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Some race day tips for your hard working support team
February 11, 2014 // Rachel Ellis
So if your friends and family are heading down to cheer you on, then why not pick a place now where you will know to look out for them on the course and pre-arrange a place to meet after the race.
Our spectators usually line the whole Half Marathon route, making it one of the most atmospheric races in the UK. There are some recommended viewing and entertainment points:
1 Start and Finish at Great Pulteney Street
2 Churchill Bridge
3 Green Park
4 Queen Square
5 Royal Victoria Park
6 Station Road
7 Weston Lock Retail Park
You can see these on a map by going to the race day guide
This year we have introduced a Battle of the Bands competition – you can see details of where the bands will be playing here
There will be two signposted meeting points plus a meeting point in the middle of the Runners Village. These are good places to arrange to meet your supporters after the race, avoiding some of the more crowded locations. Look out for the meeting point banners and don’t rely on mobile phones at the event to make your arrangements – at peak times during larger events mobile networks are often overloaded due to the volume of calls.
Younger children who get detached from their parents during the Fun Run will be asked to wait inside the runners exit from the goody bag area, in the Runners Village, until their parents arrive. If uncollected they will be taken to our lost child point – all enquiries to the Information tent.
The Bath Half is well regarded as a family friendly race, and for its fantastic crowd support from local residents and visitors alike. The most popular places to watch the race are at the start and finish in Great Pulteney Street and more accessible points on the course, particularly at Churchill Bridge, Green Park, Park Lane and Queen Square. To get a good viewpoint at these locations you will may need to arrive 45mins to 1 hour before race start, and at peak times the pavements may become too crowded for infants, elderly or the infirm.
As an alternative there are some great family friendly viewing spots at quieter locations around the course (for instance the Royal Victoria Park playground) adjacent to facilities such as toilets, cafes, play areas for children and parking. A number of churches on the course route will also be staying open during the race to offer refreshment, shelter or a meeting point for spectators and runners – and to support their own runners. Facilities on offer vary with each church – some include play areas for children, tea, coffee and toilets.
The race venue, city centre and central car parks will be very crowded on race day, so allow extra time for your journey, to get into and out of the Runners Village, for the toilets and to get a good viewing point.
For safety’s sake, spectators must follow marshals’ instructions in crossing the road. Do not encroach onto the carriageway or obstruct either the runners, race officials or the medical team. Please do not smoke near runners or other spectators. Please respect local residents and use the bins provided, or better still take your own rubbish home with you !
A large number of toilets are provided in the Runners Village, and we have further toilets around the course at every first aid post and drinks station, and just after the first mile on Green Park Road but expect these to be busy, as people arrive at the venue and again before the start of the race. There will also be additional toilets designated for runners’ use on the pedestrian routes to each of the start bays. Separate toilets are provided for spectators at Laura Place.
For a map of the course and our Runners’ Village, please see the Race Day Guide