Antrim Coast Half Marathon 2020 Race COVID Guidance Press Release

We are delighted to confirm that the Antrim Coast Half marathon will go ahead at 10am on Saturday 12th September in accordance with government directive, UK Athletics Run Britain and Athletics Northern Ireland guidance.

The following protocols have been put in place to cover as many scenarios as possible:

Principles for returning to Road Running

●The Antrim Coast Half Marathon event will now be held entirely outdoors

●The event has removed all spectator congregation zones, children’s energy points and

spectators big screen at the finish area

●All competitors will be pre-registered

●A new route with wider roads has been confirmed to ensure adequate social distancing

around the course

●PPE for all officials, marshals (masks, wipes, gloves, hand sanitiser)

●Athletes will be set off in pre-determined waves

●Non – contact temperature checks for all involved in the event


●The COVID -19 lead for the event will be Miss Ruth Moore and can be reached:

[email protected]

●Correct social -distancing signage will be in place prior to the event

●Hand sanitation points will be in place at all main entry/exit points and key locations

●Additional bins will available at start lines, finish lines, and first aid stations.

●Start & finish line size width has been increased to allow social distancing.

●Warm up areas have been separated for the elite and main race with the main race warm up

now zoned and the people flow moving in the same direction


●All race bibs will be posted out to participants prior to the event.

●All participants must be wearing their bib (securely pinned on) to gain access to the race warm up and start area. Pins will not be issued on the day.

●Participants who have misplaced their bib must independently arrange a replacement with

championship Ireland : [email protected] prior to race day. This will incur a charge of £5. No replacement bibs will be issued on the day

●All race instructions will be emailed to participants and available on the website one week

prior to the event (5th September 2020)


●Online only at

●There will be NO entries on the day.

Hi- Viz

●All marshals and staff will be wearing high vis tops. Accredited Journalists will be provided Hi

Vis on request but will be required to wear during the event.


●There will be no medal presentations. Participants will collect their medal off a table at the

Bay Road entrance of Sandy Bay immediately after finishing and continue walking to the

designated exit in Sandy Bay.

●One staff member will be designated to replenish the medals.


●Guidance communication will be issued to participants and marshals prior to the event and

will be on the race website one week prior to the

event on the 5th September 2020.

●Participants will be notified via email and on the aforementioned website of all available

parking areas. If participants must park next to another car, they should wait for the other

person to exit or enter before doing so themselves.

●Participants will be allocated with a specified wave starting time and clear warm up access

point. This will be confirmed via email prior to the race.

●Starting waves will be allocated by initial Bib letter on the participants race bib

●Strictly NO spectators will be allowed to congregate on site at Sandy Bay or the Town Park.


●There will be an increased number of portaloos provided, spread out throughout Sandy Bay

and co-ordinated with each warm-up zone.

●Each portaloo will be positioned 2m apart where possible.

●Toilets will be cleaned/sanitised regularly during the event

●Hand sanitiser stations will be in close proximity of portaloo areas.

●There will be NO changing room, shower or bag drop facilities.

Water Stations

●Water stations will be available on route; however, these will not be handed out and

participants must remove water caps themselves.

●Participants are encouraged to bring their own water to the event.


●Participants must refrain from handshakes, hugs and high fives. Cover their coughs and

sneezes and no spitting.

●Try not to touch surfaces were possible at the event.

●All participants will be expected to leave as soon as they finish.

●While running participants should always maintain a safe distance from others and should

allow a safe distance while overtaking.

First aid /medics

●First Aid will be provided by St. John’s Ambulance who will complete their own risk

assessment for the event and will communicate with all necessary emergency services.

●Marshal instructions will be provided at a separate safety briefing prior to the event covering

event protocols.


●All vendors have been removed from the event.

Everyone associated with the Antrim Coast Half Marathon must monitor themselves for any signs of

coronavirus. Everyone should follow the advice of their GP or medical practitioner in all cases.

Anyone showing signs of ill health should not attend the event in any capacity.

If any participant does show signs of COVID -19 within one week of the event the race committee

must be informed so all participants and UK Athletics can be contacted.

This is in line with the government Trace and Track system.

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