additional race and runner information

Where do the races start from?

The following races begin inside the Events Village:

  • 5km
  • Half Marathon
  • 1 Mile Dash

The 500m dash starts in front of the Lido and the 10km starts on Esplande Road. Please ask anyone of our team for directions if you get lost or listen out for the announcements throughout the day.


There will be the opportunity to place your bag in the Bag Drop Area that is located on the Events Village map found in our Events Village section

Please ensure plenty of time to drop your bag off as races will not be delayed and any bags left unattended will be removed and potentially destroyed due to security concerns

The 401 Foundation cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage to any items you leave in the bag drop area, you leave them at your own risk however our Volunteer Marshalls and Events Teamwill ensure they are kept as safe and secure as possible

Age Restrictions

As we are governed by England Athletic Rules and Regulations, as a responsible event organiser, our races have age restrictions, please see below:

  • 500m Dash - All ages but please be advised this is aimed at kids
  • 1 Mile Dash - All ages but please be advised this is aimed at kids
  • 5km - 11 years or over as of 25th August 2018
  • 10km - 15 years or over as of 25th August 2018
  • Half Marathon - 17 years or over as of 25th August 2018

The 6.1km is only available as part of The 401 Festival Challenge so therefore abides by the entry level for the Half Marathon which is 17 years and over as of 25th August 2018

SECURITY for races and onsite

We work hard to ensure that all our runners and supporters are kept safe at all times

During the races we have a team of Volunteer Marshals on the course along with St John's Ambulance staff to help support with any security and medical emergencies

Medical Support

St John's Ambulance volunteers are on hand and are based in the Events Village

Please ensure that you fill in the back of your bib number and make the Events Team at the registration desk aware of any medical issues you have if you haven't already added these to your application form

As standard, on entering any 401 Foundation events, you are doing so knowing that you are physically fit and healthy enough to take part. The 401 Foundation cannot take any responsibility if a medical emergency arises, however we will work effectively with St John's Ambulance to ensure you are treated with the utmost respect and dignity and medical attention is provided quickly


Unfortunately we are not able to allow any dogs to take part in our events

Push Chairs

Unfortunately we are not able to allow any pushchairs  to take part in our events

Bib numbers and race packs

Bib numbers and race packs will be available for PICK UP ONLY from The Information Tent on the day of your race.

We will NOT be posting any race packs this year

Please bring your confirmation ticket and ID to the Information Tent to pick up your bib number and race pack.


Water Stations

There are water stations on the 5km, 6.1km, 10km and Half Marathon courses, these are marked on the course maps which can be found in the Distances and Course Maps section.

First Aid

The HQ for all first aid will be available in the Events Village in the form of representatives from St John's Ambulance.


There are one set of toilets on route and plenty located in the events village, please be mindful that you will be running through residential streets so act in an appropriate manner and ensure we keep the reputation of this event intact with the local Portishead community

any questions please don't hesitate to contact us