The Vitality Bath Half Marathon, which was founded in 1982, has retained an unchanged course since 2006. However it was announced today that the race which runs on the 12th March 2017 will need to be slightly diverted this year around the North Quays development. This change has resulted in some minor alterations to the race route and amended arrangements for drivers on race day.
The changes mainly affect Ambury, Corn Street and Kingsmead Square.
However, the Avon Street car and coach parks will not accessible from 9.45am on race day until the final runner has passed through (expected to be by 2.00pm). Stewards will positioned at the car park on race day to help visitors. Spectators and competitors are encouraged to use public transport on race day, including the council’s three park and ride sites, or alternative city centre car parks. Charlotte Street long stay car park has capacity for 1,000 vehicles. First Great Western will also be providing additional train services for the half marathon, both before and after the race. Buses that would normally access Avon Street will be re-routed through Kingsmead Square on the morning of 12th March 2017.
The event organiser, Running High Events Ltd. and Bath & North East Somerset Council have been working together to prepare a revised route and agree traffic management arrangements to ensure that inconvenience is kept to a minimum and continue to provide the best possible race route.
Race Director Andrew Taylor from Running High Events said: “The Vitality Bath Half Marathon is a hugely popular sold out road race and we have been very fortunate to have had an unchanged course for the last 11 years. The diversion around Corn Street will add about 60 metres to the course and we can accommodate this by adjusting the position of the start and finish line in Great Pulteney Street. We look forward to welcoming 15,000 runners, over 130 charities and over 40,000 supporters to Bath and the race on the 12th March”.
Councillor Martin Veal, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, added: “This annual event attracts many competitors and their families who spend a great day in Bath, while many participants raise considerable sums for their chosen charity. The minor route changes should not detract from this year’s event.”
Further information about the half marathon road closures, parking suspensions and diversion routes can be found on the event website at www.bathhalf.co.uk/race-day/information-for-residents-businesses/.
Running High can be contacted on the day of the event on: 01225 422255.
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