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Bath Half

Bath Half Marathon Postponement Announcement

The organisers of the Bath Half Marathon announced today with regret that this year’s event has been postponed to 13th March 2022, due to the national COVID restrictions for large-scale events plus planned infrastructure projects on the highways network in the City this autumn.

Message from the Bath Half website reads:

“With just over 4 months now before our event date we still do not have clarification from Government on key factors such as whether social distancing will be required, whether spectators will be permitted and whether participants will be required to provide certification of COVID status.

These factors will fundamentally effect how we deliver our event, and without this clarification we do not feel we have sufficient time now to plan our arrangements, or to carry out proper consultations with the council and other stakeholders, or to tender and place the necessary contractors’ orders.

We also feel that the restrictions that are likely to remain on large scale public events this year will change the community character of our event and prevent us from delivering the Bath Half Marathon in the way our runners expect.

Furthermore, following consultation with B&NES Council, we have also been informed that access to the highways for the event will be compromised by a number of infrastructure projects planned this autumn, including the unavoidable repairs to Cleveland Bridge, which were postponed in 2020, and which is a key part of the diversion route around the city during the event road closures.

We are particularly disappointed for the thousands of local runners who regularly take part in the Bath Half Marathon, and for the impact this postponement will have on our 80 local charity partners and local voluntary groups and well as our national charity partners who will lose out on critical fundraising at this challenging time.

It’s heart-breaking to have to postpone our Bath Half Marathon for a second time and we know that many people will be disappointed by this decision. Sadly the combination of uncertainty surrounding continued COVID restrictions for large-scale events and planned infrastructure projects on the highways network in the City this autumn have left us with no choice. But with the support of our entrants, community and partners we’re determined to return in March 2022 with a celebration for our 40th anniversary.

We will be contacting registered entrants today with details of their deferment and refund options.

We will also notify our charity partners, commercial partners, contractors and volunteer groups about arrangements for the event on 13th March.”

Andrew Taylor – Bath Half Marathon Race Director – Running High Events

 

“Bath & North East Somerset Council recognises the significant role the Bath Half plays in the city’s calendar of events, inspiring fitness and wellbeing within the city, its importance to charities as the largest regional fundraising event, and the boost it gives to the local hospitality economy. We look forward to the return of the event in March 2022”.

Councillor Richard Samuel, acting leader of Bath & North East Somerset

 

The Bath Half Marathon is the largest sporting and community event in the city and the largest charity fundraising event in the South-West raising £30 million pounds for charity in the 20 years since Running High Events took over management of the event. Cancellation of this year’s Bath Half will have a substantial impact on the event’s 140 charity partners who stand to lose around £2.5 million pounds this year in fundraising, at a time when demand on the charity sector and the cost of service delivery have both significantly increased, due to the COVID pandemic.

“The Bath Half Marathon is an incredibly important event for local charities, not only in terms of fundraising – around £1 million pounds is raised each year for local charities within Bath & North East Somerset (out of a total of £2.5 million pounds raised by the event) – but also in raising public awareness of our work. The funds raised for local charities through the Bath Half are critical to our services in our community, and now with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak these funds are even more essential to keep our vital services going”

Joint statement from local charities : Bath RUH Forever Friends Appeal, Dorothy House Hospice Care and Jamie’s Farm

 

Events like the Bath Half provide an invaluable role in promoting physical fitness and an active lifestyle, a key to the recovery from the COVID pandemic. The Bath Half provides an inspiration and gateway into the UK’s most popular sport, enjoyed by 7.5 million regular runners in England, including 25,000 regular runners in the Bath area. It also provides a focus and motivation for regular runners, and a pathway for elite competition.

“Studies have consistently shown that outdoor activities such as running are very low risk in terms of COVID-19 transmission, and that organised outdoor running events including parkrun are extremely safe with the correct measures in place.

The overwhelming benefits of exercise and physical fitness, in reducing the risk of serious outcome from COVID-19 and a range of non-communicable diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, plus mental health benefits, are well known.

