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Vitality BATHALF Corporate Challenge Newsletter

There are just four weeks until 15,000 runners will make their way to Great Pulteney Street, ready to take on their 13.1 mile challenge.

If this is your first time running in Bath then we thought you might like to see this wonderful photo posted on Twitter by Wiltshire Air Ambulance at the start of last year’s race. It still gives us goosebumps…

Remaining race packs for remaining half marathon entrants, including most charity entrants, and fun run entrants should arrive between 14th and 22nd February.

Race packs are posted in batches according to designated start bays (determined by estimated finish times) and postcode.  So runners who entered at the same time, or from the same address may not necessarily get their race pack on the same day.

Please contact us using our website form if your race pack has not arrived by 24th February.

When your race pack arrives we’d be very grateful if you could check that the race number printed on the outside of the envelope matches your race number and the envelope containing your timing chip inside your race pack, and get in touch if it does not.

As always, we are keeping our Twitter and Facebook pages up to date with the latest information, so do please check those out.

We’ll be in touch again before race day, with all the latest news and information.

All the best

Andrew Taylor
Race Director

The challenge is on!

We are thrilled that all 500 places to this year’s Bath Half Corporate Challenge have now all been taken – and the challenge for business teams is well and truly on! Each Corporate Challenge entrant pledges to raise a minimum of £175 for a charity of their own choice, so if you haven’t done so already, setting up a JustGiving fundraising page is a great way to get your fundraising underway. You can also set up team pages on to inject some healthy competition into your fundraising. We love hearing how our business teams are getting on with their training – so if your business is on Twitter then do keep us up to date!


Changed you address?

If you have moved house since registering your race entry and you didn’t notified of your change of address before the 26th December (when our data went to our mailing house), it’s now too late to arrange delivery to your new address. You can now do one of three things: arrange to collect your race pack from your old address or have it redirected to your new address, arrange for us to post you out a new race pack at a charge of £10 (rising to £15 on 9th March), or you can collect a new race pack on race weekend (at a charge of £15).


Family Fun Run

Entries for the popular Family Fun Run have now also SOLD OUT. The run, of approximately one kilometer (3/4 mile), is open to entrants of all ages and abilities and starts just after the half marathon start on Great Pulteney Street. There is a free T-shirt for every entrant and a medal and goody bag for all finishers. This year our fun run charity is Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens



Feeling under prepared?

With just 4 weeks to go until the 2017 Vitality Bath Half, many of our runners are feeling the pressure of getting race fit in time for the big day. Perhaps you’ve been unwell recently, or you’ve been suffering with a niggling injury, or maybe your training just hasn’t gone to plan and you aren’t as prepared as you’d hoped to be. Fear not; here are some tips from Andrew, our race director, that we hope will help get you to the start line – and safely across the finish line – on Sunday 12 March


Race weekend accommodation

If you’re planning on staying in Bath overnight we strongly recommend you book your accommodation up as soon as possible – hotels and B&Bs are always very busy. The Visit Bath site is a good place to look for accommodation. If you have any problems finding suitable accommodation in Bath then perhaps think about booking a hotel in neighbouring Bristol. There are a good number of budget hotels very close to Temple Meads railway station and Bristol is only a few minutes train journey from Bath Spa.


Bath Racecourse Pre-Bookable Park & Ride

Bath Racecourse will be once again running a pre-bookable park & ride serving the Vitality Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 12 March. Save the worry and hassle of getting to the start on time by pre-booking your parking and coach departure time. While you wait the racecourse have refreshments available to purchase and a warm waiting area with toilets. Select from four departure slots: 8am, 8.45am, 9.30am and 10.15am (please note the 10:15 departure is suitable for spectators only). Price includes one return ticket for bus transport to and from Bath city centre, drop off close to the start. Return shuttle service from 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission Tickets  – £7.50. Package includes: Complimentary parking, Pre-booked seat on our coach at a set departure time, Return place on shuttle bus. To book visit the Bath Racecourse website


Female runner drinking lucozade Getting hydration right

We’re often asked questions by our runners, particularly those who are new to running half marathons, about how much they should be drinking on race day, and sometimes we’re asked about hydration in training too. The risks of dehydration at road races have been grossly exaggerated, indeed ‘over-drinking’ is far more dangerous (and can be fatal). A quick Google search will show you that there is a lot of misinformation out there so here is our blog post to help cut through the chaff.


The Battle of the Bands will be returning

This is an opportunity for local bands and musicians to entertain runners and spectators along the half marathon route during the race. It’s a 2-lap race, so runners get to pass each band twice, and to vote for their favourite in a runners’ poll after the race. Every band is a winner, but the band with the most votes will receive a £500 cash prize and the opportunity to submit their music for broadcast on BBC Bristol – subject to confirmation. Interested bands should get in touch with our Events Manager at


Runners' Medical Resource

We want you to really enjoy your half marathon experience and to complete your training and the race safely. To support our runners the Vitality BATHALF has teamed up with race directors and race doctors from some of the largest road races in the UK (including the London Marathon and the Great North Run) to set up the most authoritative on-line down-to-earth guide on health, fitness and training, hydration, eating and preparation for endurance races. For sensible and safe advice on how to prepare for a half marathon from experts who know – visit the Runners’ Medical Resource website



Fueling your half marathon - advice from our lead charity - Cancer Research UK

Eating the right foods is important to fuel your half marathon training. And diet also plays a role in cutting the risk of cancer. Not only does it help you keep a healthy weight, but it can also directly affect the risk of cancer. So eat more high fibre foods like pulses, whole grains, fruit and veg and cut down on processed and red meat, alcohol and sugary drinks to support your half marathon training and cut the risk of cancer.


Make your race really matter with JustGiving

Find a cause to support and build your online fundraising page in a few quick steps. Have friends taking part in Bath Half? Invite them to join a team page and inject some healthy competition. Will you be the top fundraiser? Get started at


Cancellation and refund policy

For full details of our cancellation and refund policy, please visit our website.



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