Friday 25th January 2019

South West

General entry places for the 2019 Bath Half Marathon are completely sold out, but there is still a way you can secure a place in the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Third Best Running Event’.

We are still looking for runners to join our team and raise awareness and much needed funds for teenagers and young adults with cancer!

In the South West there are over 200 young people diagnosed each year, and we are the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for these young people. Our specialist units bring young people together to be treated by Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) cancer experts, alongside others their own age, in an environment tailored to their needs. An important aspect of our service is the peer support amongst young people with cancer


Emily Monk (25) from Bristol was diagnosed with cancer last year. She was treated at the unit at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre. “They told me I had Hodgkins Lymphoma and I turned to my mum and said ‘what is that?’ I had no clue it was cancer. I was 24 and just didn’t think that could happen to me."

It was great to be treated around other people my age, rather than being stuck on a ward with young kids or older people. It meant I had people my age to talk to who knew what I was going through and we could help each other. Someone had the same cancer as me and was a stage further on so we talked about what would happen next and it helped me to prepare myself.

The peer support is not only found amongst the young people treated through our service but throughout Teenage Cancer Trust. Our Bath Half runners past and present speak highly of the welcoming atmosphere and team spirit felt when running for the “Team Legend”. 

“This will be my fifth year running the Bath Half and I love this event!” said Katie Crossey, Somerset resident and supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust. “It’s perfect because it gets me training through the winter and it’s such a special day.

The atmosphere at the Runners Village is great and it’s brilliant meeting up with everyone running for Teenage Cancer Trust in the marquee before and after the race to share our stories – and the joint team photo! There’s always plenty of jelly babies and goodies, as well as cheer point stuff for the kids and friends and families. Everyone is made to feel so welcome! It’s the first place we always head for.

You can register your Charity Places for £20, and your £200 minimum sponsorship go towards providing specialist care and support for teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer, throughout their treatment and beyond. 

It costs over £600,000 a year to maintain the units, fund specialist staff and support the free cancer awareness sessions that are delivered in schools, colleges and universities across the South West. Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations and is funded by local communities and individuals to support its work with young people with cancer.

For World Cancer Day on February 4, we will be offering a one-off discount code 'WCDBATH' until from Febuary 1 to 5 which will give you free registration fee.

Bath Half Runners