Super heroes, comic villains, giant shoes and a dinosaur lined up for the 36th edition of the Vitality Bath Half Marathon.
The grand slice of architecture that is Bath’s Great Pulteney Street provided the picturesque start/finish line; the beating heart of this much-loved event.
Perfect running conditions assisted the record 12,748 runners who crossed the finish line on the overcast yet dry day. With an estimated 40,000 spectators lining the course, the atmosphere in this exquisite city was pulsing.
The array of fabulous costumes isn’t the only epic component of the award-winning event.
Vitality Bath Half is the largest single day charity fundraising running event in England’s South West, raising more than £2.2 million at the 2016 event alone.
The 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon supported more than 130 different charities, and when all donations are in, it is expected that fundraising totals will surpass all previous years.
Ben Fish dominated the men’s field and took the lead from the start, claiming the men’s title in a time of 1:05:16.
Runner up Peter Huck crossed the finish line in 1:06:35 and Dominic Nolan claimed third place in 1:08:28.
In a spectacular display of ambition, the women’s race was closely fought and saw the top five finishing within less than a minute of each other.
Ruth Barnes secured the women’s title in a time of 1:15:32, ahead of Amy Clements who took second place in 1:15:55 and Rachel Felton who finished third in 1:16:10.
On top of the half marathon the Family Fun Run was greeted by huge support from spectators.
More than 900 participants of all ages ran the ¾ mile distance of the first section of the half marathon course. Many young runners were delighted to be able to experience the thrill of race day.