With just over three months before some 15,000 runners are expected to toe the start line for the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon on 12 March a new record has already been set. General public entries have sold out a month earlier than ever before and the only guaranteed route left into this highly popular race now is via one of the official charities.
The early sell-out of the Vitality Bath Half Marathon is due to its ever-growing reputation as one of the best organised, longest established and most iconic city centre road races in the UK. Next year’s event will see a record 35% entries being reserved for charities.
Cancer Research UK is the lead charity for 2017 with Cancer Research UK, Kids & Teens - the Family Fun Run charity and Dorothy House Hospice Care - the local charity. However, there are 130 other charity partners engaged and some still have places available.
There are also a few places remaining in the Corporate Challenge for business teams and entries are still open for the Family Fun Run one mile race. Just like the main event the Family Fun Run starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath.
Bath Half Marathon raised over £2.2 million in 2016 alone for national and local good causes. Despite the hilly surroundings of the Roman heritage city the route is flat and lightening quick with course records of 1:01:45 by Robert Mbithi (2016) and 1:09:27 by Liz Yelling (2007).
Race Director Andrew Taylor commented: “We are very proud to announce that general places have sold out for the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon. This is the 18th successive year the race has sold out. It is a huge credit to the race that it increases in popularity year on year, and we are looking forward to welcoming plenty of returning runners as well as first time runners to the event next March”.