Corporate Challenge Newsletter
Hello and welcome to the first edition of our BATHALF 2014 Corporate Challenge newsletter for business teams. Congratulations on securing your place, we’re delighted that you’ll be joining us on 2nd March
This monthly newsletter is specifically for Corporate Challenge runners taking part in our 2014 Bath Half and will contain news and information that will help you prepare for the race as well as important information about the big day.
General public entries to the Bath Half are now sold out. There are still a handful of Corporate Challenge entries left – but these are selling fast – so if your colleagues are still hoping to take part then please encourage them to sign up quickly.
As we creep nearer to January we are preparing to send out over 15,000 race packs to our runners. It’s a mammoth task and it helps us greatly if you can read the information below about updating personal details and entry refunds – the deadline for this is 26th December 2013.
You can keep up to date with preparations and the latest BATHALF chatter on Facebook and Twitter. We love to hear from our runners about how you’re getting on with your preparations for the big day.
We hope you all have a great time over Christmas and New Year – and manage to squeeze some training in between the parties and the presents!
All the best,
Race Director, Bath Half Marathon
| || 26th December deadline – update your personal details |
If you’ve moved house since you registered your race entry you’ll need to either notify us of your new address or to make arrangements for your post to be diverted or collected from your old address. To notify us of your change of postal address, maiden name, email address, estimated finishing time or club details please use our on-line enquiry form. If you notify us of your change of address before we start to process our race pack mail out on 26th December, we will arrange for your race pack to be sent to your new address. Likewise, if you notify us of change in estimated finish time before we allocate race numbers on 26th December, we can change your start bay without charge. After this date the issuing of replacement race packs or changes to start bays will incur charges. More >
| || 26th December deadline – entry refunds |
We offer a refund of £10 (or a £10 credit towards an entry for the 2015 Bath Half) to applicants who cancel their half marathon entry before the 26th December 2013 when we start to process our race pack mail-out. If you cancel your entry after 26th December we can offer you a guaranteed place in the 2015 race (you still have to pay the discounted on-line entry fee) if you notify us of your withdrawal and return your race pack (including your timing chip) to us before race day. Race entries are personally registered to the entrant and cannot be transferred to another runner. We cannot offer refunds for Family Fun Run entries. Cancellation & refund requests must be made using our on-line cancellation notification form. More >
| || Corporate Challenge Fundraising Commitment |
Each Corporate Challenge entrant undertakes to fundraise a minimum sum of £200 for a charity of their own choice and to provide details of their fundraising on request to their team captain after the event. If you haven’t already selected your chosen charity, please consider fundraising for our lead charity – Coppafeel, or for one of our other official race charities. Our Charities >
| || Bath Half Blog - Getting your training underway |
We’re delighted to kick off the 2014 BATHALF blog with a guest blog post from Martin Yelling. Martin is a former elite athlete with a PhD in physical activity and health promotion who is the founder and co-presenter of the UK’s number 1 running podcast ‘Marathon Talk‘. More >
| || Training support |
Whether this is your first half marathon or you’re a seasoned half marathon runner, you will no doubt be turning your attention to a training regime that will see you through the winter months and get you ready for race day. We’ll be on hand to help you with this as the weeks tick by; publishing training tips and advice on our website and in our newsletters and blogs. Take a look at the support section of our website, which includes a new beginners training plan devised by Martin Yelling. More >
| || Help us raise over £2million |
In the last 13 years, the Bath Half has raised more than £14million for charity. Last year alone our runners raised a staggering £2million. We’re hoping our 2014 runners will rise to the challenge once again, supporting some of the amazing official race charities including our 2014 lead charity Coppafeel. More >
| || Local running clubs and groups |
This week we’ve put together a list of running groups and clubs local to the Bath area including a new Pilates for Runners group. If you live further afield and have information about running groups or clubs in your area, then please do let us know via Facebook or Twitter and we can spread the word about those too. More >
| || Family Fun Run |
Entries to the Bath Half Family Fun Run are now open. The Family Fun Run is open to entrants of all ages and abilities. It starts and finishes under the Half Marathon gantry in Great Pulteney Street, after the start of the half marathon. There is a free t-shirt for every entrant and medal and goody bag to all finishers. Our nominated family fun run charity for 2014 is Send A Cow. More >
| || Jantastic 2014 - looking for some motivation? |
Jantastic is a free running participation challenge developed by Marathon Talk and supported by England Athletics and adidas that is designed to give your running and fitness a boost in the spring. Jantastic is suitable for all running ability levels and open to everyone. It’s all about setting yourself personal running targets during January, February and March to help stay on track with your New Year’s fitness, health and performance goals. You can participate in Jantastic as an individual or as part of a team.
We’ve set a team up called ‘Bath Half 2014‘ and would love you to join us in completing Jantastic 2014. Sign up is open now. The challenge starts on Monday January 6th 2014. More >
| || Winter Training Tips |
There is no getting around the fact that a spring race requires our runners to bank the bulk of their training miles during the cold, winter months. With that in mind we have included some winter training tips in the support section of our website. More >
| || Every pair of trainers tell a story |
This year the Bath Magazine has teamed up with the Bath Half, and we have something special in mind…so we need your help…and your trainers! On Tuesday 14 January we’d like runners to bring their along trainers to the Octagon, just off Milsom Street in Bath, between 10am and 11am. We need to borrow your trainers for a few hours for a massive photo that will feature in our February issue. Our website will also be filming the event, so you can come along and tell us your motivations for running the Bath Half. Please do spread the word – the more the merrier!