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Two Tunnels Railway Races - october

Brickfields Park, Bath

1A The Hollow, Bath BA2 1LX, UK

Sun 24th October 2021

5 races

£8.00 - £35.00

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.

Races

  • 500m Colourburst

    No Min Age

    £8.00

    CLOSED
  • 2 Km Colourburst

    No Min Age

    £10.00

    CLOSED
  • 5km

    Min Age 12yrs

    £20.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    CLOSED
  • 10 Km

    Min Age 16yrs

    £25.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    CLOSED
  • Half Marathon Entry

    Min Age 17

    £35.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    CLOSED

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  • 500m Colourburst

    No Min Age

    £8.00

    CLOSED
  • 2 Km Colourburst

    No Min Age

    £10.00

    CLOSED
  • 5km

    Min Age 12yrs

    £20.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    CLOSED
  • 10 Km

    Min Age 16yrs

    £25.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    CLOSED
  • Half Marathon Entry

    Min Age 17

    £35.00

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    CLOSED
Location

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

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. 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.

What's Included

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.

Charity Support - Sustrans

We are very happy to b 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.

Colourburst Info

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.

5K & 10K Courses

5km

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.

10km

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 236/2201a

Format & Waves

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 will have multiple waves to choose from when you register. Please refer to the organiser for final timings and their event information.

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.

Competitor information

Please bring your own water for the before, during and after the race - good for environmental reasons and hygeine. There will be caterers on site, and there is also a corner shop nearby, but we can not provide water before the event from our supplies. There is water for everyone after the event. Thank you for your understanding.

Runners with buggies are very welcome. 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.


This event is not suitable for Canicross.


Please read through all the information carefully below ahead of time so you are familiar with how to arrive on site and how the waves of runners will be organised. Please check the The Two Tunnels Park & Ride service schedule in advance. Each service can hold a maximum of 90 people per journey and we are expecting 600 runners to use the service.


The event takes in some fantastic city centre sites. We are making use of public footpaths and not closing any roads. Therefore there are places where runners will have to cross potentially busy roads. All major crossing points have either Zebra or Pelican Crossings and will also be marshalled. The marshals do not have the power to stop the traffic. You must wait and make your own decision as to when to cross the road. You may have to wait a few seconds for a light to change so please be patient and take the opportunity to catch your breath. Anyone deemed to make an unsafe road crossing by one our marshals will be disqualified. Whilst this is a race, your safety is our highest priority and the same rules of the road apply during the race as at another time – do not put yourself or others runners at risk for the sake of a few seconds!


All paths used by the race are open to the general public, many of whom use the routes as their regular walking routes. Please make the event a success by being polite and courteous to the others users of these paths so that has a positive impact on everyone involved.


To ensure Half Marathon runners complete the course the runners will be required to grab a coloured elastic band at Feed Station 4, by the Bath weir in the centre of town. Half Marathon runners will be expected to be carrying 1 band when they cross the finish line.


Please do not run with music players which have in-ear headphones, only bone conducting headphones are permitted in line with UK Athletics rules who license these events. It is very important that you can hear the marshals instructions, be aware of other users in the tunnels (think cyclists ringing their bells to come past you!) and traffic on the sections of the course that cross roads. Thank you!


Two Tunnels Code of Conduct

We are working closely with out partners Sustrans and the Two Tunnels Group who worked on the reopening of the Two Tunnels over a 7 year period! Please read the Code of Conduct they have developed as we will be using it during our event, thank you!


All Users please - Share the path so that everyone can enjoy it - the path will remain open to the public during the event. - Keep to the left and please keep in single file where possible and unless overtaking - Leave no litter - please leave empty cups or energy bars at the feed stations. If you can run with a full wrapper, you can run with an empty one :-) - Respect the privacy of adjoining properties and landowners- Be courteous and patient with other path users, particularly children. Please make yourself known if you are approaching another use in the tunnel - Be aware that mobility scooters may use the path. Motor cycles and horses are prohibited


Walkers please - Avoid spreading out across the width of the path - be aware that others may wish to overtake you


Cyclists please - Control your speed: our shared use path is for sharing not speeding- Be careful on downhill sections- Take care when passing other users- Slow down on narrow stretches or if you cannot see clearly ahead- Be particularly careful at junctions or places where visibility may be poor- Use a bell to let other users know that you are approaching- Do not assume people can see or hear you approaching- Use lights when visibility is poor


Dog Walkers please - Keep dogs under control- Keep dogs on a lead when using the tunnels- Clear up after your dog

Registration Options

Individual Races: Some distances have multiple route options, known as Tickets, across the year, some repeated on each date, others available only once a year. Please click on the route options off the main Two Tunnels menu for more info on which routes are offered on which dates. You can enter one or more races at any time.


