Bath Half Marathon Corporate Challenge 2018

By Anita Jaynes on 29 August, 2017

The Bath Half Marathon has become well established as one of the city’s biggest annual events. Now in its 36th year, the event attracts 15,000 runners and an estimated 30,000 spectators. The 2017 event raised a record sum of £2.25 million for charity.

Within the race the Bath Half Marathon Corporate Challenge is a unique team building and fundraising opportunity for businesses and guests competing at one of the most popular city centre road races in the UK, and the largest single day charity fundraising event in the South West. The Corporate Challenge helps build teamwork across departments, healthy competition between businesses, and fitness within the workplace, whilst raising serious money for charity and good causes.

The Bath Half sells out each year within weeks of release of entry places. 500 places in the half marathon are specifically reserved for entrants representing business teams that are competing for the coveted mens’ and women’s trophies.

Guest runners are welcomed, including clients, suppliers, friends and family. The event is ideal for inter-branch or inter-departmental challenges and is a chance to see if head office really matches up against the local branch, Human Resources against IT department, or management versus staff, and of course businesses are positively encouraged to challenge competitors to square up on the start line.

There is no limit to the number of entrants in each team (subject to the overall limit of 500 places), but a minimum of five runners are required to score in the team results and to qualify for the separate mens’ and women’s trophies.

At the 2017 Bath Half Marathon just over 40 teams represented companies from diverse organisations and business sectors, including solicitors, architects, entertainment, engineering, telecoms, retail, construction, medical research, accountancy, utilities, education, information technology, Church of England, banking, NHS, industrial engineers, management consultants, publishing, landscaping and gardening, event catering, and television post production.

In total these 2017 Corporate Challenge teams raised an admirable £97,000 for a wide variety of charities and good causes. For the 2018 event business teams are encouraged to fundraise for the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign, or a charity of their own choice.

Bath-based Buro Happold Engineers were the winning men’s team in the 2017 Corporate Challenge, with an impressive time of 7 hours 31 minutes, ahead of the Team Jackie charity and CIL Management Consultants from London. The women’s race was won by Bristol Biomedical Research Unit with a time of 8 hours 54 minutes, ahead of Royds Withy King Solicitors and the Team Jackie charity.

The format of the Corporate Challenge is being changed slightly for the 2018 event in response to feedback from previous years’ events. Businesses will be able to pre-purchase their team places (minimum of five entries), and register their runners at a later date. The Bath Half organisers will also be introducing a Corporate Challenge marquee in the heart of the Runners Village on race day for corporate challenge entrants.

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