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The Bath Half Marathon is the largest single day charity fundraising event in the south west region, providing a valuable source of income for a wide variety of local, regional, national and international charities.  In 2017 a record figure of over £2.25 million pounds was raised for charity.  In 2018 £1.5 millions pounds was raised for charity, despite the race being cancelled.

Partnership with the race also helps to raise a charity’s profile, which is particularly valuable for local smaller charities supporting less popular causes.

Each year we highlight the invaluable work of a number of charities.

Our 2019 Lead Race Charity is BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION – you can BUY AN ENTRY FROM BHF for just £20 (providing you commit to raise £250 pounds)

CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST Bath’s local children’s hospice is our Local Race Charity – their reserved entries are now all SOLD OUT. But if you already have a general public entry you can still fundraise for them


For a full list of our partner charities see BATHALF CHARITY LIST

Entries to the Bath Half Marathon have been heavily oversubscribed for each of the last 18 years.

Around 35% of half marathon entries in the 2019 Bath Half Marathon will be reserved for our official race charities (30% in 2018).  Runners can apply for a reserved charity place by application direct to one of our official race charities, in return for a commitment from you to fundraise for their charity.  Many charities offer training and fundraising support, running vests and race day hospitality in return for your fundraising commitment.

Some of our race charities also provide us with volunteers to work on the event, in return for a donation from us to the charity.  This is an opportunity for non-runners to get involved in the event, whilst also supporting your chosen charity.


In addition to the reserved places available through our Official Race Charities we are delighted that nearly 40% of our ‘own place’ runners, who obtained their entries by registering direct through our general public scheme, chose to raise money for charity.

All of our official race charities welcome ‘own place’ runners willing to fundraise for their charity.  So if you have already secured your own place, but have not yet decided which charity you want to support, please consider British Heart Foundation or one of our other official race charities.


Voluntary donations made by runners when they enter the race are used to provide grants to smaller local charities, as a way of thanking the local community who suffer the inconvenience of the event. Established in 2003 and administered by Quartet Community Foundation, the Bath Half Marathon Fund enables smaller local charities and voluntary groups to benefit from funds raised through the event.

Find out more about the Bath Half Marathon Fund