One of the most popular city centre road racing events in the UK, the Vitality Bath Half Marathon has always been a fantastic platform for charity fundraising. In 2016 alone runners raised over £2.2 million for more than 130 charities at the race and these figures are expected to be exceeded when 15,000 runners set off for the 36th edition of the race on Sunday, 12 March, 2017.
Organisers have announced that JustGiving will be the official online giving partner for next year’s race. With a record number of places reserved for the official charities in 2017, event organisers Running High Events are expecting the Vitality Bath Half Marathon to sell out even quicker than in previous years.
JustGiving launched in February 2001 to help people support the charities they care about more easily. 15 years on, more than £3 billion has been raised for good causes on JustGiving, £1.5 billion of which has been in the last four years.
Cancer Research UK is the lead charity for 2017, with Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens the official Family Fun Run charity. The official local charity is Dorothy House Hospice Care and Laureus Good for Sport Foundation is the official charity of the Vitality Run Series.
Bath Half Marathon starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street. The two-lap course through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage city is known for its massive crowd support and fast course, ideal for beginners, charity runners and elite athletes. The men’s course record was set this year by Robert Mbithi (61:45) and the women’s course record was set in 2007 by Liz Yelling (69:27).
Places are selling fast for 2017 and runners are encouraged to sign up soon in order to secure their place on the start line.