Darwen Heritage Half Marathon



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Those who have deferments from 2016 need to follow the instructions that have been emailed from the race director. Deadline for this is 1/2/17 23:59.

We will NOT be providing refunds or deferments to 2018. However, there is the online facility to alter competitors’ details including name so feel free to do this. If you enter but do not race, please see your fee as a useful charitable donation!

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£20 attached, £22 unattached. If the race does not fill then entries on the day will have a £3 surcharge.

Cost includes

  • Chipped timing
  • Souvenir bottle of beer
  • Fruit
  • Medal
  • T Shirt. XS, S, M, L, XL. The sizes are quite generous so bear this in mind when you order. We order the quantities requested so please don’t ask to change size on race day.

The proceeds from our 2016 race resulted in donations totalling £2500. We hope to exceed this for 2017.



Registration,  collection of chipped race number and T Shirt will be in DACA Sports Centre from 7:30 on race day. There will be nothing posted out to you prior to the race.


Venue facilities

Indoor unsupervised bag-drop area.

Ample toilets

DACA refectory will be open before and after the race for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments

Use the DACA carpark.  This this will be locked after the event is finished and we have cleared up.

Do NOT use Sainsbury’s car park


On the race route

The route is the same as 2016.

The start of the race will be on a closed road. This will prevent through traffic but residents will still have car access to their properties, so be careful.

Unless instructed otherwise by marshals or signage, run ON THE LEFT.

Water stations

There are three water stations on the route. After use, just drop bottles on the road side so the marshals can easily collect them.

Please do NOT throw used bottles over residents’ garden hedges as this causes complaints and jeopardises the future of our race.


Race records from 2016 are

Ben Fish, Blackburn Harriers, 1:12:40

Autumn Howard, Trawden AC, 1:32:46



Cash prizes totalling £700 will be as follows





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Team (of 3)

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 First Aid cover

We have full first aid cover on the route. If you come across somebody in distress, please help and ensure a marshal is notified. The emergency services are aware of the event and will pass on calls to our ambulance.




Feedback from 2016 

A job very well done Dashers. A tough, but beautiful route, excellent and enthusiastic marshalling, unusually good weather and most importantly great support from the public. Roll on next year I say!!

Great route, brilliant support & very well marshalled with a good amount of water stations...would definitely run it again

Thank you to everyone who helped to organise the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon. It was my first ever half marathon, but loved it. Great support all the way round, fantastic atmosphere, lovely scenic route and a bottle of beer at the end to boot! Thanks again to everyone who made it happen. See you next year!!!

We had a great morning. Route scenic and challenging. Really well organised. Thanks to everyone who helped the day go so well. And thanks to all the people who lined the route to cheer us on. Jelly baby was a great boost! thanks. X

Lovely people, lovely beer, best T shirt ever. The route? A bit of a rollercoaster but the weather was fine and the last two miles it was downhill all the way. Thanks for organising it, and I will sign up for next year like a shot

What a fantastic event, well supported by the local clubs and local people. Tough hills but definitely scenic. Hope it will be on again next year and I can have a proper go at it instead of using it as a marathon training run

Thanks to everyone who helped today happen ..the planning the route the marshalls and the people of Darwen coming out to support us, thanks to Darwen running group who I train with, it's the toughest half I've done but I did enjoy it .. Thank you so much ... See you next year ?

Brilliantly organised. The route some nice challenging hills, through some beautiful villages, will be on my list to do again next yr!!!

Great run. Very well managed, excellent quality medal and tshirt. Hats off to Sainsbury aswell for the free fruit. Those bananas were amazing. Same again next year

Well done Dashers, this was a great event. Well organised. Well marshalled . Lovely medal, tshirt & bottle of beer and a great entry fee. Bring on next year

Cracking route, wonderful marshals, really well organised, great t-shirt, medal and bottle of beer. Wouldn't hesitate to run this again. – Autumn Howard – race winner

Superb race - everything about it was perfect; route, support, organisation and a t-shirt, medal and beer at the finish. Cannot fault it - and great value for money

Well done, great event and team Trawden had a great day out. thanks to all xxx

brilliant day, very well organised, superb goody bag and very cool T-shirt. Hope this is a regular event

Another fantastic dashers race, well organised fantastic support from water stations and marshals and of course the spectators

Brilliant event. Great marshalling. Well organised. Great course. Beautiful views. Many thanks to Jonathan and all the dashers team!!!

Really well organised and tough route. Brilliant day well done to everybody involved. Looking forward to next year.

Well done brilliant race and support all the way. Great day x

Just a quick email to congratulate you on a fantastic event yesterday.  It's easy to forget to thank people after a race but yesterday was superb.   I've ran about 15 half marathons in the last couple of years (1 every month for the last 10 months) and your race yesterday is the best of the lot.  Why?

- it was a perfect club runners event (compared to the horrible corporate 7000 runner events) and as such it made for a great atmosphere.  The value for money side of it was incredible and on top of the goodies,  having fruit at the finish was excellent. £17 - fantastic

- I've run some challenging half marathons - the North Wales half with its 300 metres of climb being the toughest,  well that was until yesterday.  I don't think there was any flat Road in your event - it was a perfect route.  The scenery was beautiful and having 3 water stations on the route was a real bonus. 

- the friendly support.  Not just from your club and marshals but every cluster of houses on the route had people outside enthusiastically cheering us on.  Special thanks to the pom pom girls at the water station.

All in all,  it was a perfect race and one I'll always remember (I was chuffed with a 13th place finish)  I'll be back next year and I've already spread the word around my running club (Helsby near Chester)

So congratulations again - you should be really proud to have put on such a perfect race.  Please pass on my thanks to all involved.

Congratulations on organising what was a brilliant race today :-)


Brilliant route (although I was glad to see Darwen again) - very well supported - terrific marshals - lots of watering stations (much needed today - what great weather) and facilities at the end.


Thoroughly enjoyed the race - please pass on my thanks to all involved in the organisation. I hope that this is a regular race for Darwen - if so I will certainly be back!!!


Just a quick Email to say what a fantastic event you organised this morning. Well done to you and all the team for all your hard work and efforts....




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