The organisers of the Bath Half Marathon have announced that Bishop Fleming -the South West and West Midlands based accountancy firm – will be the official title sponsor of the 2019 event.
Bishop Fleming delivers audit, accounting, tax, advisory and wealth services to SMEs, owner-managed businesses, large corporate organisations, charities, schools and individuals, across a wide range of sectors.
The partnership with the Bath Half coincides with Bishop Fleming’s centenary year and is the first in a series of “major initiatives and activities,” which the firm plans to deliver throughout 2019 to mark this milestone.
To correspond with the centenary, the firm has also pledged to raise £100,000 for several regional charities throughout 2019 by encouraging its people to take part in various activities.
These activities include a centenary running series taking on respective 5K, 10K and other half marathons across Bishop Fleming’s seven offices, which the Bath Half will now spearhead.
Andrew Sandiford, managing partner at Bishop Fleming, said: “As a leading Bath-based business ourselves, we are thrilled to announce our support for the Bath Half as a demonstration of our commitment to supporting the region and the communities that sustain us.
“In 2019 we will enter our centenary year having made a significant charitable pledge, so it is entirely fitting that we have chosen the Bath Half – the largest charity fundraising event in the South West region – to kick-start our fundraising campaign”.
Andrew Taylor, race director for the Bath Half, added: “We are delighted to welcome Bishop Fleming as our title sponsor for the 2019 Bath Half Marathon. They have had a number of staff participating in the Bath Half for several years, and we are pleased they have chosen the Bath Half as the centrepiece of their 2019 fundraising activity promoting their centenary celebrations. We are very grateful for the support of such a prestigious local company and we look forward to working with the team over the coming months.”
The Bath Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 17 March 2019 with public entries having already sold out for the 20th consecutive year. According to organisers, the race is one of the “longest established and most popular” city centre road events in the UK, taking in a two-lap 13.1-mile (21.1km) traffic-free course straddling both sides of the River Avon.
It is understood that last year’s lead charity was Alzheimer’s Society.
Pictured: Andrew Sandiford