Race Day FAQs

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These race day FAQs are worth a read before race day.

If you need us over the race weekend then you can find us at the Information Tent in the Runners Village, behind Bath Sports Centre on North Parade Road BA2 4ET

Sat 12 March 10am – 4pm
Sun 13 March 8am – 4pm
Telephone : 01225 422255

I am not able to run on race day, can I pass my race number to somebody else ?
No – entries to the Bath Half Marathon are personal to the applicant, and race numbers cannot be sold or transferred. Any runner who competes in another person’s race number will be disqualified. If you decide not to run please return your race pack to the return address on the envelope.

How do the half marathon start work ?
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.  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 (reserved for elite and best for age athletes, runners with verified sub 90 mins finishing times, and faster general public entrants) 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’ recording your actual running time on the half marathon course, from the 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.

Can I change my estimated finish time ?
If you wish to be allocated to a faster start bay you can order and pay for a REPLACEMENT RACE PACK at a cost of £10 increasing to £15 on Thurs 4th March

What time does the race start and what time should I arrive ?
The Half Marathon starts at 11:00am.
The Family Fun Run will begin at approximately 11:20am.
The half marathon start pens will be opened at 10am to allow sufficient time for runners to move from the Runners Village

Will there be extra trains and buses laid on ?
Details of travel information for the 2016 Vitality Bath Half Marathon can be seen here We’ll post any urgent information on the day our Facebook and Twitter pages

Will Park & Ride be operating ?
Park & ride services from the council’s three sites at Lansdown, Odd Down and Newbridge Park & Rides will be operating with additional buses. Park & Rides are a good option for runners but please be warned that the more popular sites at Lansdown and Newbridge are often full by 8.30am on race day. You can get further information about Park & Ride from the Bath & North East Somerset Council website.

Bath Racecourse will also be running their pre-bookable Premier Park & Ride Service on race day. You can find out more details from their website

Can  I wear headphones ?
The Bath Half is a 2-lap course and runners need to be able to hear our marshals who will ask the main field to move over as the faster runners and accompanying vehicles overtake them at speed on their second lap. We also occasionally need to get emergency vehicles along the course too. If you really can’t run without headphones then we ask that you to please wear just one ear-piece so that you are able to hear marshal’s instructions and emergency vehicles – it’s really important, and for your own safety.

Is it possible to leave a bag somewhere while I am running ?
If you want to leave your kit in our baggage tent in the race village then please tear off the detachable tag on the bottom of your race number and thread through the end handle of your bag. All baggage is left at the owner’s risk. The organisers cannot be responsible for any loss or damage caused by the use of the facilities.

What is the best way to keep warm before the race start ?
We suggest bringing an old hoodie to keep you warm before the start, then drop it on the ground at the side of your start bay just before the race start, and they will be recycled by one of our race charities.  If you don’t own an old hoodie, better still buy one from a local charity shop.  Please do not bring bin liners, they create landfill waste and they can be dangerous, tripping other runners at the start.

What if we can’t find somebody or have lost something on race day ?
For injured runners, lost children or lost property, visit the Information Tent in the Runners Village or phone 01225 422255

Are their drink stations on the course?
Yes, there are water stations and fuel stations on the course. You can check the location on your race day map.

Can my child take part in the Family Fun Run on their own ?
Children under the age of 11 years must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult. Parents of unaccompanied older children must ensure their children are accompanied to the start area and MET AT THE FUN RUN EXIT IN THE RUNNERS VILLAGE. Please allow plenty of time to make your way round to the runners exit, remembering that the pavement on the south side of Great Pulteney Street is closed to pedestrians.

What time does the Family Fun Run start ?
Fun run participants are asked to assemble in Edward Street before the half marathon start at 11.00am. The run will start at about 11.20am, as soon as the half marathon runners clear the start line. The fun run course follows the first half mile of the half marathon route down and back up Pulteney Road. Fun run participants can be met at the runners exit in the Runners Village.

Where are the best places to watch 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 find these on the course map detailed in your race day guide and read more on our blog

When will I be able to see what time I ran ?
We aim to get competitors race results on our website by the evening of Sunday 13 March.

Where are the toilets situated ?
There will be plenty of toilets on arrival at the Runners Village, and in the Bath Rugby East Stand.  We also provide further runner only toilets along the pedestrian routes into the start bays.  Toilets do get busy a peak time before the race and you will need to queue. We also provide toilets on the course on the verge on Green Park Road just after the 1st mile and then at every first aid post and drink station around the course (approx every two-thirds of a mile).