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Bath Half Marathon

Sun 17th Mar 2019
1 N Parade Rd, Bath BA2 4EU, UK

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Come and be a part of one of the longest-running races in the UK. Whether you're looking for a personal best or just want to complete the course, this flat route will help you get there. Come along for the finisher's medal and running t-shirt.
  • Road
  • Flat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Closed roads
  • Race packs are posted
  • 14000 participants

From the organiser

The Vitality Bath Half Marathon or the BATHALF 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
    Event passed
  2. Family Fun Run

    Run 4mi
    11:20am Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Event passed

Route info

Course Maps
What’s Included

Finisher's medal with optional personalisation with iTaB. Finisher's t-shirt included in your race pack, along with a goody bag of snacks and water and HIGH5 energy gels along the route.

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.

The course route was diverted slightly in 2017 due to highway alterations around Bath Quays on Green Park Road, now completed. Otherwise the BATHALF course route has been unchanged since 2006. The current course is close to the original course used in early years of the race, and described by IAAF course measurer Hugh Jones as ‘flat, with three undulations’.

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.

Water & HIGH5 energy gel will be provided on the left hand kerb at the following locations on the half marathon course:

Water: 2 miles, 5 miles, 8 miles, 10.5 miles, 12.5 miles

HIGH5 Energy Gel Aqua (orange flavour): 4.5 miles, 10 miles

Further water and HIGH5 recovery product are provided after the finish of the half marathon and fun run (water only).

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

10K Timing Point

An intermediate chip timing point is provided on the first lap at the 10K mark. All first lap runners are required to run through the 10K timing point on the inside (left) lane.

Entertainment around the course

Our ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition will be returning again this year with local bands playing at seven locations around the course.

BBC Radio Bristol’s presenter will be announcing at the start and finish, alongside our own athletics commentator. Most of our 130 race charities also organise cheering points around the course to support runners.

Raceday Logistics

The half marathon starts at 11.00am. The fun run starts at about 11.20am

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.

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 A at the front, to H at the back).

The front pens are reserved for elite and best for age athletes, runners with verified sub 90 mins finishing times, and faster general public entrants.

Runners will be directed into their start pens along three colour-coded routes from the Runners Village corresponding with the colours on your race numbers :

White Pens (A-E) at the front are accessed via Pulteney Mews and William Street

The middle Green Pen (F) is accessed along the Riverside path, Spring Gardens Road, Grove Street, Argyle Street and Laura Place.

The rear Orange Pens (G & H) are also accessed along the Riverside path, Grove Street and Henrietta Street.

Regardless of which pen you start in, all runners receive their own personal ‘chip time’ published in the race results recording your actual running time on the half marathon course, from the exact moment you crossed the start line until you finish the race.

On race day you can decide to move back to a ‘slower’ pen behind your allocated pen, for instance if you want to accompany a slower runner, but runners cannot move forward into a ‘faster’ start pen.

RACE NUMBER 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.

Train Services

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.

Scheduled Bus Services

There will be a number of changes and diversions to normal scheduled bus services on race day. Further details of the amended services will be published on the Travel West website closer to the event.

Arrive early

Remember that you’ll be in good company – nearly 13,000 of you will be setting off from Great Pulteney Street at 11.00am and the atmosphere in the Runners Village beforehand is great. Arrive early to have chance to soak it up – and please bring an old warm top that you don’t mind discarding as you start the race. Most of our ‘regular’ runners know to arrive at the Village before 9.00am. Our help desk will be open from 8.00am. At 10.00am we open the half marathon start pens as takes up to an hour to filter up from the Runners Village into the start pens.


The BATHALF is famous for massive 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.


Volunteer Opportunities

Events such as the Bath Half Marathon could not be staged without the support of committed and enthusiastic volunteers who generously give up their valuable time to perform essential duties including:

• – Marshals supervising road closure points (18yrs or over only)

• – Team Leaders responsible for management of groups of road junctions, drink stations or post-finish stations (18yrs or over only)

• – Marshals directing and assisting runners on the course route (adults only)

• – Directing and assisting runners within the start, finish area and in the Runners Village (adults only)

• – Assisting with runners and public enquiries in the information tent in the Runners Village (adults only)

• – Staffing on-course drink stations (youth or adult groups)

• – Staffing the post-finish stations – handing out drinks, medals, goody bags or removing timing chips (youth or adult groups)

Over 800 volunteers are employed at the Bath Half Marathon. We have established relationships with a number of local voluntary groups, many of whom have been working on the event for many years

Working on a major public event is almost as exciting as actually taking part, whether in the ‘front line’ assisting thousands of runners achieve life-time bests, or in the less glamorous world ‘behind the scenes’ ensuring the event runs smoothly. Besides the reward of being part of the team we also pay volunteers expenses for working on the Bath Half Marathon at the rate of £20 per youth (12-15yrs), £30 per adult (16yrs & over).

Many of our volunteers donate their expenses to a local charity or voluntary group – some of who use the Bath Half Marathon as one of their main annual fundraisers.

Volunteers are briefed and supervised by staff from Running High Events. Priority is given to existing volunteers and to volunteers fundraising for local charities. Remaining opportunities are on a first-come-first-served basis


The Bath Half organisers are once again offering local musicians the chance to play on race day and take part in its Battle of the Bands competition.

In recent years local bands have participated in the competition adding to the excitement and entertainment around the course on the day. The winner of the competition will be decided by our runners, who vote for the best bands after the race and the winning band receives a cash prize of £500.


Q – How can I enter the 2019 Bath Half ?

A – General public entries and Corporate Challenge entries for the 2019 Bath Half Marathon are sold out. Reserved entries are available from our official race charities.

Q – Am I In ?

A – You can check your race entry, and update your postal and contact details using our ‘MY REGISTRATION‘ portal

Q – How do I cancel my entry for the 2019 Bath Half ?

A – See our Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel your half marathon entry before 10th December we can offer a free Deferred Entry for 2020 or a £15 refund. If you cancel your half marathon after 10th December we can offer a £5 discount for 2020. We cannot offer refunds for either charity half marathon entries, or Family Fun Run entries

Q – Can I transfer my 2019 entry to someone else ?

A – No we cannot transfer entries

Q – I missed out on an entry, do you keep a reserve list for cancelled entries ?

A – No we do not keep a reserve list for cancelled entries

Q – How do I get a refund of my entry fee for the cancelled 2018 Bath Half ?

A – In April we refunded entry fees for all registered half marathon and Family Fun Run Entrants, following cancellation of this year’s race.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2013

    The absolutely single and only flaw in this race is that its lapped and its obviously a bit more fun not running two laps. Other than that the atmosphere and organisation is epic and bath is SO beautiful!! For those who know it well it seems insane that this course is flat (bath itself is pretty hilly) but it really is - theres one small undulation but it really is fast and flat. Definitely a great race to do and will do it again

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