Bath Running Festival

University of Bath, Bath, Somerset
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Organiser's Description

The Bath Running Festival is a celebration of off road running around the beautiful hills and valleys of Bath. All the runs take in breathtaking vies of Bath from Sham Castle and the open meadows about Bathampton. The longer the race, the more hills and fantastic views you will get to experience. The half marathon and marathon routes include sections along the Kennet & Avon Canal and through the historic Sydney Gardens.

All the races are designed to be fun and friendly. We put on glorious buffets of fresh fruit and tasty treats at the feed stations around the course and at the finish line. We have a great team of marshals to point you in the right direction and to cheer you round.


  • 500m No min age
    £5 BOOK
  • 5km Min age 12yrs
    £20 BOOK
  • 10 km Min age 16yrs
    £25 BOOK
  • Long Half Marathon Min age 18
    £35 BOOK
  • Marathon Min age 18 yrs
    £45 BOOK

Our new event format has been approved by Public Health England the Safety Advisory Group for Events. We have very detailed plans to ensure social distancing measures are in place through out your race day, along with additional hygiene measures in place through out the venue.

It is very important you familiarise yourself with our updated event plan, check out our safety plan and measures, so you can not what we will be asking of you on race day, and what you can expect from us. You can see all this info on our Safe Race page.

University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY

The race is based at the University of Bath, in the amphitheatre, a lovely circular seating area cut into the grass by the lake. Follow the Relish Running signs to event registration and the start/finish point.

Bath has excellent transport links. Bath Spa train station is on the main line between Bristol and London, Bristol Airport is about an hour away and the City is close to the M4 motorway. The best ways to get to campus from the city centre are by bus, cycling or walking.

There is free parking on Sundays.

All our finishers receive a custom medal as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats.

At present all our starts are individual, at 15-30 second intervals. Runners are generally seeded fastest to slowest to help spread people out across the course. The only exception is that a pair from the same household may run together on the basis that you run the whole event together and that you run in single file, not side by side.

All runners need to provide a predicted finish time to help us organise the start lists. This doesn't need to be too exact so don't worry if you think it might have changed come race day. If you wish to run as a household pair, or in the same wave of 30 when that is permitted, please select the same slightly obscure predicted finish time. Rather then selecting 50mins 0secs, select 50mins 1 sec for example.

We hope to shortly be able to offer waves of 30 runners starting every 10-15mins. These will be mixed ability waves. In time we hope to be able to get back to our usual wave size which is ~100 runners.

The Bath Run Festival 10km follows the Skyline 10km route, but hopefully with much less mud! It is a two lap course which stays on the hill tops, offering great views of Bath from the iconic Sham Castle, as well as over to Little Solsbury Hill and Bannerdown Hill, where the other races will head. There is a great mix of terrain: open meadows, single-track way and winding forest trails. The course is rolling, with a few hills, but nothing too extreme.

Follow the red arrows and green distance markers for a two lap run around the hill tops over looking Bath. The course is gently rolling and comes in almost exactly on 10km.

Follow the orange distance markers to the 14.5 mile point (where the marathon U turn point is, and Half Marathon goes straight on), and then pick up the blue distance markers to the finish.

This course takes in 3 significant hills - some of toughest in Bath - where the bulk of the 1,215ft of climbing will take place: the original Roman Fosse Way (first purple section - straight up!), down into St Catherine's Valley and up a lane which locals assure me was once a road (second purple section), a little climb up to Little Solsbury Hill at 13km, before a final climb back up to Sham Castle at the end of the course. At the top of each of the hills, beautiful views await, each offering a unique aspect of Bath and the surrounding valleys. This generously long half marathon course, has a suitably lengthy amount of climbing, with an elevation gain of 675m (2215ft) over 26km.

Follow the orange distance markers for this (nearly) two lap course.

The Bath Run Festival Marathon Route is (almost) two laps of the Half Marathon Route, but we thought we would spare you doing the climb up to Sham Castle for a second time (and it would make the route 50km, which is a 'long' course, even for us!).

The Bath Marathon is a very hilly affair indeed. Runners follow the half marathon course as described above, but make a U turn after 14.5miles on the Kennet & Avon Canal, to tackle Bannerdown and Little Solsbury hills for a second time, before completing this epic run up North Road after 38 hilly kms. This accurate off road marathon course has 3,350ft (over 1,000m!) of climbing.

