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All Races FAQ

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can visit the My Events page to check your entry.

Is it possible to defer my entry to the following year if, for example, I am injured or unable to run for other reasons?

As stated on our Terms and Conditions of Entry, we do not operate a deferment system, so we regret it is not possible to defer your entry to another year.

Is it possible to transfer my place to another runner?

Due to health & safety reasons, we do not operate a transfer system between runners.

Please note: Never swap your race number with any other runner, as this could cause problems for our medical teams and results service. If race organisers become aware of anyone who swaps their race number they will be disqualified and reported to Scottish Athletics.

I have entered but am unable to take part, can I get a refund?

You are entitled to a refund within 14 days of entering (the cooling off period), after this time we are unable to give refunds. As stated in the terms and conditions of entry, we will deduct a £5.00 administration fee from all refunds.

Notice of withdrawal from the event must be communicated by emailing info@invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk stating clearly the desire to withdraw and putting the word WITHDRAWAL in the subject line of the email. Withdrawals will not be accepted by telephone. Participants can withdraw at any point prior to the race with no refund.

Why have I been charged an admin fee from Active?

Active Network are the company who provide our registration system; the admin fee charged by them is non-refundable and is separate from your race entry fee.

Can I raise money for any charity I choose?

We welcome all runners who wish to raise funds for charity. We would also love it if you chose to raise funds for our official charity, Highland Hospice. Alternatively you are welcome to run for a charity of your choice.

Do I have to fundraise?

Whilst fundraising is not compulsory, we do ask that all runners consider raising money for our official charity, Highland Hospice. Small amounts make a big difference, and the monies raised by the Inverness ½ Marathon & 5K will directly benefit hundreds of lives across the Highlands.

Is there a minimum amount required for fundraising?

You should contact your chosen charity direct to discuss their fundraising requirements. Many charities and organisations will directly benefit from the funds raised by the Inverness ½ Marathon & 5K.

How do I get to Inverness?

Inverness is the gateway city to the Highlands with an international airport and it is well served by public transport. Please check out the Visit section on the website which lists details of flights, trains, buses and car hire companies serving Inverness.

Where can I stay? What is there to do in the area?

There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets in Inverness although we recommend you book soon as it does get booked up in advance for race weekend.

To help you plan your trip, please visit Visit Inverness Loch Ness or the Visit section.

Where can I park?

Limited parking will be available at Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks (please note that parking charges may apply). However, it is anticipated that traffic flow will be slow on the morning of the event. We encourage you to park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre.

Please do not park at the Ice Rink as this is private property and do not leave your car on the streets surrounding the Sports Centre/start area along the river as these form part of the race route. Illegally parked cars may be removed. Parking stewards will be on hand to give directions and information.

Please allow plenty of time to get parked and walk to Registration.

Where can my friends and family watch me run?

The final few miles through Inverness offer the best vantage points for spectators, and everyone is welcome to come to Inverness Sports Centre to welcome home all runners and enjoy the atmosphere.

I would like to volunteer at the event, how can I apply?

There are a host of volunteer roles at the event. Please email info@invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk or visit the Volunteer page for more information.

Inverness ½ Marathon FAQ

When do entries close?

Entry for the Inverness ½ Marathon & 5K is open until 20 February 2018. We do not accept any race day entries for the Inverness ½ Marathon although race day entries are available on race day for the 5K, subject to availability.

How old must I be to compete?

The Inverness ½ Marathon is open to runners aged 17 and over on the day of the race.

What is included in the entry fee?

Your entry fee includes a commemorative finisher’s medal, finisher’s technical t-shirt, event giveaway, electronic timing, downloadable finisher’s certificate, Highland Spring water stations along the route and at the finish.

Can I make changes to my entry?

Changes to your entry can be made by logging into your account. This link is also included on your confirmation email.

Is it possible to enter on race day?

We’re sorry but there are absolutely no race day entries for the Inverness ½ Marathon due to the practicalities of planning for a fixed number of participants. Entry for the ½ Marathon closes 20 February 2018. There are limited race day entries for the 5K ONLY.

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can log-in to the My Events page to check your entry.

Is it possible to transfer my place to another race?

We’re sorry but we do not operate a transfer system between races. If you are interested in taking part in another race you can still register online until 20 February 2018 (or earlier if race capacity is reached), but you will have to pay the registration fee.

I don’t want to enter online; can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?

We’re sorry but we can only accept entry and payments online.

Do you offer elite entries?

The Inverness ½ Marathon offers a limited number of free entries for elite runners who have achieved the standards specified here within the 24 months prior to the 2018 race.

If you have achieved these standards and are interested in taking part in the race, please email us stating your name, age, email address, club name and details of where and when you have achieved the standards.

Applications will be considered up to 20 February 2018, but only a limited number of places are available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.

When will I receive my race pack or race number?

Race numbers are allocated for all races after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. You will receive an email advising you of this.

All runners collect their race number (including timing tag and baggage label) at pre-race registration between 09.30-11.45 on Sunday 11 March at Inverness Sports Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SA.

You will be required to show a form of photo ID in order to collect your race number. If you are unable to attend registration and wish to send a friend or relative to collect your race number on your behalf, they must bring a form of photo ID for themselves as well as a signed letter of authorisation from you confirming that they can collect your race number.

When and where does registration take place?

Pre-race registration takes place 09.30-11.45 on Sunday 11 March at Inverness Sports Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS. All runners must collect their race number (including timing tag and baggage label). Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

Where can I park?

Limited parking will be available at Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks (please note that parking charges may apply). However, it is anticipated that traffic flow will be slow on the morning of the event. We encourage you to park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre.

