Here's the latest info from race organisers amid growing Covid-19 concerns
We have the very latest news for runners of the Bath Half, our local running event. Everyone signed up to the race, or part of the ballot needs to read this. The statement from the Bath Half is as follows:
We have been closely following the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the UK and the introduction of further restrictions.
Following recent discussions with Bath & North East Somerset Council, we regret to announce that that next year’s Bath Half Marathon, originally planned for 14th March 2021, will now be postponed to 5th September 2021.
We understand how disappointing this postponement will be for our participants, charity partners and volunteer groups however, we have decided to make this announcement early to allow time to make plans for 2021.
We will be emailing all half marathon entrants and ballot applicants tomorrow with further details of the postponement and full details of your options for 2021.
Since the government lifted restrictions on events such as the Bath Half Marathon in July we have been developing COVID-Secure plans for the delivery of next year’s race. These flexible plans anticipate a number of different scenarios, and satisfy all published COVID guidelines for events, and have been refined following learnings from COVID-Secure trial events at Kew Gardens and Blenheim Palace, and recent research on the outdoor transmission of COVID commissioned by parkrun.
In discussing our event plans with Bath & North East Somerset Council we have been advised that in the current situation, regardless of the event being permitted by government and being COVID-Secure, the public health team do not feel it is appropriate to consider a large public event in the Spring, and the council’s resources are currently stretched responding to COVID outbreaks in the community and hospitality sector. The safety of our participants, staff, volunteer groups and our local community remains our number one priority, and we always follow council advice.
We are so disappointed the race has been postponed, and we know a lot of you will be too. But the reasons are of course understandable, and we appreciate the notice that we’ve been given. More news as soon we hear.
Visit the Bath Half website here.