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Vitality Bath Half Marathon Runner Newsletter - 19th February 2015

Welcome to the latest Vitality Bath Half Marathon newsletter.

With less than two weeks to go, we’d like to remind you about some of the important things before and on race day, as well as give you some last minute hints and tips with regards fundraising.

If you have any further queries please check out our website or catch-up with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Kind regards

Andrew Taylor
Race Director

Still need to confirm your travel plans?

If you haven’t yet planned your travel we strongly recommend you use one of the advertised Park and Ride services or take one of the additional train services on race day. The three Park & Ride sites are operational from 8am for runners and 9am for spectators and are located at Odd Down (A367 south of Bath – (A)); Lansdown and The Bath Racecourse (A46 north of Bath – (B)) and Newbridge (A4 west of Bath – (C)). Bath Racecourse is a private service which offers a reserved parking space and pre-booked bus transfer.

Please don’t leave your arrival to the last minute. Bath gets very busy on race day, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time (at least 2 hours) to get into the city and to the Runners Village.

Due to the large numbers of people attending the event we start calling runners to the start at 10am, one hour before race start.

Further travel information can be obtained from the event website.

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Tag your shoe and label your bag please

In your race pack you should have received your IPICO Timing Chip. It’s important for us and you that you tie this chip onto one of your shoes on race day. Please do not wear or carry your chip anywhere else or it will not work.

In addition, if you intend on leaving your kit in our baggage tent, then please tear off the detachable tag on the bottom of your race number and thread through the end handle of your bag. Please note that whilst every care is taken with left baggage, it is left at your own risk and the organisers cannot be held responsible for any lost bags or items.


Our friends at The Rec...

The Bath Rugby Foundation is our local charity partner this year.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Foundation aims to enhance the lives of young disadvantaged people in the local area. Through their award-winning Education and Inclusion programmes, the Foundation strive to motivate, raise self esteem, increase confidence and improve life skills, by imparting the values found in rugby – camaraderie, loyalty, discipline and respect. Visit the Bath Rugby Foundation website for further information.

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Look out for yourself on the BBC big screen

BBC Radio Bristol is once again supporting the Vitality Bath Half Marathon. You can tune into BBC Radio Bristol in the lead up to the race and on the day itself catch one of the BBC Radio Bristol team for your free cheer board and to see yourself on the BBC big screen.

Breakfast presenter Laura Rawlings will be in the commentary gantry and on Great Pulteney Street hearing your stories as to why you are running. After the race, check out the BBC Radio Bristol Facebook page for a photo gallery from the day and tune into Breakfast with Steve and Laura on Monday morning for the race highlights.


Some top tips to help you fundraise

Charity fundraising has changed significantly over the years, with thousands of people choosing to raise money through a variety of creative and unique ways. In the latest website blog, race Charity Director, Mel Taylor shares her top fundraising tips for the lead up to the big day. Check out the website for more.

And … it’s not too late to start fundraising. Whatever little amount you think you can do, why not do it for one of our featured or Diamond Bond Charities? Our Diamond Bond Charities for 2015 are:

Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, CLIC Sargent, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Oxfam, Parkinson’s UK and Send a Cow.

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Stay hydrated with Lucozade

Lucozade continues with their support for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon in 2015, providing sports drinks during and after the race. On our 2-lap course you’ll pass the Lucozade drink station at 4.5 and nearly 10 miles on the course and at the finish. In addition you’ll also be able to get bottled water at 2, 5, 7.5, 10.5, 12.5 miles and at the finish.

For more information on Lucozade you can visit their website.

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Pick up your free copy of the Bath Magazine, or read it on-line

The Bath Magazine is the city’s biggest magazine and they are very proud to be associated with the Vitality Bath Half Marathon which welcomes thousands of runners and spectators to enjoy Bath’s biggest sporting event.

The complimentary magazine covers all that is good about Bath, from its beautiful homes and gardens, to its fabulous restaurants and hotels and its myriad of festivals and cultural events. Every month, they distribute 20,000 high quality copies to homes and businesses and have many convenient pick-up points across the city. Enjoy it in print or read it online at:

They’d like to applaud all the runners, spectators and sponsors who are taking part, and making the 2015 Vitality Bath Half the best ever event.

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