The Bath Half Marathon is once again just around the corner – whether you’re raring to go or regretting signing up, there’s no avoiding the fact that the city’s biggest running event will be back on 4th March. With training stepping up a gear, variety is the key to keep your schedule from getting boring. Take a look at four routes to try if you want to mix things up…
1. Scenic Sights
If you fancy your long run with a side of beautiful views, head out to the east of Bath along the Kennet and Avon Canal. Starting from Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, this out and back eight-mile (13km) route takes you past Kensington Meadows and through Bathampton to Claverton. Turn around and head back when you reach Warleigh Weir, or carry on towards Limpley Stoke if you want to go further!
2. Run the Tunnels
The Two Tunnels Greenway, opened in 2013 as a Sustrans cycling and walking path, is perfect for escaping the city on a long, flat(ish) route. Stretching through the Devonshire and Combe Down Tunnels (the latter being the longest cycling tunnel in the country at just over one mile), fit the route to your run by choosing how far to go – the path heads through Lyncombe Vale and out towards the picturesque village of Midford.
3. Conquer the Climb
Whilst a big hill is often a runner’s nemesis, it’s no secret that it’s the best way to improve fitness and stamina. Luckily then (or perhaps unluckily), there’s no shortage of hills in Bath, from the gentle incline to the more intimidating climb. Head up from the city centre to Bear Flat and tackle the Wellsway right up to Entry Hill Golf Course and Odd Down. If you can manage that you’ll fly through the Half, it’s pancake flat in comparison!
4. Feel Prepared
It’s a good idea to check out the Bath Half route beforehand if you can, to familiarise yourself with its different segments. As it takes in two laps of the Upper and Lower Bristol Roads, why not prep for race day by following this part of the route? From Queen Square, head west along the Upper Bristol Road and carry on through Newbridge. Taking you over the bridge by The Boathouse, return towards the city along Lower Bristol Road – you’ll be race-ready in no time!
By Rosie Hurley