Please do not park at the Ice Rink as this is private property and do not leave your car on the streets surrounding the Sports Centre/start area along the river as these form part of the race route. Illegally parked cars may be removed. Parking stewards will be on hand to give directions and information.

Please allow plenty of time to get parked and walk to Registration.

How many drink stations are there on the course?

There are 4 Highland Spring water stations on the course at miles 3, 6, 9 and 11.5 and at the finish line. Water is available in 33cl bottles.

Are there distance markers on the course?

Yes, there are ascending mile markers along the ½ Marathon route.

Are there toilets on the course?

Yes, there are portable toilets located at the start line and on the course at 3 and 9 miles. There are also toilets available at the Inverness Sports Centre.

Are there showers and changing facilities?

There are changing, shower and toilet facilities at the Sports Centre. Please remember that the general public will be using these facilities at the same time and you are asked to consider them whilst you are using them.

Is massage available?

Massage will be available in the Sports Hall during Registration and post-race in return for a donation to our official charity, Highland Hospice.

Has the route been measured accurately?

The ½ Marathon route has been accurately measured by a qualified Scottish Athletics route measurer.

Can I run wearing headphones?

In accordance with Scottish Athletics rules and for health and safety reasons you cannot participate in any of our races whilst listening to any personal music that will restrict your ability to hear the sounds around you on the day.

We do allow the use of earphones that use bone conduction technology, which allow the wearer to listen to music while still being aware of their surroundings.

Can wheelchair users enter the ½ Marathon?

We’re sorry but we do not have a wheelchair race within our ½ Marathon due to safety and logistical reasons, however it is possible to enter the Inverness 5K as a wheelchair entrant.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed?

For safety reasons, we do not allow runners to take buggies onto any sections of the ½ Marathon route. Buggies are allowed in the 5K.

Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately, for safety reasons we do not allow dogs to run with you in either of the races. Dogs are also not permitted within Inverness Sports Centre or the finish line at Queens Park Stadium.

Can I be supported by bike along the route?

For safety reasons, it is strictly forbidden for cyclists to cycle alongside runners in either of the races.

Can I run in fancy dress?

We welcome runners in fancy dress however we do reserve the right to prevent you from participating in any race if we consider that the fancy dress outfit may cause danger or risk of danger to you or other participants. We’re sorry but you can’t use roller skates, push a wheel barrow, pull a hand cart or use walking poles.

I am a slow runner; can I still take part?

We welcome all runners to take part in the Inverness ½ Marathon – we also have a few walkers! In the interests of safety and to return traffic flows to normal as soon as possible, the organisers advise the course will start closing after 2½ hours. However, marshals will remain in place until the last runner passes. Participants still on the course after this time will be responsible for their own safety and should use the pavement wherever possible.

What happens if I cannot finish the race?

If you wish to retire at any point during the race, please approach one of our medical or marshal teams. Red Cross first aiders will be located at every water station. Should runners not be allowed to continue for medical reasons or require medical treatment, Race HQ will be notified. For safety reasons, please do not leave the course without informing an event official or marshal.

Can I get a photograph of myself running the race?

Yes, there will be photographers located on the course and at the finish. Their photographs will be available to purchase online within 72 hours of the event at Marathon Photos.

Inverness 5K FAQ

How old must I be to compete?

The Inverness 5K is open to all ages. All children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

When do entries close?

Entries are open for the Inverness 5K until 20 February 2018, with limited entries available on race day.

What is included in the entry fee?

Entry fee includes finisher’s medal, event giveaway and Highland Spring water at the finish.

Can I make changes to my entry?

Changes to your entry can be made by logging into your account. This link is also included on your confirmation email.

Is it possible to enter on race day?

A limited number of race day entries for the Inverness 5K are available during Registration open between 09.30-11.45 on Sunday 11 March.

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can visit the My Events page to check your entry.

I don’t want to enter online; can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?

We’re sorry but we can only accept entry and payments online.

When will I receive my race number?

Race numbers are allocated for all races after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. You will receive an email advising you of this.

All 5K runners must collect their race number during pre-race registration between 09.30-12.00 on Sunday at Inverness Sports Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS.

When and where does registration take place?

All 5K runners must collect their race number during pre-race registration between 09.30-12.00 on Sunday 11 March at Inverness Sports Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS.

Where and when does the 5K start?

The Inverness 5K starts at 12.40 prompt on Sunday 11 March on Bught Road about 500 metres from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness. All 5K runners will be asked to congregate in the 5K start holding area no later than 12.20.

Where can I park?

Limited parking will be available at Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks (please note that parking charges may apply). However, it is anticipated that traffic flow will be slow on the morning of the event. We encourage you to park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre.

Please do not park at the Ice Rink as this is private property and do not leave your car on the streets surrounding the Sports Centre/start area along the river as these form part of the race route. Illegally parked cars may be removed. Parking stewards will be on hand to give directions and information.

Please allow plenty of time to get parked and walk to Registration.

Can I get a photo of myself running the race?

Yes, there will be photographers located on the course and at the finish. Their photographs will be available to purchase online within 72 hours of the event at Marathon Photos.

Are dogs allowed?

We’re sorry but for safety reasons we do not allow dogs to run with you in either of the races. Dogs are also not permitted within Inverness Sports Centre or the finish line at Queens Park Stadium.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in the 5K?

Yes, buggies are allowed on the 5K course, and you will be required to complete separate entries for yourself and your child. This is for safety reasons so that we have a record of everyone who is out on the course, and to allow us to provide medals and giveaways for everyone that takes part.

How do I enter a team from a school or youth club into the 5K?

All schools, youth clubs and disability groups are eligible to enter teams into the Inverness 5K and receive reduced entry fees. If you wish to enter a team, please email info@invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk for further information.

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