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Two Tunnels Railway Races

Two Tunnels Railway Races

Bath, Bath and North East Somerset

Brickfields Park, The Hollow, Twerton, Bath, UK

Sun 8th May 2022

Starting at 09:00

7 races

£8.00 - £35.00

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.

Races

  • 500m Colourburst

    £8.00

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 2 Km Colourburst

    £10.00

    No Min Age

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  • 5km

    £20.00

    Min Age 12yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

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  • 10 Km Return

    £25.00

    Min Age 16yrs

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  • 10k Hilly

    £25.00

    Min Age 16yrs

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  • Half Marathon - Return

    £35.00

    Min Age 17yrs

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  • Half Marathon - Hilly

    £35.00

    Min Age 17yrs

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Book

  • 500m Colourburst

    £8.00

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 2 Km Colourburst

    £10.00

    No Min Age

    Booking for more than 1?
  • 5km

    £20.00

    Min Age 12yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

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  • 10 Km Return

    £25.00

    Min Age 16yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

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  • 10k Hilly

    £25.00

    Min Age 16yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

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  • Half Marathon - Return

    £35.00

    Min Age 17yrs

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

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  • Half Marathon - Hilly

    £35.00

    Min Age 17yrs

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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

Course Map

on the day 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.

We held the events in their usual fashion in 2021, with wave sizes of ~100 runners starting every 10mins which helps runners spread out on the route.

As a back up, should we need to reduce the size of the waves, if you wish to start with another runner, please enter exactly the same predicted time when you register, to the same second. If you can make it obscure that would be great, as lots of people will enter 1:00:00, so enter 1:00:19 instead for example. This means if we need to reduce the size of the waves, we can use this info to ensure pairs of runners can start together

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

Medals

As the 2020 and 2022 season were somewhat disrupted, we will be using the same design as shown below, but replacing the final O with a new 2 design so the medals will spell out 2022.

Each medal is an impressive 10cm x 6cm, giving you a giant 10cm x 24cm medal if you collect the whole set. If you collect all four we will be giving away small medal stands which keep all the medals nicely aligned like in the image below.

Each of our medals has a landmark from the race routes; Midford Castle which is visible at the turnaround of Return Ticket 10km route, the Return Ticket Half and Hilly Ticket Half also run past it on their routes. The third medal shows Bath Abbey which is a highlight of the route on the City Ticket Half and Marathon. And of course, every route has lots of tunnel running as represented by the train images on the second and fourth medals. All brought together with a representation of Tucking Mill viaduct, where you will find the first drinks station on all the 10km, Half and Marathon routes.

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.

cancellation & Contingency

Whilst it feels like life is returning to normal, and we sincerely hope it is, there is the potential for further disruption which could come into play at any time. In this event we will still owe payment to our suppliers; medical cover, portaloos etc which we will honour. This means we will have to pay for these facilities twice, in full again on the rearranged date which will put a big hole in the funds. This does mean we won't be in a position to offer a refund.

In the event of a cancellation (local or national restrictions, bad weather etc) everyone will automatically roll over to our contingency date/race OR you can have a free transfer to a friend (within 7 days of the event postponement notice) OR you can email us within 7 days of the event postponement notice to let us know you can't make the back up date and you will be able to choose any other event in the following 15 months.

The contingency dates are;

27th Feb event would join the 8th May race. The 8th May event would join the 10th July race. The 10th July race would join the 21st August race. The 21st August race would move to the 23rd October.

on the day schedule

Provisional schedules are shown below. The final schedule for each race day will be published here on the Wednesday before the race.

Please bring your own water for the before, during and after the race - good for environmental reasons and hygiene.

It is expected that 5km/10km runners are self sufficient in terms of their water. We ask half, marathon and 50km runners to run with their own water and refill at our drinks stations. There will also be cups available at the drinks stations, though we are trying to move towards more sustainable events and less cup usage. There is water provided for everyone at the finish of the event.

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

provisional schedule

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
- Unfortunately runners are not able to take part with their dogs, but dogs are very welcome to spectate.
- Clear up after your dog

Reviews

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

4.4

9 reviews

MP
Matt

·2 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

·2 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

·2 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

·2 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

·2 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

·2 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

·2 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

·2 years ago

So much fun.
GK
Graham

·2 years ago

well orgnised.
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