- The Race
No, you don't need to fundraise for Epilepsy Action, but we hope that you will take the opportunity to do so and support this very worthy cause.
Sign up to the epilepsy ACTION hero team today and you will receive:
• An expert fundraising pack and on-going personal support
• Exclusive access to the Epilepsy ACTION heroes Facebook group
• An Epilepsy Action cheering point along the route
• A fantastic post-race reception with refreshments and a sports massage
• An Epilepsy Action supporters’ cheering pack
• A free Epilepsy Action branded T-shirt/running vest (minimum pledge required)
Yes, it's entirely a personal decision.
You could choose to jointly raise funds for your chosen charity and the Official Charity Epilepsy Action and many online donation sites allow you to do this. This allows you to support your chosen charity and Epilepsy Action who have contributed greatly in the planning, organisation and marketing of the event.
Photographers will be positioned at key points throughout the course and on the finish line to capture the achievement of the runners.
Photographs in a variety of sizes and formats will be available to purchase within days of the event.
Every effort will be made to take good photos of all participants, but it's not always possible to do this.
Unfortunately the event budget doesn't stretch to rewarding finishers with a T-Shirt.
However are in discussion with a number of sponsors about T-Shirts so it might be a nice suprise we can tell you about later.
All finishers will receive a quality commemorative medal, specially designed for the Ealing Half Marathon. Hopefully this is something that runners will cherish for years to come.
Whilst the organisers and their partners want to reward finishers, the desire to keep the Ealing Half Marathon an environmentally friendly event is also prominent.
The organiers are exploring options for an e-goody bag which will be distributed by email after the race.
Although public transport is the preferred option, if you do choose to drive there is parking in central Ealing, only a 10 minute walk from the start/finish area.
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre - The car park can be reached from either Grove Road via St Mary’s Road (opposite Ealing Green) or Windsor Road via Ealing Common.
Springbridge Road - The car park can be reached from Haven Green, just off Ealing Broadway.
A map of central car parks and advised routes will be added nearer to race day. We are currently reviewing possible park and ride schemes for the race - please refer back here for more detials when this is finalised.
Note: Ealing Council do charge for car parking on Sundays and some road/parking restrictions will be in place specifically for the half marathon.
Please use public transport wherever possible, but if you have no other option please consider car sharing to help make the Ealing Half Marathon a green event.
Particpants are discouraged from wearing headphones or listening to MP3 players during the race.
Although the route is fully traffic free, runners must still be able to listen out for marshall instructions and emergency vehicles on the route. The race organisers are working with a local music college to provide regular musical motivation on the course and we hope that the local residents will be out in force to cheer the participants along.
The race organisers hope that you decide not to wear headphones and fully enjoy the music, support and conversation of your fellow runners. If you do decide to wear headphones on race day we ask that you ensure the volume is low enough to be able to hear marshall instructions and other runners approaching.
We'll use experienced runners as pacers to lead a wide range of pace groups to their target time.
Look out for the pacers on Race Day, they'll be clearly visible.
Yes, we'll be using Chip Timing to ensure that all runners receive an accurate personal time in addition to the gun time.
Chips are distributed in the race packs and are fastened to the shoelace, triggering sensors at the start and finish line so that an accurate time personal time can be given for each participant.
The Race Packs will be dispatched in early September.
Race Packs will contain:
Race Number - to be pinned on the front of your t-shirt/vest
Race Guide - detailed information on the race
Baggage Tag - to be affixed to your bag prior to leaving it in the baggage marquee
Epilepsy Action Sponsorship Form - to help you collect and last minute sponsorship
If you have moved house since your entry, please inform firstname.lastname@example.org of your new address.
All participants must be 17 years old or over on the day of the race. This age limit is set by England Athletics and is a condition of our race insurance.
Official Ealing Half Marathon 2013 kit will be available for purchase online soon.
Unfortunately we have no process to allow deferral of entries to next year. You will receive an email once sales for next year's event are open, so you'll be able to get your entry in early.
If you are unable to run and would like to transfer your place to a friend, family member of colleague please contact us. You will be issued with a form that needs to be completed and returned along with and admin processing fee. All transfer forms must be returned FOUR WEEKS prior to race day.
Please note that we are unable to process any requests to defer entry to 2014.
There will be pace areas & markers in the start funnel to encourage runners to start in the area most suited to their expected finish time for the enjoyment & safety of all.
There will be a single mass start and we expect all runners to filter across the start line within a minute or two. As the race will be chip-timed this small delay will not affect the official chip times of any runner.