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Vitality Bath Half Runners' Newsletter January 2016

Hello and welcome to the January edition of our Vitality Bath Half Runners newsletter,

After the recent blast of more seasonal weather, it’s time to wrap up a little warmer before you head out for your run. There’s a few tips about training in the winter months over on our website.

The warm and wet weather over Christmas and the New Year seemed to help cook up an abundance of colds and viruses, and if you’ve been unwell then we hope you’re feeling much better. This week we’ve posted a new blog post about coping with illness and injury while training for a half marathon, which you can read on our website.

We’re now just over 7 weeks from race day and we are beginning the process of getting 15,000 race packs out to our runners. Race packs for half marathon entrants who registered with us before 26 December should arrive between 19th and 27 January. Race packs for remaining half marathon entrants (including most charity entrants), and fun run entrants should arrive between 19th and 26th 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 CONTACT US if your race pack has not arrived by 27th 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

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 Thurs 10th March), or you can collect a new race pack on race weekend (at a charge of £15). If you need a replacement pack then you can read more over on our website



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

Involve the rest of the family in your Bath Half day by entering them into our popular Family Fun Run. 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 Bath Rugby T-shirt for every entrant and a medal and goody bag for all finishers. This year our fun run charity is the Bath Rugby Foundation



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 of musical entertainment around the course, including our ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition, plus charity cheering stations and amazing support from spectators, and we hope you will enjoy this.


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) and our experience is that most runners at the Bath Half arrive over-hydrated requiring unnecessary toilet visits.  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 and help runners practice their hydration strategy throughout their training; discovering what suits them on longer training runs so that they can feel confident they know what their body will need on race day.


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.


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 plan to put on more trains for race day, and we will give you more information about this when they publish their race day timetable. Park & Ride is also a good option for runners – services are offered on the day by Bath & North East Somerset Council at their three sites, but be aware that the more popular sites at Lansdown and Newbridge are often full by 8.30am on race day. There is also a pre-bookable private service operated by Bath Racecourse. We ask runners to be at the race village in good time before we open the start pens at 10am, ready for the half marathon start at 11am .


Join Team CLIC Sargent today

Every day in the UK, 10 children and young people are given the shocking news they have cancer. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide emotional, practical, financial and clinical support to help them cope and get the most out of life. Currently, we are able to support 2 out of 3 families. With your help, we can reach our goal of supporting every family that needs us. Join our team to receive your snazzy running vest, post-race sports massage, fundraising support, the loudest of cheers and much more.


Join Team Guide Dogs

Be a hero and join team Guide Dogs at the Vitality Bath Half Marathon on 13th March! Sign up today. Cross the finish line for the chance to meet some of our life changing, four legged heroes. We’ll be there to support you every step of the way and will provide you with a hero’s fundraising pack, training hints and tips and a technical training top. We will be ready to greet you at the finish line with a hero’s welcome, including refreshments, and rejuvenating sports massage and of course some of our amazing dogs!


Make your Bath Half count

Join the Teenage Cancer Trust team for free and get a personalised team running top and excellent support. We’ll be with you from start to finish and offer you a free leg massage and refreshments at the end. Cancer kills more young people in the UK than any other disease. Make your Bath Half count. Join us and help make sure every young person with cancer gets the care they deserve.


Making your miles count for more

Raising money for charity? There’s an entire section on dedicated to help you raise more – with practical tips to help you make the most of your page, and a fundraising toolkit including flyers and posters for you to use. Remember, you’re doing well – keep focussed, keep motivated, think of why you’re doing it, and how the money you raise can make a difference to your chosen cause.  And if you haven’t already started fundraising, it’s not too late to set up a page on and make your miles count for more.


Cancellations & Refunds

Please see our website for cancellation and refund details



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