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Two Tunnels Railway Races

Bath, Bath and North East Somerset

Brickfields Park, The Hollow, Twerton, Bath, UK

Sun 20th August 2023

Starting at 10:00

9 races

£10.00 - £115.00

COVID-19 INFORMATION

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.

C-19 PLAN
Relish Running races has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

A truly special race that not only takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions, but also has the longest underground section for each race distance in the UK!

Cutting right under the city of the Bath, the two tunnels offer a truly unique running experience. The Somerset & Dorset Railway closed in 1966 and until April 2013, the tunnels had been sealed and inaccessible. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Two Tunnels Group and Sustrans over a period of 7 years, the two tunnels now have a new lease of life as a shared use path. The first tunnel, the Devonshire Tunnel is 408m long and the second tunnel, Combe Down Tunnel is 1672m long. Both tunnels are well lit and well surfaced and have recently been converted into a shared use path for the enjoyment of runners, walkers and cyclists looking to make the most of the city whilst remaining on flatter ground.

With an ultra marathon, 50km relay, marathon, 3 different half marathons, 2 different 10kms, 5km, 2km and 500m Colourburst races there are events for all the family, and if they are not taking part, bring your friends and family to cheer you on. Our start and finish is at Brickfields Park in the middle of the city which also has a children's play ground and is a great spot to sit and enjoy a picnic after the race.

We are very happy to be supporting the ongoing work of Sustrans in maintaining the Two Tunnels by contributing £1 per runner to their charity. Looking to fund raise as part of your run, why not raise money for Sustrans? You will get a lovely free running vest and other goodies. Find our more here. In 2019 we donated £5,254 to Sustrans

Races

  • 500m Colourburst

    £10.00

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 2 Km Colourburst

    £12.00

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 5km

    £20.00

    Min Age 12yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10 Km

    £25.00

    Min Age 16yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Half Marathon Entry

    £35.00

    Min Age 17

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Marathon

    £45.00

    Min Age 18

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 50km Solo

    £50.00

    MIn Age 20

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 50k Pair

    £60.00

    Min Age 17 if Running 20km, Min Age 18 if Running 30km

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

  • 5x10k Relay

    £115.00

    Min Age 17

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

Book

  • 500m Colourburst

    £10.00

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 2 Km Colourburst

    £12.00

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 5km

    £20.00

    Min Age 12yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 10 Km

    £25.00

    Min Age 16yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Half Marathon Entry

    £35.00

    Min Age 17

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Marathon

    £45.00

    Min Age 18

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 50km Solo

    £50.00

    MIn Age 20

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 50k Pair

    £60.00

    Min Age 17 if Running 20km, Min Age 18 if Running 30km

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

  • 5x10k Relay

    £115.00

    Min Age 17

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

What's Included

Run through the extraordinary two tunnels and out into the countryside beyond

Routes for all ages and abilities

Expect INCREDIBLE feed stations around the route with water, electrolyte, choccie, soreen loaf (vegan), tribe bars (GF, DF, vegan) and loads of other tasty treats.

  • Bespoke Custom Medal
  • Buffet of delicious post race treats
  • Really friendly, inclusive atmosphere, perfect for your first race

How to Get There

The Two Tunnels events are being staged at Brickfields Open Space (BA2 1LX) in the city of Bath.

If you live in Bath please consider walking or cycling to the site in the spirit of our event partner Sustrans. We will provide bike racking for cyclists :-)

If you are driving to Bath please park at Odd Down Park & Ride (BA2 8PA) and catch the Two Tunnels bus to the race site (£4 return for adults and free for U16s). From here it is a 500m walk to the race site which will be signed with pink or orange signs.

Oldfield Park train station is approximately 800m from Brickfields.

Course Details

Some distances have multiple route options, known as Tickets, across the year, some repeated on each date, others available only once a year. Click the links to find out more about the 10km and Half Marathon routes. You can enter one or more races at any time.

You can run multiple races on each day, please just make sure that the schedule would allow for this. Please allow some extra time between races as we hope to be able to reduce the time intervals between the races as normality returns.

The 5km, 10km and 50km have been officially measured and are perfect for a fast time and hunting down a new PB

The Half and Marathon are a smidge over distance, still flat and fast, but a more scenic type of route.