Feed Stations - The Very Long Half Marathon & Marathon

We are no longer offering bottled water at the drinks stations in an effort to reduce plastic waste. There will of course be biodegradable cups on offer for you at the drinks stations as well as water containers to refill your own water bottle at every drinks station.

We pride ourselves on offering some of the best feed stations you will find at any race! The Half Marathon will have 7 Feed Station passes and the Marathon will have 11 Feed Stations passed. On offer to quench your thirst and fuel your legs will be: water, isotonic drink, flat coke (marathon only), oranges, bananas, chocolate, jelly beans, flapjack, crisps and malt loaf. All this will be on offer at the end of all the events, with plenty of food available for everyone to have their fill!

We aim to make it possible to complete the course without carrying your hydration support or food on the course, for those experienced runners who are looking for a fast time. For the inexperienced long distance runners, we strongly recommend that you carry your own fluid and food as a back up and to keep you going between Feed Stations as these are very challenging courses. In extreme circumstances, we reserve the right to make it mandatory for all half marathon and marathon competitors to carry 500ml of water with them.

Cut Offs

There is a 3hrs cut off for the first 14.5 miles of the Marathon. This will be strictly enforced with no exceptions. If you do not make the cut off you will be asked to head up to the University to complete the Very Long Half Marathon course.

Lap Counting

Marathon Runners must grab a band at the Feed Station on the Canal. This is to ensure that all marathon runners complete the full distance. The finish line team will be checking all marathon runners so make sure you take a band at the aid station.

Health & Safety

Please read the Safety Advisory Notes below. Please note that we are not closing any roads for this event. Road crossings are marshalled and we recommend you follow their instructions - they do not have the power to stop traffic. The final decision to cross a road is the athlete's responsibility. We are expecting it to be hot again but please don't turn the event into a duathlon by jumping into the river or canal to cool off!

This event is not suitable for canicross.

There are no hidden booking or processing fees. Please note prices are £2 extra for on the day registrations.

Further event Information...coming two weeks from race day

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Lovely scenery and great support

This is a lovely scenic route; lots of miles along the canal, some beautiful views of the viaducts and the tunnel stretches kept things interesting. The support was excellent and the Marathon ran smoothly. This had a very relaxed and friendly feel to the day. There was no on site parking and the park and ride was a bit of a faff for being so far away from the city centre, similarly, the start/finish line are a little away from the city centre making it a bit tricky for family to support. The route map could be a little clearer to help family track the route and offer support, but the route was very clear on the day itself.
If the start/finish were in a more central location, or a closer park and ride was arranged, I'd definitely give this five stars - but the positives; a beautiful route, organised well, with super friendly people gets this four stars from me.

Matt Potts / Aug 19, 2019

10k route

I was so impressed on how well organised it was! The 10k route is nice and flat as you would imagine it would be being an old railway line. Lovely and cool through the tunnels, really impressive! If you’re at your infancy in running or you want a PB then this is ideal!! This is definitely one for my running event calendar!!

Lee Jones / Aug 19, 2019

Underground, overground....

Interesting, well-organised race through tunnels, villages and along a great stretch of towpath; brilliantly marshalled throughout; main difficulty apart from the relentlessness of waterside miles was weaving through Sunday crowds in the city centre stretches; rates high as a 'special' race.

John Cooper / Aug 19, 2019

Half marathon route

There is a cheeky bit of hill work mile 3-4 then goes flat along the canal found it difficult with lack of support on this part, very very cheeky hill at the end but was well organised

Gemma Dooley / Aug 19, 2019

Super well organised event

I did my first Two Tunnels event yesterday and was very impressed with the organisation. Getting there was easy, park and ride buses laid on. There were several waves for each distance and the tunnels made running a whole new experience.

David Hudson / Aug 19, 2019

Absolutely unique

One tunnel is 1KM ,
Other is 1 mile.
you go through them and back, twice.
So you spend the majority of this run underground and out of the heat and sun.

Absolutely unique run and I really enjoyed it, very flat

Eddie Milner / Jul 17, 2019

An extravagant route!

One of the best extravagant routes for a PB on a half marathon!
Fantastic tunnels to cool off in whilst undergoing the route and an overall flat course; to enable a PB!

Hannah Goodwin / May 14, 2019

So much fun!

Angus James / May 13, 2019

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