The Bath Running Festival is a celebration of off road running around the beautiful hills and valleys of Bath. All the runs take in breath taking views of Bath from Sham Castle and the open meadows about Bathampton. The 5km and 10km stay on top of the hills, whilst the longer races, the Long Half and Marathon have more hills, and more fantastic views.
All the races are designed to be fun and friendly. We put on glorious buffets of fresh fruit and tasty treats at the feed stations around the course and at the finish line. We have a great time of marshals to point you in the right direction and to cheer you round. All finishers will receive a custom medal, unique to this race and year at the finish line.
We have a two piece medal to collect over the Skyline races (19th & 20th Nov) + Bath Running Festival (2nd April 2023). Each medal also looks great individually. The Bath Running Festival has 5km and 10km options on the same routes as the Skyline 5km and 10km, alongside a Long Half Marathon and Marathon option. To save 10% on BOTH races, you just need to sign up to any distance Skyline run + any distance Bath Running Festival event, at the same time! Follow the prompts on the booking form to activate the discount.
Each distance will have a number of waves to choose from, please make a selection when asked to on the registration form. Waves are organised by approximate finish time, with one wave per distance open to all speeds.
We held the events in their usual fashion in 2021, with wave sizes of ~100 runners starting every 10mins which helps runners spread out on the route.
As a back up, should we need to reduce the size of the waves, if you wish to start with another runner, please enter exactly the same predicted time when you register, to the same second. If you can make it obscure that would be great, as lots of people will enter 1:00:00, so enter 1:00:19 instead for example. This means if we need to reduce the size of the waves, we can use this info to ensure pairs of runners can start together.
Please note there is a cut off of 3hrs for the marathon runners to complete the first 14.5 miles of the marathon which takes place at the first feed station on the Kennet and Avon Canal. After this time runners will have to complete the long half marathon course where they will be awarded a long half medal, but unfortunately we won't be able to provide a finish time. This event is not suitable for canicross.
There are no hidden booking or processing fees. Please note prices are £2 extra for on the day registrations. There are great group discount rates for groups of 10 or more, the runners can cover any range of distance on race day. 10-19 runners save 15%, 20-49 runners save 20%, 50+ runners save 25%. All bookings must be made in advance of race day to qualify for the discounted rate. We ask for all groups to be registered four weeks in advance of race day so we have the opportunity to take all groups into account when we finalise our medal order.
All our finishers receive a top of the range custom medal as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats. We also recognise a few of the speedy runners on the following basis.
The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the number of finishers for each gender in a given race distance. If there are more than 100 finishers then the full range range of awards are made as shown above. If there are less than 50-100 finishers then the top 3 finishers overall will be awarded a prize. If there are less than 50 then only the winner will be awarded a prize. We do not have any winner's prizes for any of the children's events as would like to keep this participation focused.
There is no on the day prize giving because of the multi wave, multi start time format of the events. Prize winners will be contacted mid week via email.
Whilst it feels like life is returning to normal, and we sincerely hope it is, there is the potential for further disruption which could come into play at any time. In this event we will still owe payment to our suppliers; medical cover, portaloos etc which we will honour. This means we will have to pay for these facilities twice, in full again on the rearranged date which will put a big hole in the funds. This does mean we won't be in a position to offer a refund.
In the event of a cancellation (local or national restrictions, bad weather etc) everyone will automatically roll over to our contingency date/race OR you can have a free transfer to a friend (within 7 days of the event postponement notice) OR you can email us within 7 days of the event postponement notice to let us know you can't make the back up date and you will be able to choose any other event in the following 15 months.
The automatic contingency date for this race is the Two Tunnels finale race on the 15th August 2021, also held in Bath, on very scenic but flatter trails. If you don't wish to run on this contingency date then you can opt out as indicated above and hold your race to be used sometime in the next 12 months.