It was another great year at the picturesque Bath Half Marathon. Almost 13,000 runners completed the fast and flat historical course that takes in both sides of the Avon river before finishing in front of vast crowds on stunning Great Pulteney Street.
For the first time in 12 years a British runner won the event; Paul Martelletti finished in 65m28s. To add to his triumph fellow British athlete, Emma Stepto, won the women’s event in 73m50s.
The race sells out very quickly each year and is the biggest charity fundraising event in South West England, with more than 100 official charities.
The course allows for oodles of spectators and this year so did the weather, with more than 30,000 people coming out to support the runners and enjoy the vast displays of fancy dress worn. This year’s highlights included a telephone box, an oompa loompa and a hen’s party consisting of a dozen women running the entire way together dressed in 1980s bridesmaid dresses.
Alongside the half marathon is a family Fun Run with almost 1000 youngsters and families zooming around 1.2km of Bath’s streets, finishing on Great Pulteney Street to warm up the excited crowds for the Half Marathon winners.
Stunning scenery abounds in a new mountain bike race organised by bikers for bikers.
The first Ortler Bike Marathon takes place in the west of South Tyrol, an area where German and Italian are both spoken – which makes explanation of the course interesting.
With the start and finish in the medieval town of Glurns / Glorenza, the course runs through Vinschgau / Venosta Valley. The region is known for its various bike tours and forms the perfect venue for a new race.
Participants can choose from the 51km Classic, which climbs 1600m or the 90km Marathon, which climbs 3000m. Both are attractive routes that take riders past the Klostermarienberg / Marienberg monastery, the well-known Churburg castle and past picturesque mountain lakes and beautiful mountain villages.
Ortler is the name of the mountain range in this region – and it is also the name of one of the nicest mountain bike races you could hope to experience.