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Vitality BATHALF Runners' Newsletter Christmas 2016

Hello and welcome to the Christmas edition of our 2017 Vitality BATHALF runners’ newsletter,

General public entries for the 2017 Vitality BATHALF, and Corporate Challenge entries for business teams are now sold out, for the 18th successive year, so congratulations on securing your half marathon entry.

It is now just under 12 weeks until race day and we know from our Twitter and Facebook pages that many of you are training hard. We love seeing your posts about your training runs and your fundraising – so please do keep them coming.

It’s not too late if you have friends or family who missed our public entries but still want to run on 12th March.  Cancer Research UK and our other race charity partners have reserved half marathon entries.  But warn them not to delay, charity places are also selling fast and many of our charities have already sold out.  Select from our list of list of charities and contact their chosen charity direct to see if they still have places left.

Thanks to those of you who have already entered with one of our official charities and good luck with your training and fundraising.

From all of us at Bath Half HQ, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017. Stay safe over the Christmas period and enjoy some great winter running.

All the best,


Andrew Taylor Race Director

Helping to get you race fit by March

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at our Bath Half training plans then you can find one for your level of fitness and running experience here. They have been produced by former elite athlete Martin Yelling, who is co-presenter of the UK’s number 1 running podcast, Marathon Talk.


Can we break our charity fundraising record again in 2017?

Our Bath Half runners raised an unbelievable £2.2 million in 2016 – a record breaking figure for the race! Since 2000 our Bath Halfers have raised over £20 million for charity. Every year we think it isn’t possible for runners to raise even more money, and every year they prove us wrong! We’re hoping our 2017 runners will rise to the challenge once again, supporting our official race charities. You can read more about our race charities and get some great fundraising tips from our Charity & Creative Director, Mel Taylor on our BATHALF blog


If you've moved we need you new address

If you’ve moved house since you registered your entry, 26th December is the closing date for notifying us of any change in your registered postal address for your race pack. Please notify us using our new ‘manage my registration’ feature on our website. This new service enables our runners to amend contact details and predicted finishing times as well as cancelling or deferring their entry.


Make your BATHALF day a family day

Entries  to our 2017 Family Fun are now open. Here is a message from this year’s fun run charity:

We are delighted that Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens are the lead charity for the 2017 Family Fun Run! Every day around 11 young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. Despite improving survival rates, cancer is the leading cause of death in children, teenagers and young adults. All the money raised from The Cancer Research UK Family Fun Run will go towards research into cancers affecting children, teens and young adults. With your help we will find cures and kinder treatments for young people facing cancer. Click here for more information. Tell your friends and family, come and be a part of the biggest sporting event in the city of Bath. Grab a fundraising pack here today!


Let the countdown begin

As you start ticking off the weeks to race day you might be in need of some motivation or some tips and advice. The support section of our website has some handy tips – from winter training advice, details on local running groups and clubs, as well as advice on diet, nutrition, injury and illness. We regularly post to our Facebook and Twitter pages too, where there is always friendly crowd of Bath Halfers!


JustGiving makes raising money simple

Everyone has their own reasons for fundraising. Whatever charity is close to your heart, JustGiving makes it easy to support them. Set up your online fundraising page in a few quick steps and JustGiving will send your donations directly to the cause you care about.



What happens to the money our runners donate when they enter the BATHALF?

The Bath Half Marathon Fund exists through the generous voluntary donations made by our BATHALF runners when they enter the race. It ensures that the race benefits some of the small charities and voluntary groups working in our local community. It’s one of our highlights of the year when we get to award grants to some very special projects and organisations. You can read about the fund and see who has benefited from our runners donations by visiting our website. Thank you to everyone who donates – it really does make a difference to our city and the surrounding area.


The many benefits of running a half marathon

By running for our 2017 lead charity you will not only help beat cancer sooner by raising money for Cancer Research UK’s lifesaving research, but keeping active cuts the risk of three types of cancer – including bowel and breast cancer, some of the most common types.


Cancellation and refund policy

For applicants who cancel their half marathon entry before the 26th December 2016 (when we start to process our race pack mail-out) we offer a free carry forward entry to the 2018 race, a £15 refund or a £15 donation to the Bath Half Marathon Fund

If you cancel your entry after 26th December we can offer you a guaranteed place in the 2018 race (you still have to pay the discounted ‘early bird’ 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 ‘manage my registration’ feature on our website



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