Bath Marathon / Two Tunnels Marathon

Marathon
Bath Marathon / Two Tunnels Marathon

18 August 2019


Location:

Nederland, United, States of America
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Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

Overview

Also known as the Two Tunnels Bath Marathon, this unique competition is UK's longest underground running race, so expect an experience like no other! The route goes through newly restored railway tunnels which pass deep under the World Heritage City of Bath. The rest of the route takes in the best sites of the city and countryside.With over 4km of underground running, you are in for a truly unique running experience as you take in the converted railway tunnels that pass beneath the city. Other sites to take in are beautiful city parks, the world famous architecture of Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge as well as the stunning rolling countryside of the Avon Valley.The event forms the headline event in the Two Tunnels Railway Races which features supporting half marathon, 10km, 5km and Colourburst events making this a great sporting day out which the whole family can enjoy.The City of Bath Marathon is brought to you by Relish The Great Outdoors Ltd who have been delivering exciting running events across the South West of the UK since 2011.

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Course details

Also known as the Two Tunnels Bath Marathon, this unique competition is UK's longest underground running race, so expect an experience like no other! The route goes through newly restored railway tunnels which pass deep under the World Heritage City of Bath. The rest of the route takes in the best sites of the city and countryside.With over 4km of underground running, you are in for a truly unique running experience as you take in the converted railway tunnels that pass beneath the city. Other sites to take in are beautiful city parks, the world famous architecture of Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge as well as the stunning rolling countryside of the Avon Valley.The event forms the headline event in the Two Tunnels Railway Races which features supporting half marathon, 10km, 5km and Colourburst events making this a great sporting day out which the whole family can enjoy.The City of Bath Marathon is brought to you by Relish The Great Outdoors Ltd who have been delivering exciting running events across the South West of the UK since 2011.

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What's included

The first mile of the course is on the Two Tunnels Greenway shared path along Linear Park. It is on a slight incline up to Devonshire Tunnel which is the first of the Two Tunnels. Devonshire tunnel is 408m long and is well lit. The course gently curves round to the left through the tunnel. Next runners emerge in Lyncombe Vale and run along the elevated embankment through a very pretty wooded area. After 1km of running along the top of the embankment it is time to enter Combe Down Tunnel which is 1672m long making this the foot race with the longest underground section in Britain! The Northern side of Combe Down tunnel is 50ft higher than the Southern portal which ensures a cool breeze circulates through the tunnels. The tunnels themselves are lined with a combination of bricks and the exposed limestone rock through which the tunnels were originally bored. Upon exiting Combe Down Tunnel runners head over Tucking Mill viaduct. Runners turn left after crossing the viaduct and towards the steps to Tucking Mill reservoir. Following the public footpath leads runners onto Tucking Mill Lane past the house of the world renowned Geologist William Smith who produced the first Geologiclal Map of the country. Tucking Mill Lane is not being closed by the race so there may well be traffic along this section. Please be careful, stick to the left hand side of the road, and follow the direction of the marshals. The roads wind through the pretty village of Monkton Combe following the National Cycle Network Signs. The route runs alongside Monkton Combe School (please stick to the correct public footpaths) and onto a lane which was a track bed of the Bristol and North Somerset Railway which met the Somerset and Dorset Line (the line through the Two Tunnels) in Midford with the Bristol and North Somerset Railway line passing beneath the Somerset and Dorset Line and each line having it's own station.The route now crosses into the car park for the Dundas and Canal Company and it is here where we are positioning out second Feed Station. This car park will be in use by visitors to the canal and National Cycle Network routes so please be careful and follow the instruction of the marshals. The footpath from here runs alongside the sole remaining spur of the Somerset Coal Canal. This canal served Bath with coal from nearby North Somerset Collieries before it was bought out by the Great Western Railway Company who built the aforementioned Bristol and North Somerset Railway over the line of the canal as a speedier way of transporting coal into Bath. The Somerset Coal Canal quickly merges with the Kennet & Avon Canal at the beautiful Dundas Aquaduct which is over 200 years old. If you look to your right after the second Feed Station you will be able to see the Aquaduct through the trees. Once on the Kennet & Avon canal the route contours around the hills of Bath through the beautiful Limply Stoke valley. Keep an eye for great sites along the way; Warleigh Weir and Warleigh Manor and Brown's Folly up on the hill top on the right hand side. The 3rd Feed Station is on the approach to Bathampton just before the stone hump back bridge (near the turning point of the Long Half Marathon and Marathon of the Bath Running Festival routes). The race runs back into Bath through Sydney Gardens with ornate bridges running over the canal. The canal passes underneath Cleveland House, where canal boats used to pass their toll payment through a hole in the roof of the tunnel.There are a couple of road crossings as the canal descends into Bath to merge with the river Avon. Runners cross over the canal using the bridge over the Lock Gate, the 2nd deepest Lock in the country! (if it is in use we can cross the road - it is a little too far to jump. Shortly after the canal and river meet and the runners head right along the river bank into the heart of Bath for the 4th Feed Station. The feed station is right on the river, by the world famous Pulteney Bridge and Weir. With Bath Abbey over looking this spot, it may be tough for runners to leave this prettiest of Feet Station stops. The next few miles are along the river Avon heading pass old warehouses with original crane houses still intact. The route goes under the original railway line of Green Park Station, the terminus of the railway line, which now hosts a variety of small businesses. As the route heads out of Bath there is one final river crossing to complete the loop back into Linear Park and rejoin the route of the Somerset and Dorset Railway. There is a crossing of a potentially busy road. Please use the zebra crossing and follow the instructions of the marshals. Through a couple of streets and the route rejoins the Two Tunnels route in Linear Park. The route then goes back under the start point at Claude Avenue Bridge and towards Devonshire Tunnel. Half Marathon and Marathon runners turn off the Two Tunnels path and run along the streets of Ringwood Road and Millmead Road before entering the Brickfields site and turning left to the finish line ahead. Marathon runners will turn right at the end of the first lap once they enter the Brickfields site and merge with 10km runners who are heading out on to the course. Marathon runners turn left on their second lap and head to the finish line.

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Britain's littered with beautiful cities, but precious few compare to Bath. Home to some of the nation's grandest Georgian architecture – not to mention one of the world's best-preserved Roman bathhouses – this slinky, sophisticated, snooty city, founded on top of natural hot springs, has been a tourist draw for nigh on 2000 years.Bath's heyday really began during the 18th century, when local entrepreneur Ralph Allen and his team of father-and-son architects, John Wood the Elder and Younger, turned this sleepy backwater into the toast of Georgian society, and constructed fabulous landmarks such as the Circus and Royal Crescent.

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At Relish Running Races we pride ourselves on looking after our athletes out on the course. You will have a selection of fresh fruit, jaffa cakes, jelly bans, flap jacks, crisps, water and electrolyte drinks to power you around the course on our 9 Feed Stations around the course and at the Finish Line.

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We post all race photos to our Facebook Page for all runners to share and enjoy for FREE!

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We also produce high quality and unique medals at all our events.

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18 August 2019


Location:

Nederland, United, States of America
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Organiser:

Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

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