After a busy Summer, the smell of muscle-rub and Lucozade graces the city of Bristol as local runners pound the pavement for the Bristol half marathon coming up in September. After much deliberation and conversing with fellow runner obsessives on Twitter, I felt that this year was not the year for me in terms of the Bristol half… do not fear, I’ve signed up to a half marathon the week after. It’s called the Two Tunnels Railway Half Marathon and it has the longest underground section of any running race in the UK. I’M SO EXCITED!
About the race
The Two Tunnels race path is a Sustrans shared use path for walkers, cyclists and ofcourse runners. On the 28th September, the runners will be out in force as the Relish Running Races close a programme of seasonal running races. The race is in Bath, the course is flat and incorporates two tunnels – one being 408m long and the other Combe Down Tunnel being a whopping 1672m long. The tunnel has been supported and maintained following a lottery funded project to maintain it’s beautiful structure.
It wouldn’t be a Relish Running Race if it wasn’t incredibly scenic, en route you will pass the Duundas Viaduct which is 200 years old followed by the Tucking Mill Viaduct and Reservoir. Following on from this you will go over the Widcombe Lock gate and the Kennet & Avon canal. If this wasn’t enough the route winds through Bath city centre, and with ample amounts of public gardens and period houses you won’t be short of things to look at. Based on my experience of the Neolithic Half Marathon in May, I couldn’t help but admire the scenery – I think good scenery is the perfect distraction to aching joints!
The other secret incentive for completing this race is because I want to be able to join my medals together – that’s right, all Relish Running Race medals end up joining together like a jigsaw puzzle. I was really surprised to pick up an amazing medal for the Bath Running Festival 10k , it’s nice to know the medal at the end of it is something that feels heavy, looks great and in this instance – makes you feel good for being a successive race completer!
Right…so who’s joining me? (I have already roped in my brothers who thought they were coming to Bristol for a relaxing trip)
Getting race fit
I’ve been hitting the gym 4 times a week for the past 6 months and so I’m keen to up the anti and continue balancing long runs with difficult strength and circuit workouts. I’ll be updating my last minute training plan which is great for anyone looking to get fit and into shape at the moment.
Images from Relish Running Races site