Organisers say Bath Half Marathon 2013 is best ever
Organisers of this year’s Bath Half Marathon have declared it the best ever.
Race director, Andrew Taylor, said the event, which saw 11,156 runners pound the 13-mile route around the city, had passed without a glitch.
He said: “It’s been remarkably smooth. I keep pinching myself and keep waiting for the wheels to fall off.
“For the runners this is ideal running conditions, what we never want is the weather to be significantly different to what they train in.”
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Mr Taylor said as well as the 11,000 serious runners, a further 836 took part in the fun run, which covered a circuit of Pulteney Road.
The winner of the 2013 Bath Half Marathon was Tewodros Shiferaw who finished in 63 minutes and 26 seconds. The Ethiopian was more than a minute behind the course record of 62 minutes and one second set by Kenyan Edwin Kiptoo last year.
The first woman across the line was Polline Wanjiru who finished in a time of 70 minutes and 26 seconds.
Mr Taylor said there had been no major casualties during the race.
He said: “With a race of this size some casualties are to be expected but I am not aware of anything. With it being colder you would expect the casualty rate to be relatively low.
“This has been the best ever. We’ve had two British women getting personal bests and a world record broken.”
Mr Taylor added that plans would now start for the Bath Half Marathon 2014.
He said: “We listen to what the runners want and we sit down with residents and the council. I think we have a winning formula here. It’s a fantastic city and a fantastic advertisement for the city.”
To take part in next year’s half marathon visit, www.bathhalf.co.uk
Don't miss your 40-page special Bath Half Marathon supplement in this week's Bath Chronicle