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Bath Half Marathon
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Date March
Location Bath, United Kingdom
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 1981; 42 years ago (1981)
Course records Men's: 1:01:45 (2016)
Robert Wambua Mbithi
Women's: 1:09.27 (2007)
Liz Yelling
Participants 11,693 (in 2015)

The Bath Half Marathon (also known as the "BATHALF") is an annual road running half marathon held in Bath, England, normally on the second or third Sunday in March. It has been held every year since 1982, except for 2018 when it was cancelled due to snow. The race was first run in the year after the first London Marathon in 1981 and has remained a popular race for runners preparing for that event. The next race is scheduled for Sunday 14 March 2021.

It is the largest single day charity fundraising event in South West England, raising over £2.2 million for charity in 2016. Since 2000 the race has been organised by Bath-based Running High Events Ltd.


Bath Half Marathon 2009
Main group of runners in 2009, on Pulteney Road, Widcombe

The Bath Half is a fast flat course, straddling both sides of the River Avon. The race starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street, which with its roadway spanning 46 feet (14 m) is one of the widest Georgian boulevards in Europe. The first mile is gently downhill on Pulteney Road to Churchill Bridge, then the route follows two identical laps from Churchill Bridge, rising up past Green Park station, round Queen Square, then down Charlotte Street and westbound out of the city centre along the A4 road (Upper Bristol Road and Newbridge Road) to Newbridge and crossing the 'New Bridge' at the 'Twerton Fork' at the beginning of the dual carriageway. From here the race heads eastbound on the A36 back towards the city centre, along Lower Bristol Road, before crossing over Churchill Bridge and up Green Park again for the beginning of the second lap. At the end of the second lap the runners pass across Churchill Bridge, then up Pulteney Road to the finish back in Great Pulteney Street.

The course route is unchanged since minor modifications in 2006. It was remeasured in 2006 by IAAF official course measurer Hugh Jones, describing the course as 'officially flat, with three undulations'. The assembly area for the race is the Bath Recreation Ground.


