A COVID-Confident Event


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Keeping you and our community safe

The safety of runners, spectators, charities, volunteers and local residents remains our number one priority at the BATHALF

The Bath Half is one of the longest standing and most popular road races in the UK

Things that will not change for 2021:

    What might be changing for the 2021 Bath Half :

    The coronavirus situation is continuing to change. No-one can predict with certainty the situation by the time of our event in March. So we are developing a number of different and flexible event plans to suit a range of possible scenarios.

    We are working with Bath & North East Somerset Council and their public health team and other stakeholders to deliver the 2021 Bath Half as a COVID-secure event whilst ensuring the safety of runners, spectators, charities, volunteers and local residents – in accordance with government and public health guidelines.

    We all hope that the coronavirus situation will be resolved by the Spring and we can return to our normal arrangements, BUT….

    If the current restrictions and social distancing continue we will run a ‘BATHALF LITE’ in 2021.  Our initial modelling shows that with some alterations to the format of the event we can safely accommodate 10,000 half marathon entries:

    2021 Safety Measures:

      Other measures include:

      • Halving the number of public entries in the half marathon
      • Planning alternative options to our traditional 2-lap course route
      • Excluding spectators from the Runners Village, and significantly reducing the number of spectators at the start/finish and around the course
      • We will not be able to stage the Family Fun Run in 2021
      • Reducing or removing ‘contact points’ at the event, such as aid stations and hospitality

      We are developing flexible plans to allow for event postponement or cancellation in the event of a local lockdown.

      The 2021 Ballot:

      If the situation improves we will release further half marathon entries by public ballot.  Click HERE for details of our ballot entries.

      Cancellations and Refunds:

      As we can no longer obtain event cancellation insurance for infectious disease, if we have to cancel the race because of coronavirus we will only be able to offer partial refunds, based on the costs already invested to date in event production. Full refunds will remain for all other cause of cancellation (for instance adverse weather) for which we are still able to obtain insurance.  Click HERE for details of our cancellation and refund policy.

      We will update you as our plans develop, after ongoing stakeholder consultations. Further details will be confirmed as the situation becomes clearer, and in good time before the event.

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