In short: Excellent event - scenic, well organised, sweets at the checkpoints! In full: I did the 20 - my first off-road race and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great scenery, well organised. I live in the area and do lots of running on the roads around Compton so it was nice to see the area from an off-road point of view. Date of review: March 25, 2006
In short: Great weather, great fans, great route - PB guaranteed In full: Well supported race, brilliant scenery and largely enjoyable. However, it wasnt as good or as well organised as last year. There was no sponge station which was a bad move, plus the mile markers were either not all there or just not very visible, which made speed monitoring virtually impossible for the first 4 miles Date of review: March 24, 2006
In short: Great Run, Great people, Great Fun!! In full: It was a lovely route. i enjoyed the bits where the route turns back on itself, you are too busy nosying at the state of runners on the other side of the road to think about what you must like yourself! Hill gave a good challenge. thankyou to anyone that honked (those who saw my tshirt will know what i mean!!) Date of review: March 24, 2006
In short: nice and flat, just a shame they didn't cordon off the route to keep stray toddlers away! In full: one more thing, what's this i see about medals? were they for everyone or just the elite? am gutted it wasn't quite 10k - thought my 41 minutes was pretty good for a first run in years! Date of review: March 24, 2006
In short: Good, would recommend it. In full: Good race with the hill at 8 miles the only slight difficulty. Would luv to thank the lady in green for accompanying from miles 9 to 12. You made my race/day! Date of review: March 24, 2006
In short: A fair race with a commercial setup, nice course for London. In full: The event website states the course is "exactly 10,000m". When questioned as to the exact distance the written response from the organisers was "we measured it as 75m" too short. As a commercial race is this a ploy to increase PB potential? Date of review: March 24, 2006
In short: Hilly but special 10K In full: Good job I hadn't known about the hills before I started but so glad I did. Particularly tough with having to tackle hills for first 6k though great because only a one lap course. Not great for spectators and the car park situation and congestion was a bit of a shame. Think Althorp is preferred location and delighted to be 8th woman home. Obviously improving! Date of review: March 24, 2006
In short: Fantastic 'First' In full: Like a lot of postings for this race, this also was the first 'half' for me. I did not know what to expect before I arrived, but once into the runners village I felt really comfortable. The Runners Village was well organised, the road/area up to the start was good, and the timed pens for the start kept it chaos free.
The start was a little slow, but once a mile down the road it was possible to set your pace. The crowds were really good, although I thought the people on Newbridge Road who sat outside their house with a BBQ and drinking beer was like chinese water torture when you ran past!
I even managed a time that impressed me, so if I can get a place for next year then I'll see you there.
In short: Very enjoyable-I'll be back next year! In full: The race was very well organised and there was plenty of water at the water stations. Good local support and lovely varied route. My only critism was the chip timing system: I wore my chip as directed and handed it in at the finish yet my time never appeared in the results. On complaining I have been told an error was made when my race number was issued so my time (a hard earned PB) was given to someone else !!!!! A great disappointment which I hope will be rectified. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: excellent event & very good for the money. In full: First time at this event. Found the runner's village very good with excellent baggage tent and many porta loo's.The course is virtually flat and well supported.In my opinion a very good race to try your first half marathon. Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: A nice first half marathon In full: I am not here for t-shirts or goody bags.Good organisation apart from mile markers.scenary not great but is a city centre.congestion at start!! Date of review: March 23, 2006
In short: Good organistation, good atmosphere, shame it was so expensive In full: Probably wont' be back for two reasons, 1. The cost 2. the lack of intersting scenery, especially as a two lap course. But did enjoy seeing some of the pretty sights of Bath in the sunshine afterwards. Date of review: March 23, 2006