The Course


The Bath Half Marathon is a 'big city' race, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street - a beautiful Georgian boulevard in the heart of Bath. This course is fast and flat with proven potential to set a new personal best
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Changes for 2021

We anticipate having to make significant changes to the race in 2021 to accomodate COVID restrictions. 

We are developing flexible alternative plans for next year’s half marathon to allow for a range of possible scenarios. These options will include :

  • alternative course routes
  • social distancing
  • significantly reduced runner and spectator numbers

Further details of arrangements for 2021 will be confirmed closer to the event.

In the meantime details of arrangements for our 2020 are set out below.

How can it be a flat course in a city with so many hills?

The description below is of our traditional 2-lap course – to be confirmed shortly

By looping around the city twice, our runners do not have to tackle the famous (and large) hills that surround the city of Bath.

On our traditional course, you will run two identical laps on completely traffic free roads, supported every step of the way by the tens of thousands of spectators who line the entire route.

Click on this image to see our 2-lap course route from previous years.

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.

We anticipate having to due to divert the course again around the Ambury and Corn Street due to ongoing development works at Bath Quay, and the position of the start/finish line will be adjusted to maintain the measured distance

What's the atmosphere like around the course?

Arrangements for the 2021 Bath Half will be confirmed closer to the event.

In past years the sight of 15,000 runners setting off down Great Pulteney Street, and then returning to the same spot, 13.1 miles later, has never failed 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 marker signs will be erected at each measured mile mark, and at every 5km. On the first lap mile and km markers will be positioned on the left (inside) kerb, and on the second lap markers they will be on the right (outside) kerb.

    Tracking App

    We will be introducing a free race day App to allow supporters to follow your progress in live time around the course as you pass our intermediate chip timing points at 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km.

    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.

    Bath skyline