Challenge Series: Two Tunnels Mini Challenge = 5km + 10km + Half. Two Tunnels Challenge = 10km + Half + Marathon. The distances can be run in any order over the year. If you run these combination of events over the year, not only will you take home 3 medals, but also a laser engraved glass trophy which is awarded to ALL finishers. If you sign up race by race, please email us at least 4 weeks before your final event so we can order you a trophy. We can not guarantee a trophy after this point as producing one offs, shipped from abroad, would be cost prohibitive.


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. Provisional schedules can be found here.


All runners collect one custom medal with each race and there are four medals to collect over the year. Scroll down for a preview of the medals and trophy design for this year. If you are doing the challenge race, you can enter any distance race as your fourth race to get the fourth medal.

Provisional Schedule

Start Process
The schedule is based on 1 runner starting every 30 seconds (or groups of 30 every 15mins) as was established for our first covid secure events in Aug 2020. We hope races will start to look more like they used to, with more regular start times and slightly larger groups. As normality returns we will update this provisional schedule as changes to the frequency of starters will likely have a knock on effect to the race start time schedule.

Start Times
Please note these are very provisional timings, we may need to change these in either direction. Please allow a healthy margin either side of the times noted below when making plans for the rest of your day. Race briefing may be online or may be in person depending on event format. Shuttle buses run every 15mins approx.

Notes
There are multiple waves with the same colour race number, please pay close attention to the number range too on the final schedule. Arrival times are suggestions. Number collection will remain open for each wave right up to the start of each wave.

Event Waves refers to the order the individual race waves will set off. You can collect your number from the desks which respond to the Event Wave, not your race wave. For example, 10km wave 3 runners are in Event Wave 9, so will collect their numbers from desk 5, not desk 3.

There is no on the day prize giving. Prize winners will be contacted the week of the race by email.

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richard

·9 months ago

Excellent race, well organised with lots of helpers to make sure you stay on course.Fast through the tunnels and beautiful scenery,a great experience
XP
Xavier

·9 months ago

It was a great event with friendly and encouraging marshalls. It was also well signposted and well organised with good feeding stations.
NW
Nicola

·9 months ago

I ran the marathon but before the race I received no race information and had to get everything searching on the site to get answers. The course is good just a shame about the incline towards the end which is demoralising.
Hi Nicola The full race information was on our website 10 weeks before the event, on the Event Info page on our website. An email was sent to all runners on the Monday of race week, with a few key reminders and further directing runners to the info page. Unfortunately emails sometimes get picked up by spam filters, but all the info was there in plenty of time :-)
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LJ
Libby

·a year ago

Lovely race, welcoming of all abilities, smiling and cheering marshals, and I loved running through the tunnels, especially on a warm June day. The route is shared with the public so you'll get a few cyclists overtaking but they were all respectful and shared the path (as did the runners).
KD
Kevin

·a year ago

First time doing the two tunnels 10k.... very well organised and a fantastic run, definitely recommend and will be doing again
MR
Martin

·a year ago

Well organised as ever, and it was quite a novelty to run through the two tunnels! My only slight gripe was that I had quite a long wait for the shuttle bus back to the P&R car park, but this didn't detract from a most enjoyable experience. For future entrants, I would definitely recommend wearing a headlight, as the lighting in the tunnels is quite dim.
AI
akintayo

·a year ago

I really liked running the tunnels, very cool temperature as your doing the half marathon return so allowed me to go faster, I would bring a headlight. Need to work on how to start the race so we don't do the precarious mud slide down to the path....maybe throw down some gravel or bark? The marshals were great Enjoyed the race and got a half marathon PB
David

·a year ago

Great run, very well organised. Fairly flat for Bath, and the tunnels make the run interesting as well as breaking up the run. Big shout out to all of the volunteers who help to make it a great day.
Trina

·a year ago

Really great race! Very well organised with friendly encouraging marshals. I'm definitely looking forward to gaining the second half of my medal in the next race! If you haven't ran in March then get yourself booked on for June!! Thank you to everyone that made the race a success and well done to all who participated!
RS
Rory

·a year ago

Nice flat course (I did the 10K) with a good atmosphere and friendly volunteers. The tunnels were really cool on a hot day, too!
Tim

·a year 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

·a year 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

·a year 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

·2 years 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

·2 years ago

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

·2 years 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

·4 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

·4 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

·4 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

·4 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

·4 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

·4 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

·5 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

·5 years ago

So much fun.
GK
Graham

·5 years ago

well orgnised.
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