Two Tunnels Railway Races

Brickfields Park, Bath

Organiser's Description

A fast out and back course with lots of PB potential through Bath's Combe Down and Devonshire Tunnels - disused railway tunnels which until 2013 were sealed and inaccessible. This unique and truly special race takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions, and also has the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK!

This is the second of four events in 2019, which offer a variety of events for all the family - the May event includes a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and a Colourburst run for the kids. Start and finish will be in Brickfields Park in the middle of the City - a green park with children's playground, a great spot to sit and enjoy a picnic after the race.

Start Time

09:15am

Races

  • 2 km Colourburst No min age
    £10 BOOK
  • 500m Colourburst No min age
    £8 BOOK
  • 5 km - Affiliated Min age 12 yrs
    £13 BOOK
  • 5 km - Unaffiliated Min age 12 yrs
    £15 BOOK
  • 10 km - Affiliated Min age 16 yrs
    £18 BOOK
  • 10 km - Unaffiliated Min age 16 yrs
    £20 BOOK
  • Half Marathon - Affiliated Min age 17yrs
    £29 BOOK
  • Half Marathon - Unaffiliated Min age 17 yrs
    £31 BOOK

Brickfields Park, 47 King George's Rd, Bath BA2 1LX

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 (£3 return for adults, £9 for a group of 5 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.

All our runners receive a top of the range custom medal, as well as a buffet of fresh fruit and other tasty treats.

Running vest

Toilets

Bag Drop

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

A green park complete with children's playground and table tennis table, a great spot to sit and enjoy a picnic after the race.

These events are set off in waves of approximately 100 runners set off every 10mins. This is because of the relatively narrow nature of the route. Each distance (5km, 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon) will have multiple waves to choose from when you register.

The waves are organised by predicted finish time, with one wave open to runners of all predicted finish times to make it easier for people who wish to travel together. 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 pick any wave and get an accurate finish time.

There are two distances to chose from; 2km and 500m, each with multiple colour stations along the route! All runners will be given a white t-shirt to wear (small, medium or large) and we strongly recommend that you bring goggles or sun glasses to keep the colourburst out of your eyes. We also encourage mums and dads to consider a change of clothes and shoes for the car ride home :-)

These events are open for runners of all ages, particularly runners who would be too young to do our 5km race (min age 12). There is no minimum age for these colourburst runs and they are not timed events! Registration is £10 (2km), £8 for 500metres and includes a white t-shirt, custom medal and a selection of refreshments. Please note it's £2 extra to register on the day

The colourburst is infact 100% food grade corn starch with coloured dye, it is 100% safe, edible but not at all tasty so eating it is not encouraged, and 100% biodegradable.

Return Ticket

This is a 2 lap out and back course which is flat and fast along the Two Tunnels Greenway path - perfect for setting a PB! It is a certified accurate course as measured by UK Athletics, reference number 236/2201b


Hilly Ticket

The 1 lap Up & Over Half Marathon is a hilly affair which has beautiful hill top views and takes in even more history of the Somerset & Dorset Railway era by following the routes of the railway lines and the Somerset Coal Canal.

5 km

This route is an officially measured accurate route. The whole route is on a fast tarmaced surface with gentle gradients of no more than 2% in only a few places on the route. This makes this a great fast course, certainly the fastest Relish Running course out there and there is a great chance of recording a PB on this route! The official course measurement reference number is 236/2201.

10 km

The whole route is on a fast tarmaced surface with gentle gradients of no more than 2% in only a few places on the route. This makes this a great fast course, certainly the fastest Relish Running course out there and there is a great chance of recording a PB on this route! The official course measurement reference number is 236/2201

Competitor information

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  • 2 km Colourburst No min age
    £10 CLOSED
  • 500m Colourburst No min age
    £8 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Affiliated Min age 12 yrs
    £13 CLOSED
  • 5 km - Unaffiliated Min age 12 yrs
    £15 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Affiliated Min age 16 yrs
    £18 CLOSED
  • 10 km - Unaffiliated Min age 16 yrs
    £20 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Affiliated Min age 17yrs
    £29 CLOSED
  • Half Marathon - Unaffiliated Min age 17 yrs
    £31 CLOSED
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Reviews

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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