This race has a long history.
It was first run in the early 80’s and had a 10 year break from 2002 before being re-started as part of the 2012 Olympic celebrations by the Rotary Cub of Hitchin Tilehouse.
The map below represents the official course for the 2017 race which was last measured in 2012. Course Number 12/108.
Grade 2: “The old course had a 2 minute allowance from the RRC. I see no need to change that allowance “.
It’s basically an out and back from Hitchin Priory via Brick Kiln Lane and Charlton Road up to Preston with a loop around the Preston hills – returning via Maydencroft Lane. There will be a small section of grass/track at the start and finish but the majority of the route is on country tarmac – with great views of Red Kites in the Chiltern Hills.
Race starts and finish on grass in the grounds of Hitchin Priory.
Grounds open from 8.15 am.
Bring your supporters along as there’s plenty to do whilst the runners are out on the course. Bouncy castles, food and drink and music.
Timing – The races will start at 9.30am and will be chip timed.
This a hilly course and you should be able to complete the half marathon within 3 hours.
Race Numbers: Are collected on the day or the day before from a shop in Hitchin. Details will be emailed to you.
Facilities: Parking at Hitchin Priory; secure bag drop, toilets, changing; post race massage; pre-race warm up; refreshments – all right next to the start/ finish.
Prizes: goody bag and medal for all; cash prizes in defined categories.
Accommodation: Hitchin Priory offers overnight accommodation.
Local runners are asked to arrive ready to run so those travelling can use the facilities.
Sunday Lunch: the centre of Hitchin is a stones throw away and offers a multitude of opportunities.
We welcome all entrants but you should be aware that the course has some steep hills which are probably unsuitable for wheelchairs.Enter 2017 Hitchin Hard Half Marathon