In short: Beautiful scenery but definitely not flat In full: If you're looking for a PB, do not do this race. It's not flat. It's not exactly hilly but there are some sharp inclines which take it out of you. The final mile is rather uninspired through residential streets and quite a few sneaky inclines which make any chance of a fast finish unlikely. There are loads of twists, turns and steep steps at several occasions. The organisation was a bit shoddy. Lack of information until very close to the time, confusing waves and no chip timing. The goodie bag was sub-par (medal and chocolate bar). As a casual "enjoyment" run I'd say it's ideal as it is very pleasant with the views, very relaxed and the marshals were lovely. The feed station was also top notch with a huge offering (and gluten-free options). But it was measured long (13.4 miles) and the roads weren't closed off so there were a lot of unhappy cyclists trying to get by you along the tunnel and the canal paths. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't do it again. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Put it on the bucket list, don't repeat In full: To explain my above scores: Scenery: For the most part shared use paths with scenic views. Last mile is a horrible mish-mash through residential streets full of tight 90 degree turns, road crossings and "up and overs". PB Potential: Hillier than it looks considering most if along a canal. Lots of busy footpaths and turns make a PB unlikely I feel. Atmosphere: Lots of friendly people cheering along the route - mostly bemused pedestrians, but friendly nonetheless! Organisation: Emails were a bit ropey, and having multiple start times called "waves" as well as "waves" of categories was confusing. No timing chips. Value: £30 for a half, on the steep side considering no real "goodies" except some jelly beans and jaffa cakes. Not even a chance to buy commemorative t-shirt. Beginner: Only my second race and I survived fine, but long sections without seeing people or route signs might unnerve some. Times were very slow. Overall: Enjoyed running through the tunnels, and seeing some of the sights of Bath. Everyone I met was friendly, but felt the organisers could have provided a slightly better experience for the price. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere and organisation In full: Fantastic event. Very well organised and tons of encouraging and helpful marshals, also kept a close eye on us slower runners to make sure we were ok in the heat!Not seen so much support from locals in any other event - apart from big field major city marathons. There were jelly babies around every corner! Lovely medals - designed by local schoolkids - and very nice t-shirt too. Lots to entertain all the family in the park, before during and after the race too - will definitely be back! Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Brutal, but epic In full: Booked this race as my first marathon almost 12 months ago on the strength of previous reviews here. It certainly lived up to expectations and so much more. Glorious weather which was a little too hot for my taste. Stunning scenery, fantastically organised and wonderful people all around the course. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Relaxed family atmosphere In full: I keep coming back for more having now run all ten Ashtead 10ks. It's a highlight of the running year, and gets the kids energised to run too. The beautiful weather this time made it extra special. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Even better than last year In full: The bugbears from last year have been sorted out (start corrals and waved start to avoid bottlenecks leaving the park) and having a fully traffic free route was brilliant. The A217 is possibly not as pretty as the old route, but with the planned bridge replacement this was about the only other alternative. Fabulous marshals, I don't think I've ever seen so many on a single course. The last hill at 12 miles was a bit of a kick in the teeth, but probably a bit easier than Park Lane itself. Brilliant medal and Tech T-shirt to boot. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: I love this race!!! In full: This race has it all - my third year now and it's just brilliant! Great facilities at the start (ample parking, proper loos, places to change), well organised at the start and finish with fan marshals on the course. The course itself is TOUGH but it's so lovely - really pretty, no boring bits at ALL, except for that horrible drag from 7-8 miles which always kills me!! All the ups are compensated by some awesome downs to get your pace back down again, and varied, pretty scenery throughout. It's really cheap, the t-shirt is fab, and generous prizes for a small race with category awards too. Friendly, fun, well run and cheap - it ROCKS! I will always come and do this race every year! Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Lovely race In full: This race started in London Zoo along the narrow paths then burst out into Regents Park where we had a 3 lap course which I usually frown upon. However, the scenery was lovely and the route was mainly flat. The last few hundred metres finished back in the zoo where we were greeted with a lovely medal and probably one of the best treat-filled goodie bags I've ever seen.
The entry price of the ticket included free entry to the zoo which was a great.
I would definitely be coming back again next year! Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Such a unique and beatiful race In full: The sun shone on Bath for this wonderful scenic Half Marathon. I've done over 30 HM's and this has to be up there as one of the most scenic and stunning locations.
The tunnels were such a great experience. I was expecting shabby muddy tunnels, but instead it was a welcoming experience. The boats along the canal and the passers by wishing you luck was also a nice experience.
I had no issue with walkers or cyclists going along the paths. I'm sure every practise run you end of experiencing these type of hazards, so it didn't feel like a distraction for me.
Plenty of water stops and goodies along the way. The marshalls did a great job calling out your name as you went past. Great work guys!!
This is defiantly one of the better HM around the UK and would recommend this to everyone.
My only (tiny) complaint is that the medal seemed to be part of a 4 part series and for someone who hasn't taken part in any of the previous runs, it wasn't the best medal in the world.
Well done guys. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Nice, well organized race. Steep off-road section at the end was a surprise! In full: Nice setting and good race-day organisation, with loads of super-supportive marshals. I am local so it was no problem for me to collect my race-pack before the race, but I sympathize with other commenters lamenting the lack of posting. This could deter out of town entries and hamper efforts to grow the race - assuming the organizers would like to grow it of course. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: mindblowing scenery-leg destroying hills! In full: as a regular top 10 marathon in the runners world end of year awards this ones been on my list for a while.im glad i chose this year as the scenery around the course was breathtaking and made even better by the gloriou weather.personally id have preferred it to be a bit cooler and cloudy and this added to my pb worst by half an hour.but wouldnt really have changed a thing as ran like clockwork, a good mix of road and offroad, friendly marshalls and didnt feel that the race wasnt getting in the way of the many sunday walkers and cyclists.lovely medal, tech tshirt, some cereal, ice cream and cider in the goody bag added to the value and having the town mayor ringing the bell at the start and at the end added to the races small friendly vibe.lots of hills and found the hills even tougher then giants head earlier this year.my legs may be in tatters this morning but the sense of achievement at last here is the overwhelming feeling i take from this must do race Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Great fun, challenging course, great vibe and free cake! In full: My first time at this event. Very friendly, well organised, wonderfull scenery and a really cool medal.Free cake as well! Only small gripe is that I would start the dog runners 5 minutes before the main race. Dog runners and dogs were great but it was difficult for everyone at the start. I plan to do it all again next year. Date of review: September 21, 2015
In short: Excellent hilly challenging trail race In full: Its great reputation is fully deserved, from the value for money entry fee (£6), to the organisation of the start and finish, with cakes and drinks at the end. Well signed, very picturesque trail race with some demanding hills and absorbing sections through woods. A delight to run. Date of review: September 21, 2015