The Plymouth Half Marathon offers more than a well organised race. Because of its date Sunday 29th May 2011 it’s an activity that you can combine with a nice break in a beautiful part of the country.

Plymouth is one of the largest Cities on the south coast yet it is small enough to care about those personal touches that make your visit special.

With the historic Barbican, where the Mayflower and the Pilgrim Fathers set sail, this provides a mix of narrow cobbled street, galleries, inns and good eating houses, including The Restaurant Kitchen owned by the Tanner Brothers.

Moving around the foreshore to the majestic Hoe, many a setting for sailors returning home from around the world voyages, such as Sir Francis Chichester, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir Robin Knox Johnston.


On to the Hoe Promenade itself, famous for that game of bowls played by Sir Francis Drake and home of the main War Memorial. Continuing around the foreshore meeting the junction of the River Tamar, the now restored Royal William Yard, Scott’s monument and Devonport Naval Base.

To the north of the City and only 15 minutes drive away is the Dartmoor National Park, awe inspiring beauty.


In the City Centre we have The Regional Theatre of the Year “The Theatre Royal” providing a varied season of shows. The Pavilions venue for live gigs etc.


Now that that has wetted your appetite a bit more about the Plymouth Half Marathon -
Re-established in 1994, the event continues to grow and offers a Challenging Test for all levels of athlete. The course takes in many of the areas mentioned above with this year’s start moving to Royal Parade in the heart of the City. Skirting the port and heading towards one of the old towns, Stonehouse that now makes up the City of Plymouth. Turning back into the infamous Union Street leading into Royal Parade before heading towards the river Plym.  Having crossed over Laira Bridge and the river Plym we now take advantage of running through Saltram Park, setting for Sense and Sensibility. This is a tough section of the route but has the benefit of being away from traffic.

You are now reaching halfway and getting ready to head for home, a nice downhill section leads back over the river Plym and around the Cattedown area of Plymouth. You are now only a mile away from those famous cobbled streets of the Barbican and the long climb for the Hoe Promenade and the finish.

Come and enjoy the experience of the Plymouth Half Marathon and have a great weekend in Plymouth.

Next event dates:

29 May 2011



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