Bath Half Marathon

London Marathon Events takes over Bath Half Marathon

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London Marathon Events (LME) is taking over the Bath Half Marathon as Andrew and Mel Taylor, the current organisers, step down after the 2024 event.

The Bath Half, first held in 1982, is one of the UK’s most prestigious half marathons, the largest sporting and community event in Bath and the largest charity fundraising event in south-west England. The 2024 edition takes place on March 17.

Hugh Brasher, event director at London Marathon Events, said: “The Bath Half is a wonderful event in a beautiful setting. We look forward to working with Bath and North East Somerset Council to grow the event over the next five years and inspire activity in local communities and schools. I’d like to pay tribute to the work of Andrew and Mel Taylor for developing the event over the past 25 years.”

Andrew Taylor, co-founder of Running High Events, organiser of the Bath Half, said: “Mel and I have been honoured to have organised the Bath Half for the last 25 years and we’re proud to have built a platform enabling charities to raise more than £30 million pounds since we took over management of the event in 2000. Now is the right time for us to step down and we’re delighted that London Marathon Events will be taking the event forward. We’d like to thank our staff, race entrants, charity and corporate partners, contractors, volunteers, council staff and councillors, and above all the community of Bath for their longstanding support for this much-loved event.”

Councillor Paul Roper, cabinet member for Economic and Cultural Sustainable Development, said: “The Bath Half is one of the country’s leading half marathons. We owe a huge thank you to Andrew and Mel who have managed the race since 2000 and are now handing over the baton. I am delighted that Bath Half, which has been so successful, will continue under London Marathon Events.

“Organising a race of this size takes a huge amount of planning and resources and it is really important for the runners taking part and the residents that everything runs like clockwork. To have the resources and experience of London Marathon Events at our disposal is just fantastic news for the city. I could not be more pleased. And I look forward to this year’s edition on Sunday 17 March when I will be running and hope to get my 16th finisher’s medal.”

The 2025 event will take place on March 16.