Glorious sunshine came out to celebrate the 35th anniversary edition of the Vitality Bath Half Marathon. The streets of Bath filled up with 13,000 excited runners and 30,000 equally enthusiastic spectators.
The fast flat course made itself known with Robert Mbithi breaking the course record by sixteen seconds, to win in 1:01:45.
Lenah Jerotich dominated the women’s field and won the title after crossing the finish line in a time of 1:12:24.
Veteran Welsh runner Martin Rees had a very good day pounding the streets of Bath. He managed to run the fastest ever half marathon for a 63-year-old and claimed the world record in the Vet Men 60+ age category after finishing in a time of 1:13:50.
Along with record smashing times, the Bath Half is set to beat last year’s achievement of raising £2.1 million in fundraising for the 130 official charities.
With this huge charity initiative teamed with magnificent organisation it’s no wonder the Vitality Bath Half Marathon recently won two awards at the Bath Life Awards.
Walking away with both the Event category and the inaugural Platinum Award, for which the judges picked the best overall winner, the event was chosen from over 100 finalists for its outstanding contribution to the city and to the running industry.
Bath Half Marathon now goes on to compete at the National Running Awards in April.
An award-winning event in a stunning location; it’s easy to see why this event sells out in a flash every year.