In short: Chaotic, disorganised, dangerous In full: Very poorly organised. Tower Bridge full of public and tourists suddenly confronted by 3000 runners, both sets trying to dodge each other. Groups of runners ending up in the busy road. No idea what the stewards were doing or why they were not in the right places. North bank narrow riverside paths with that many people.. really not very good at all. Not doing this one again. Date of review: September 24, 2014
In short: Brilliantly organised and marshalled, beautiful, hilly and slow In full: A wonderful run on the western end of the North Downs.
There are some good hills (for the South), lots of stiles, and much of the course is sandy. You will not run a fast race, and people who start fast have a tough last few miles. Outstanding marshals - lots of them, friendly, lots of drink stations with snacks. Thoroughly recommended if you want a stretching off road half or full marathon and are not looking for a PB. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Very well organised, a nice course, would recommend In full: While not necessarily a PB course, the route was interesting with decent hills but nothing too onerous, with a nice downhill last mile to smash it. Excellent marshalling and organisation, as you would expect from club organised event with a long history. The parking was very straight forward which made life easy, results were quickly published. A good event as a sharpener for an Autumn half and beyond. Thanks LBAC!! Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: The [race/scenery/atmosphere/organisation] was stunning In full: Definitely the best half marathon I've run, despite being a good 8 minutes outside my PB. The course is beautiful and, as most reviewers seem to agree, the marshalling and general organisation was faultless. It seemed to be such a labour of love for everyone involved. Kudos also to the Rotary Club for the selection of cakes at the end, they were very very welcome. Will definitely run again next year, with a likely upgrade to the full marathon. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Good first race In full: Great atmosphere with excellent support, particularly across the bridge. Fairly scenic, even the industrial estate had views of the Malverns in the distance.
The main problem for me was at the end, it took ages to get away from the finish, and I missed my wife's finish. Goody bag not goody, but great T-shirt. Would probably do again if in the area. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Nice fast race if they sort out teething problems. In full: Only gripes - Nowhere near enough WCs (lots of races have this comment, but here it was laughably bad). No control over starting positions so lots of first-timers/plodders at the front. Insufficient water at the finish. 'Goody bag' was just adverts and a nutri-grain. Expensive!
Positives: Great t-shirt & medal, fast, (mostly) scenic course, well supported, closed roads through city-centre.
Will do again (despite high price) as it's local and mostly very well run. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Excellently organised race, challenging but scenic In full: First time doing this race, using it as a warmup for the Birmingham half marathon. Very well organised, especially at the crossing points with great marshalling.
It is quite a challenging circuit with plenty of hills - but all the steepest inclines are quite short and followed pretty much immediately by a descent of equal gradient. This gave good incentive to push through the hill and get your breath back afterwards! Whilst most people were talking about the Shenley Hill just before the 9-mile point, it was the hill between 7 and 8 miles that I found the most difficult - not too steep but seemed to last forever.
Scenery was fantastic, particularly from 3-7 miles. Good value with nice t-shirt, shame about the lack of a medal but at £16 this is one of the cheaper races to enter. Only minor criticism (nothing to do with the race organisers though) was the lack of support from some of the villages we ran through - would have improved the atmosphere but I guess it was early on a Sunday morning.
Overall, really enjoyed this and would definitley race it again, either as a stand-alone event or as a warmup for another Autumn half marathon. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Beautiful Rock Climbing Scenery In full: This was my first half marathon (and I don't live in Bristol) so I will try to give a thorough review. :D The race pack I received had my race number, a chip, information booklet and a tag for my bags which arrived about a week before the run.
I had a bit of trouble finding the location of the race at first (Bristol is pretty hilly!) but once I found it everything was within walking distance. I arrived really early, around 8 am and at that time there were only a few people around. There were no queues at the baggage drop area or the portaloos at that point.
Before the race we did a short warm up which wasn't too intense which in some runs they can be. There were no delays at any point starting the race as there were two starting times at 9.30 and 10.00 AM.
The location of the HM was brilliant, for the first 8 miles or so we ran along this rock climbing scenery which looked really beautiful. After that we ran on roads around the town centre (I think). It was pretty hot at some parts of the run but the weather wasn't too bad overall. There were plenty of water stations (4 of them if I remember correctly) every few miles but also two gel stations in between. There were mile markers at every 2 miles at first but towards the end it was at every mile. There were also signs that showed when there would be a water/gel station and portaloos. There were only very short queues for the portaloos if you did have to go.
I wouldn't say this HM was hilly, but at some points there were some short inclines so it wasn't as flat as I expected. But if you are a first timer, the inclines aren't too bad and there are just as many downhill bits so there is a good balance. :D
At the end of the run you were given water, a foil blanket, a medal and lastly a good bag. The medal is nice and sturdy and has a good design. The goody bag contained chocolate, some sort of cereal bar I think it was and some energy tablets sample. The t-shirts are pretty decent but the sizing could have been done better because it seemed like they were sized for men. Some fruit in the goody bag would have been good though.
I can't fault the organization, it was excellent. The racemakers were very helpful at all times and the crowds were awesome too (just generally lovely people in Bristol). I would definitely do it again if the entry wasn't as pricey. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Great, friendly race In full: - enjoyed this run, well organised - undulating, not necessarily hilly. PB not impossible but maybe unlikely - jaffa cakes at the end and a good prize for winners (vouchers) - would do this race again - nice start and finish on the track
In short: Amazing scenery and a unique start to a race - you travel by train to the Start Point. In full: This was a very unique race. You travel free as part of your race entry fee by a steam train to the race start. The trip last just over an hour and it takes you through the hills and tunnels above Porthmadaog to a station called Tanygrisiau. At this point you disembark and walk approx 300 metres to the start. This is not a down hill race !! The event terrain is through woodlands, forrestry tracks and towards the end along an asphalt road eventually running alongside the steam railway track back to the Porthmadog steam railway station. An absolutely unforgettable race, well marshalled, well organised, only wish that there would have been mile markers along the route. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Uplifting, challenging, beautiful - you can feel the love! In full: Awesome organisation, magnificent marshalling, frequent food & water. A must do trail race. THANK YOU Farnham! Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: Can't be faulted as a fun, scenic, relaxed well, organised proper trail HM In full: My first time on this great local run that seems to draw dedicated followers from further afield, and I can see why. I will definitely be back. First class trail route but a great relaxed welcoming atmosphere with excellent cakes & tea afterwards, all for £6, I don't think I've ever seen better value. Unfortunately I missed a crucial turn with a group o 20-odd runners - we all did 15 miles after doing an extra loop. Signage and marshalling was really good overall, just one crucial turn could have perhaps been highlighted better - but it was a lovely day for a 15 miler too. Many thanks and well done Royston. Date of review: September 23, 2014
In short: excellent always gets better each year In full: third year taking part. good course up hill at first. but down hill in the end. very well organised and volunteers and marshals excellent. look forward to taking part next year. Date of review: September 22, 2014