Hello and welcome to your race week newsletter,
We’ve been on site since Monday whilst the Runners’ Village has gone up around us. Our team are working really, really hard to make sure you have a brilliant race day. We can’t wait to see you all down here on Sunday morning, or for public enquiries on site at the race village from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.
Runners Village – site conditions
Despite some drier weather the last couple of weeks the Runners Village, which is on grass playing fields, is still very wet, and further showers are forecast. We have had to reduce the number of marquees in the Village this year to minimise construction and foot traffic on the more vulnerable areas and to prevent damage to the pitches. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, this means that we regrettably cannot offer general massage or retail facilities this year. Although we are still able to offer race merchandise in our information tent, and charities which are offering massage within their own marquees are also unaffected.
We have laid pathway on all the main pedestrian routes across the Village, and we are confident this will keep the mud at bay, but we would ask you please to keep to these pathways, and to keep well away from any boggy areas on the grass which are fenced off for your protection – and to safeguard the pitches. As an option you may like to bring a second pair of shoes to keep your racers clean.
Further rain is forecast through the end of this week, so as a fall-back position in the very unlikely event that ground conditions seriously deteriorate we may have to make the decision to exclude spectators from the Village before the race start. This will be announced on our website – we have a mobile friendly version for race day – and our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and by stewards and public address announcements on the day.
We are now in the process of moving our office to site, so we are unable to take further phone calls or emails. For all enquiries please come to the Information tent in the Runners’ Village on Saturday from 10am-4pm and on Sunday from 8am-4pm. If you have arranged to collect your race pack at the weekend then this is where to come to. Saturday will be less busy.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
The most important thing that we want to say is enjoy it – you have all trained through some really grim weather and the recent storms and floods have meant that our hardy Bath Halfers really have gone the extra mile to get them to the start line this year. Many of you have been fundraising like mad too and for that we’d like to say a big, big thank you.
Every year the Bath Half runners take our breath away as they cross the start line in their thousands and return to the finish line, 13.1 miles later, achieving personal goals and making a mark on the thousands who turn out to give their support. Please do take a moment to bask in your well-earned glory as you cross the line on Sunday.
We’ll be there to cheer you on and help you in any way we can.
Have a great race day!
From all of us at Bath Half HQ
| || Race Day Weather Forecast |
The race day forecast, dare we say it, is looking pretty good with some cloud and sunny spells. It certainly feels like spring is on its way. We recommend you bring an old hoodie or sweatshirt to keep you warm on your way up to the start pens, which you can discard at the side of the pens as you go under starters orders. We recycle these old clothes for one of our race charities. Please don’t bring bin bags – they just go to landfill. We’ve also had them tangled round runners legs at the start causing nasty accidents for runners behind.
| || Are you ready? |
With just a few days to go to race weekend – this blog post is well worth a read so that you can feel as prepared and as relaxed as possible before you arrive at the Runners’ Village on Sunday morning. More >
| || Travel & Parking |
For details of additional local train services and park & ride timetables please see our website
Please allow plenty of time for your journey and parking on race day. We recommend you aim to arrive at the Village by 9.00am to give yourself plenty of time before the start bays open at 10am, ready for the half marathon start at 11am, and the fun run immediately after at 11.20am.
Bear in mind that the popular Lansdown & Newbridge Park & Rides are often full by 8.30am, and the usual free parking spots in back streets etc are likely to be occupied by residents vehicles displaced from the course route and access routes.
Footpath closures and diversion routes will be in operation in the streets around Great Pulteney Street on race day, so look out for the RED SIGNS directing you to the Village entrance – at the rear of the Bath Sports & Leisure Centre on North Parade Road. More >
| || A431 Kelston road closure |
Please note that our advertised diversion route for light traffic to the north of the city through Kelston has had to be closed for emergency carriageway repairs due to subsidence. This is unlikely to effect race goers as this route is only used during the event road closures from 9.45am to 3.30pm, but it may effect spectators arriving later to the event. We recommend you allow extra time to make your journey. Our signposted diversion route has been extended up to the A420 – see details here More >
| || Replacement Race Packs |
If your race pack has not arrived please collect a replacement pack from the Information Tent
REPLACEMENT RACE PACKS cost £15.00 – if want to move forward to a faster start bay, or if you’ve moved house, or if you’ve lost or damaged your original race pack or if you entered an incorrect postal address.
