Bath Half Marathon Fund
Our Bath Half runners raise millions of pounds for charity each year, but before they have even set off down Great Pulteney Street, with the goal of completing 13.1 miles, many have already made a difference to the lives of people living in Bath & North East Somerset.
Since 2003 we have asked runners to consider making a small donation to the Bath Half Marathon Fund when they enter the race. This small act of kindness has, over 17 years, added up to a total of £500,298 enabling us to support the work of over 100 local community groups.
The relative affluence of Bath conceals pockets of severe deprivation & rural isolation, comparable with some of the most deprived areas in the UK. The invaluable work of the smaller charities and voluntary groups in addressing these issues often goes unrecognised. These groups often don’t have the resources to publicise their work, or take part and benefit from a large charity event like ours. The Bath Half Marathon Fund helps us address this by providing cash grants to support their work.
Collectively these grants represent a unique legacy created by thousands of Bath Half entrants and is our way of saying thank you to the City of Bath for hosting our event.
Also using government match funding, through Quartet Community Foundation, we have created an additional endowment fund of £269,231 to provide a permanent source of future funding for local community groups within Bath & North East Somerset.