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Bath Skyline Night Race
University of Bath, Bath, SomersetUniversity of Bath, Bath, Somerset BA2 7JY
Sat 11th January 2020
Starting at 19:00
£15.00 - £20.00
All runners will need to provide their own torch (head or chest). No torch - no run. We will mark out the course with glow in the dark arrows, reflective paint sprayed on the ground, glow in the dark tape dangling from the trees, and glow sticks to illuminate the way.
5 Km£15.00 CLOSED
Min Age 12 Yrs
10 Km£20.00 CLOSED
Min Age 14 Yrs
5 Km£15.00 CLOSED
Min Age 12 Yrs
10 Km£20.00 CLOSED
Min Age 14 Yrs
Do it for charity
All our runners receive a top of the range custom medal. A new medal for the 2020 races will be revealed in the Autumn!
We also recognise a few of the speedy runners on the following basis:
Top 3 men and top 3 ladies
First U20 male and female
First 20-39 male and female
First 40-49 male and female
First 50-59 male and female
First 60+ male and female
A buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats.
Portaloos on site.
Catering from Bath Organic Farms (bacon rolls and hot drinks)
Bag drop area
University of Bath, Bath, Somerset BA2 7JY
This world class facility is the training base of the British Paralympic team, Bath rugby and a huge host of other international athletes.
How To Get There
By Road: The city can be accessed from the M4 motorway. Take the junction with the A46, towards Bath. Turn right at the London Road West, then left onto Bathwick Street to cross the River Avon, left again at the roundabout onto the A36. Do not enter the University at the main entrance. Follow postcode BA2 7JY, along Quarry Rd, to the West Car Park.
Public transport: Bath Spa train station has regular inter-city services to London Paddington via Swindon, Reading and Chippenham, and to Bristol Temple Meads (and onward to Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Devon and Cornwall).
The station is served hourly (two-hourly on Sundays) by the Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour and Gloucester and Bristol to Westbury and Weymouth regional trains.
The venue is about 2 miles away from the City centre, and can be easily accessed by bike, or on foot.
Follow the Relish Running signs to the car park. Unlike our race route signs, these do not glow in the dark, so keep a keen eye out for them when you are within 1 mile of the university.
There is free parking on Saturday and Sundays for all participants in our event car park. Please note there may be parking charges in place if you park in other parts of the University.
From the car park, please follow the smaller orange or pink signs to get to registration.
All numbers will be available to collect on the day.
Registration 17:00 - 18:00
Registration will be located by the car park entrance and will be under a white marquee. There will be desks for on the day registrations (assuming the race has not sold out); 10km and 5km.
As there are some narrow and technical sections, we will be starting the event in waves so everyone has a clear run. There will be waves of about 100-150 runners setting off at 5min or 10min intervals. All waves are open to all runners.
The desks for number collection will have signs - Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3 etc. If you did not select a wave when you registered we will have assigned you to the earliest available wave.
Results will be posted to our website a couple of hours after the final finisher.
There is no on the day prize giving because of the multi wave, multi start time format of the events. Prize winners will be contacted mid week via email.
The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the total number of finishers (male and female combined) in a given race distance. If there are more than 100 finishers then the full range of awards are made as shown above. If there are between 50 and 100 finishers then the top 3 male and top 3 female runners will receive a prize. If there are less than 50 finishers then the first male and first female finisher will be awarded a prize.
This event will have 10k and 5k options. There will be no canicross or kids' 500m race option for this race.
We will have a selection of caterers serving hot food and drinks before and after the race. There are on site toilets and bag drop, but there are no changing rooms so a warm change of clothes would definitely be recommended!
Collect your race numbers from the desk linked to your Event Wave:
18:00 - Event Wave 1: 10km Wave 1
18:04 - Event Wave 2: 10km Wave 2
18:08 - Event Wave 3: 10km Wave 3
18:12 - Event Wave 4: 10km Wave 4 & All 5km
Our timing system relies on people starting in the correct colour wave. If you start in the incorrect wave you will throw out the results and the prizes, and therefore be removed from the results entirely (DQ).
There will be a race briefing 5mins before each wave on the start list.
Results will be published online by 6pm on Sunday.
Prize winners will be contacted by the end of the week by email, there is no on the day prize giving.
FREE Race photos will be published on our Facebook Page a few days after the race
Off -Road or Trail Shoes – It will be muddy and slippery on the course. Off-road shoes will be a great asset!!!
Music Players – As set out UK Athletics rules, in ear, or over ear headphones are not permitted. Bone conducting headphones are permitted.
Headtorches - All runners must wear and provide their own headtorch, or chest torch. No headtorch, no race.
Canicross - There is no canicross section for this race
Route - The basic route is the same as the day race, but subtly different in places so please do not assume you know the way if you have raced with us before as may lose you!
This is a muddy and in places technical course! Be careful on the descents as leaves will obscure tree roots and rocks. Take your time on the technical parts of the course and save your energy for the more open parts.
5km runners complete 1 lap of the looped section of the course, 10km runners complete 2 laps. Note that all waves will get mixed together, so don’t just follow the feet in front of you, look out for the signs!
There may be members of the public on the course as it makes use of the National Trust Skyline route, please be mindful of them and politely let them know of your approach. It is vitally important that the race is seen in a positive light (ha ha) not only by those taking part, but those who see it pass by too.
Runners head from West Car park and over the footbridge over Quarry Road and start a gradual climb along the footpath around the back of the University accommodation. Mainly flat, the terrain shifts from a solid stone path to a wood chip path as it goes, after approximately 1k. Runners will join the footpath which skirts around the edge of the golf course. After a few hundred metres runners will descend into Bathampton Woods where the technical terrain begins.
As you drop down into the woods it will be slippery so please take care. Follow the path meandering through the woodlands until you reach the quarry entrance. Runners will head into a privately owned quarry. The quarry has not been in use for many years, so you need not fear any large trucks rolling around. This is PRIVATE land for which we have been given special permission to use, it is not open to the public so please do not start running through here on training runs as you will put future editions of the race at risk.
After meandering through the quarry you will emerge into Bathampton fields with great views over the valley below and over to Solsbury Hill. It is nice and open, slightly downhill to begin with, a great place to pick up speed. After the 3k sign the track turns from grass to mud, lots of mud. At the far end of this track you will enter the golf course car park which is open to their membership during the course of the event. Please follow the marshals instructions and stick to the right hand side as you skirt the perimeter of the car park. You will now head down the access road to the car park, once again, please stick tight to the right hand side, until you reach the crossing point at the bottom of the slope. Please do not spill out in the middle of the road as we need to maintain normal access for the golf course users (who will probably not be playing night golf….but you never know) who have been big supporters of this event.
A short scramble from the road sides brings runners out at Sham Castle, a great little folly which is a prominent feature of the Bath skyline. With the castle on your left, there are great views night time over the city of Bath to your right.
Next we take you round the perimeter of the field before bringing you to the stone stile. Rather than going straight back over the bridge as with the day race, you need to turn right the descent some steps. At the bottom of the steps turn left and run along the footpath by the road side, before looping back once again towards the start/finish.
Remember is a 2 lap 10km, 1 kap 5km course so please do not ust follow the feet in front of you!
The finish is in the same place as the start. You can then collect your medal and help yourself to our refreshments; jelly beans, jaffa cakes, oranges, water and other treats.