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Vitality Bath Half 2016 Race Week Newsletter - Corporate Challenge

Hello and welcome to you Bath Half race week newsletter.

We’re nearly there! Our crew have been working flat out to get the Runners Village ready for Sunday.

We are now on site at the Runners Village as final preparations are going on around us, and we are working hard to ensure our 15,000 half marathon runners and our 1,250 fun run runners have a fantastic race day.

So our office is now closed for enquiries until Monday morning.  If you have any queries which you can’t find the answer for on our website, or if you have arranged to collect your race pack at the weekend, then please come to the Information Tent in the Runners Village (behind Bath Sports Centre on North Parade Road) on Saturday between 10am-4pm, or on Sunday morning between 8am-10am. Saturday is always less busy

The most important thing to say now is enjoy it! You have trained through the winter months – dragged yourself out for a run when the sofa seemed much more inviting – and for many of you it’s all been about this one day. So do take your time these next few days, and on race day to soak it all in and enjoy your moment in the limelight.

Each Corporate Challenge entrant pledges to raise a minimum of £175 for a charity of their own choice. We have been thrilled to see on Facebook and Twitter that there has been so much fundraising going on over the last few weeks and months and we’d like to say a huge thank you to you all.

There’ll be thousands of spectators who will come out to support you and we’ll be there too, to cheer you on and help in any way we can.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.  Have a great race day!

All the best

Andrew Taylor
Race Director, Bath Half Marathon

Arrive nice and early

Remember that you’ll be in good company – nearly 15,000 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 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.

We urge all runners and their supporters to check transport services with their provider before they travel. If you’re driving we suggest that you use Park & Ride, getting their early, and checking  city centre car park locations in case Park and Ride is full when you arrive. You can see more about travelling to the race on our website


Keep warm at the start

We’re hoping that the rain will stay away this year but we expect it to be a little bit chilly as you wait for the start. We recommend you bring an old hoodie or jumper and wear it as you make you way from the runners’ village to the start pens. Please discard these at the side of the start pens as you go under starters orders.  We recycle these old clothes for one of our race charities.  Please don’t bring bin bags – they just go to landfill and have caused a few nasty trips in previous years.



Keeping in touch on the day

Our Bath Half mobile site is now available. The mobile site address is  or you can find the mobile site via our main site (when you arrive on our website you will be asked whether you would like to view the mobile version). We will also be updating our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the day and will post any important announcements on these pages and on our website and race day mobile site.


Please listen to your body

The most important piece of advice we can give at this stage is to listen to your body. If you’re injured or are unwell (with a fever or vomiting or diarrhoea) 7-10 days before a race then you shouldn’t take part.  This is always the hardest thing to say to runners, and it is the last thing that runners want to do, but it is a really important health message and one that should be taken seriously.

If you are faced with this decision and decide to pull out then please let us know via our online cancellation form and return your race pack. We can then offer you a guaranteed place for 2017 at the discounted early bird rate – guaranteed until the end of August


Race numbers and timing chips

Please check that your race number matches the number on the front of the envelope and timing chip. If not please come to the information tent at the Runners’ Village at the weekend – Saturday from 10am-4pm and on Sunday from 8am-4pm.  The IPICO timing chip that you have received records your race time – if you don’t wear it you won’t be recorded in the results. Tie the chip onto one shoe using the tags provided – see the diagram provided with it. Do not wear or carry your chip anywhere else or it may not work.


No race pack?

Please collect replacement packs from the Information Tent in the Runners’ Village. If want to move forward to a faster start bay, if you’ve moved house, lost or damaged your original race pack or if you entered an incorrect postal address then you will need a replacement race pack (£15.00)

There is no charge for replacing a race pack with a which is mislaid or damaged by Royal Mail – assuming you correctly entered your postal address.



Luggage Tag for Baggage Tent

If you want to leave your kit in our baggage tent please tear off the detachable tag at the bottom of your race number and thread through the end handle of your bag. All baggage is left at the owners own risk and the organisers cannot be responsible for any loss or damage caused by the use of these facilities.


Make a plan for your support team too

Knowing where to look out for them on course will give you a real boost, and pre-arranging where to meet them afterwards is a good idea as often at large events, mobile phone networks can become overloaded. We’ve written a blog post detailing some top tips for spectators.


You've made it!

The digital clock on the finish gantry will show your provisional ‘gun’ finishing time. The IPICO timing chip on your shoe will automatically record your start and finish time as you pass over the timing mats on the start line. We aim to get all results onto our website on Sunday evening.

The finish line in the Bath Half is busier than the landing runway in an international airport, with over 150 runners crossing the line every minute at peak time! It essential we keep the finish area clear to avoid runners backing up across the line behind you, and to allow us space to identify and treat any runners who need medical attention. Please keep moving when you cross the line. We recommend that you pre-arrange to meet supporters and fellow competitors at one of the designated meeting points in the Runners Village.



The TomTom GPS Watches stand will be in the Runners Village so make sure you don’t miss the chance to see the new TomTom Runner 2! They’ve enhanced their award winning range with an integrated music player and 24/7 activity tracking, giving you that much needed boost to keep up the good work post run.

Forget strapping your phone to your arm, with capacity of up to 500 songs of your choice and Bluetooth headphones, this really is one easy-to-use device on your wrist.  Visit their stand for some exclusive offers that you simply can’t afford to miss!


Final boost to your fundraising

With just a few days to go until the big day, now’s the time to give your fundraising a final boost. Update your fundraising page with all the latest news and photos of how your preparation is going. People are more likely to donate if they know how much effort you’ve been putting in and how their donation will make a difference to your charity.

And if you are not currently raising money for a charity, then there is still time to use your place to make a difference. Set up your page today and get those donations rolling in for a good cause.


Personalise your medal with an iTaB

Personalise your fantastic Vitality Bath Half Marathon finishers medal with an iTaB. If you ordered your iTaB whilst entering the race, you don’t need to do anything, just wait for your iTaB to arrive in the post, it’s as easy as that! If you still need to order your iTaB, engraved with your name and finish time, just click here.


Bath Rugby Foundation Ireland Cycle ride

The Giant Cause Bike Ride 12th – 18th June 2016. Join us on the challenge of a lifetime – Cycling 700km from Cork in the South of Ireland to Giant’s Causeway in the North. A 5-day supported and guided cycling challenge (Cycling 13th – 17th June) in aid of the Bath Rugby Foundation, including accommodation, transfers, mechanical support and group training rides. Accompanied by several former Bath players and 1 or 2 current players. For further details see the Bath Rugby Foundation website or email


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. You can see more about the bands over on our website and we’ll be in touch after race day asking our runners to vote for their favourite band. We ask you to ditch your headphones and soak up the atmosphere that the Bath Half is famed for. You can read more about our headphone policy on our race day FAQ



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