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Vitality Bath Half Newsletter - Final Pre Race Information

With less than 48 hours to go before you embark on your 2015 Vitality Bath Half Marathon, here’s our last pre-event newsletter for runners. We hope you have a fantastic event and achieve whatever you are after on Sunday. After 12 months in the planning, and one week building on site, the management team and our army of 750 volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you on race day.

The weather forecast is unsettled with showers and strengthening wind, so runners and spectators should dress accordingly. We recommend bringing an old hoodie or long-sleeved T shirt to keep you warm while you wait for the start. You can drop this on the side of the road when you start. They won’t go to waste, our waste team collect them and they are donated to one of our race charities.

Please do not wear plastic bin liners, they create landfill waste and they can trip runners up. If you must wear one please tie it to a barrier when you take it off.

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

Trainers A final reminder...

Here are a few things to remember as you approach event weekend…

The day before the race

Eat well. Introduce a small portion of carbs into your meals throughout the day to help increase your carb intake.

Pack your kit bag and account for changeable weather conditions – lightweight waterproof jacket, headband, a hydration drink and mini first aid kit are all useful.

Pack your post race kit – almost as important as your race kit. Consider warm, dry clothes, a change of socks and protein rich treats to help you recover. We have tracking in place on the main pedestrian routes, but some areas of the Runners Village are pretty muddy at the moment, so we recommend bringing a change of footwear as well.

Check the race website for any last minute announcements, and travel watch for any road or rail delays

Get a good night’s sleep!

Race day

Eat a good breakfast.

Check the race website and/or our Facebook page or Twitter feed for any last minute announcements, and travel watch for any road or rail delays

The half marathon starts at 11.00am. The Family Fun Run at about 11.20am. There are quite a few roadworks around the city and outlying areas at the moment, and weekend engineering works on the rail network. There will be a lot of extra traffic on the road and train passengers coming to an event of this size so allow extra time for your journey. Better to be too early than too late.

Aim to arrive in the Runners Village about two hours before the start, particularly if you want to soak up the fantastic atmosphere. We’ve got some great local caterers on site with a wide variety of tasty and healthy food and drink options. The half marathon start bays open at 10.00am, and it can take 15-20 minutes in the crowd to walk from the Village to your start bay. The Bath Half is not a race you can turn up 30 minutes before race start. Family Fun Run competitors are asked to assemble in Edward Street, ready to be walked into the start as soon as the half marathon runners are clear.

Prepare yourself mentally – break down the course into segments to make it seem less daunting. Take the first mile as slow as you can, treat it as a warm up, it’s gently downhill all the way to Churchill Bridge, and with all the excitement of the day your adrenalin will be masking just how fast you’re actually running. It’s a two-lap race, so run conservatively on the first half and faster on the second.

Believe in yourself – if you believe you can do it then it should make it so much more achievable.

You can find out more about preparations on race day by visiting our website.

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On arrival

If you’ve already got your race number and timing chip then you don’t need to register or report in to anyone upon arrival. If you are arriving early, we suggest checking out the Runners Village, but make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your designated start bay on Great Pulteney Street. Half marathon runners should aim to start making your way up towards the start at around 10am.

The baggage tent, charity meeting points, refreshments and toilet facilities are all located in the main Runners Village on the Bath Recreation Ground. It is a grass site and whilst there are a number of laid walkways, the surface is wet and it will get very muddy over the race weekend, so please take extra care and take your time.

A map showing the site and route you should take to the start is available in your race guide and also on the website.

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We are now part of the Vitality Series...

Just in case you missed it, the Vitality Bath Half is now part of the Vitality Run Series, a major new running series featuring eight of the UK’s most exciting running events.

Get active and take on a new challenge – run one, run two or run the whole Series. Get involved – share your experiences by becoming a Vitality Running Community member and receive exclusive content, offers and discounts during the Series. For further information on the series visit:

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Complimentary Day Pass with Virgin Active...

Virgin Active is the official health and fitness partner of the Vitality Bath Half Marathon.

As part of their involvement, all runners are able to download a COMPLIMENTARY DAY PASS for their local Virgin Active. You can also CLICK HERE for a few vital last minute tips to aid your run.

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Bath Chronicle event supplement

Vitality Bath Half Marathon media partner, Bath Chronicle, would like to wish all runners the very best of luck for the race this weekend. Don’t forget that you can purchase your souvenir copy of the Bath Chronicle on the Thursday after the race which will contain a supplement with all of the results, photos and reports from the race.

Visit the website for more information.

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