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Spectator Info


Our spectators usually line the whole half marathon route, making it one of the most atmospheric races in the UK. There are some recommended viewing and entertainment points:

1 Start and Finish at Great Pulteney Street
2 Churchill Bridge
3 Green Park
4 Queen Square
5 Royal Victoria Park
6 Station Road
7 Weston Lock Retail Park

Click here to see these locations on our course map.

  • Race Day App for tracking runners

    We are delighted to release details of our free downloadable App allowing supporters to track your progress around the course and predict estimated finishing times using additional intermediate chip timing points at 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km.

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

    The Active Experience App features an interactive course map for your friends and family to track your progress around the route and can be downloaded via the App Store or the Google Play Store. Just search for “The Active Experience”.

    The mile and 5km markers will be on the left kerb on the first lap as you run, and the on the right kerb on the second lap.

  • Race Day Timings

    The half marathon starts at 11.00am.

    The fun run starts at about 11.20am

  • Race Day Pedestrian Routes

    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.

  • Entertainment

    Our popular Battle of the Bands competition will run again in 2020. Details of bands and their locations to follow.

  • Meeting Points

    There will be two signposted meeting points plus a meeting point in the middle of the Runners Village. These are good places to arrange to meet your supporters after the race, avoiding some of the more crowded locations. Look out for the meeting point banners and don’t rely on mobile phones at the event to make your arrangements – at peak times during larger events mobile networks are often overloaded due to the volume of calls.

  • Toilets

    A large number of toilets are provided in the Runners Village, and we have further toilets around the course at every first aid post and drinks station, and just after the first mile on Green Park Road but expect these to be busy, as people arrive at the venue and again before the start of the race. There will also be additional toilets designated for runners’ use on the pedestrian routes to each of the start bays. Separate toilets are provided for spectators at Laura Place.

  • Family friendly spots around the course

    The most popular places to watch the race are at the start and finish in Great Pulteney Street and more accessible points on the course, particularly at Churchill Bridge, Green Park, Park Lane and Queen Square. To get a good viewpoint at these locations you will may need to arrive 45mins to 1 hour before race start, and at peak times the pavements may become too crowded for infants, elderly or the infirm.

    As an alternative there are some great family friendly viewing spots at quieter locations around the course (for instance the Royal Victoria Park playground) adjacent to facilities such as toilets, cafes, play areas for children and parking. A number of churches on the course route will also be staying open during the race to offer refreshment, shelter or a meeting point for spectators and runners – and to support their own runners. Facilities on offer vary with each church – some include play areas for children, tea, coffee and toilets.

  • Lost Children, Lost Property, Injured Runners

    For injured runners, lost children or lost property, visit the Information Tent in the Runners’ Village.

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