FAQs

  • Minimum Ages

    Min age is 20 for the Ultra. Min age is 18 for the Marathon. Min age is 17 for the Half. Min age 16 for the 10km. Min age 12 for the 5km. No min age for the Colourburst runs.

Marathon Cut off

Please note there is a cut off of 3hrs for the marathon runners to complete the first lap (approx 13.3 miles). After this time runners will have to complete the half marathon course. They can still collect a half marathon medal but unfortunately we won't be able to provide a finish time. There are no cut offs for the other distances.

accessibility

Runners with buggies are very welcome for the 5km, Return Ticket 10km and Return Ticket Half Marathon races only. The other routes have gates, steps or stiles which make them unsuitable for buggies. If you are running with a buggy you need to start at the back of your wave as there is some narrow, uneven ground after 150m for which it would be best if you were not in the middle of a group. Unfortunately none of the events are suitable for canicross.

format

Each distance will have a number of waves to choose from, please make a selection when asked to on the registration form. Waves are organised by approximate finish time, with one wave per distance open to all speeds.

These are events are back to their usual format with wave sizes of ~100 runners starting every 10mins which helps runners spread out on the route.
Medals

We have a 2 piece Two Tunnels medal for you to collect across the 2023 series. You can collect the medal by running any distance on any date (colourburst runs not included). Details coming soon!

Notes

Please note there is a cut off of 3hrs for the marathon runners to complete the first lap (approx 13.3 miles). After this time runners will have to complete the half marathon course. They can still collect a half marathon medal but unfortunately we won't be able to provide a finish time. There are no cut offs for the other distances.

Runners with buggies are very welcome for the 5km, Return Ticket 10km and Return Ticket Half Marathon races only. The other routes have gates, steps or stiles which make them unsuitable for buggies. If you are running with a buggy you need to start at the back of your wave as there is some narrow, uneven ground after 150m for which it would be best if you were not in the middle of a group. Unfortunately none of the events are suitable for canicross.

prizes

All our finishers receive a top of the range custom medal as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats. We also recognise a few of the speedy runners on the following basis.

Prize Categories

Top 3 male and top 3 female
First U20 male and female
First 20-39 male and female
First 40-49 male and female
First 50-59 male and female
First 60-69 male and female
First 70+ male and female

The final number of prizes awarded is determined by the number of finishers for each gender in a given race distance. If there are more than 100 finishers then the full range range of awards are made as shown above. If there are less than 50-100 finishers then the top 3 finishers overall will be awarded a prize. If there are less than 50 then only the winner will be awarded a prize. We do not have any winner's prizes for any of the children's events as would like to keep this participation focused.

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.

Reviews

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4.2

15 reviews

Tim

·2 months ago

This was my first marathon and I'm very pleased I chose Relish running and this event. The course had a lot of variation that keeps you going taking in some beautiful areas on the edge of Bath and within. I was also lucky enough to win a prize which I wasnt expecting! I had an email to say I could choose another race as a prize. Looking forward to picking one, it won't be the last with Relish! Thanks, Tim Sutton
Harry

·3 months ago

Great route - but the path is not closed off so a little scary with some members of public on bikes going way too fast. Overall a good event and the tunnels are cool!
JJ
Jane

·4 months ago

Lovely venue, very well organised although the medal was disappointing, nothing like what was advertised. I understand the need for sustainable products but they could do some colour and better quality
Sam

·6 months ago

Excellent race, I did the return half (deceptive early hill for a flat course) and had a great time doing it. Everyone was super nice and the post-race snacks were excellent. Lots to do for the families during the event too. Best race I've ever done!
Alex

·6 months ago

Lovely race. Not too many people, well run and really enjoyed running through the tunnels
GB
Gavin

·6 months ago

Ran the Hilly Half. Absolutely beautiful course across the Bath countryside, very well organised, and lovely supportive marshals. Couldn't have asked for more. Thanks to the organisers.
MP
Matt

·3 years ago

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.
LJ
Lee

·3 years ago

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!!
JC
John

·3 years ago

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.
Gemma

·3 years ago

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
DH
David

·3 years ago

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.
EM
Eddie

·3 years ago

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
HG
Hannah

·3 years ago

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!
Angus

·3 years ago

So much fun.
GK
Graham

·3 years ago

well orgnised.
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Bath, Bath and North East Somerset

20 Aug 2023

£10.00 - £115.00

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