Corporate Challenge -
The Bath Half Corporate Challenge is a unique team building and fundraising opportunity for businesses and guests competing at one of the most popular city centre road races in the UK.
500 places in the half marathon are specifically reserved for entrants representing businesses teams. Each Corporate Challenge entrant pledges to raise a minimum of £175 for a charity of their own choice.
Corporate Challenge entries are now SOLD OUT
Bath Half 2012 - Video -
A quick snapshot of the 2012 Bath Half Marathon, the full edit to follow shortly!
Race Packs -
If you require a replacement race pack please visit the Information Tent in the Runners Village at the below times:
Saturday 10th March – 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11th March – 8am to 10am (race starts at 11am)
Entries to the Bath Half Marathon are personal to the applicant, and race numbers cannot be sold or transferred. Any runner who competes in another person's race number will be disqualified.
Replacement race packs can be purchased for a fee of £15 which covers the cost of a new race number, timing chip and administration charges
Bath Half reach £10million marker -
Organisers of the Bath Half Marathon are celebrating having reached the £10million pound milestone for funds raised for good causes.
In twelve years, the Bath Half has raised more than £10m for charity, making it the largest single day fundraising event in the South West and one of the biggest fundraisers of its kind in the UK.
When Bath based family business Running High Events took over the organisation of the Bath Half in 2000, the event was raising just £30,000 a year for charity, but since then, the event has grown year on year, pushing new boundaries and smashing fundraising targets much quicker than anticipated.
Last year, the event raised in excess of £1.5 million and it is likely that this figure will be surpassed once again in 2012.
Mel Taylor, Charity Director at Running High said: “We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of those who donate to Bath Half entrants each year and the passion instilled into our runners to continue fundraising for our chosen charities.
“The money raised benefits more than 50 carefully selected local and national charities each year. Over the years, we have brought a wide selection of charities on board, evolving from just one when we first took the event on. Around 15% of the half marathon entries each year are reserved for our Golden Bond charities, allowing runners to choose a cause close to their hearts and, offering their fundraising commitment in return for a place”.
Organisers are keen to continue building on the money raised for charities each year. Mel added: “In 2007 when charity fundraising reached £1m per year we announced a new target of £1.5m by 2011. We don’t want to stop here, we want to see continued growth year on year. We have smashed all the fundraising targets set to date, which seemed like a world away at the time. In the next three years, we plan to take things to the next level with the aim of reaching the £2m mark per year in 2015”.
The event organisers are always looking for new ways to give something back to the local community and in 2003, the Bath Half Marathon Fund was the first named fund to be established in Bath and North East Somerset with the Quartet Community Foundation. In the last 9 years, thanks to the generosity of half marathon entrants, over £88,000 has been distributed by the Bath Half Marathon Fund to over 80 different small local charities and voluntary groups within Bath & North East Somerset. The event has also invested significant sums in an endowment fund through Quartet to create a permanent legacy for the city.
Mel added: “We see the Bath Half Marathon Fund as a way to invest directly in the smaller local communities and help groups who are too small to benefit as official race charities. It’s also a great opportunity for race participants to give directly to projects for local residents, as a thank you for their support each year”.
CLIC Sargent - the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people has been involved in the Bath Half Marathon since 2004, benefitting half a million pounds from the event.
Kayley Waller, CLIC Sargent’s Running Events Fundraising Manager, who has managed the event since 2007 said: “The Bath Half Marathon has been a favourite in the CLIC Sargent running team since our first involvement in 2004. The atmosphere on race day is iconic, but don’t just take our word for it, the event was voted in the top 5 half marathons in Runners World for 2011. As well as that, the race is hugely popular amongst charity runners who turn up year on year to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent and many other charities.
“Every day, ten children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer but right now CLIC Sargent can only help two out of three of them. The £500,000 that has been raised through the Bath Half Marathon has gone a huge way towards our goal of being there for each and every one. We cannot be more grateful to the event organisers for letting us be such a huge part of this fantastic race.”
Event organisers are already being inundated with requests from charities wanting to become involved in next year’s Bath Half. They will be announcing a new framework for the golden bond scheme at a charity reception which is being organised in partnership with Virgin Money Giving, set to be held in May this year. The new scheme will build on charity relationships that have developed over the years, whilst also opening the event up to new national and regional charities eager to get involved. Charities wishing to find out more or to express an interest in attending the forthcoming reception, please contact Mel Taylor on 01225 422 255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2012 Bath Half will take place on Sunday 11 March. General entries sold out in November and charity places are now closed. For further details see www.bathhalf.co.uk.
Corporate Challenge entries sold out -
Corporate Challenge entries for business teams are now sold out
But reserved entries are still available from the Lead Race Charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and our other official race charities
Click here to see our OFFICIAL CHARITY LIST