Blackmores Half Marathon

We are under strict directions from NSW Police and the RMS to ensure the total time set for each event is adhered to in order to re-open roads. We must implement a series of cut-off points and redirections to ensure that the slowest runners don’t impede on our road re-opening schedule.

Will this impact me?

There are various cut-off and redirection points along the course. If a participant fails to reach the designated point by the time indicated they will be given the option of pulling out or continuing by being redirected on a section of the course. Anyone who takes the ‘redirection’ option will have their number marked and will not be regarded as an official finisher.

Start window

Each event is allocated a start window, which is a specific period of time when runners must cross the start line within. For the Half Marathon, the Start Window is 20 minutes. No one will be permitted to cross the start line after 6.35am (unless the race director delays the start). Any crosses the start after the start window will be disqualified.

Tail control & tail pick-up

A tail vehicle controls the event cut-off time and event officials will be located at each of the designated cut-off and redirection points noted below. Participants must follow the directions of event staff at all times and failure to do so will mean immediate disqualification and may prevent participants being allowed entry in future years.

The tail vehicle marshals will issue late timing warnings to runners throughout the course to help you manage your pace and meet cut-off times. Any runner who is behind the official cut-off time at the cut-off point(s) may be asked to leave the course or take a redirection.

Half Marathon Cut-off & Redirection Points
    Distance Race Time Cut-Off Time of Day
Official cut-off time - 2hrs:45min - participants to maintain 7min:49sec per km or better   
1 College St and Art Gallery Rd (redirection point)
Runners redirected along College St (missing Royal Botanic Gardens Loop)
6.0km   1hr:06min 7.21am
2 Phillip St at Drink Station 3 (cut-off point)
Runners to be taken off the course and directed to the Finish Line
10.0km  1hr:38min  7.53am
3 Cadman's Cottage, Overseas Passenger Terminal at HM Drink Station 4 (redirection point). Runners to be taken off the course and directed to the Finish Line 11.5km  1hr:49min  8.04am
4 King St & Sussex St - outbound (redirection point)
Runners redirected to return north along Sussex St (missing Pyrmont)
14.2km  2hr:11min  8.26am
5 Pyrmont St at HM Drink Station 6 (cut-off point)
Runners may be redirected along Pyrmont Bridge Rd, onto Pyrmont Bridge and over pedestrian walkways to re-join with the course at Sussex St, to continue on pathways only.
16.2km  2hr:26min  8.41am
6 King St & Sussex St - inbound (directional information point)
Runners will be asked by Event Officials to keep to the left and if the lead Marathon Wheelchair entrant approaches from behind, then the tail of the Half Marathon must keep left or continue to the finish on pathways only.
17.42km 2hr:36min 8.51am

From Park Hyatt onward (under direction of Course Officials)

19.6km  2hr:53min 9.08am

Note 1

If runners are unable to make the King St / Sussex St outbound cut-off point, runners will be redirected and turned around at this point and not allowed to proceed out to Pyrmont. Runners will however be able to continue back to the finish at the Sydney Opera House. Runner's numbers will be marked and DSQ noted.

Note 2

From the Park Hyatt, slow runners must obey the directions of Course Marshals. The Half Marathon tail may be asked to stay to the far left, walkers may be asked to leave the course and walk next to the course along the section from the Park Hyatt to the finish line if slower than 2hr:45min pace. At the Overseas Passenger Terminal, very slow walkers will be asked to walk around the northern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and continue to the finish line outside of the barricades. This is for safety reasons with the Marathon wheelchair athletes approaching from behind with cyclists.

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