Hundreds warming up for Worcester full and half marathon

10th May 2017

The event partner for one of Worcester’s most popular running events has expressed its thanks to all those who have entered.

Tempo Events – who organise the city’s Full and Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 21 May – has now signed up more than 800 people.

£2 from each entry fee goes towards helping to fund the free care offered by St Richard’s Hospice; as an added bonus, more than 50 runners are specifically raising funds for the hospice.

With only weeks to go, the organisers are inviting more people to join up, get fit and support their local hospice.

The event typically attracts around 1000 runners.

Sarah Bland, Race Director at Tempo Events said : “We are excited to be hosting the sixth Worcester Full and Half marathons in aid of St Richard’s Hospice on 21 May.  In the run up to the event, we are busy getting everything into place which includes recruiting 60 volunteers, ordering 5000 bottles of water, 1000 bananas as well as signs, t-shirts, medals and toilets.  It’s a busy time!”

Louise Hewett, Managing Director at Hewett Recruitment said : “Hewett Recruitment is delighted to be the main sponsor again this year for this incredible event in Worcester.  We have been supporters of St Richard’s Hospice for many years and encourage local people to take part and enjoy this event which provides much needed funds for a most worthy cause.  We all know someone in our lives who has or may need the wonderful support that St Richard’s gives to our local community.  I’m hoping for a record year of fundraising and numbers taking part!”

Jodi Brandwood, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We are thrilled that so many runners at this year’s event have chosen to raise funds for hospice care.  Last year, hospice supporters taking part in the event raised a staggering £12,074.10.  It’s a fabulous day and is successful in large part thanks to the tireless enthusiasm of the many volunteers who help out.  Without them it simply wouldn’t happen, so if you would like to get involved, please contact us.  We would love to have you on board!”

Both the full and half marathon races will start and finish at Sixways Rugby Stadium, the home of the Worcester Warriors.  Runners will take a scenic, rural route that heads out east from the city; the half marathon runners complete one loop and full marathon runners take on a second loop before the last downhill mile to the finish line.  Both races start simultaneously at 9.30am.

All runners will receive an event t-shirt and a medal for taking part.  There are dedicated prizes for the first, second and third male and female finishers, plus a team prize and corporate team prize.  The race is suitable for all standards of runner and will be professionally chip timed.

Entries are open and registration is available online at or

The organisers are also calling for volunteer help to ensure the smooth running of the event.

The event is sponsored by Hewett Recruitment which has supported the event since it began in 2011.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.