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Vitality Bath Half Newsletter - One Week to Go!

With just under one week to go until you hit the road for the 2015 Vitality Bath Half Marathon, we’ve put together some last minute preparation tips and advice for those taking part.

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

Final week preparation...

Here are a few things to remember as you enter your last week before the half marathon…

  • You can’t get any fitter now so just stick to gentle runs now. Taper your distance and intensity.
  • Plan your rest day so you will be nice and fresh for the big day. We suggest Friday or Saturday for a (very) light run.
  • Eat well. Don’t eat anything different on the days leading up to the half marathon. Eat breakfast a good 2 to 3 hours before your run.
  • Pack your kit the day before: remember warm clothes and protein bar or recovery drink for after the run. We know it won’t rain, but just in case, maybe pack some spare trainers.
  • Please remember to complete the next of kin details on the back of your race number, and to fix your runner number to your front before you leave and make sure you go into the right holding bay for your number – marshals will be checking these on the day.
  • And finally, I’m afraid we are a dog and buggy free event. We have lots of runners out there and Bath is not the biggest place, so please don’t run with buggies or doggies…

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

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Please listen to our music and not your own...

The line up for our first Battle of the Bands competition has been confirmed and we have some great local talent on offer. We’ve got soul, funk, jazz, folk, pop, rock and even a 13-piece Blues Brothers tribute act helping get you round the course. So please, please, please, listen to what we (or they) have to offer and leave your ipods and earphones at home.

To catch a sneak preview of some of the acts performing, check out our website, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite in the post race survey!

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Run Happy with Brooks Sports...

Brooks® Sports, Inc. is your go-to company for anything and everything related to the run. As a leading running company that designs and markets high-performance men’s and women’s running shoes, apparel and accessories in more than 40 countries worldwide, we are dedicated to inspiring people to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps them running longer, farther, faster and happier.

Brooks Sports are a Vitality Run Series partner and are supporting the Vitality Bath Half Marathon this year. As a result, every finisher will receive a Brooks Sports branded technical t-shirt which we hope will help you Run Happy

For further information visit:

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Smile for the camera please

For the seasoned half marathon runners out there you’ll be fed up of hearing that your photograph will be taken several times during your race on Sunday… but for those that are new to the scene, or haven’t run Bath before, then you’ll find a fantastic selection of images for you to view (and purchase) through our link with Marathon Photos.

Images will be available on-line within 24 hours of the race finish and can be accessed through the link on the event website.

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Help support our local Forever Friends Appeal

The Forever Friends Appeal is this year’s chosen Vitality Bath Half Featured Appeal Charity.

The Forever Friends Appeal has a long history of working with the Vitality Bath Half and the association with the event has helped to secure over £17 million to provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath. For this year, money raised through the event will go towards their fundraising target of £8.5 million to build a pioneering new cancer centre at the RUH.

For further information, or to get involved, please visit our website.

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It’s not too late to help a good cause...

Thank you to all those that have already committed to fundraising for one of our official charities. There are now over 100 to choose from, including our four featured charities – The Teenage Cancer Trust, The Bath Rugby Foundation, The Forever Friends Appeal and Jamie’s Farm, as well as the official Vitality Run Series charity – Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. We’ve also got 11 Diamond Bond Charities.

For those that haven’t yet pledged their support it’s not too late to set up an on-line fundraising page. You can set up a page in minutes. Gift Aid is easily added to donations, and is passed on to your charity in full – instantly boosting the amount raised. Plus there are lots of tips and tools to support you.

Why not visit to set up your page today?

For further information on the official Vitality Bath Half Marathon charities please check out our charities page on the website.

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Free Telegraph subscription for Vitality Run Series participants

As an official partner of the Vitality Run Series, The Telegraph is offering all participants a free and exclusive two-month subscription* to The Telegraph. Enjoy all the latest news on the go from Britain’s bestselling quality daily newspaper. The subscription includes daily tablet editions from 5am every morning and the best bits from the weekend supplements on Saturdays and Sunday.

You’ll also have access to breaking Telegraph news on your mobile (iPhone and Android) and unlimited access to, so you can stay up to date with the latest stories wherever you are.

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* Access is free for the first two months, followed by a recurring monthly payment of £10.

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Get Active with Virgin Active

We are pleased to introduce our latest ‘Official Health and Fitness Partner’ – Virgin Active.

Virgin Active is the specialist health club operator with centres all over the country. In the Southwest they have clubs located in Bristol, Gloucester and Weston Super Mare.

To find out how Virgin Active can help your health and fitness please check out the website.

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