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Vitality Bath Half Family Fun Run 2016 - Race Week Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our race week Vitality Bath Half Family Fun Run newsletter.

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, 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


This year’s official Family Fun Run charity is Bath Rugby Foundation. We have included some information below from this fantastic charity and also about our official Bath Half fundraising website which you can use for any last minute fundraising.

The latest race day news can be found on our website (there is also a mobile site for any of you using smart phones on the day –  Any urgent announcements will be put on this site and also our Twitter and Facebook pages.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you all.  We hope you have a great day with us on Sunday and the weather is looking good.

All the best

Andrew Taylor
Race Director, Bath Half Marathon

Message from our family fun run charity partner

Welcome to the team! Bath Rugby Foundation is the chosen charity for this year’s Family Fun Run, and we want you to raise funds for people who need your help. Bath Rugby Foundation reaches people at key times in their lives to make a positive impact. Your money enables us to help  people tackle challenges such as unemployment and social isolation and works with children and young people who are among the most vulnerable in our local area.

Urban Rugby Squad (a case study):

‘Woody’, 14, has been attending the Urban Rugby Squad sessions in Tidworth. Woody struggled with a bone disease for 7 months prior, and had engaged in negligible levels of physical activity. He struggled to attend school on a regular basis and had fallen behind amongst his peers – academically and socially. He was suffering from low levels of self-esteem, confidence and fitness.

Over the course of the programme, we noticed a considerable change in Woody’s attitude, confidence and levels of physical activity. He came to us very shy and you could tell that he was nervous about being part of the group. But by his fourth week had begun to forge friendships and integrate. He has improved his rugby skills and has begun to offer advice and encouragement to the younger members, giving him a sense of self worth. Woody is now back at school and benefitting from being back in a routine and socialising.

We’d love to hear how you are getting on with your fundraising and training in the run up to the day, so be sure to post your photos on Facebook or Twitter.


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.


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 your race pack arrives. More detailed and up to date information can be found on the Travel Information page on our website, and race day updates will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.


What happens on race day?

The Family Fun Run starts after the start of the Half Marathon. Family Fun Runners need to assemble in Edward Street.  You’ll be able to watch the Half Marathon start from here before being walked into the fun run start by marshals. You will find venue and route maps in the fold out Race Day Guide in your race pack.

Remember that Fun Run children under the age of 11 years must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult. Parents of unaccompanied older children must ensure their children are accompanied to the start and met at the Fun Run exit in the Runners Village after they have collected their goody bag. Please ensure an adult is there ready to meet them.

The best place to watch the Family Fun Run is the south side of Great Pulteney Street near the Holburne Museum end.  This is close to the start assembly point in Edward Street, and easy to get to the Fun Run exit in the Runners Village, via Edward Street, Pulteney Mews and the turnstile gate, without having to try and cross the road or go the long way round Grand Parade, North Parade and the Sports Centre.




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