In short: Great Trail experience, beautiful surroundings, mildly challenging In full: Traveled just under 1.5 he's to get to, well signposted, parking free and easy right next to event village. Good atmosphere, a few stalls, Sponsors, food etc. Lits of loos, clean. Easy registration, suorisef wasnt horrendously busy for a RW event but we went in wave 2. Lovely run, scenery great, was dry but prob need trail shoes if there had been lots of rain in previous week, as it was normal rd shoes were fine. Some nice downhill sections and some challenging uphills. Lots of room out on the tracks/trails for manouvre. 2 water stations on the 10k but plastic cups, would have been great to get a bottle to carry, was a hot day. Route signposted and a few marshalls out. Big big uphill the last km, to finish. Fantastic goodie bag, filled up with lots nice bits, lovely 2XU tech T-shirt and medal was OK, nothing great. Event village busy and buzzing after, hot food , beer etc. Will be coming back. Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Great race despite the weather In full: Yes it gets congested at the start, but there's plenty of opportunity to get a pb, the conditions weren't great, but that can't be controlled! Thought the organisation was very low key, but it worked. Queue for toilets, isn't there always though. This was a good race and if the weather was favourable it would be pretty awesome, here's hoping for 2016 Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Great fun race In full: Beautiful scenery . Lovely course, a lot of downhill and only a little bit of steep up. Good range of runners from fast to slow and excellent marshals. Great bottle opener medal and beer on course Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Lovely course, great organization In full: Well organized, great atmosphere at the start and finish and medal that doubles up as a bottle opener. Loved the cake stall, coffee, beer on the green at the finish. The course was also not as testing as I expected - only noticed one uphill section and lots of down. Will try harder next year! Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Another great race In full: 4th time I've done this now and yet again enjoyed it! Had been worried with it being moved to June that it would be too warm but the wind kept the heat down. Great marshals feed stations and organisation still one of my faves thanks Phil and team! Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere, good organisation, lots of humour In full: The Harvel 5 is a real feelgood race. A village green, happy people, welcoming atmosphere, challenging but varied course, great value, lovely medal, free photo downloads..... All in all, a fantastic race and one worth doing! Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Nice race but not a half marathon In full: Lovely place, great run, nice people and a packed goody bag. But not a half marathon. My Garmin clocked it at 20.3km, nearly 800m short of the mark. And please - no 'get a life'-style comments or lectures about how GPS devices can be inaccurate - I spoke to others who agreed it was short, and yes, it does matter, not least given the cost of entry - if it says 'half marathon', then it should do what it says on the tin. Date of review: June 6, 2015
In short: Great Race! Really well organised and so much support around the course too! In full: Thank you for making my first marathon so great! Everything has been thought of in this race, the volunteers were so supportive too ! Date of review: June 5, 2015
In short: my favourite race of the year. Well worth the long-ish! journey to Campbeltown In full: The scenery is magnificent on the half marathon route, the beach section incredible. Is it unique in UK races? it does stop the half being a PB potential race but I do feel the 10K IS....mostly flat around 3 sides of Campbeltown Loch with plenty room to stretch and pace out. I did the half this year but have done both in the past. Great atmosphere with friendly, enthusiastic efficient organisers, marshalls and spectators. Fantastic and generous goody bag with classy T shirt...the now famous free Danish pastries, sandwiches and coffee at the finish. yes, a wonderful event. I will be back next year for sure. Date of review: June 5, 2015
In short: Should be renamed "The Perfect event" In full: 17 laps of a road circuit sounds daunting right? Think again folks, this event is amazing, from support to organisation to marshaling to friendliness, no stone is left unturned by the hosts to make this just such a memorable day. Date of review: June 5, 2015
In short: Very friendly, scenic and enjoyable event In full: I decided to run this instead of just going on a solo training run and very glad I did. Great location, pretty scenery and enjoyable course. The gravel hill certainly added an element of challenge! Well organised and very welcoming with a nice blend of abilities. Work permitting I hope to be there for the test of the series. Date of review: June 4, 2015
In short: It was awesome! In full: I had an injury so I couldn't finish, and I still had a fantastic time! The atmosphere was the best I've experienced at a race; it was an enjoyable day from beginning to end. Date of review: June 4, 2015
In short: friendliest race with the best medal! In full: My husband and I travelled from Switzerland for this race and things went very wrong for us on our journey, so was worried about finishing, but having our own drinks table to visit every lap plus seeing supporters got us round even if it wasn't in our best times. There were no toilet queues which has to be an absolute first, everyone was very friendly. The medal was just amazing, the goody bag was fab and getting free photos is the icing on the cake especially as they are such amazing photos. What could have ended up being a disastrous race for us, has ended up being one that we have already said we will run gain next year. I don't think there is anything the race organisers could do to make this a better marathon. Date of review: June 4, 2015
In short: Best atmosphere, best everything. Faultless, fun and fantastic day In full: This was my 5th marathon and by far the best event I have ever participated in. Everything to enhance the race has been thought of and ticked - personalised numbers, free photos, fantastic vest design, a reverse cheering runner, own refreshments tables plus provided drinks and gels. Multi-coloured bracelets to count your laps down. Positive energy in abundance from all there whether running or cheering. Even when the going got hard from 20 miles on I still knew I would be back. Oh - and small detail but the medal was the most fun and largest design ever. Free keep me warm jackets and cute cloth goody bag. Love it. Date of review: June 4, 2015
In short: Pace of improvement slow but steady - T-shirts, i-pods and runners in wrong starting pen still issues In full: Positives first: Bristol has come a long way since they first started down the mass participation path with delayed starts a thing of the past, the finish funnel still long but much better managed and leading into a reasonably sized square and the staggered start does help.
Having said that, some things don’t change.
Staggered Start: Why are there so many runners still clearly standing in the wrong time zone or wearing I-pods? I like the mass participation and as many as possible should be encouraged to run. However, surely there should be some filter on the first start, access to this start should be on the basis of a proven 10k time in the last year and if you’re a first timer, then either start later or run a “qualifying” time in a smaller race elsewhere. I don’t want to come across elitist but its incredibly frustrating spending the first 1 – 1.5 kms stuck behind groups of slow moving runners, wearing huge headphones and still trying to have a Sunday morning chat with each other.
i-Pods: On that note, can we not restrict i-Pods to the later start? I understand that use of i-pods is a good thing because once again, its one of those things that actively persuades people to take part but just, time and place.
T-shirts: The race cost £30 + but every year the T-shirt size is a law unto itself. This year, I went to the medium section and was given a large. I’m going camping next week and really, no need to pack a tent because I could easily fit the rest of the family inside. This has been happening for years at Bristol – 1 year I take the large but its huge so the following year I take the medium but its too tight for my 6-year old nephew, back to the large and yes, it’s a tent again. I run 10-15 races a year with over half providing a T-shirt and outside of the Bristol 10k and Half, I can honestly say I have not encountered a single problem. So really, how difficult is it to have the right size correctly labelled and in the right bag. Change the supplier if they cant cope! For the price, you’re just left feeling very short changed!
In short: First marathon - great friendly event. Amazing medal made all the hard work worthwhile! In full: Definitely an event to recommend to others. Very well organised, friendly marshals, excellent support, massive medal, free beer, and free photos. No horrendous half hour toilet queues either! Date of review: June 4, 2015