The Bath Half Marathon has been postponed – again

Jacob Moreton
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Photo credit: Instagram/Bath Half Marathon
Photo credit: Instagram/Bath Half Marathon

The Bath Half Marathon has been postponed for the second time, the event’s organisers announced today.

The race will now take place on 13 March 2022, having previously been pushed back to September from the original date of March 14 2021. In 2020 the event went ahead, but not without calls for the event to be cancelled.

The event’s organisers said this year, due to both uncertainty around national Covid restrictions and also planned infrastructure projects due to take place in Bath this autumn, they had ‘no choice’ but to postpone the event further.

In a statement, Running High Events said: ‘With just over 4 months now before our event date we still do not have clarification from [the] Government on key factors such as whether social distancing will be required, whether spectators will be permitted and whether participants will be required to provide certification of COVID status.

‘We also feel that the restrictions that are likely to remain on large scale public events this year will change the community character of our event and prevent us from delivering the Bath Half Marathon in the way our runners expect.’

In a tweet the organisers also said that entrants would be contacted shortly with details of deferment or refunds: ‘2021 Entrants – we are heartbroken for you. You will be receiving an email later today with your entry options. Thank you for your patience and understanding’, they added.

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According to the Bath Half Marathon’s website, cancelling the event means that charity partners stand to lose around £2.5 million pounds this year in fundraising – and at a time when ‘demand on the charity sector and the cost of service delivery have both significantly increased due to the Covid pandemic.’

On social media, the responses to the cancellation have so far been mostly positive. Somer Athletic Club said: ‘Such a shame. We love participating as both runners and marshals - still, chin up and look forward to winter training and being there in 2022’.

David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director of Front Runner Events, said: ‘Absolutely gutted for you guys, really tough decision and it’s appalling that we still don’t know what criteria and rules we need to run our events.’

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