I never thought I would hear the two words in one sentence “running” and “festival” so I was really intrigued when I heard about the Bath Running Festival. Running is the kind of thing which festival-goers with deprived shower facilities and a unquenchable thirst for Strongbow rule out with a shadow of a doubt (although I know for a fact there is a running group on the Wednesday of Glastonbury each year!). For runners, the word ‘festival’ is entirely detached from their addictive hobby which is why I love the name which Relish Running Races have given to this race series. What’s even better? I’ve just signed up today!
This time last year, event organiser Tom Room anticipated 350-400 runners in this new inaugural event based at the University of Bath on the 27th July. A year down the line, and with the free marketing power of word of mouth from last year’s competitors, not to mention the website illustrating a map of greeny, scenic goodness – what’s to stop record numbers of runners for this year’s event? With this being my 6th official organised racing event, I’m constantly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each event (find out the 11 things I’ve learnt from half-marathons here). The Neolithic Half-marathon which I ran back in May was fantastic because, unlike the Bristol 10k, it wasn’t suffocatingly busy and I could switch off and actually enjoy the scenery around me. The Neolithic and the Bath Running festival are similar in that their route heavily dips into grassy fieldy goodness. Running on grass has it’s pros and cons, if it’s rained or is raining you could be mud-skating instead of running but on the flip side running on grass is incredibly easier on your joints than constantly pounding the pavements.
When I tweeted about the race, I was surprised at how many people had so many encouraging words about the event and the course itself!
You can find out more about the Bath Running Festival on the Relish Running website here