Bath Half Marathon

There's something magical about Bath that keeps people returning, says Bath Half Marathon organiser Andrew Taylor. This year was no exception. Entries to both the Half Marathon and a 1.5-mile Fun Run sold out well in advance and, on the day almost 11,000 runners pounded the route of the main event.

The Bath Half is a fast flat course, straddling both sides of the river Avon and avoiding all the hills surrounding the city. It begins and ends in Great Pulteney Street, where the roadway spans 46 feet - one of the widest Georgian boulevards in Europe - and there are plenty of great spectator spots along the way.

The two-lap course with a big city feel is entirely free of traffic and parked vehicles. Not far from the start, it circles Queen Square, then follows the Avon out along Newbridge Road and back along Lower Bristol Road, crossing the river twice in each lap.

When it was officially measured a few years ago, the course was described as "officially flat, with three undulations".

This year the race was won by Kenya's Simon Tonui, in 63m09s. His brother Raymond Tonui won it last year. Women's winner was compatriot Joyce Kandia, in 71m49s.

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