Bath Half Marathon
05 September 2021
The Bath Half Marathon - or the 'Bath Half' as it is affectionately known, is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. It is also the largest charity fundraising event in the South West region, raising over £1.5 million for charity last year alone. The course itself is fast and flat making it suitable for all abilities – for beginners whose key objective is to complete the course, to more regular long-distance event runners, looking to beat their personal best time. It covers a two lap 13.1 mile (21.1km) traffic-free course straddling both sides of the River Avon. The race starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street, in the heart of the World Heritage City of BathYou don't have to raise money for charity, but we're delighted that most of you chose to do so. If you have not already chosen a charity, why not run for our Lead Charity Coppafeel, or one of our other official race charities ?We are very proud of the event's reputation for its wonderful atmosphere, fast flat course and of course fantastic location. In fact, The Daily Telegraph voted The Bath Half '3rd Best Running Event' in their Top 10 Big Runs and Athletics Weekly voted the event 'The Fastest Spring Half Marathon Course in the UK in 2010.The Course Map will be included in the race programme which is posted out to all runners (with their race numbers and timing chips) in good time to have a proper read through before race day. The course route is unchanged since it was remeasured in 2006 by IAAF official course measurer Hugh Jones (ex British international marathon runner & London Marathon winner). The current course is close to the original course used in early years of the race. Hugh described it as 'officially flat, with three undulations' ! The amendments were introduced in 2006 to make the course run faster, whilst reducing congestion at the 'pinch points' at Rudmore Park and Pinesway.
The Vitality Bath Half Marathon is a fast flat course, straddling both sides of the river Avon and avoiding all the hills surrounding the City. It is an ‘honest’ two-lap course with proven PB (‘personal best’ time) criteria, entirely traffic-free (full road closures throughout). Even at the front end you’ll have plenty of company to pull you round for a good time. This is a ‘Big City’ race, starting & finishing at the same point in Great Pulteney Street – with a roadway spanning 46 feet – one of the widest Georgian boulevards in Europe and a course that threads through the heart of this historic city. The first mile is gently downhill down Pulteney Road to Churchill Bridge – so resist all temptations to go off too fast. You then follow two identical laps from Churchill Bridge, gently rising up past Green Park Station, a gentle ‘pull’ round Queen Square (the most crowded spot for spectators on the course), then down Charlotte Street and out along the Upper Bristol Road, gently undulating along Newbridge Road, and a longer ‘pull’ up to the ‘New Bridge’ at the beginning of the dual carriageway. From the ‘Twerton Fork’ the race heads back towards the City centre, pancake flat along Lower Bristol Road, before crossing over Churchill Bridge and up Green Park again for the beginning of the second lap. At the end of the second lap the runners pass across Churchill Bridge, finally rising gently (but remorselessly) back up Pulteney Road all the way to the finish with a dramatic last 200 metres in Great Pulteney Street.
We also introduced a fantastic viewing spot for spectators at Queen Square. Whether you're a runner, spectator or resident, you're in the right place to find out more about our events, including the Bath Half Marathon, Corporate Challenge & Bath Half Family Fun Run; as well as our race Charities, Sponsors, training services and medical advice
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.
Highland Spring bottled water & Lucozade Sport will be provided on the left hand kerb at the following locations on the half marathon course: Highland Spring bottled water: 2 miles, 5 miles, 8 miles, 10.5 miles, 12.5 milesLucozade Sport (orange flavour): 4.5 miles, 10 miles. Further water and energy drinks are provided after the finish of the half marathon and fun run.
Half marathon entrants need to be able to complete the 13 mile course within 4 hours. Slower runners may be asked to run on the pavements in the latter stages of the race as the roads are reopened to traffic, but marshals, drink station and medical teams will remain in post until the last runner has passed.