Getting to the Race
Make a plan and arrive early
Our 2020 Race Day Guide contains information about travelling and parking on race day. A Race Day guide will be sent to all runners in their race pack. The course map and venue map can also be viewed here on our website.
Remember that you’ll be in good company – nearly 15,000 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) to keep you warm in your start pen.
Most of our runners try to arrive at the Runners’ Village by 9am. Our help desk will be open from 8am. At 10am we open the half marathon start pens as it takes up to an hour to filter up from the Runners Village into the start pens.
Plan your journey beforehand to take the stress out of race day.
- Park & Ride
We anticipate that 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.
Alternatively you can take the worry out of your parking arrangements by reserving a pre-bookable Park & Ride and hospitality service from the Bath Racecourse.
- City Centre Parking
Charlotte Street car park and Avon Street car park are both convenient city centre car parks, within 10 mins walk of the Runners Village. Charlotte Street car park is open throughout the race, access via the rear entrance in Marlborough Buildings.
Avon Street car park is on the course route, so access into and out of this car park will be closed from 9.45am until 2pm.
Manvers Street car park is closed for repairs.
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 an alternative car park where possible.
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 here.
- Train Services
- Scheduled Bus Services
- Bath Half Lift Share Scheme
New for 2020, we are pleased to launch our Race Day Lift Share scheme.
Car sharing is a great way of alleviating the stress caused by travel and reducing road and parking congestion.