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Paralympian and Romans launch
Bath Half-Marathon for Guide Dogs


‘Gladiators’ escorted the pups and blind runner Steve Brunt (gold medallist Sydney paralympics) into the historic Roman Baths, as The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association announced it has 500 guaranteed places for the city centre road race


Three Labrador puppies have been named Caesar, Claudius and Hadrian by Guide Dogs, as it launches its 'Charity of the Year' status for Roman city's Helphire Bath Half-Marathon which takes place on Sunday, 14 March 2004.

Gladiators escorted the pups and blind runner Steve Brunt (gold medallist Sydney paralympics) into the historic Roman Baths (on Monday, 8 September), as The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association announced it has 500 guaranteed places for the city centre road race.

With virtually all public places for the event already allocated, Guide Dogs provides one of the few remaining ways of entering. Anyone wanting to run and fundraise for Guide Dogs in the Helphire Bath Half-Marathon 2004 should contact the charity on 0845 600 6787 or log-on to www.run4guidedogs.org.uk

Those who have booked their own place are also invited to contact Guide Dogs, fundraise, and share all the benefits from joining the charity's running team. Family and friends of runners will also be made welcome in Guide Dogs' Bath Half-Marathon supporters’ club.


Fastest

The event starts and finishes in the wide Georgian boulevard of Great Pulteney Street, one of Europe's architectural masterpieces. The two-lap course is one of the fastest and flattest in the UK, following the route of the River Avon, it is fully marshalled and closed to traffic.

All the charity asks is that participants raise at least £300 for the event. In return each member of the Guide Dogs' Running Team will receive free T-shirts and running vest - plus Maximuscle sports drink sample.

Those raising over £350 will be given a complimentary Timex 'Ironman' sports watch, whilst anyone reaching a £500 fundraising target will win a free pair of Adidas sunglasses (rrp £89).

Guide Dogs' running team organiser, Colin Hill said: "This is a major regional event, and we're delighted to have guaranteed places for our supporters. We're looking for serious athletes, fun runners - we'd love to see people take part in dog suits - and blind and partially sighted participants. All are welcome, Romans and non-Romans, in the Guide Dogs' team.

"It costs £10 a day to breed, train and support each guide dog and there are nearly 5,000 guide dog partnerships in the UK, so every penny and runner can make a real difference."