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BATHALF Corporate Challenge entrants newsletter

With just 10 days to go until race day we’ve been watching runners battling through the unsettled weather pounding the streets of Bath getting final training and long runs under your belt before tapering ahead of the big day

We’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. The current showering and blustery weather looks likely to continue up to race day!

In the meantime we’ve got some important news to share with you about our exclusive hospitality marquee for Corporate Challenge entrants, a couple of changes to drink stations and timing points, plus a pre-race massage offer from Bath College and an update on public transport

All the best

Andrew Taylor

Race Director

Exclusive Corporate Challenge hospitality marquee

This year we are introducing an exclusive free hospitality marquee for our Corporate Challenge entrants in the heart of the Runners Village, next to the Information Tent.

This will offer free hot and cold drinks, reserved trailer toilets (avoiding queues for portaloos!) and reserved baggage storage (avoiding queues for the public baggage tent).

It will also provide welcome shelter on a chilly or damp March morning, and a place to meet and greet your fellow Corporate Challenge competitors.

Access to the hospitality marquee is for registered Corporate Challenge entrants only using the wristband pass we are posting out to each entrant.


Eliminating single use plastic at the BATHALF

This year we are encouraging runners to bring your own reusable water bottle to the event, your favourite bottle which you use during your training.

We will be providing a water refill point before the start in the Runners Village and at each of our three on course drink stations for runners wanting to carry and refill your own water bottles. These will be on tables at the far end of each station.

We are also replacing bottled water at the last of our three water stations, on Pulteney Road, with water in compostable paper cups.

We are also replacing bottled energy drink at our on-course energy station with HIGH5 Aqua Gel, and replacing bottled energy drink at the finish with HIGH5 recovery tabs in the goody bags.

This is the first step of our journey to remove single use plastic and bottled drinks at our event by 2021.

At the BATHALF we’ve always worked hard to improve the sustainability of our event. We have achieved recycling rates of 69-86% for each of the last 5 years. In the next couple of years we will be working with our runners, our suppliers, our volunteers and contractors to develop new processes and products to replace single use plastic


HIGH5 energy feed station relocated

This year we’re moving our energy feed station to a new location around the halfway point – just after the 10km (6.5 miles) mark on the Lower Bristol Road

HIGH5 are providing their Energy Gel Aqua on the first lap, plus recovery tabs in the finishers’ goody bags



Bath College pre-massage

Bath College would love to help you prepare you for the Bath Half next week by offering entrants a £10 pre-race massage at their Spa Centre at The Academy at Bath College on Avon St (Bath BA1 1UP).

Thurs 14th March – pre-bookable appointments at 9:15am, 10:30am, 4:30pm and 6:00pm

To book please call The Academy on 01225 328511

This is a great opportunity to see the spa facilities at Bath College where Sport, Beauty, Spa and Complementary therapists train to work in some of the best spas in the UK, with alumni now working locally at establishments such as the famous Thermae Bath Spa, Centerparcs, No. 15 Pulteney Street, The Priory, The Pig and The Gainsborough.

Bath College is also managing and staffing the Massage Tent in the Runners Village for Bath Half participants to come and ease your sore legs after the race with a £5 leg post-race massage.

After the event, Bath College will also be offering pre-bookable £10 post-event Cool Down Hot Stone Massages on Wed 20th March at 1:15pm and 2:30pm.


Travel update

For race weekend travel arrangements, including trains, buses and parking, see our TRAVEL INFORMATION webpage

There will be engineering work between Bristol and Taunton on race day. For customers travelling to Bath from Bristol and Taunton it will mean a bus to Bristol Temple Meads for a train onwards to Bath.  GWR are advising customers that journey times will be extended and recommending you allow extra time to get to the event


Tracking App and intermediate timing points

This year we are introducing a free downloadable App which will allow supporters to track runners’ progress around the course and predict estimated finishing times using additional intermediate chip timing points at 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km.

This is a trial of new technology specifically designed to cope with the 2-lap course at the Bath Half, and dependent on availability of internet access.

Further details of the App will be circulated shortly.

Distance marker signs will also be displayed on the nearest lampost on the side of the road every mile and every 5km around the course.  The first lap mile and 5km markers will be positioned on the left kerb as you run, and the second lap markers on the right kerb.


Use your place to fundraise for British Heart Foundation

Join the BHF Champions’ Team (our official lead charity) and help beat heartbreak for Bath.

When you use your place to run for the BHF, you run to beat the world’s biggest killers. Conditions like heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia. You run to fund research that helps to keep families together.

So SIGN UP TO THE TEAM TODAY and fix your eyes on the finish line. Because together, we can beat heartbreak forever.


iTAB race medal personalisation

iTAB… the race medal personalisation that helps you to celebrate your achievement!

If you have already ordered your iTAB at time of entry, you don’t need to do anything more as it will be posted to you soon after race day.

To purchase an iTAB for your finisher medal CLICK HERE


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