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Kenyan athletes run into visa problems for Bath Half

Kenyan athletes run into visa problems for Bath Half Credit: ITV News

As the final preparations are made to the Bath half marathon three Kenyan athletes, due to fly to the UK have pulled out. They were due to fly to the UK but new visa requirements have led to a delay in issuing their travel documentation.

In recent years the Kenyan athletes have dominated the race winning the men's event for the last 11 years.

This is obviously bad news for our Kenyan runners and for Tom and the team at Run Fast. I’m naturally disappointed to have lost such fine athletes, although forecast weather conditions on Sunday would not have favoured a course record attempt anyway. But the flip side is that it this misfortune throws the door wide open to British athletes to give them an opportunity to breast the tape and pick up significant cash prize money at one of the UK’s top road races.

It means we have a very strong prospect of British born winners for the first time in a long while. I’m expecting two close run races now with Paul Martinelli, Tadella Geremew and Toby Lambert leading the men’s challenge and Mara Yamauchi and Rachel Felton in the women’s.

– Andrew Taylor, Race Director

The Vitality BATHALF starts at 11am on Sunday with 15,000 runners signed-up to run. Many do so for charity, with over two million pounds raised last year. The popular Family Fun Run is also a sell out with 1,000 budding athletes set to take on the one mile course at 11.20am.

Final preparations underway for Bath Half Marathon

Around 15,000 runners are expected at the start line Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are underway for Bath Half Marathon on Sunday.

Around 15,000 runners are expected at the start line. Last year participants raised more than two million pounds for charity.

Watch out for road closures though - many routes in and around Bath will be affected, including part of the A4.


Mother's heartbreaking tribute to her daughter

Mitzi Steady was killed in the tipper-truck accident in Bath Credit: ITV News

We only had four years with you but they were the best years of our lives. You were the light of our lives, the love that filled our souls. You were the sparkle in a dark night and the laughter ringing in our ears. You brightened up every corner of our world.

We will go on and try to live better, fuller lives, and to share the joy, you gave to us with others. You taught us all so much about life and love and living in your short years my sweetest angel and I can’t believe that I will never get to hold you or sing with you, giggle with or comfort you.

– Emmajade Steady

Bath hospital: visiting restrictions still in place

“Following a review this morning, visiting restrictions are still in place at the RUH. We currently have two wards closed. The situation is under daily review and we will notify the public as soon as visiting restrictions are lifted. We thank the public for their cooperation and understanding throughout this period.

– Bath Hospital Spokesperson


Mitzi's grandma in a 'stable' condition

The aftermath of the accident Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mitzi's grandma is now in a 'stable' condition in hospital.

That's the latest update from Avon and Somerset Police. Previously she had been described as being in a critical condition at the hospital following the lorry crash which killed her 4-year-old granddaughter.

Funeral of Mitzi Steady to take place at Bath Abbey

Mitzi's funeral will be held at Bath Abbey at lunchtime today Credit: Family

The funeral of a four-year-old girl who was killed in a tipper truck crash in Bath will be held today at 1pm.

The family of Mitzi Rosanna Steady say anyone touched by their daughter's life is welcome to attend the service at Bath Abbey.

They have set up a website in Mitzi's name to raise money for the road safety charity Brake.

As a mark of respect to all who died in the crash on 9 February, First Bus drivers will wear black to work today - any money raised will be donated to the Great Western Air Ambulance.

Man dies after fire in Bath

Man dies after fire in Bath Credit: ITV News West Country

An elderly man has died after a fire at a house in Bath. Fire crews were called to the property in Odd Down just after 11pm on Saturday night.

The unnamed man's semi-detached bungalow was "engulfed in flames" according to Avon Fire and Rescue.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said it was not thought to be suspicious and a joint investigation with the fire service was under way.

Hundreds expected at Mitzi's funeral

Hundreds expected at Mitzi's funeral Credit: Family

Preparations are being made ahead of the funeral of a 4 year old girl who died in a lorry crash in Bath nearly two weeks ago.

Mitzi Rosanna Steady was walking with her grandmother on Lansdown Lane when they were hit by the runaway lorry. Mitzi's funeral will take place tomorrow at Bath Abbey. Officials there say they have more than a thousand seats and are expecting them to be full.

Mitzi's grandmother is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Three men were also killed.

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