Bath Half Marathon
Excitement is in the air at our luxury hotel. Bath’s Half Marathon is beloved by runners and spectators alike, so we can’t wait for its return on Sunday 4th March.
This is a popular race for those preparing for the London Marathon and running numbers have regrettably sold out. However, there is always a delightful atmosphere for spectators to enjoy.
The History of the Race
The Bath Half, affectionately stylised as ‘BatHalf’ locally, has been held every year since 1982. It is normally held on the second or third Sunday in March and was first held the year after the first London Marathon. Synonymous with a challenge and highly esteemed around the world, many runners will travel far and wide to participate in the race and attempt their personal best.
The atmosphere of the race is undeniable, as people line the streets and cheer all involved. With music from nearby establishments and an all-round jovial mindset this is a race like no other.
A fast, flat course, participants will discover Bath as they run from both sides of the River Avon. Starting and finishing in Great Pulteney Street, the first mile is ever so slightly downhill from Pulteney Road to Churchill Bridge, before following two identical laps from Churchill Bridge, up past Green Park station, round Queen Square, then down Charlotte Street and westbound out of the city centre. Runners will advance along Upper Bristol Road and Newbridge Road to Newbridge before crossing the ‘New Bridge’ at the ‘Twerton Fork’.
From here the race heads back on itself eastbound via the A36 back towards the city centre along Lower Bristol Road, before revisiting Churchill Bridge and Green Park for start of the second lap. At the end of the second lap the runners pass across Churchill Bridge, finally rising up Pulteney Road to the finish back in Great Pulteney Street.
Facts and Figures
There are many, many charities that benefit from the Bath Half Marathon, so even if you don’t participate it is well worth looking online for ways to donate to runners you know, or people you admire for taking part! The course record currently stands at 1 hour 01 minutes 45 seconds, held by Robert Mbithi in 2016, and 1 hour 09 minutes 27 seconds for Liz Yelling in 2007. Last year saw 12,748 people participate and in 2016, the event raised over £2.2 million for charity.
Plus, our very own General Manager, Ian Griebenow is running the marathon and raising money for Bath Rugby Foundation. He would be extremely grateful for any donations which will be going 100% to the charity!
Our luxury hotel in Bath makes a perfect base for those visiting the city for the race. We are known to have one of the finest spas in Bath – you can unwind and soothe any aches and pains after you have completed such an athletic feat. You are guaranteed a sublime night’s sleep and rest for your weary legs – we wish all those participating the best of luck!
Why not combine your visit to the city with a stay at our luxury hotel? Bath will be buzzing with excitement in the lead up to the marathon so you won’t want to miss it. You’re guaranteed the best rates when you book direct, check availability today.