Two Tunnels Half Marathon
There are 3 different half marathon routes, known as Return Ticket, Hilly Ticket and City Ticket, being run through the Two Tunnels this year, please scroll down to find the course details for the date you are looking at racing.
All the Half Marathon distance events are also part of our Challenge Series events; The Two Tunnels Challenge and Mini Challenge as well as the Beast of Bath Challenge, scroll to the bottom of the page for full details.
(10th May, 12th July)
This is a 2 lap out and back course which is flat and fast along the Two Tunnels Greenway path - perfect for setting a PB! It is a certified accurate course as measured by UK Athletics, reference number 236/2201b
The first mile of the course is on the Two Tunnels Greenway shared path along Linear Park. It is on a slight incline up to Devonshire Tunnel which is the first of the Two Tunnels. Devonshire tunnel is 408m long and is well lit. The course gently curves round to the left through the tunnel. Next runners emerge in Lyncombe Vale and run along the elevated embankment through a very pretty wooded area.
After 1km of running along the top of the embankment it is time to enter Combe Down Tunnel which is 1672m long making this the foot race with the longest underground section in Britain! The Northern side of Combe Down tunnel is 50ft higher than the Southern portal which ensures a cool breeze circulates through the tunnels. The tunnels themselves are lined with a combination of bricks and the exposed limestone rock through which the tunnels were originally bored.
Upon exiting Combe Down
Tunnel runners head over Tucking Mill viaduct where there will be a drinks station. Shortly after the drinks station runners will retrace their steps back through the Combe Down and Odd Down Tunnels. When runners return to the Brickfields site you will need to turn right to start your 2nd lap and merge with 10km runners heading out on to the course to complete a loop of the course again. When returning to Brickfields for a 2nd time you will need to turn left and head directly to the finish line.
Two Tunnels Mini Challenge; Two Tunnels 5km + Two Tunnels 10km + Two Tunnels Half. You can run any distance on any date, the distances do not have to be sequential and you can run the 5km and 10km on a single day if you like!
Two Tunnels Challenge; Two Tunnels 10km + Two Tunnels Half + Two Tunnels Marathon. You can run the 10km and half marathon on any date, the marathon is run on 16th August.
Images for the 2020 trophy to follow shortly.
Mini Beast of Bath Challenge; Mud Bath 5km (9th Feb) + Two Tunnels 'Hilly Ticket' 10km (10th May) + Bath Running Festival Half Marathon (26th July)
Beast of Bath Challenge; Mud Bath 10km (9th Feb) + Two Tunnels 'Hilly Ticket' Half Marathon (10th May) + Bath Running Festival Marathon (26th July)
Images for the 2020 trophy to follow shortly