Beautiful beaches of the Bournemouth Half Marathon
With stunning sea views and crisp fresh air, the Bournemouth Half Marathon is a real treat for runners of all abilities. The main focus of the race is the beautiful coastline – we take a look at the beaches, piers and bays which make this race extra special.

Beautiful beaches of the Bournemouth Half Marathon

Starting inland, the Bournemouth Half course heads down Seabourne Road to Southbourne. From here you’ll have a brilliant route along Boscombe Overcliff Drive and the Southbourne Coast Road which eventually joins the beach-side path.

Once on this gorgeous coastal path you’ll eat up the miles from Southbourne to Boscombe and eventually finish near Bournemouth pier. You’ll have the opportunity to go out to sea twice as you run along the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers.

Hengistbury Head

As you hit mile 6 on the half marathon you’ll achieve excellent views up the coast to Hengistbury Head, a relatively unspoilt and south-facing pebble beach forming the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays.

Hengistbury Head
Views to Hengistbury Head

Southbourne Beach

The award-winning Southbourne Beach features between mile 6 & 7 in the Bournemouth Half Marathon. You’ll be running alongside this section of the coast until you reach Boscombe.

Southbourne Beach
Award-winning Southbourne Beach

Boscombe Beach & Pier

Declared ‘Britain’s Coolest Pier’ by Wayne Hemingway in 2009, Boscombe Pier features around mile 9 where you’ll run to the end of the 130-year-old pier and back.

Boscombe Beach & Pier
'Britain's coolest pier'

Bournemouth Beach & Pier

First constructed in 1856, when you hit the iconic Bournemouth Pier, you know you’re on the home stretch! Less than a mile to go to reach the finish line at Lower Gardens.

Bournemouth Beach & Pier
Finish at Bournemouth Pier
ONCE YOU’VE FINISHED THE RUN

Sandbanks Beach

Upon finishing at Bournemouth Pier, why not head down to Sandbanks Beach a little further west along the coast and enjoy the rest of your day at this spacious, family-friendly beach.

Sandbanks Beach
Head to Sandybanks Beach

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