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Bath Half 2014 Charity Newsletter

Hello and Happy New Year,

We hope that you all had a great time over the festive season and that your training is progressing well. As the streets of Bath fill up with our dedicated Bath Halfers clocking up the miles, it’s becoming harder not to give everyone a wave as we make our way to and from the office each day!

We’re also enjoying seeing the tweets and Facebook comments about your training – many weather related at the moment of course – and many telling us about the fantastic causes that you are raising money for.

Last year our Bath Halfers raised a record figure of £2million pounds, and indications for the 2014 Bath Half are that this figure will be surpassed once again.

I don’t think we ever get used to what an amazing contribution our runners make to both regional and national charities and we are staggered every year by your commitment.

If you’re still thinking about raising money but haven’t decided who to fundraise for then please do take a moment to have a look at our official race charities which are featured on our website and our latest blog about fundraising in 2014. Some of these charities still have a few places left (closing date 24 January) so if you know somebody hankering after a fitness and fundraising challenge then please encourage them to sign up.

We’re keeping our fingers cross for some better weather for you as we begin the countdown to March 2.

All the best,

Andrew Taylor
Race Director.


What happens to the money our runners donate when they enter the Bath Half?

Last month we got to do one of the best bits of our job – awarding grants from the Bath Half Marathon Fund. The Bath Half Marathon Fund exists through the generous voluntary donations made by our Bath Half runners when they enter the race and ensures that the race benefits some of the small charities and voluntary groups working in our local community. We’re currently putting together some pages for our website so that you are able to see exactly where your money goes. You can see the first few here.

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Virgin Money Giving Logo Virgin Money Giving

We’ve teamed up with virginmoneygiving.com – to help you raise even more for your chosen charity. You can create a fundraising page and start collecting sponsorship in minutes. Virgin Money Giving doesn’t take a penny in profit so they can keep their charges really low. That means charities will receive an extra £1 for every £30 donation compared to JustGiving. As they also collect Gift Aid for free, so the cause you’re supporting could receive £36.46 in total for every £30 you’re sponsored

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Meet Mel Taylor - our Charity & Creative Director

Our Charity & Creative Director Mel has paved the way for our humble half marathon to become one of the top three UK road race fundraisers – with a total of £14 million being raised by our runners since 2000. The charity presence on race day – and the support that these charities provide for the runners – is a major reason why runners come back year on year. This week we have quizzed Mel about her role, and her favourite  things about the Bath Half.

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Coppafeel

Olympic Golds are sooo 2012. There’s a new athletic honour everyone’s paying homage to. The Booby Prize. To get your hands on one, all you have to do is run for CoppaFeel!, our lead charity, who are once again on a mission to recruit an army of ‘hooters’ to join them. This national breast cancer awareness charity exists to educate and remind people to start a habit of looking after their boobs from a younger age, to try and stop late detection and misdiagnosis of the disease. Earlier this year, their 220-strong troop of runners included their patron Dermot O’Leary and Radio 1’s Greg James, who ran dressed as giant boobs. (Fingers crossed these two will be gracing the streets of Bath again!)

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CLIC Sargent

Run for Me. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement. At the moment, we can only support two out of every 3 children diagnosed. Please run for us so we can be there for each and every one. We will be on hand every step of the way with expert personalised training plans, cheerers on route and a well-deserved cuppa and massage at the end.

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Macmillian

Every day 19 people in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset area hear the news that they have cancer. Use your Bath Half Marathon place to make a real difference by helping Macmillan Cancer Support reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer across the UK. When you join Team Macmillan you will also receive a half marathon training guide and a free technical running top. You will also benefit from our unrivalled on the day support, including access to our charity marquee, cheer points on the route and a free sports massage after the race. For more information email bathhalfmarathon@macmillan.org.uk or register here.

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The MS Society

Multiple Sclerosis attacks at random with symptoms that are unpredictable and often devastating. Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. There is no cure. The MS Society offer’s hope for the future by investing millions in research, and help for today through our information, support and campaigning.Help us beat MS and improve the lives of everyone affected, by joining the MS Superstars for the Bath Half Marathon 2014.For more information call Megan on 0208 438 0908 or email running@mssociety.org.uk’’

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Parkinson’s UK

We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. Our work is totally dependent on donations so please join our team and help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. All our runners will receive a welcome pack, breathable running vest and iron-on letters. We’ll support you through your training and fundraising, and be there to cheer you on the day. To run for Parkinson’s UK please visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/bathhalf or call 020 7932 1356.

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