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Bath Half 2018 Runners' Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of our Bath Half runners newsletter,

It is now just two weeks until race day and things are getting very busy here at Bath Half HQ – we’re working hard to ensure you have a really great race day Sunday 4 March.

Is it too early for us to start obsessing about the weather??  This is a favourite habit at this time of year amongst our team! Our runners really have trained through every kind of weather this winter and we always hope they are rewarded with some great race day conditions. So far on the wish list is a dry spell over the next couple of weeks so that mud is kept to a minimum in the race village, followed by a lovely sunny start to the race. Fingers crossed!

All race packs should be with runners (apart from those coming from overseas) by 19 February. If you have not received yours by then, please let us know.

Enjoy the run up to race day – you’ve done all the hard work now, so go easy on the mileage and feel the excitement build.

We’ll be back in touch during race week with all the latest race day information. We are really looking forward to seeing you all on the 4th!

With best wishes,

Andrew Taylor
Race Director


Getting to the race

There is nothing quite like a race day morning in Bath. We get such a buzz seeing the crowds of runners, volunteers and supporters flood into the city centre. The pocket sized Race Day Guide in your race pack contains important information about travelling into Bath on race day.

More detailed and up to date information about train services and Park & Ride 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 your travel plan now to take the stress out of your day.


Arrive nice and early

Remember that you’ll be in good company – 13,000 of you will be setting off from Great Pulteney Street at 11am and the atmosphere in the Runners Village beforehand is great. Arrive early to have chance to soak it up. Many of our runners arrive at the village by 9am. Our help desk in the Information tent will be open from 8am.

At 10am we will open the start pens and begin the task of getting you all into place ready for the start. Check your race guide for pedestrian routes to the village. Don’t forget to bring an old hoodie or jumper with you to keep you warm as you wait for the start – these are collected and recycled by one of our race charities – if you don’t have a spare one, buy one from your local charity shop before race day. Please don’t wear bin liners, they can trip up other runners and they just create waste.


Your race number

When your race pack arrives please check that your race number matches the number on the envelope and please let us know if it doesn’t. Make sure you fill in the emergency contact details on the reverse of your number. Your race number will indicate which colour start pen you should go to. Please remember to bring safety pins and ensure your number is pinned to the centre of the front of your running top, otherwise you may be missed by our race photographers.

We will be checking all race numbers before runners are allowed into the start area.


Ditch the headphones - there'll be plenty of music on the day

The line up for our Battle of the Bands competition has now been confirmed and we have some great local bands showcasing their talent and helping to keep you entertained all around the course. Details of the bands will be announced here in the next few days. We’ll be in touch after race day asking our runners to vote for their favourite band.

We ask that you to ditch your headphones and soak up the atmosphere that the Bath Half is famed for. If you really can’t run without headphones then please either use bone conducting headphones or just wear only one ear-piece on ordinary headphones. This is so that you can hear marshal’s instructions and emergency vehicles – it’s really important, and for your own safety.


Catching up with Lil on our Bath Half Blog

This week we have been catching up with Lil Morris over on our Bath Half Blog. In March 2016 Lil began running with the intention of running the Sport Relief Mile and only 12 months later she ran 13.1miles at the 2017 Bath Half! Since then Lil’s running has continued to go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to her second Bath Half in a couple of weeks’ time. We asked Lil how her training has been going and also how she’s feeling about race day.


There's still time to make a difference with your Bath Half place

Our Bath Half runners raise a staggering amount for charity each year – since 2000 they have raised well over £20 million. Every year we think it isn’t possible for runners to raise even more money, and every year they prove us wrong! As you near the end of your Bath Half training plans why not help us make 2018 a new personal best for fundraising and ensure our race charities benefit from all your hard work.

Our fundraising partner, JustGiving makes raising money really simple. It’s easy to set up a fundraising page in a few quick steps at the JustGiving website


Special offer for Weston Super Half

If one half marathon in March just isn’t enough then we have just the thing for you. Our friends at Runjoy, headed up by double Olympic gold medalist, James Cracknell OBE, are hosting the brand new Weston Super Half on Sunday 18th March 2018 at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare at 9.30am.

Bath Half are delighted to be able to offer our  runners  £5 off race entry for the Weston Super Half. There’s a limited number of spaces available at this discounted price, so don’t miss out – sign up now and save! Register at the Weston Super Half website and enter the code B4thdisc5 in the discount code box before completing the rest of the form and you will get your £5 off.


Bath Bus Company offer to Bath Half entrants

Bath Bus Company runs the highly popular open-top bus tours of Bath and Cardiff providing either live guides or multi-lingual commentaries across two routes. We are once again supporting Bath Half by donating open-top buses, to be used as information and cheer points for the four main charities involved. Take advantage of an exclusive 25% discount for Bath Half entrants with the code “bathhalf18” at the Bath Bus Company website 



Total Guide to Bath are here to help you get the most out of your race day

From beginners right through to experienced runners, we’re here to help and guide you with your running in Bath every single step of the way. Our guides have everything from the best local running clubs to the top training tips to help you make the most out of race day!


Not running?

If you have decided not to run this year then please send your race pack and timing chip back to us and notify us that you will not be running. Our timing chips are reusable, so it’s a shame if they don’t make it back to us.  Help us recycle and keep our costs down for next year’s race.

If you race pack is unopened, just cross out your address and post back to us free of charge marked ‘Return to Sender’.  Or if your race pack is already open please just post your timing chip back to us free of charge in the small pre-paid envelope.

Runners who notify us and return their race pack to the half marathon office before race day will be offered a Guaranteed Entry for next year’s race – for an extended period at the new ‘early bird discount’ price (note: this does not apply to Platinum, Diamond, Silver & Gold bond charity entries). You can read full cancellation & refund details on our website



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