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Inverness Half Marathon 2020 Race Info

Read on for important information on registration, parking, the start, baggage and water stations.

Don’t forget answers to most commonly asked questions by runners can be found in our FAQ.


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Race Day Timings

09.30-12.00 Info desk open and baggage drop-off at Sports Hall at Inverness Leisure Centre, Bught Lane, Inverness IV3 5SS

12.20 Half Marathon runners assemble at start line on Bught Road

12.30 Start of Inverness Half Marathon on Bught Road

14.45 Prize giving in Sports Hall


Limited parking will be available at the Inverness Leisure Centre and Highland Council car parks (parking charges may apply). Please park in marked bays only as traffic wardens may be in operation.

It is anticipated that traffic flow will be slow on the morning of the event. We encourage you to allow plenty of time, park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre or consider car sharing or walking/cycling where possible.

Please refer to map below showing car parks and temporary traffic restrictions on race day.

Parking Map

Race Packs

There is no pre-race registration for the Inverness Half Marathon this year as all runners with a UK address will receive their race number (including tear off baggage label and timing ThinTag) and safety pins in advance by post.

Runners with an overseas address must come to Inverness Leisure Centre on Saturday between 09:30-12:00 to collect your race pack from the Info Desk in the Sports Hall.  Please remember to bring photo ID with you.

Please note there are absolutely no race day entries for the Half Marathon, and strictly no transfers between races or transfer of race numbers to another runner.

Be sure to visit our retail partner, Run4It, for all your race day essentials in the Sports Hall!


There is a baggage drop available in the Sports Hall. Please tear off your baggage label attached to your race number and attach to the top of your bag.

Please do not leave any valuables in your bag; there are secure lockers available within the Sports Centre.


Did you know post-race massage aids recovery, boosts circulation, removes lactic acid and promotes relaxation? Massage will be available from Inverness Therapy Clinic in the Sports Hall from 9.30-4pm, 10 minutes for £10 in return for a donation to our charity partners.

Water Stations

There are 4 water stations on the course, located at 3 miles, 6 miles, 9 miles and 11.5 miles and water will also be available at the finish.

We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the event wherever possible and our aim is to reduce the amount of single use plastic as well as minimise the amount of water that is wasted.

This year, all four water stations on the course will use paper cups instead of water bottles.

Some runners may be concerned about how to use paper cups, having not used them in their training or at other races. Don’t worry, thousands use cups in other races and events successfully, including elite athletes – it is unlikely to cause you to lose vital minutes.

Read our tips here.

Click here for our event sustainability policy.

The Start

The Inverness Half Marathon starts at 12.30 on Bught Road about 500m from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness.

Please assemble at the start line by 12.20 and position yourself according to your anticipated finish time.

There will be different start sections depending on your expected finish time.

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