Bath Half Marathon has chosen four new official charities for its 2012 event.


They are Guide Dogs, the Forever Friends Appeal, Quartet Community Foundation and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).


National charity, Guide Dogs will take the lead role in next year’s half marathon, while the featured race appeal is the Forever Friends Appeal. Quartet Community Foundation will take the local charity spot; and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been confirmed as the 2012 Fun Run charity.

Charity Director, Mel Taylor, from Running High said, “It is fantastic to have such a diverse range of charities on board for the 2012 event. We are very much looking forward to working with all of them in the lead up to the race to encourage entrants to run for their causes and raise as much money as possible to extend the good work they do”


Bath Half Marathon supports over 50 local and national charities each year and last year raised approximately £1.5 million for charity.


The Bath Half is a fast, flat course, straddling both sides of the river Avon and avoiding all the hills surrounding the city. It is an 'honest' two-lap course with proven PB (“personal best”) time criteria, entirely traffic-free, with full road closures throughout.


The course threads through the heart of this historic city. Even at the front end you'll have plenty of company to pull you round for a good time.


This is a 'Big City' race, starting & finishing at the same point in Great Pulteney Street. With a roadway spanning 46 feet, it is one of the widest Georgian boulevards in Europe.


The course route is unchanged since it was re-measured in 2006 by IAAF official course measurer Hugh Jones (former British international marathon runner and London Marathon winner).


The course is close to the original course used in early years of the race. Hugh described it as “officially flat, with three undulations”. The amendments were introduced in 2006 to make the course run faster, while reducing congestion at pinch points at Rudmore Park and Pinesway. Organisers also introduced a fantastic viewing spot for spectators at Queen Square.


This year general public entries in the Bath Half Marathon sold out by early November, although charity and fund-raising corporate challenge entries are still available.

Next event date:

11 March 2012

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