Organisers of the Vitality Bath Half Marathon have announced that this year’s race raised a record £2.1m for charity. The huge sum maintains the event’s standing as one of the largest single day charity fundraising event in the country.
Charity runners raised an average £454 per person, the second highest average amount for any road race in the UK alongside the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London and after the Virgin Money London Marathon. Mel Taylor at Running High Events said: “The Vitality Bath Half Marathon is a unique event for many reasons, and we are proud to announce record fundraising figures for this year’s race.
“For a city the size of Bath, it is an impressive achievement to be able to maintain our fundraising position in the top three road races in the UK, and we would like to thank everyone who keeps supporting the Bath Half and our amazing charities. “Our record fundraising figures are down to a combination of factors. The race sells out each year and gives charities 3-4 months to sell their entries after general public places are sold out.
“The race is one of most popular in the UK and we've been working with some of our local charity partners since we took over management of the race in 2000.
Macmillan Cancer Support is the lead charity, with The Forever Friends Appeal, Time is Precious, Bath Rugby Foundation and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation confirmed as featured charities for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon on 13 March 2016.