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Travel information for the 2019 Bath Half Marathon

Travel information for the 2019 Bath Half Marathon will be confirmed shortly.  General arrangements are anticipated to be largely unchanged from previous years as per 2018 arrangements below.

Our 2018 Race Day Guide contains information about travelling into Bath of race day.

Park and Ride

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s three Park & Ride services will be operating on race day on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.  Newbridge Park & Ride (which is on the course route) will be closed during the race from 9.45am to about 2.00pm.

The Bath Racecourse will also be offering a pre-bookable Park & Ride and hospitality service.

City Centre Parking

City centre car parks will be accessible throughout the event, using the signposted diversion route via Cleveland Bridge, Walcot Street and ‘bus gate’ (suspended for race day).

Following completion of the highways alterations around the Broad Quay site, we will be returning to the original half marathon route along Green Park, so we won’t have to close Avon Street car park this year.

City centre car parks will be busy, both for competitor and spectator parking (city centre hotels are full on race day) and displaced residents parking from the course route (and access routes).  So allow extra time for your journey and plan a couple of alternative car parks.

Please note that there is no parking at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre or Bath Cricket Club.

Live parking updates for city centre car parks are available on

Train Services

First Great Western will be organising additional trains for competitors and spectators on race day.  FGW have now provided us with their draft timetables for race day – Swindon/Westbury to Bath and Bath to Swindon/Westbury.  There may be some engineering work over race weekend so runners and spectators are recommended to check train times in the last week or so prior to race day.

Scheduled Bus Services

There will be a number of changes and diversions to normal scheduled bus services on race day.  Further details of the amended services will be published on the Travel West website closer to the event – CLICK HERE

Arrive early

Remember that you’ll be in good company – nearly 12,000 of you will be setting off from Great Pulteney Street at 11.00am and the atmosphere in the Runners Village beforehand is great. Arrive early to have chance to soak it up – and please bring an old warm top that you don’t mind discarding as you start the race. Most of our ‘regular’ runners know to arrive at the Village before 9.00am. Our help desk will be open from 8.00am. At 10.00am we open the half marathon start pens as takes up to an hour to filter up from the Runners Village into the start pens.