Bath Voice News: Bath Half Marathon this coming weekend – all the road closures and information for runners and spectators

By Harry Mottram: The Bath Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 17 March with road closures enforced from 9am that morning although on Saturday Road closures and parking suspensions will be introduced in Royal Victoria Park effecting Middle Common, Royal Avenue and Cow Lane.

The roads will re-open in a staggered sequence as runners clear each section of road (and contractors have removed equipment). Parking suspensions on the course route and access routes will apply at 6.00am (to allow time for council contractors to remove remaining vehicles before race start) and will be lifted as each section of road is re-opened.

Extended road closures and parking suspensions will apply on venue streets in Royal Victoria Park.

The road closures are authorised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, and apply to all vehicles (including blue badge drivers and cyclists), except blue light emergency services and authorised event contractors. To ensure the safety of competitors and staff, no exemptions can be permitted during the closure period. Closure points will be staffed by event volunteers and contractors, supported by Avon & Somerset Police. Breach of the authorised road closure is an offence and will be prosecuted

Residents in ‘landlocked’ streets needing to use their cars are advised to park outside the restricted area and walk to their property.

Parking suspensions (or ‘No Loading’ restrictions) will apply to all vehicles, including disabled parking. Effected vehicles will be removed by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s contractor and released on payment of a £70 penalty charge notice and £105 towaway charge.  Phone 01225 448025 for vehicle collection

The residents parking scheme will be relaxed to allow RPZ permit holders to park in other Zones on Sunday 17 March.

Changes for 2024

Arrangements for this year’s race are largely unchanged from last year

  • Start and finish on Royal Avenue (in front of the Royal Crescent)
  • Traditional anti-clockwise BATHALF course
  • Family Fun Day on Saturday 16 March
  • Extended parking restrictions on Claverton Down Road (by Rainbow Woods)

The timings of road closures and parking suspensions are unchanged

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day – Sat 16 March. A day with lots of free activities for all ages and abilities !

Inspire the new generation to a healthy and active lifestyle!

2024 timetable:

  • First event – Family Fun Run, including wheelchairs and frame running, at 11am
  • Parkride – A traffic free cycle ride from noon until 4pm
  • Dressing up, face painting and games with Bath College
  • Arts and crafts with Better Leisure
  • Entertainment from Radio Bath

Inspire the new generation to a healthy, active lifestyle! 

Family Fun Run

The course

The BATHALF Family Fun Run is the highlight of the community day in Royal Victoria Park on Saturday 16 March, the day before the half marathon.

The Family Fun Run will be generously sponsored by Bath College, whose therapy students will be offering massages to half marathon runners in the Runner’s Village on Sunday.

The Family Fun run starts at 11am and is open to all ages and abilities, with Nova Sports facilitating a wheelchair and frame running race. The course is 1 mile long and completely traffic free, around the perimeter of Middle Common in Royal Victoria Park.