Bath Running Festival

Bath, NE Somerset
Relish Running races has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

A celebration of off-road running around the beautiful hills and valleys of Bath. All runs take in breath-taking views, and the longer the race, the more fantastic views (and hills) you will get. The long half marathon and marathon routes include sections along the Kennet & Avon Canal and also some of the toughest hills in and around Bath. Also 10k and 5k races and 500m fun run.

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Our event plans have been officially signed off by the Safety Advisory Group for Events. Public Health England, the police, ambulance service and all council departments have shown their full support for our new event format, and the event as a whole follows all government guidance on social distancing and hygiene practices.

The format is new, the feel is a little different, but these are still going to be great events and we couldn't be more excited to be bring you safe and enjoyable events once again.

University of Bath, Bath, Somerset BA2 7JP

The University is well signed from all directions into the city.

Train/bus: Our nearest train station is Bath Spa, from where buses run regularly to campus. There are frequent rail services from London, Bristol and South Wales to Bath Spa. There are also direct links from the North, with the journey from Leeds taking about 4 hours.

Walk/bike from the centre of Bath using: North Road / Bathwick Hill / Widcombe Hill. These routes involve a steep uphill climb. It will take 30 to 40 minutes to walk to campus.

Walk/bike from the East of Bath to campus using: Claverton Down Road / The Avenue / Claverton Hill (steep uphill climb).

There is secure bike storage on campus.

All finishers will receive a custom made medal and other goodies

A great team of marshals to point you in the right direction and to cheer you round

A buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats at the feed stations around the course and at the finish line.

A number of prizes is awarded, determined by the total number of finishers (male and female combined) in a given race distance.

On site toilets

We have a bag storage area at Registration

Bath Organic Farms will be offering tasty food and refreshments during the day

There is free parking on Sundays. Please park in the South Car Park.

Keep an eye out for the Relish Running signs to direct you, and the smaller pink and orange signs to direct you from the car park to the registration area.

Cut off

There is a cut off of 3hrs and 15mins for the marathon runners to complete the first 14.5 miles of the marathon, which takes them to the lap turn around point. After this time runners will have to complete the long half marathon course.


As there are some narrow sections, we will be starting the event in waves so everyone has a clear run. There will be waves of about 100 runners setting off at 5min or 10min intervals. All waves are open to all runners. Please confer with friends and family before you register to ensure you select the same wave if you wish to start together. The different start times are fully accounted for in the results so you can pick any wave and get an accurate finish time. Please see the below for a provisional schedule.

Safety Advice

There are a number of road crossings on the course. All these points will be marshalled. The marshals do not have the ability to stop the traffic. The final decision to cross the road is the sole responsibility of the runners.

The off road terrain is technical in places and the wearing of off road shoes is highly recommended.

Please make sure you are well hydrated before the race and during it.


Race registration is located by the University lake and amphitheatre, follow the Orange Registration or Pink to the Start arrows to find the field. The start line, finish line and registration are all within 50m of each other. Race registration will open at 08:45 and run until 10:15. There will be places on the day across all distances.

Course Marking

The course makes use of public footpaths and permissive rights of way. Please be mindful of others users and be careful when taking tight corners and under the canal bridges. The route is marked with fluorescent signs, Relish Running Races branded red and white barrier tape hanging as streamers from the trees, as well as orange temporary marking paint across grassland and chalked arrows on tarmac footpaths and surfaces.

There will also be large arrows where any routes split. Marshals will try and assist you, but ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure you are on the correct route for your race.

Take litter home with you

Please ensure you take home all rubbish with you - if you can run with a full jelly packet, you can run with an empty one up to the next feed station where you can drop it in one of our bins.

Feed Stations There is water available at the Feed Station mid way through the 10km race. There are 11 Feed Stations on the Marathon and 7 Feed Stations on the Half Marathon. There will be cups of water available BUT NO BOTTLED WATER THIS YEAR. There will be containers and jugs so you can refill your own hydration set ups. There will also be electrolyte drinks available in cups, plus orange slices, jaffa cakes, jelly beans, bananas, flapjack, mini malt loaves, salted crisps and gluten free bars. On lap 2 of the marathon there will also be flat coke available in cups.

Results & Prizes

Provisional results will be posted to our website at approximately 6pm. Prize winners will be contacted towards the end of the week following the race by email.

This event is not suitable for canicross.

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