SUBSTITUTE RACE PACK – There is no charge for replacing a race pack which is mislaid or damaged by Royal Mail – assuming you correctly entered your postal address.
| || The Start |
To reduce congestion at the Runners’ Village there is a one way pedestrian system in operation with footpath closures on some streets around Great Pulteney Street. All access to the Runners’ Village and the start pens will be from the back of the Sports Centre on North Parade Road. The Half Marathon starts at 11am. Please be ready in the Runners’ Village when we open the start pens at 10am – it takes a while to filter you all up to the start. The colour on your race number corresponds with your start pen (white, green or orange). You can see maps of the venue, including the Runner’s Village on our website More >
| || Luggage Tag for Baggage Tent |
If you want to leave your kit in our baggage tent please tear off the detachable tag at the bottom of your race number and thread through the end handle of your bag. All baggage is left at the owners own risk and the organisers cannot be responsible for any loss or damage caused by the use of these facilities
| || Listen to your body |
The most important piece of advice we can give at this stage is to listen to your body. If you’re injured or have been unwell (with a fever or vomiting or diarrhoea) in the last 7-10 days before the race then please do not take part. This is always the hardest thing to say to runners, and it is the last thing that runners want to hear, but it is a really important health message and one that should be taken seriously. Obviously we hope that the great majority of you are able to take part and there’s lots great information about nutrition and hydration over on the Runners Medical Resource website which is well worth reading before the big day. More >
| || Race day purchases |
We don’t have any card payment facilities on site, so if you want to buy race merchandise or need to pay for a replacement race pack please be sure to bring cash or cheque More >
| || You made it! |
The race day information blog post has lots of information included about what happens after you cross the line, where to arrange to meet friends and family, race results and when you’ll be able to enter the 2015 Bath Half! We’ll also be in touch after the race with a post-race survey which we would be really grateful if you can complete – your feedback helps keep us on track with what is important to you More >
| || Personalise your medal with an iTaB |
The team at the Bath Half Marathon are working with iTaB again for 2014, and offering you the chance to personalise your Bath Half Marathon finish medal with your name and finish time. You can order your iTaB for just £5 from the iTaB website More >
| || The Bath Magazine |
As Bath’s biggest glossy magazine we’re proud to be involved in the 2014 Bath Half marathon, and that we’re joined this year by our new website, www.thebathmag.co.uk. The website is updated daily with local news, events and local business profiles so you can find everything you need to know about Bath all in one place.
The Bath Magazine is delivered to more than 20,000 homes and businesses in the city and surrounding villages and you can pick up a copy in Waitrose, Pret a Manger and Starbucks.
Find out where some of the charity money raised from runners and their supporters goes to good causes in Bath and beyond by picking up a copy of our April issue next month, or logging on to www.thebathmag.co.uk More >
| || Fuel Your Run & Finish Strong |
Race day is nearly here so make sure you are prepared. The energy you need to get through the 13.1 miles comes from the carbohydrate that your body stores as fuel. So in race week make sure you add extra carbohydrate to your meals. Potatoes, rice, pasta, wholegrains, quinoa, and cous cous are all good sources of carbohydrate.
By increasing your carbohydrate intake in the lead up to race day you will have enough energy stored to get you through the first 45 minutes. After this you’ll need to top up your energy levels on course. Lucozade Sport will be available on-course at mile 4.5 and 10 and we recommend you carry the bottle while you run, sipping slowly.
Hydration is also vital to getting you to the finish line so make sure you are hydrated before you reach the start line. Visit the Lucozade Sport shop to stock up for your Bath Half Marathon and ensure you’re ready to run. More >