How can it be a flat course in a city with so many hills?
By looping around the city twice, our runners do not have to tackle the famous (and large) hills that surround the city of Bath.
You will run two identical laps on completely traffic free roads, supported every step of the way by the thousands of spectators who line the entire route. Click on this image to see the course route.
The first mile is gently downhill down Pulteney Road to Churchill Bridge – so resist all temptations to go off too fast.
You then follow two identical laps from Churchill Bridge, gently rising up past Green Park Station, a gentle ‘pull’ round Queen Square (the most crowded spot for spectators on the course), then down Charlotte Street and out along the Upper Bristol Road, gently undulating along Newbridge Road, and a longer ‘pull’ up to the ‘New Bridge’ at the beginning of the dual carriageway.
From the ‘Twerton Fork’ the race heads back towards the City centre, pancake flat along Lower Bristol Road, before crossing over Churchill Bridge and up Green Park again for the beginning of the second lap. At the end of the second lap the runners pass across Churchill Bridge, finally rising gently (but remorselessly) back up Pulteney Road all the way to the finish with a dramatic finish in Great Pulteney Street.
CHANGES FOR 2020
This year, due to development works at Bath Quay, we are again having to divert the course around the Ambury and Corn Street, and the position of the start/finish line will be adjusted to maintain the measured distance.
What's the atmosphere like around the course?
The sight of 15,000 runners set off down Great Pulteney Street, and then return to the same spot, 13.1 miles later, never fails to take our breath away.
This vast boulevard is lined with spectators, sending you off, and welcoming you back, with so much encouragement. Whatever the weather on race day, the spectators arrive in their thousands to show their support.
The support continues around the whole course. We estimate that around 30,000 people line the streets of Bath on race day, so you’ll never find a quiet stretch along the route.
In addition you will see lots of our race charities at cheering spots too.
Our annual ‘Battle of the Bands’, which sees local bands playing in seven locations along the course route, is always a massive hit with our runners. They provide an eclectic mix of musical styles, ensuring there is something for all our runners, just at the point when they need a boost.
You'll be supported every step of the way
Distance Markers and Timing
Mile & KM Markers
Large Mile Markers signs will be erected on each measured mile mark, and every 5km. The first lap mile and km markers will be positioned on the left (inside) kerb, and the second lap markers on the right (outside) kerb.
Intermediate Timing Points
This year we are providing additional intermediate chip timing points at 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km. This means that you when you get your finish time, you’ll also be able to check how you were at each of these points in the race.
First Aid and Medical Services
First aid and medical services for competitors (and spectators) are provided by St John Ambulance assisted by paramedics from the NHS South West Ambulance Service Trust and a team of specialist doctors and nurses coordinated by our Medical Director Dr Rachel Outen. First aid posts in marked marquees are located at roughly one mile intervals around the course, plus a large first aid tent in the Runners Village and a primary medical facility at the finish in Great Pulteney Street. These are supplemented by mobile response vehicles and ambulances.
If you feel unwell during the race, if you can please try to continue to the next first aid post, or seek help from a course marshal in a orange ‘hi-viz’ jacket. Runners who drop out can wait at a first aid post for transport back to the Runners Village with our ‘sweeper’ mini bus.