Thousands of supporters line the streets for Bath Half Marathon
Thousands of people lined the streets of Bath to watch and cheer those taking part in this year’s half marathon.
Spectators travelled from far and wide to support the mixture of trained athletes and running novices hoping to complete the 13-mile circuit around the city.
Great Pulteney Street was heaving with people wanting to see the 11,000 runners taking part set off from the start line.
Caren Hunt and 11-week-old Elizabeth Grace, from Windsor, were hoping to spot husband and father 50-year-old Christopher Hunt who was completing his eighth Bath Half Marathon, which holds a special place in the family’s hearts.
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Mrs Hunt explained: “This was our very first weekend away as a couple and we came here three years later in 2007 and he proposed to me the night before the half marathon. We come back every year and this year we have Elizabeth.”
Gill and Kevin Smithies, from Crew, were cheering on their 27-year-old daughter Amy who was raising money for Cancer Research during her first half marathon attempt.
The family had stayed in the city for the weekend and were enjoying the atmosphere.
Mrs Smithies said: “It’s great so far, a bit cold but very well organised.”
Mother and father Richard and Glynnis Bradshaw and son Marc, from Portsmouth, were in Bath to support their son William, 24, who was running the half marathon with work colleagues from the bio-chemistry laboratories at the University of the Bath. The team of four were running in aid of Cancer Research.
Mr Bradshaw was armed with a Wispa bar to hand to his son half way round the course to give him a boost during his first half marathon attempt.
Mrs Bradshaw said: “I’m so excited, I’m just glad I’m not running - I’m just here to cheer.”
The Monaghan family from Torbay were also eagerly waiting on Great Pulteney Street in hope of spotting father-of-two Peter Monaghan.
Wife, Claire, was joined by the couple’s children Katie, 15, and David, 12, who were ready to cheer on their father.
Mrs Monaghan said: “He is here today to do a personal best. He’s done many runs before in Cardiff and Taunton - it’s what he does. We’ve made a weekend of it, and did some shopping yesterday and it’s been great.”
Don't miss your 40-page special Bath Half Marathon supplement in this week's Bath Chronicle