Here are a few things to remember as you approach event weekend…
The day before the race
Eat well. Introduce a small portion of carbs into your meals throughout the day to help increase your carb intake.
Pack your kit bag and account for changeable weather conditions – lightweight waterproof jacket, headband, a hydration drink and mini first aid kit are all useful.
Pack your post race kit – almost as important as your race kit. Consider warm, dry clothes, a change of socks and protein rich treats to help you recover. We have tracking in place on the main pedestrian routes, but some areas of the Runners Village are pretty muddy at the moment, so we recommend bringing a change of footwear as well.
Check the race website for any last minute announcements, and travel watch for any road or rail delays
Get a good night’s sleep!
Eat a good breakfast.
Check the race website and/or our Facebook page or Twitter feed for any last minute announcements, and travel watch for any road or rail delays
The half marathon starts at 11.00am. The Family Fun Run at about 11.20am. There are quite a few roadworks around the city and outlying areas at the moment, and weekend engineering works on the rail network. There will be a lot of extra traffic on the road and train passengers coming to an event of this size so allow extra time for your journey. Better to be too early than too late.
Aim to arrive in the Runners Village about two hours before the start, particularly if you want to soak up the fantastic atmosphere. We’ve got some great local caterers on site with a wide variety of tasty and healthy food and drink options. The half marathon start bays open at 10.00am, and it can take 15-20 minutes in the crowd to walk from the Village to your start bay. The Bath Half is not a race you can turn up 30 minutes before race start. Family Fun Run competitors are asked to assemble in Edward Street, ready to be walked into the start as soon as the half marathon runners are clear.
Prepare yourself mentally – break down the course into segments to make it seem less daunting. Take the first mile as slow as you can, treat it as a warm up, it’s gently downhill all the way to Churchill Bridge, and with all the excitement of the day your adrenalin will be masking just how fast you’re actually running. It’s a two-lap race, so run conservatively on the first half and faster on the second.
Believe in yourself – if you believe you can do it then it should make it so much more achievable.
You can find out more about preparations on race day by visiting our website.