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Bath Half Corporate Challenge Newsletter - January 2014

Hello and welcome to the January edition of our BATHALF Corporate Challenge newsletter.

As the rain continues to make our runners’ journey from sofa to doorstep and beyond that little bit harder, we wish that we could order some dry weather for you all! At Bath Half HQ we have started showing a slightly obsessive interest in the weather forecast as we are very much hoping that the Runners’ Village can begin to dry out in time for race day. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

So we’re now just five weeks out from race day and as you edge closer to the summit of your training plans we are busy making sure everything is ready for you on March 2.

Over 15,000 race packs are now being mailed. Race packs for half marathon entrants who registered with us before 26th December should arrive between 20th and 27th January. Race packs for remaining half marathon entrants, and fun run entrants should arrive between 3rd and 5th February.

We’d be very grateful if you could check that the race number printed on the envelope matches with your race number inside your race pack and get in touch if it does not. Please note that the race number has a tear off tag along the bottom to use for your baggage.

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

Good luck with your final few weeks of training– let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the wet weather!

All the best,

Andrew Taylor
Race Director

Fundraising Commitment

Each Corporate Challenge entrant undertakes to fundraise a minimum sum of £175 for a charity of their own choice and to provide details of their fundraising on request to their team captain after the event. Our BATHALF official money raising website is Virgin Money Giving.



Bath Half 2013 - finish line The Bath Half Corporate Challenge Trophy

Your Corporate Challenge team requires a minimum of five runners if you wish to score in the team results and to qualify for the separate men’s and women’s trophies

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Trainers Changed your address?

If you have changed your address since entering and have not already notified us then unfortunately it is now beyond the deadline when we 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 or you can collect a new race pack on race weekend at a charge of £15. If you would like a new race pack to be posted to you then please let us know by 20 February 2013. If you would to collect a new race pack on race weekend then please get in touch.


2013 photo - Family Fun Run family Family Fun Run - have your friends & family grabbed their place?

The Family Fun Run is open to entrants of all ages and abilities and we still have some places remaining . The fun run starts and finishes under the Half Marathon gantry in Great Pulteney Street, after the start of the half marathon. There is a free t-shirt for every entrant and medal and goody bag to all finishers. We’re delighted that this year’s family fun run charity is Send A Cow

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The Bath Half is the only major half marathon in the UK that has a 2-lap course which makes us a little different. Most runners will be lapped by the lead runners and we need you to be able to hear our marshals when they direct you to move over as the faster runners and accompanying vehicles overtake at speed. We occasionally also need to get emergency vehicles along the course too. If you really can’t run without music then we ask you to please wear just one ear-piece so that you are able to hear the marshal’s instructions and emergency vehicles. There is lots musical entertainment, cheering stations and so much support from spectators as you make your way around the course and we hope you will enjoy this.


Female runner drinking lucozade Hydration

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. A quick Google search will show you that there is a lot of advice out there so we have written a blog post to help cut through the overwhelming mass of misinformation and also help runners begin to think about practising their hydration strategy throughout their training; discovering what suits them so that they can feel confident they know what their body will need during training and on race day too.

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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 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

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Running the London Marathon?

Celebrating its 25th year, WRP Tours provide tour packages for London Marathon runners and their accompanying supporters – helping you have a relaxed and stress free London Marathon experience. To find out about WRP’s packages visit their website

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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 hotels very close to Temple Meads railway station and Bristol is only a short train journey from Bath.

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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 you race pack arrives. Make a plan now to take the stress out of your day. First Great Western usually put on more trains for race day, and we will give you more information about this when we have it. Park & Ride is also a good option for runners – services are offered on the day by Bath & North East Somerset Council and also Bath Racecourse. Please be warned that the more popular sites at Lansdown and Newbridge are often full by 8.30am on race day. We ask runners to be at the race village and ready to start making their way to their start pens by 10am

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Heart FM

Bath’s best loved local radio station with it’s More Music Variety, News and Views is supporting this year’s race. Tune in for competitions in the run up to the event. Come and join Heart Breakfast’s Ed,Troy & Paulina at Churchill Bridge to Cheer On The Runners and Heart Drivetime Julian Jones who will also be running on Race Day, Join the Heart Angels at the Recreation Ground on the day and Chill out in the Heart Alfresco Zone plus watch out for the Heart Angels at Cheer Points around the course. Heart will bring you up to date traffic and travel information on race day.


Nail Your Nutrition

Sports nutrition is fundamental to optimising training and race day, and nutrition & hydration is one area of your training plan where you have complete control. Good nutrition & hydration can help you; Train hard, minimise illness & injury, recover quickly ready for your next session and compete at your best. Visit our friends at Lucozade Sport to discover how sports nutrition can help you put in big performances every run, and to get your Lucozade Sport Pace Bands for the 2014 Bath Half Marathon.

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Cancellations & Refunds

Please see our website for cancellation and refund details

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