Final Instructions

Race day InstructionsRunning Monk

Hello and on the behalf of Farnham Weyside Rotary Thank you for entering the Farnham pilgrim Marathon or Half Marathon, this will hopefully answer any questions you may have so you can enjoy your race.

What is the date and when does the races start?

Race date is 11th September and the marathon starts at 9.30am the Half marathon at 10.30.

How do I get there?

The start is at The Sands Recreation Ground (opposite The Barley Mow pub), The Sands, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1NE. OS Grid Reference SU 883464, please look out for the “Pilgrim“ direction signs, these will be from the A31 hogs back.

From FarnhamRUNFORD at the Shepherd and Flock roundabout take the A31 to Guildford, on the A31 take the next exit, sign posted to Runfold, follow the slip road round to the T junction, Turn Right, about 50 metres turn left (near Barfield school) follow road and turn next left, the FREE car park is on the right opposite the Golf Club. The start is a 150 metres from the car park.

From Guildford / London Osealen the A31, Hogs back, look out for the Seale Turn off, as you come down the slip road and reach the T junction, turn right towards Runfold, at next T junction turn Right, again towards Runfold, Follow the road down the hill and round a right hand bend, pass Kei`s Chinese restaurant and turn next Left (near Barfield school) follow road and turn next left, the FREE car park is on the right opposite the Golf Club. The start is a 150 metres from the car park. The car park is Free but there will be a bucket for donations to charity.

Running Clubs with at least 5 runners may book to park one vehicle (up to minibus
size) on the Start/Finish field, The Sands Recreation Ground – please email well in advance if you want to do this to, and please arrive early.

The closest Train station is at Farnham here is the train timetable for trains arriving on the 11th September ,  Campsite about 3 miles from start , There are a number of good Hotels in and around  click here Farnham

Collection of Numbers alton

Nothing is being sent out by mail – you need to register and collect your race number and timing chip either:

–  from outside Alton Sports shop on East Street, Farnham:

–  on Friday 9 Sept (2:00-4:30pm) or

   –  on Saturday 10 Sept (10:30am-1:30pm)  ….(this way you miss the queues on Race Day),

Or –  on Race Day Sunday 11 Sept from 7:30am onwards at The Sands Recreation Ground where the race starts and finishes.  Please arrive in plenty of time.  Priority will be given initially to the Full Marathon runners, whose event starts at 9:30;  the Half Marathon starts at 10:30.

This year we are reverting to the separate timing chips tclipshat you loop through your shoe laces, sticking the ends together with the self-adhesive

Please check you appear in the correct entry list when it’s published on 8 Sept and your details are correct.  If there’s a problem please email me at before Race Day.

The race number bibs have a tear-off numbered Baggage Label for attaching to your bag handle/strap before dropping off at the Baggage Store.

Entrant lists and Latest News

Late entries available –  from outside Alton Sports shop on East Street, Farnham: 

on Friday 9 Sept (2:00-4:30pm) or on Saturday 10 Sept (10:30am-1:30pm)  

Cost £32 or (£30 affiliated) for Full marathon or £27 (£25 affiliated) for Half Marathon 

Or on the day

From 7.30 am  £37* for Full marathon or £32* for Half Marathon

* no reduction for membership of a Club.

Any late news will appear on our Latest News and Entrant Lists file will also appear on our website This file will be our main source of late news – please bookmark it in your browser. From late on Thurs 8 Sept this file will include the Entrant Lists with allocated Race Numbers.

(Please note that the ‘Current Entries’ lists that appear on our online entry portal are the original entries.  They don’t reflect any withdrawals or switches between events advised to us after early August – but all these updates will show in the 8 Sept lists.)

*Important – Please do not use another persons number without notifying us, you will not be covered by our insurance and this is could unfairly alter the Race results. Any requests must be emailed to by 6:00pm on Wed 7 Sept, After that we have to allocate race numbers and finalise entry data for sending to our timing service supplier.

Deferrals to next year have never been allowed for this year’s entries.

What Shoes ? water stops?

Unless there has been a big Downpour the night before the race, I would go with normal running shoes rather than trail, the water stops are as frequent as every 4 miles Click here, there are jelly babies, bananas and other snacks at most of these.


You’ll be able to print out your result/time on the field this year, and those who entered online before 8 Sept and opted in to the ‘SMS’ service will receive a text with their result.

Anyone with an internet connection can see the results live as the runners come in by going to Sports timing Solutions live results These results remain available to view on the STS Results page for months.

Mobile signals at the Start/Finish field are good.

If you have an Apple iPhone and intend to run with it, STS have a free GPS tracker app which will let family or friends track your progress round the course – see STSprotracker for details.

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There will be several Professional photographers around the course (so put on your best smile) all photos will be available from Sussex Sport Photography a few days after the Race.

Race Village

There will be various stands at the race village these include

Pilgrims Walk – 2.5 mile walk, Fully marked, with great views, ideal to keep spectators busy – Donationpilgrimsporterwithrotary

Woodlarks Cafe – Selling Bacon sandwiches and cups of tea, etc.

Hopart Brewery tent – Selling “Pilgrims Porter” Farnham pilgrim official Beer – Pre order … Now. – Selling artisan Coffee and cakes.

Childrens Play Area – swings and climbing equipment – beside the seating area.

Farnham Brass Band – playing from a selection of greatest hits.

Massage will be available after the events, a donation will be given to our charities.

Prize Giving – 1pm for Half marathon and 2pm for Full marathon

Prizes will be awarded at the Race village10247272_10152377149318870_4810788610789951680_n

Men : 1st / 2nd / 3rd Vets 1st Over 40, 1st Over 50, 1st Over 60

Women : 1st / 2nd / 3rd Vets 1st Over 35, 1st Over 45, 1st Over 55

(other prizes depending on number of entries in each category)

We look forward to welcoming you on the 11th September, have a great run and hope you really enjoy the day.

Best wishes,

Farnham Pilgrim committee For Farnham rotaryroundallWeyside Rotary


Email addresses:

for issues relating to

for all other enquiries –   


More information including: facilities on the Start/Finish field, a family walk to keep spectators busy, route maps and profiles of the courses, which may be downloaded.

This event is organised for charity on behalf of the Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside – Registered Charity number 1053391                                                                    sponsors

7 thoughts on “Final Instructions

  1. Looking forward to running the half this year and will be on my motorcycle. Would I be able to park it on the field, or do I have to use the car park?

  2. Can you confirm the number of water stops? The map makes it look like there might be as many as 18 water points for the FM but the final instructions say water is as “frequent as every 4 miles”

    Many thanks!


    1. There is 17 water stops, there will also be Bourbons, cut-up Mars bars, jelly babies, jelly beans and salty biscuits at the latter ones.
      Have a great run … i think it is the only marathon i have put on weight…. be careful about taking a bourbon at the stop i did this once and crossed the line in 4.00.34 seconds (the time it took to eat the bourbon) 🙂

      1. Thanks Dave, there’s no danger of me getting anywhere near the 4hr mark so I’ll treat myself to a few Bourbons!

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