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RACE DAY INFORMATION
Final arrangements of 2020 race day timings, Runners Village and course maps, recommended spectator points and travel information will be published in the New Year on our handy pocket sized Race Day Guide, included in entrants’ race packs. Arrangements will be largely unchanged from previous years.
To view and download our 2019 Race Day Guide CLICK HERE
The half marathon starts at 11.00am. The fun run starts at about 11.20am
Access to the Runners Village is from Bath Sports Centre on North Parade Road
Please be ready in the Runners Village when the half marathon start pens open at 10.00am, as it takes a while for us to get over 12,000 runners assembled and ready for the start. 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.
To reduce congestion at the Runners Village there is a one way pedestrian system in operation. Please follow the pedestrian signs on the day. Please check the maps on the Race Day Guide and plan your route to avoid frustration.
Red Routes – To the Runners Village (Bath Sports Centre)
Blue Routes – Spectators to the start & finish
White, Green & Orange Routes – Half marathon runners to their designated start bays.
Half marathon start pens
Half marathon entrants will be allocated one of eight start pens, seeded according to the finish time you predicted on your entry form, with the fastest runners at the front and the slowest runners at the back. Your designated start pen will be indicated by the prefix letter on your race number (from A at the front, to H at the back).
The front pens are reserved for elite and best for age athletes, runners with verified sub 90 mins finishing times, and faster general public entrants.
Runners will be directed into their start pens along three colour-coded routes from the Runners Village corresponding with the colours on your race numbers :
- White Pens (A-E) at the front are accessed via Pulteney Mews and William Street
- The middle Green Pen (F) is accessed along the Riverside path, Spring Gardens Road, Grove Street, Argyle Street and Laura Place.
- The rear Orange Pens (G & H) are also accessed along the Riverside path, Grove Street and Henrietta Street.
Regardless of which pen you start in, all runners receive their own personal ‘chip time’ published in the race results recording your actual running time on the half marathon course, from the exact moment you crossed the start line until you finish the race.
On race day you can decide to move back to a ‘slower’ pen behind your allocated pen, for instance if you want to accompany a slower runner, but runners cannot move forward into a ‘faster’ start pen.
If you wish to be allocated to a faster start pen you can order and pay for a REPLACEMENT RACE PACK
Family Fun Run
The Family Fun Run will start at about 11.20am, as soon as the half marathon runners have cleared the start.
Please assemble in Edward Street (marked on your race guide) before the start of the half marathon at 11.00am.
The course is just under one mile long from Great Pulteney Street down Pulteney Road to North Parade Road and back.
Finishers will exit onto the Runners Village after collecting their medals and goody bags. Unaccompanied children will be asked by marshals to wait either at the finish line (to meet accompanying parents/adults on the course), or at the runners exit (to meet parents/adults in the public area).
Travel and Spectator Information
You can see other information about getting to the race and accommodation etc by following the links on the left hand of this page.