On a gloriously sunny Bath day, thousands of runners filled the streets for the 29th annual half marathon. In fact, it was the maximum number of runners possible as registrations sold out in November for the March event.


Bath Half Marathon is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. It's also a big charity fundraiser.


The race covers a two lap traffic-free course straddling both sides of the River Avon and threading through the heart of the World Heritage Georgian city. Start and finish lines are in Great Pulteney Street, a road spanning 46 feet (14m), making it one of the widest Georgian boulevards in Europe.


The course has been described as flat and fast with three "undulations" which makes it ideal for personal best times.

Legend has it that Bath was founded by Prince Bladud in 860BC when he bathed in the springs and was cured of leprosy. The Romans appreciated the health-giving qualities of the hot springs and built a temple there around 50AD, followed by a walled town.


Huge development in the 1700s gave the city its Georgian legacy which makes it such a picturesque place to visit and to run in today.


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The first ever Kilomathon took place on 14 March. It was a bright day, with an unusually warm temperature for the time of year of 11C. The 26.2 kilometre race (16.3 miles) took the 4,200 entrants from Nottingham to Derby taking in the scenic landmark of Elvaston Castle and its grounds.


The race has been labeled as the perfect distance as it sets a challenge in its own right but is also a good distance for those training for a marathon.


The event was televised on 26 March on Sky Sports 4.


The race was won by Martin Williams with a time of 1:26:00, who declared himself proud to be the Kilomathon world record holder. He won the race 3 seconds ahead of Christopher Wilson with Tim Hartley coming in 3rd place with a time of 27:14:00.

The female race winner was Sarah Harris with a time of 1:39:19. Appropriately, as the race took place on Mother's Day, Sarah is a mother of 3 children. 45 seconds behind Sarah, was Jennifer Maclean who took 2nd place and coming in third with a time of 1:42:23 was Christine Howard.


Kilomathon England 2010, which was organised by Gsi Events and sponsored by Strathmore Water, ZipVit Sport, Heart 106, Inchcape Toyota, Derby Conference Centre and Virgin Active, aimed to raise up to £1 million for over 80 charities including the four official charities Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Hope for Children, and Rainbow's Children Hospice.


Due to the success of Kilomathon England, preparations are now under way for Kilomathon Scotland which will take place on 3 October 2010. To register on line visit www.kilomathon.com/?my-details-scotland

 

Kilomathon Northern Ireland and Kilomathon Wales are planned for 2011.


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