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FAQ’s

Here are some FAQ’s that you may find useful on race day:

I don't have my race pack, what should I do?

If your race pack has not arrived by 4th March please contact us to request a SUBSTITUTE RACE PACK

If you’ve moved house without notifying us you’ll either need to arrange for your post to be redirected or collected from your old address, or alternatively you’ll need to order and pay for a REPLACEMENT RACE PACK – at a cost of £10 (increasing to £15 on Thursday 14th March).

If you contact us before 8th March, we will post your Substitute or Replacement race pack by first class mail. After this date, you’ll need to collect your pack from the Information Tent in the Runners Village between 10am-4pm on Saturday 16th March, or between 8am-11am on race day.

Can I give my number to someone else?

No – entries to the Bath Half Marathon are personal to the applicant, and race numbers cannot be sold or transferred. Any runner who competes in another person’s race number will be disqualified. If you decide not to run please return your race pack to the return address on the envelope.

Can I run wearing headphones?

The Bath Half is a 2-lap course and runners need to be able to hear our marshals who will ask the main field to move over as the faster runners and accompanying vehicles overtake them at speed on their second lap. We also occasionally need to get emergency vehicles along the course too. If you really can’t run without headphones then we ask that you to please wear just one ear-piece so that you are able to hear marshal’s instructions and emergency vehicles – it’s really important, and for your own safety.

The line up for our Battle of the Bands competition has now been confirmed and we have some great local bands showcasing their talent and helping to keep you entertained all around the course. You can see more about the bands over on our website and we’ll be in touch after race day asking our runners to vote for their favourite band. We ask you to ditch your headphones and soak up the atmosphere that the Bath Half is famed for

Can I change my estimated finish time?

It is not possible to adjust your estimated finishing time at this stage as all the race numbers have been allocated and the race packs have been sent out.

What time does the race start?

The Half Marathon starts at 11:00am.

The Family Fun Run will begin at approximately 11:20am.

The half marathon start pens will be opened at 10am to allow sufficient time for runners to move from the Runners Village

Trains

Great Western Railway have organised 18 additional services for competitors and spectators on race day.

See their timetables for race day – Bristol to Bath and Swindon/Westbury to Bath

Please note : There will be engineering work between Bristol and Taunton on race day. For customers travelling to Bath from Bristol and Taunton it will mean a bus to Bristol Temple Meads for a train onwards to Bath.  GWR are advising customers that journey times will be extended and that they will need to travel earlier to get to the event.

Park & Ride

PUBLIC PARK & RIDE SERVICES (Standard Service)

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 park & ride services are highly recommended as parking will be very limited in the city centre and there is no parking whatsoever along the course route.

We advise that you to travel early to arrive in the city centre in plenty of time to find the Runners Village.

Services are expected to be very busy between 08.00 and 09.30 for runners and between 09.00 and 10.30 for spectators.

 

Leaving bags

If you want to leave your kit in our baggage tent in the race village then please tear off the detachable tag on the bottom of your race number and thread through the end handle of your bag. All baggage is left at the owner’s risk. The organisers cannot be responsible for any loss or damage caused by the use of the facilities.

Race Weekend Help Desk

If you need us over the race weekend then you can find us at the Information Tent in the Runners Village, behind Bath Sports Centre on North Parade Road BA2 4ET

Sat 12 March 10am – 4pm
Sun 13 March 8am – 4pm
Telephone : 01225 422255

Injured runners, lost children & lost property

For injured runners, lost children or lost property, visit the helpdesk in the Runners Village or phone 01225 422255

Family Fun Run

Fun run participants are asked to assemble in Edward Street before the half marathon start at 11.00am. The run will start at about 11.20am, as soon as the half marathon runners clear the start line. The fun run course follows the first half mile of the half marathon route down and back up Pulteney Road.

Remember that Fun Run children under the age of 11 years must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult. Parents of unaccompanied older children must ensure their children are accompanied to the start area and MET AT THE FUN RUN EXIT IN THE RUNNERS VILLAGE. Please allow plenty of time to make your way round to the Fun Run Exit, remembering that the roadway in Great Pulteney Street is closed to pedestrians.

Best places to watch

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

You can find these on the course map detailed in your race day guide.

2019 Battle of the Bands

This year we will be running our popular Battle of the Bands competition again – you can see details of where the bands will be playing listed here. The band locations can also been seen on our race day guide map

Race results

Competitors race results will be available on the race website in the evening of Sunday 17th March.

The race results will show two times, your chip time and your gun time. Your chip time starts when you cross the start line and your gun time starts when the starters horn is sounded

2020 Entries

Entries for the 2020 Bath Half Marathon and Family Fun Run will be available on the race website on Monday 18th March.

Toilets

There will be plenty of toilets on arrival at the Runners Village, and in the Bath Rugby East Stand.  We also provide further runner only toilets along the pedestrian routes into the start bays.

Toilets do get busy a peak time before the race and you will need to queue. We also provide toilets on the course on the verge on Green Park Road just after the 1st mile and then at every first aid post and drink station around the course (approx every two-thirds of a mile).