Year Competitors Men's winner Women's winner
Athlete Nationality Time (h:m:s) Athlete Nationality Time (h:m:s)
1982 Gates , Nigel Nigel Gates  United Kingdom 1:03:01 Smith, Joyce Joyce Smith  United Kingdom 1:11.45
1983 Gates , Nigel Nigel Gates  United Kingdom 1:04:24 Roberts, Annette Annette Roberts  United Kingdom 1:15.35
1984 Cowman, Maurice Maurice Cowman  United Kingdom 1:04:13 Welch, Priscilla Priscilla Welch  United Kingdom 1:12.13
1985 Anders, Steve Steve Anders  United Kingdom 1:03:29 Marot, Veronique Veronique Marot  United Kingdom 1:11.10
1986 Anders, Steve Steve Anders  United Kingdom 1:02:35 Marot, Veronique Veronique Marot  United Kingdom 1:10.23
1987 Wheway, John John Wheway  United Kingdom 1:03:02 Marot, Veronique Veronique Marot  United Kingdom 1:11.53
1988 Wheway, John John Wheway  United Kingdom 1:04:11 Ellis, Sally Sally Ellis  United Kingdom 1:11.38
1989 Wheway, John John Wheway  United Kingdom 1:04:26 Cardy-Wise, Bronwen Bronwen Cardy-Wise  United Kingdom 1:15.20
1990 Brace, Steve Steve Brace  United Kingdom 1:05:11 Marot, Veronique Veronique Marot  United Kingdom 1:13.46
1991 Buckley , Chris Chris Buckley  United Kingdom 1:04:41 MacLeod, Karen Karen MacLeod  United Kingdom 1:13.31
1992 Walker , Colin Colin Walker  United Kingdom 1:03:59 Roden, Ann Ann Roden  United Kingdom 1:15.26
1993 Brace, Steve Steve Brace  United Kingdom 1:04:05 Wallace, Andrea Andrea Wallace  United Kingdom 1:09.39
1994 Buckley , Chris Chris Buckley  United Kingdom 1:03:44 Nash , Hayley Hayley Nash  United Kingdom 1:13.15
1995 Taylor , David David Taylor  United Kingdom 1:04:22 MacLeod , Karen Karen MacLeod  United Kingdom 1:14.17
1996 Makepeace, Phil Phil Makepeace  United Kingdom 1:05:15 Nash , Hayley Hayley Nash  United Kingdom 1:16.10
1997 Davies , Gareth Gareth Davies  United Kingdom 1:06:55 Nash , Hayley Hayley Nash  United Kingdom 1:18.37
1998 Hall , Stuart Stuart Hall  United Kingdom 1:06:52 Ellis , Melanie Melanie Ellis  United Kingdom 1:15.34
1999 Graham , Tony Tony Graham  United Kingdom 1:06:58 Gunning , Debbie Debbie Gunning  United Kingdom 1:18.36
2000 Sheppard , Alan Alan Sheppard  United Kingdom 1:05:48 Purdy , Helen Helen Purdy  United Kingdom 1:15.55
2001 Green , Paul Paul Green  United Kingdom 1:04:57 Emmerson , Annie Annie Emmerson  United Kingdom 1:11.13
2002 Musyoki , William William Musyoki  Kenya 1:04:14 Lodge , Jo Jo Lodge  United Kingdom 1:14.01
2003 Lobb , Huw Huw Lobb  United Kingdom 1:04:51 Robinson , Debbie Debbie Robinson  United Kingdom 1:11.57
2004 Riri , Joseph Joseph Riri  Kenya 1:02:20 Wangari , Miriam Miriam Wangari  Kenya 1:14.37
2005 Tonui , Simon Simon Tonui  Kenya 1:02:53 Partridge , Susan Susan Partridge  United Kingdom 1:13.10
2006 6,000 Kasimili , Simon Simon Kasimili  Kenya 1:04:08 Mutwa , Cathy Cathy Mutwa  Kenya 1:12:43
2007 8,165 Shiferaw , Tewodros Tewodros Shiferaw  Ethiopia 1:02:09 Yelling , Liz Liz Yelling  United Kingdom 1:09.27
2008 10,054 Tonui , Raymond Raymond Tonui  Kenya 1:05:21 Gebresse , Roman Roman Gebresse  Kenya 1:13:09
2009 10,700 Tonui , Simon Simon Tonui  Kenya 1:03:09 Kandia , Joyce Joyce Kandia  Kenya 1:11:49
2010 10,800 Cherop , Ezekiel Ezekiel Cherop  Kenya 1:03:03 Ross-Cope , Michelle Michelle Ross-Cope  United Kingdom 1:12:07
2011 12,000 Kipkorir , Edwin Edwin Kipkorir  Kenya 1:04:00 Chelimo , Edith Edith Chelimo  Kenya 1:11:25
2012 Kiptoo , Edwin Edwin Kiptoo  Kenya 1:02:01 Muia , Jane Jane Muia  Kenya 1:11:19
2013 12,000 Shiferaw , Tewodros Tewodros Shiferaw  Ethiopia 1:03:26 Wanjiru , Polline Polline Wanjiru  Kenya 1:10:28
2014 11,300 Kirui , Nicholas Nicholas Kirui  Kenya 1:03:13 Lekapana , Perendis Perendis Lekapana  Kenya 1:10:53
2015 11,693 Martelletti , Paul Paul Martelletti  United Kingdom 1:05:27 Stepto , Emma Emma Stepto  United Kingdom 1:13:48
2016 11,352 Mbithi , Robert Robert Mbithi  Kenya 1:01:45 Jerotich , Lenah Lenah Jerotich  Kenya 1:12:24
2017 12,748 Fish , Ben Ben Fish  United Kingdom 1:05:16 Barnes , Ruth Ruth Barnes  United Kingdom 1:15:32
2018 Cancelled due to snow
2019 11,348 Thompson , Chris Chris Thompson  United Kingdom 1:03:09 Reed, Kate Kate Reed  United Kingdom 1:12:44
2020 6,827 Pollock , Paul Paul Pollock  Ireland 1:04:14 Briggs, Becky Becky Briggs  United Kingdom 1:14:34
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Leading runners in 2006, Simon Tonui and Simon Kasimili

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