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CLICK HERE to download our 2017 Race Day Guide.
The half marathon starts at 11.00am. The fun run starts at about 11.20am
Please be ready in the Runners Village when the half marathon start bays open at 10.00am, as it takes a while for us to get over 12,000 runners assembled and ready for the start. Don’t forget to bring an old hoodie or jumper with you to keep you warm as you wait for the start – these are collected and recycled by one of our race charities – if you don’t have a spare one, buy one from your local charity shop.
To reduce congestion at the Runners Village, at Bath Sport Centre on North Parade Road, there is a one way pedestrian system in operation. Please follow the pedestrian signage on the day. Please check your race day maps (enclosed in your race pack) and plan your route to avoid frustration.
Red Routes – To the Runners Village
Blue Routes – Spectators to the start & finish
White, Green & Orange Routes – Half marathon runners to their designated start bays.
Half marathon start bays
Half marathon entrants will be allocated one of eight start bays, seeded according to the finish time you predicted on your entry form, with the fastest runners at the front and the slowest runners at the back. The start bays are indicated by the prefix letters A at the front, to H at the back.
The front bays (‘White Start’) are reserved for elite and best for age athletes, runners with verified sub 90 mins finishing times, and faster general public entrants.
Runners will be directed into their start bays along three colour-coded routes from the Runners Village corresponding with the colours on your race numbers :
- White bays (A-E) at the front are accessed via Pulteney Mews and William Street
- The green middle bay (F) is accessed along the Riverside path, Spring Gardens Road, Grove Street, Argyle Street and Laura Place.
- The rear orange bays (G & H) are also accessed along the Riverside path, Grove Street and Henrietta Street.
Regardless of which bay you start in, all runners receive their own personal ‘chip time’ published in the race results recording your actual running time on the half marathon course, from the exact moment you crossed the start line until you finish the race.
On race day you can decide to move back to a ‘slower’ bay behind your allocated bay, for instance if you want to accompany a slower runner, but runners cannot move forward into a ‘faster’ start bay.
If you wish to be allocated to a faster start bay you can order and pay for a REPLACEMENT RACE PACK
Family Fun Run
The Family Fun Run will start at about 11.20am, as soon as the half marathon runners have cleared the start.
Please assemble in Edward Street (marked on your race guide) before the start of the half marathon at 11.00am.
The course is just under one mile long from Great Pulteney Street down Pulteney Road to North Parade Road and back.
Finishers will exit onto the Runners Village after collecting their medals and goody bags. Unaccompanied children will be asked by marshals to wait either at the finish line (to meet accompanying parents/adults on the course), or at the runners exit (to meet parents/adults in the public area).
Travel and Spectator Information
You can see other information about getting to the race and accommodation etc by following the links on the left hand of this page.