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Bath Half Marathon

Sun 17th Mar 2019 • by Running High Events Ltd
Bath, GB

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Charity places available

  • Road
  • Flat

What you need to know

The Vitality Bath Half Marathon or the Bath Half as it is affectionately known, is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. The course itself is fast and flat making it suitable for all abilities for beginners whose key objective is to complete the course, to more regular long-distance event runners, looking to beat their personal best time. It covers a two lap 13.1 mile (21.1km) traffic-free course straddling both sides of the River Avon. The race starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street, in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath.

Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    11:00am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Sold out, charity places available
  2. Family Fun Run

    Run 4mi
    11:20am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Charity places available
Course Maps

Family Fun Run children under the age of 11 years must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult.

Access to the Runners Village is from Bath Sports Centre on North Parade Road

Please be ready in the Runners Village when the half marathon start pens open at 10.00am, as it takes a while for us to get over 12,000 runners assembled and ready for the start. Don’t forget to bring an old hoodie or jumper with you to keep you warm as you wait for the start – these are collected and recycled by one of our race charities – if you don’t have a spare one, buy one from your local charity shop.

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.

Course Details

The Bath Half Marathon is a fast flat course, straddling both sides of the river Avon and avoiding all the hills surrounding the City. It is an ‘honest’ two-lap course with proven PB (‘personal best’ time) criteria, entirely traffic-free (full road closures throughout). Even at the front end you’ll have plenty of company to pull you round for a good time.

This is a ‘Big City’ race, starting & finishing at the same point in Great Pulteney Street – with a roadway spanning 46 feet – one of the widest Georgian boulevards in Europe and a course that threads through the heart of this historic city.

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.

Raceday Logistics

Please check that your race number matches the number on the front of the envelope and timing chip. If not please contact public enquiries. If you decide not to run please return your race pack to the return address on the envelope.
IPICO TIMING CHIP This records your race time – if you don’t wear it you won’t be recorded in the results. Tie the chip onto one shoe using the tags provided – see diagram overleaf. Do not wear or carry your chip anywhere else otherwise it will not work. 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.



Park and Ride

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 Bath Racecourse will also be offering a pre-bookable Park & Ride and hospitality service.

City Centre Parking

City centre car parks will be accessible throughout the event, using the signposted diversion route via Cleveland Bridge, Walcot Street and ‘bus gate’ (suspended for race day).

Following completion of the highways alterations around the Broad Quay site, it has been confirmed that we will be returning to the original half marathon route along Green Park, so we won’t have to close Avon Street car park this year.


The BATHALF is famous for immense crowd support around the course.  Due to it’s 2-lap configuration and bridges linking both sides of the river, spectators can move around the course to watch runners on multiple occasions.  Also as the course runs through residential areas in the heart of the city, local residents can watch the race from outside their own houses.



Half marathon start pens – Half marathon entrants will be allocated one of eight start pens, seeded according to the finish time you predicted on your entry form, with the fastest runners at the front and the slowest runners at the back. Your designated start pen will be indicated by the prefix letter on your race number (from Pen A at the front, to Pen H at the back).

Toilets and drinks stations

Toilets are provided at all first aid posts and at all drinks stations. There are further toilets in the Runners Village and inside the assembly area for each start bay.

Bottled water & Lucozade Sport will be provided on the left hand kerb at the following locations on the half marathon course:

  • Bottled water: 2 miles, 5 miles, 8 miles, 10.5 miles, 12.5 miles
  • Lucozade Sport (orange flavour): 4.5 miles, 10 miles

Mile Markers

Large Mile Markers signs will be erected on each measured mile mark, and at the 10km point.  The first lap mile markers will be positioned on the left (inside) kerb, and the second lap markers on the right (outside) kerb

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