Hereford Festival of Running sponsored by Western Power Distribution

WHEN: | Marathon starts 9.00am - 10K starts 10.00am - Half Marathon starts 10.10am - 5K starts 10.20am WHERE: Hereford Leisure Centre, Hereford HR4 9UD

Hereford Festival of Running – born out of the growing popularity of the Hereford Half Marathon, 10K and 5K and the need for us to provide local and national runners a single lap, challenging and beautiful marathon.

St Michael’s Hospice welcomes runners of any ability at our events*. Whether you’re a professional, a keen club runner, an enthusiastic amateur or it’s your first ever event, we invite you to run with us in a supportive and enjoyable environment.

In 2017 the event is getting a big upgrade, with help from event sponsors Western Power Distribution, and will see a bigger Runners Village, ample toilet facilities, baggage area, visual leader-board at the finish and Club Team Trophy awards.


New – The Hereford Marathon is the only single lap marathon in the area. Covering 26.2miles of beautiful Herefordshire countryside and incorporating both flat and hilly sections. The marathon is for runners looking for a challenge and the opportunity to take in some of Hereford’s glorious countryside while being looked after by an expert support team.

Challenging – The Hereford Half Marathon is a challenging road race covering just over 13 miles. This is a single-lap course offering runners a good balance of undulating and flat sections. It is an ideal route for those wanting to challenge themselves or train for a marathon. The Hereford Half Marathon course record was set in 2006 with an impressive time of 1:08:57. The 2015 winner came in with a time of 1:16:00.

Fast – The Hereford 10K Run is a single-lap course with an elevation of just 22m. This makes it ideal for those looking for a quick time or as training for the more challenging Half Marathon. The 10K record was broken for the third year in a row in 2016 and now rests at of 32:57.

Fun – The Hereford 5K Run takes place on an off-road, virtually flat circuit, making it accessible to everyone. Dress up or dress down: however you want to participate, come along and join in the fun. In 2016, the 5K record beaten and now stands at 18:28.

Registration for these events will be open shortly. Whichever course is for you, invite your friends and family to cheer you on and soak up the atmosphere. Together, lets make the 14th of May a very special day.

*The marathon is a challenging course only fit for experienced and/or club runners. It has a grade 4 incline which requires high levels of fitness to complete. In 2017 we are limiting the field to 100 runners. Please contact us if you would like further instruction.


Hereford Half Marathon, 10K and 5K 2016 results:

You can also download a pdf of the result from the links on the right of this page.


Hereford Leisure Centre
Holmer Road

Advance purchase entry:

Affiliated runners

Advance purchase entry:

Unaffiliated runners

On-the-day entry:

(all runners)

The Hereford Marathon £25 £27 N/A
The Hereford Half Marathon £18 £20 £25/£23
The Hereford 10K Run £15 £17 £25/£23
The Hereford 5K Run £8 £10 £15/£13


Entry includes:

  • A warm-up area for runners prior to the start of the race
  • Timing chips for accurate course timing
  • A post-event SMS message with your official time
  • Water stations en route and at the finish
  • Event photography (published to Facebook)
  • Medal, water bottle and sustenance at the end of the event
  • Prizes for the top three runners in each event
  • Veterans’ prizes in the Hereford Half Marathon and the Hereford 10K Run
  • Youth prizes (u/11, u/13 and u/15) for the Hereford 5K Run


With optional extras:

  • Sports Massage (Donations appreciated)
  • Professional Event Photography


For the spectators:

  • There will be food and drink available to purchase at the start/finish line as well as commentary on the race finishers.
  • For younger spectators there will be a safe play area with inflatables

Sunday 8th May, 2016

Registration opens at 9.00 am at Hereford Leisure Centre, Hereford HR4 9UD.
The Hereford Marathon registration opens at 8.15 am until 8.45 am.

Race start times:

The Hereford Marathon: 09.00am

The Hereford 10K Run: 10.00 am

The Hereford Half Marathon 10.10 am

The Hereford 5K Run: 10.20 am

Sponsorship is important. Our aim is to raise enough money to fund the support and care St Michael’s Hospice gives to over 1,400 patients a year.


Event Sponsors