The Hard Way Half

The original Portland Coastal Run!

Established by our Club Captain at the time Mike ‘The Beast master’ Tizard, This challenging half marathon will test your mental and physical resolve as you test yourself against some of the toughest terrain Portland has to offer, rocky footpaths, pebble beach, and steep hills and some lovely sea views!

The route takes you from the top of the island to the bottom and back up again. Along the way you will pass the prison, Historic High Angle Batteries, the Verne, Portland Marina, run along Chesil Beach before climbing Lankridge, a challenging climb of over 350ft.
A quick breather at the top as you appreciate the view and continue along Westcliff to Portland Bill and back up the East side of the Island where you will tackle the infamous Goat path!
Whether an experienced runner or a first timer this is a great challenge and you will be rightly proud of your achievement as you cross the line.

2019 Race Report

The 12th May saw the annual Hard Way Half Marathon take place on Portland, organised by Royal Manor of Portland Athletics Club, the course is a testing one that takes runners from the top of the island, to the bottom and back up again by way of Chesil Beach, Lancridge and the Goat Path! As per previous years the race director had booked good weather and conditions were excellent on the day. This year saw 92 runners start the race with everyone finishing in good time; some runners were taking part to compete for the prizes on offer, whilst others were doing it for a personal challenge or for charity, whether Hard Way veterans or first timers to the event, all the competitors encouraged and supported each other and the atmosphere before, during and after the race was amazing. Th winner of the Hard Way was Simon Arthur, from local club Egdon Heath Harriers who completed the course in an amazing 1:32:47 and 1st Female was Sarah Hyde, also from Egdon Heath Harriers who also did an inspirational time of 1:51:28. Portland runners Dale Woolley and Julie Orton, both of Royal Manor of Portland Athletics Club did Portland and their club proud by securing 3rd Male and 2nd Female placings. This year also saw the inspirational RMPAC legend Mike Tizard, who established the Hard Way and was its race director for many years, have the opportunity to run the race competitively for the first time ever, coming a very respectful 4th in category…it could have been higher if he hadn’t been soaking up the attention on the way round! To reflect this milestone Mike was given the bib number 1 to wear along with a presentation to mark the occasion and his dedication to the event since its start. On finishing he was heard to remark how tough the course was…the response from all present was “well you designed it!”.
As usual these events, organised by small local clubs like RMPAC, couldn’t take part without the support of an army of volunteers and helpers and we would like to extend our thanks to the families and friends of RMPAC who marshalled, signed the route and helped out behind the scenes on the day, we would also like to thank St Johns Ambulance for providing Medical cover, Portland United FC for allowing us the use of the Blues Club, Portland Sea Cadets for manning our water stations and providing much needed support to the runners and lastly the people of Portland for their support leading up to and during the event.
Next years event is on the 17th May and as a small race with a 150 limit we anticipate places going fast as the event grows, so start training, book early and see you on the start line!

Event Details

Entry cost.

EA Affiliated £15:00  Non EA Affiliated £17:00

On the day entry

If the event has not sold out, on the day entry will be available and there will be an additional £2 fee for any on the day entries.

Number Collection

Registration is open from 08:30 and will close promptly at 09:45am. Please don’t be late. All numbers are to be collected on the day.

EA Registration, alterations to entrants details or swapping 

To receive the affiliated runner discounted price, the Full on Sport entry process requires club runners to enter their EA number in order to automatically generate their club from the EA system. If your number is not recognised or it does not generate the correct club, then you must speak to your club membership secretary, or check it online via https://myathletics.englandathletics.org/licencecheck/ to resolve the issue.

You will have access to update your details on the Full on Sport up to 17:00 on Friday 10th May 2019. After this time no amendments can be made by you the entrant or by us the organiser.

Entrants can also can transfer their entry to another runner via the Full on Sport Website. Again this facility will be available until 17:00 on Friday 10th May 2019.

All updates are your responsibility and these can be carried out till the cut off time. Once this cut off time is reached no further alterations to entries can be made by you the entrant or us the organiser.

Getting to the event

The Race HQ,  Start and finish is at the Blues Club Grove Road, Portland

This is the home ground of Portland United Football Club and parking, as well as toilet and changing facilities, are available.
To get there by road head for Weymouth then follow the  signs for Portland on the A354. Follow the main road to the top of Portland to the Heights Hotel roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout to Easton. After approximately 300 yards you will pass the Chesil Beach Motors Garage and the Recycling Centre on your left, the next turning on the left is Grove Road.

The PUFC ground is approximately 300 yards on your left. If using a Satnav enter the postcode DT5 1DP.

Important Event Information

This race is run under UKA rules and by entering you accept the UK Athletics rules and declare that you are medically fit and will not hold the organisers responsible for any injuries, loss or damage from participating in this event.

By entering this race you agree that we may publish your personal information as part of the results of the event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, licenses or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times and affiliation

This is a no headphone event of any kind including bone conducting ones.

The race is licenced under Run Britain (Licence Pending) and has a certificate of course accuracy issued by the Association of UK Course Measurers certificate number

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