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19/03/2023 | Buxhall, United Kingdom Stowmarket Half Marathon

Get ready for the Robert Tomlinson Half Marathon on Sunday, 19 March 2023 - 11:00am.

The Robert Tomlinson Half Marathon will, once again take place from The Tomlinson Groundcare premises in Buxhall.

After the sad loss of our friend, fellow club member and sponsor, Robert Tomlison's family are, once again, very kindly and generously hosting our very popular Half Marathon.

The race is dedicated in Robert’s memory and we invite you to enter the race which is one of the most rural and scenic Half Marathons in the Suffolk race calendar.

Race Headquarters and Start/Finish:

Tomlinson Groundcare
Hall Orchard
1 Brettenham Road
Buxhall, Stowmarket 
IP14 3DL

The venue in Buxhall is located three miles west of Stowmarket past Great Finborough. Parking is available at Tomlinson Groundcare by following the signs and marshal instructions. Please do not park on the road or at the church.

Chip Timed and held under UKA rules.

UKA Race Licence: 2023-45371

Certificate of course accuracy: SEAA 19/311

The Half Marathon race is open to all entrants aged 17 years or older on race day with a course suitable for racing wheelchairs. The route takes in some of Suffolk's quietest rural country roads through undulating scenic countryside. 

Course records: Mens - Aaron Scott (Notts AC) 1:09.17 (2016);  Womens - Helen Davies (Ipswich Jaffa) 1:15:31 (2020)

All runners completing the 13.1 miles receive a momento.

Prizes will be awarded to:

1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Female winners

Male Vet 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70+
Female Vet 35, 40, 45, 50 , 55, 60, 65+

Entry Fees

Online Entry: £22. A £2 discount will be given for affiliated runners.

Entry on the day if availability allows: £25. A £2 discount will be given for affiliated runners.

Field size: 500 entrants

Pacers:  We hope to have pacers running for the folowing times -1hr 45min, 2hr, 2hr 15min, 2hr 30 min

All participants will be awarded a memento, prizes are for the following age categories winners, boys & girls

U9 (800m course) |  U11  | U13   | U15  |  U17

Race Details

The course has an initial loop of approximately 2.5 miles before starting the larger circuit. This is a totally rural course, run on a mixture of B class roads and quiet country lanes which are single track. If traffic is met on these lanes runners should give way. Runners need to be aware that apart from the start area, the roads will not be closed to traffic. Runners will be required to run on the left hand side of the road at all times unless directred to do otherwise by a race official. No Marshal has any authority to stop the flow of traffic. All runners should therefore be aware of their own responsibility to stop at any junction in any dangerous situation.

Runners will assemble in the warm up area by 10:45am and 10:53am at the latest. The race will start promptly at 11:00am.

First Aid Medics will be present for those requiring medical attention. If you see anyone in distress during the race, please advise a race marshal as soon as possible to call for medical assistance.


The warm up area is the road off Brettenham Road in front of Buxhall Church. 


Use of audio headphones whilst competing in our race is strictly prohibited due to traffic safety reasons. Those spotted by a marshal will be disqualified.

A copy of the risk assessment will be available on the race notice board.



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, you need to be 17 years of age on race day to compete

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available at race HQ where the race starts and finishes

What facilities are available at the venue?

You can find refreshments, bag drop and toilets at race HQ, but sorry no changing facilites. 

Are there water stops?

Yes there will be regular water stops along the race route. 

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Click on the Contact section of this website.

What's the refund policy?

Sorry, we have a general non-refundable policy - however you can transfer your place to another runner. No deferrals.

Can I update my registration information?

If you have made a mistake, click on the link contained within your email confirmation. 

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, you can transfer your place to another runner if you can't run, Please use the link contained within your email confirmation.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. If you have not officially transferred your place to another runner, please do not give another runner your race number on race day. This can lead to issues for you, the runner using your number, the club, the race organisers, and even the emergency services. UKA race regulations state that athletes who run in transferred numbers in UKA-licensed road races without permission are to be disqualified. Both they and those who pass on the number will be subject to disciplinary action via the appropriate national organisation.