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Bath Half 2018 Runners' Newsletter

There are now just six weeks to go until over 12,000 runners assemble in Great Pulteney Street ready to take on your 13.1 mile challenge and we’ve got loads of information to share with you.

We beavering away at Bath Half HQ sending race packs out to all our runners. Race packs are being 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.  All race packs should arrive with runners by 19 February. If you have not received your pack by then please complete this substitute race pack form.

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 the actual race number and the number printed on the envelope containing your timing chip (inside your race pack), and please get in touch if it does not.

The weather seems to be throwing a little bit of everything at our Bath Halfers this year. We love seeing your run photos on Twitter and it’s great to see so many you sporting some fantastic looking winter running kit, including lots of brilliant hi-viz (so important for the dark morning and evening runs). If you’re struggling with this cold weather training then do read our winter training tips over on the race website.

As always, we’re keeping our Twitter and Facebook pages up to date with the latest information, so do pop over and check those out.

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

All the best

Andrew Taylor
Race Director

Taking on your first half marathon?

For many of our Bath Halfers, Sunday March 4th will be the first time that they have taken on a half marathon. It can feel a bit scary, especially around this time of year when you might be starting to worry how you get from your level of fitness now, to having a half marathon in your legs by race day. With that in mind, we thought we’d interview someone who was in the same boat at the 2017 Bath Half in this month’s Bath Half Blog


Changed your address?

If you have moved house since registering your race entry and you didn’t notified us of your change of address before the 26th December (when our data went to our mailing house), it’s now too late for us to change the delivery to your new address. So you now have two options : firstly, you could arrange to collect your race pack from your old address (or have it redirected by the Royal Mail to your new address) : secondly, otherwise you’ll have to purchase a replacement race pack at a charge of £10 (rising to £15 on Thursday 1 March).


Make a difference with your Bath Half place

We love seeing all your fundraising posts on our social media feeds. So many inspirational stories, so many superb causes, and so much effort being put into collecting those pennies and pounds. Thank you all. In 2017 our official race charities raised a record £2.25 million pounds at the Bath Half and we would love to beat that figure again in 2018. If you’re thinking about fundraising through your 2018 Bath Half efforts, then we’d love you to consider raising money for one of our official race charities. The simplest way to do that is by setting up a Just Giving fundraising page in a few quick steps. You can also get a few tips about how to get your fundraising off to a great start on our Bath Half Blog


Feeling under prepared for race day?

As with every winter, there are always plenty of colds and flu viruses around, and if you’ve been unwell then we hope you’re feeling much better soon. Illness and injury can be a real pain when you’re trying to stick to a training plan and with this in mind we have put together a blog post filled with tips that will hopefully get you to the start line – and safely across the finish line – on Sunday 4 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 number of budget hotels very close to Bristol Temple Meads railway station which is a short hop on the train to Bath Spa.


Ditch the headphones and soak up the atmosphere

The Bath Half is the only major road race 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 headphones then we ask you to please to either use bone-conducting earphones, or just to wear one ear-piece on the day so you can hear the marshals’ instructions and emergency vehicles.

There is a lot of musical entertainment around the course, including loads of bands who will be taking part in this year’s Battle of the Bands competition, plus charity cheering stations and amazing support from tens of thousands of spectators, so do try and ditch the headphones and soak up the unique Bath Half atmosphere.


Make your travel plans now?

To take the stress out of race day it’s a good idea to make a plan well ahead of the 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, or if you can’t wait feel free to view or download our 2018 Race Day Guide.

First Great Western will be putting on additional trains for race day, and we will give you more information about this when they publish their race day timetable shortly.

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 Runners Village in good time before we open the start pens at 10am – ready for the half marathon start at 11am.


Alzheimer's Society free Bath Half training day.

To help with your training our 2018 lead charity, Alzheimer’s Society are inviting you to attend their free Bath Half Marathon Training day in association with their specialist trainers RunningWithUs.
Where: Percy Community Centre, New King Street, Bath, BA1 2BN
When: Sunday 28 January 2018, 10am-4pm
Numbers are limited, so if you are interested dont delay – sign up to a free Bath Half training day



The deadline deferrals and refunds passed on 26th December.

After 26th December we offer half marathon entrants (apart from official charity entries) a Guaranteed Entry in next year’s Bath Half if you notify us of your withdrawal and return your race number & IPICO timing chip to us before race day.  This will allow you an extended period until 31st August to register your entry at the ‘early bird discount’ price.

To cancel a general public half marathon entry or Family Fun Run entry – CLICK HERE

To cancel a reserved charity entry – CLICK HERE

We can’t transfer entries to other entrants.

For full details of our cancellation and refund policy, please visit the Refunds and Cancellation page on our website.



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