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Vitality BATHALF Runners' Newsletter March 2017

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of our Runners’ Newsletter,

It is now a week until race day and things are getting very busy here at Bath Half HQ – we’re working hard to ensure you have a really great race day on March 12.

As usual for this time of year we are beginning to obsess about the weather. Our runners train through every kind of weather over the winter and we always hope they are rewarded with some great race day conditions. So far on the wish list is a dry spell over the next week so that mud is kept to a minimum in the race village, followed by a lovely sunny start to the race. Fingers crossed!

All race packs should now be with runners, apart from our overseas entrants. If you have not received your race pack then please follow the instructions on our FAQ page and notify us through the form on the page.

Enjoy the run up to race day – you’ve done all the hard work now, so go easy on the mileage and feel the excitement build.

We’ll be back in touch this week with important information for race day. We are really looking forward to seeing you all on the 12th!

With best wishes,


Andrew Taylor
Race Director

Getting to the race

There is nothing quite like a race day morning in Bath. We get such a buzz seeing the crowds of runners, volunteers and supporters flood into the city centre. The pocket sized Race Day Guide in your race pack contains important information about travelling into Bath on race day. More detailed and up to date information about train services and Park & Ride can be found on the Travel Information page on our website, and race day updates will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Make your travel plan now to take the stress out of your day.


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. Check your race guide for pedestrian routes to the village. Don’t forget to bring an old hoodie or jumper with you to keep you warm as you wait for the start – these are collected and recycled by one of our race charities – if you don’t have a spare one, buy one from your local charity shop before race day.


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 that you to ditch your headphones and soak up the atmosphere that the Bath Half is famed for.  If you really can’t run without headphones then we ask that you to please wear just one ear-piece so that you are able to hear marshal’s instructions and emergency vehicles – it’s really important, and for your own safety.


Make a difference with your Bath Half 2017 place.

Our Bath Half runners raise a staggering amount for charity each year – since 2000 they have raised over £20 million. Every year we think it isn’t possible for runners to raise even more money, and every year they prove us wrong! As you near the end of your Bath Half training plans why not help us make 2017 a new personal best for fundraising and ensure our race charities benefit from all your hard work. Our fundraising partner, JustGiving makes raising money really simple. It’s easy to set up a fundraising page in a few quick steps at the JustGiving website

You can see a list of all of race charities over on our website. This year our lead charity is Cancer Research UK.  Over the next year Cancer Research UK are committed to making a difference in Bath and the South West and all money raised from the charity’s partnership with the Bath Half will be going towards research in the local area.


Turn your half marathon prep into lifelong habits

Once you achieve your goal of running the Bath Half Marathon, you’ll deserve a big pat on the back- but why stop there? To get the most benefit, try to continue with some of the healthy changes you made along the way. Small changes that you can stick with can make a big difference to your long term health. 


Personalise your medal with an iTaB

Personalise your 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


2017 race merchandise is now available

Our 2017 range of cotton and technical t-shirt’s are now available through our race website.


Cancellation and refund policy

If you cancel your entry after 26th December we can offer you a guaranteed place in the 2018 race (you still have to pay the discounted ‘early bird’ entry fee) if you notify us of your withdrawal and return your race pack (including your timing chip) to us before race day. Race entries are personally registered to the entrant and cannot be transferred to another runner. We cannot offer refunds for Family Fun Run entries. Cancellation & refund requests must be made using our ‘manage my registration’ feature on our website



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