In short: Very good - but could be even better! In full: Definitely a quick course. Absolutely fantastic finish in the Millenium Stadium. The 'grass-crete' in the park is hated by everyone - it has to go!!! Some problems with motorists in non-closed-off streets and with dogs running loose in the park. Some organisational problems with the baggage at the start and also at the finish. Good marshalling, though. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: Overall, cracking route and I did enjoy it. And wasn't the weather kind to us! Hopefully I'll be doing the full monty next year. In full: My 2nd half-thoroughly enjoyed it, and the spectators were superb, very supportive! A few things meant it wasn't up to scratch on last year: 1. Runners packs sent out a little late and no baggage tag this year. 2. Double the amount of runners in the half meant it was difficult jostling through the slower runners in the narrow park track. If more runners are taking part, maybe change the route or send us out in speed order. 3. Why weren't the medals given out on a ribbon (they were in a box). I love to stand outside wrapped in my foil wearing my medal for hubby to take a picture! No goodie bags this year.
In short: Boring In full: Considering the parks and tourist attractions in Liverpool the route was not a good choice. Finish at Liver building was good but the finish line was a disaster (where was it and why were the chips scanned at random ages after crossing),baggage tent was useless, leaving people standing in the codl for up to 1 hour. the old route was better-bring it back. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: On of the biggest rip offs in the racing calendar In full: Where do I start: Dire organisation, no information at the start; chips didn't record start of race; ill-fitting, ugly sponsor-orientated T-shirt; laughable goody bag (surely with all those sponsors listed on the back of the shirt they could give you more than a banana and a (sponsored) bar of chocolate?); medals that didn't arrive (and cost extra); route around Bath rather than through it, so we could have been anywhere; Ridiculously overpriced.
The lucozade was the best thing about the day. This is my nearest large event and I ain't coming back. As I am writing this after the 2005 event it seems the organiswers have yet to learn their lesson. While people are prepared to pay top money for poor events such as this it is unlikely things will improve. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: Well organised and marshalled, flat course good for PB In full: The stadium finish is a big plus and it is well supported especially the miles around the city centre. Some of the faster maratoners had to negotiate a way round the half marathons who start 30 mins before. Well worth doing again. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: A brilliant race, organisation second to none /would"nt miss it In full: 2005 was my 4th Bristol half marathon and it keeps getting better !!. All credit and praise to the organisers for an exceptional event .Without doubt the best half marathon of the year .Thankyou BRISTOL!!!! Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: an excellent run In full: a first class thoroughly enjoyable run. a challenging hilly course that was made bearable by the encouragement received along the way. well marshalled plenty of water stations, and refreshments available at the end. an excellent run that had the adrenaline flowing. Date of review: October 13, 2005