King’s Park Athletics Centre
An impressive all-weather facility, with a full range of track and field equipment available to hire. It’s home to the Bournemouth Athletics Club and hosts regular competitions and events. The centre includes an all weather track, cross country course, weights room and a throws area. You can watch events from the covered stand and get refreshments from the cafe.
Take in these beautiful views as you hit mile 9 on the coastal marathon route. Standing mid way between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays.
Run along the breathtaking Boscombe Pier at Mile 9. The Pier itself has stood on the site since 1889 and was declared ‘Britain’s Coolest Pier’ by Wayne Hemingway in 2009.
RUSSELL COTES ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM
At Mile 10 you can see the famous Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Situated on Bournemouth’s stunning cliff-top, over looking the sea, this exotic seaside villa has been sealed in time creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting.
As you hit the iconic Bournemouth Pier, you know you’re on the home stretch. The Pier was first constructed in 1856. The Pier has undergone numerous transformations over the years, with the addition of the Bournemouth Pier Theatre in 1959.
The most beautiful sight for any half marathon runner – the finish line at the Lower Gardens! Landscaped in 1871 after a competition was held by Bournemouth Council to design the new gardens, most of the Victorian splendour still remains today.