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Bath Half Marathon 2015 raised record amount for charity

This year’s Bath Half Marathon raised a record amount for charity with The Forever Friends Appeal team raising £32,000.

Marathon organisers Running High Events have announced that the 2015 Vitality Bath Half Marathon raised over £2.1 million, maintaining the event’s position as the largest single day charity fundraising running event in the South West.

Charity marathon runners raised an average of £454 per person, the second highest average amount for any road race in the UK alongside the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London, and after the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Just under 40 per cent of participants at this year’s race raised money for charity, with some 32 per cent of charity runners fundraising for local charities within Bath and north east Somerset.

Mel Taylor, charity and creative director and co-founder of Running High Events, said: “For a city the size of Bath, it is an impressive achievement to be able to maintain our fundraising position in the top three road races in the UK, and we would like to thank everyone who keeps supporting the Bath Half and our amazing charities.

“We know that our record fundraising figures are down to a combination of factors. The race sells out each year and gives charities 3-4 months to sell their entries after general public places are sold out. The race is one of most popular in the UK and we’ve been working with some of our local charity partners since we took over management of the race in 2000.

“We are looking forward to working with the official charities in the lead up to the 2016 race and to providing a great fundraising platform for charities of all sizes. With a record number of charity places reserved for 2016 we are confident that this year’s figures can be surpassed again.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is the Lead Charity, with The Forever Friends Appeal, Time is Precious, Bath Rugby Foundation and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation confirmed as featured charities for next year’s Vitality Bath Half Marathon.

If you would like to run for the Royal United Hospital in the 2016 Bath Half Marathon visit our Bath Half page and make a real difference to patients and families.

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