Runners on the route

The Route

The Route

The 13.1mile UK Athletics approved course is flat and closed to traffic making it ideal for first time half marathon runners, wheelchair athletes as well as the more serious club runners who are looking to achieve a personal best.

The route is made up of two laps, starting and finishing at East Beach, Shoeburyness. The route takes runners through the Garrison before picking up Southend seafront to the Sealife Centre and back. Whilst road closures are in operation there may be occasions when vehicles will be moving on the course.

Click here to open a map of the route.

Southend Half Marathon Route Map

Water and Sponge Stations

Participants will pass a water station ten times on the course. Water is provided in plastic cups along the route and in bottles at the finish line. Cups and bottles will be collected after the event for recycling.

There will be a dedicated sponge station which runners will pass four times during the race. Here runners will be able to collect water-soaked sponges to cool themselves down.

Gels and energy drinks are not provided at this event so for runners used to running with these we recommend that they bring their own on the day.