The cast from Komedia Bath, comprising 12 comics appearing at the previous night's Krater Comedy Club including Rob Deering and Paul Tonkinson, are among the celebrity entrants for the Viatlity Bath Half Marathon on Sunday (12 March). More used to providing belly laughs on stage than running 13.1 miles the Komedia Bath team will be raising money for Parkinson's UK and Dorothy House.
Having A Laugh In Bath Half
The award-winning Vitality Bath Half Marathon returns for the 36th year as one of Britain's best organised, longest running and most iconic city road races. Some 40,000 spectators are expected to gather to cheer the 15,000 runners as they make their way round the flat, fast and scenic course straddling both sides of the River Avon.
Many participants will be raising money for the 130 different charity partners. Last year saw over £2.2 million raised and Cancer Research UK is the lead charity; Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens the Family Fun Run Charity and Dorothy House Hospice Care the official local charity.
Vitality Bath Half always attracts a strong elite field and a large number of celebrities, all of whom are attracted by the stunning UNESCO World Heritage setting, fantastic crowd support and promise of a good finishing time. This year the chances for celebrity spotting are excellent and faces to look out for include Lewis Moody MBE, James Cracknell OBE, Chrissie Wellington OBE, Heather Fell, Will Thorp, Sophie Raworth, A J Odudu and Komedia Bath.
Other attractions include the annual Battle of the Bands on the course; the Family Fun Run; Corporate Challenge and the many activities available in the Runners Village.
The 2016 race was won by Robert Mbithi in a course record 1:01:45 and the women’s title went to Lenah Jerotich (1:12:24). The women’s course record has been held since 2007 by Liz Yelling (1:09:27). Entries sold out months ago but ‘Early Bird’ entries for the 2018 Bath Half Marathon open on Monday (13 March).