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Vitality Bath Half Family Fun Run 2016

Welcome to our Vitality Bath Half Family Fun Run Newsletter

It is now under three weeks until race day and our Family Fun Run is now sold out. We are mailing race packs to all our fun runners and these should be with you by 26 February.

Race packs will include a race day guide which will contain all the information needed for race day in a handy pocket size. The race pack will also include your family fun run t-shirt, race number and timing chip. Please could all runners check that the number on the timing chip matches that of the race number and the number printed on the front of the envelope? Please notify us if they do not match.

This year’s official Family Fun Run charity is Bath Rugby Foundation – we have included some information below about the fantastic work they do. Every year our family fun runners contribute to an enormous fundraising total for the Bath Half.  Last year our runners raised a staggering £2.1 million and we expect to beat that record in 2016.  You can see some hints and tips to get your fundraising off to a flying start over on our Bath Half Blog


We’ll be in touch again just before race day with any final news and updates.

Best wishes,

Andrew Taylor
Race Director


Message from our Family Fun Run charity partner

Welcome to the team!

Bath Rugby Foundation is the chosen charity for this year’s Family Fun Run, and we want you to raise funds for people who need your help. Bath Rugby Foundation reaches people at key times in their lives to make a positive impact. The Foundation aims to help people tackle challenges such as unemployment and social isolation and works with children and young people who are among the most vulnerable in our local area.

Where your money goes:

£5 – could fund five workbooks for children to develop writing skills and confidence.
£10 – could fund a rugby ball, used in tag rugby sessions to get inactive children moving.
£15 – could fund a one hour session for children with special educational needs.
£30 – could provide the food for a cooking and life skills session with young people not in education, employment or training.

We’d love to hear how you are getting on with your fundraising and training in the run up to the day, so be sure to post your photos on the Foundation’s Facebook or Twitter feeds


Let Stephen Fry help you with your fundraising

If you’d like to raise some money for charity through taking part in the family fun run then our official fundraising partner, Virgin Money Giving, have created an awesome tool to get the money rolling in. It’s a totally tailored film for you to share, with Stephen Fry pleading for donations on your behalf! Just visit to create your very own individually personalised film and let Stephen do all the hard work for you. . .


What happens on race day

The Family Fun Run starts after the start of the Half Marathon. Family Fun Runners need to assemble in Edward Street.  You’ll be able to watch the Half Marathon start from here before being walked into the fun run start by marshals.

You will find venue and route maps in the fold out Race Day Guide in your race pack.

Remember that Fun Run children under the age of 11 years must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult. Parents of unaccompanied older children must ensure their children are accompanied to the start and met at the Fun Run exit in the Runners Village after they have collected their goody bag. Please ensure an adult is there ready to meet them.

The best place to watch the Family Fun Run is the south side of Great Pulteney Street near the Holburne Museum end.  This is close to the start assembly point in Edward Street, and easy to get to the Fun Run exit in the Runners Village, via Edward Street, Pulteney Mews and the turnstile gate, without having to try and cross the road or go the long way round Grand Parade, North Parade and the Sports Centre.


Travelling on race day

The pocket sized Race Day Guide in your race pack contains important information about travelling into Bath on race day so do read through that when your race pack arrives. More detailed and up to date information can be found on the Travel Information page on our website, and race day updates will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Make a plan now to take the stress out of your day. First Great Western have arranged more trains for race day, and we will give you more information about this when we have it. The Park & Ride services managed by Bath & North East Somerset Council are the best option for motorists, but be advised that the more popular sites at Lansdown and Newbridge are often full by 8.30am on race day.

Bath Racecourse is also organising their pre-bookable park and ride service.



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