely disappointed for us and all of you who have been training, our first priority is always to protect the health and well-being of our runners, volunteers, partners and the wider community and this is coupled with the need to not put additional pressure on our local and emergency services.

Our new date for the event will be Sunday 18th October and we absolutely intend to deliver the full British Airways Run Gatwick experience for everyone but as you can appreciate, the next few months are uncertain and therefore we will keep you updated regularly.

We are also aware that many other running events are also postponing to the Autumn period and British Airways Run Gatwick may clash with them and we know that many of you will have to choose between us and other great events. There’s nothing we can say other than we really hope you will still join us. Your entry will automatically be carried over to the new date so there is no action for you to take.

We know you may have some questions particularly around deferrals and transfers, so please bear with us over the coming days as we want to ensure a streamlined and consistent response to you all. Updates will be emailed directly and posted on the Run Gatwick website and our social media channels. Please could we ask you to wait for those updates rather than emailing or asking for updates via social media, this will really help our small team in these difficult circumstances.

Our running and local community are incredibly supportive and we’d like to thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and continued support whilst we work on new plans to deliver a fantastic event experience for everyone in October.

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