From the Bath Half 2019 to the Bath Half 2020
20 March 2019
Just a few short days ago on Sunday 17th March it was the day of the 2019 Bath Half marathon, and what a day it was! Following last year when the race had to be cancelled at the last minute due to snow, and fears that the runners may slip in the icy conditions and suffer injuries, the expectations for this year were high.
The supporters and spectators came out in force, and we were honoured to once again take the role of media headquarters for the many members of the press who came to document the event. (Suffice to say that the kettle was constantly warm and the tables were kept well-stocked with freshly-made sandwiches and biscuits.)
The race began at 11am and an estimated 40,000 spectators were soon cheering the 12,000+ runners on as they began their first lap of the two-lap course. It wasn’t long before the first runners had completed the course though. Chris Thompson took the win for the first male to cross the line with a time of 1:03:09, followed shortly after by Nick Goolab in a time of 1:04:34 and Peter Le Grice with a time of 1:04:55. The first woman to cross the finish line was Kate Reed whose time was 1:12:44, with Rachel Felton in second place, and Phillipa Williams in third.
The day was a fantastic day. Lots of money was raised for charity, lots of fun was had by both runners and spectators, and the weather couldn’t have been better for the race – with bright, dry and cool conditions throughout the day.
If you didn’t make it to the Bath Half this year, either as a participant or as a spectator, we can thoroughly recommend coming to the event in 2020. The date for next year’s race has been announced as Sunday 15thMarch, and tickets for the race are already on sale via the Bath Half website (https://bathhalf.co.uk/entries/).
“Our thanks go to all the runners for choosing to run the Bath Half, the spectators for their unfailing support, and all the local volunteers, contractors and partners who work so hard behind the scenes to make the event the success that it is. I would also like to thank all the bands who gave their time for free to support the event, and to all the venues who generously donated the use of their premises. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2020!” - Andrew Taylor, Race Director