Andrew Taylor – Race Director – Running High Events

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Thanks to Bath Half runners for going the extra mile

Over £800,000 has been collectively raised by hundreds of Bath Half runners for the hospital charity The Forever Friends Appeal since 2000.

This incredible amount of money has benefitted a number of areas across the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath, including many of the wards and departments which runners have specifically fundraised for. Some of the funds have also gone towards supporting the hospital’s research projects and the charity’s previous fundraising campaigns as well as the planned Dyson Cancer Centre.

Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“We would like to thank everyone who has joined our Bath Half team over the years. This year was an unprecedented situation for all of us and we are truly grateful to our runners, whether you took part on the day or decided to run virtually and complete it your way. Thank you for making a difference to our patients.

“The decision by The Forever Fiends Appeal to withdraw our staff and volunteer providing support and hospitality for runners by the charity at this year’s Bath Half was an incredibly difficult one to make. We have been involved with the race for two decades, it is always a highlight in our calendar and we hope this continues for many more years to come.

“As the hospital charity we hope that people will join our 2021 Bath Half running team to show their continued support for our local hospital in what has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history.”

COVID-19 has affected every ward and department in the RUH and staff are adapting to new ways of working to keep our patients and staff safe.

The public’s generosity and kindness has meant that The Forever Friends Appeal has been able to make a difference already, but the pandemic has changed and put a pause on many of the charity’s planned events. The charity still needs the public’s continued support to help transform patient care where it’s needed most.

You can secure a charity place for the Bath Half 2021 here. If you have already secured a general entry place and would like to run for the RUH please click here

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Good luck to #TeamRUH in Bath Half 2020!

Over 100 people will be running for our charity in the Bath Half Marathon this year and we would like to wish them the very best of luck. The event takes place on Sunday 15 March and will start and finish at the same point in Great Pulteney Street.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said: “This year has been a sell-out year for us – we sold all our places in record time. In total 117 people will be running for us on the day.  Twenty five of them are staff members which is fantastic and we will be cheering our runners on at our cheering point near Avon Street Car Park. So if you would like to come and join us, please do, everyone is welcome.”

Physiotherapist Vicky Baldy (pictured, centre front) is one of our runners, she said: “Supporting our hospital is paramount and beneficial not only me but the patients I see. However my main reason for running is because of a very close family member has recently undergone treatment on William Budd Ward. Staff have been incredible with their care, support and treatment and running the Bath Half is the least I could do as a way to say thank you to them.”

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Bath Half runners raise over £35K

Over £35,500 has been raised thanks to the 120 runners who took part in this year’s Bath Half Marathon to raise funds for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath.

This incredible amount will benefit a number of areas across the RUH including the new Dyson Cancer Centre, the RNHRD and Brownsword Therapies Centre, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics, and the Critical Care Unit.

Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said: “This year, we had a fantastic team of runners which included 40 members of RUH staff and corporate teams from Kier and Curo.

“Together, they have raised an incredible amount of money for our hospital and we would like to thank them for all of their efforts, as well as everyone who sponsored them. The funds raised will go towards our major fundraising campaigns and funding medical equipment on our wards and departments to help further improve patient care at the RUH.

“I would also like to thank our ambassadors, former Bath rugby player Ed Jackson, and British Paralympic swimmer, Stephanie Millward MBE for joining us on the day.”

Everyone who submitted their sponsorship money by 17 April, one month after the event, was entered into our prize draw to win £50 voucher for John Moore Sports in Bath.

We are delighted to announce that Gemma Knight, RUH Specialist Physiotherapist (pictured left) won the prize.

She raised an incredible £728 for Pierce Ward and Forrester Brown Ward and this amount is going towards purchasing new rehabilitation equipment and dementia-friendly activities for the wards.

Anyone interested in signing up to run the Bath Half Marathon 2020 for patients at the RUH can buy a charity place now by clicking here. Early bird places are now on sale at just £20 per person. All runners are asked to raise a minimum of £175 in support of one of our Major CampaignsSpecial Appeals or another area or department in the hospital close to their heart.

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