Please read through all the information carefully below ahead of time so you are familiar with how to arrive on site and how the waves of runners will be organised. The Bath Running Festival) is shown below, please check the timetable in advance. Each service will be operating at roughly 80% capacity (in line with current guidance) with windows open.
In 2021 the Bath Running Festival has moved to the Bath Recreation Ground, known as the Bath Rec to the locals. It is the home of Bath Rugby and the Bath Half Marathon (the big road race one), so you have may have visited it before. There location is in the heart of Bath making it much easier for friends and family to explore the city whilst you are running.
There is no parking on site. If you are driving to Bath please park at Lansdown Park & Ride (BA1 9BJ) and catch the standard Number 31 bus to town into town (there is not race bus specific service) . We have arranged for the buses to run from 8am, rather than 9:30am as listed on the Park and Ride website. An adult return ticket is £3.10. This bus will drop you on Milsom Street, What3Words address short.card.dock from here it is an 800m walk to the race site which will be signed with pink (To the Start) or orange (To Registration) signs. The bus will collect you from the same point, the last bus returns to the Park and Ride at 18:00.
If you live in Bath please consider walking or cycling to the site. We will provide bike racking for cyclists.
Bath Spa Train Station is approximately 800m from the race start/finish. There are no signs from the station but it almost a straight run to the Bath Rec from the front of the train station.
Feed Stations - The Very Long Half Marathon & Marathon
We pride ourselves on offering some of the best feed stations you will find at any race! The Half Marathon will have 6 Feed Station passes and the Marathon will have 13 Feed Stations passed. On offer to quench your thirst and fuel your legs will be; water, isotonic drink, flat coke (marathon only), oranges, bananas, chocolate, jelly beans, flapjack, crisps and malt loaf. All this will be on offer at the end of all the events, with plenty of food available for everyone to have their fill!
We aim to make it possible to complete the course without carrying your hydration support or food on the course, for those experienced runners who are looking for a fast time. For the inexperienced long distance runners, we strongly recommend that you carry your own fluid and food as a back up and to keep you going between Feed Stations as these are very challenging courses. In extreme circumstances, we reserve the right to make it mandatory for all half marathon and marathon competitors to carry 500ml of water with them.
There is a 2hrs 50mins cut off for the first 13.4 miles of
the Marathon. Originally this was 3hrs at 14.5miles, so whilst the numbers have changed, the mins/mile pace to make the cut off remains the same. This will be strictly enforced with no exceptions. If you do not make the cut off you will be asked to complete the Long Half Marathon course.
Health & Safety
Please read the Safety Advisory Notes below. Please note that we are not closing any roads for this event. Road crossings are marshalled and we recommend you follow their instructions - they do not have the power to stop traffic. The final decision to cross a road is the athlete's responsibility. We are expecting it to be hot again but please don't turn the event into a duathlon by jumping into the river or canal to cool off!