In short: A chance for Milton Keynes to dispel some myths ... In full: Remember to start your watch as you set off in case there isn't a clock next year either. If the organisers get the basics right in terms of WATER and timing, then this will be a perfect race. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: First 21 miler In full: As a prep for London this race is a must - The drinks stations were very friendly and the stewards offered plenty of support . The Hill at 20 miles made it interesting . I learnt a lot from this race and will be better prepared for London 05 . Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Scenery aside, if you are looking for a PB this is the perfect race for it In full: I've run this race four times now and set a new PB each time. First time runners should be made more aware that it can and does get very busy, but turn up in good time, get in the right place and there are few problems. I agree with an earlier comment that the first time band beyond elite runners should have been faster than 100 minutes. It is a fast course with good support and an excellent pre-London race. One other small gripe, the Lucozade they were giving out could have done with the caps being removed beforehand. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Flat and fast, and good to start early In full: This was my 4th Breakfast Run and follows the same route as the Running Festival in October. Obviously I like it as I keep coming back! It serves as a good benchmark of my progress. The atmosphere is great - especially coming into the finish! And I now have a large collection of mugs... Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Despite some niggles,still a good race. In full: I agree with the comment about the confusion and poor segregation of predicted finishing times.Yet again the start of another class race was spoiled by some cretins who have no idea about where they should be starting and having to barge past some who were clearly only there for a walk is becoming a real pain.Perhaps for next year preferential places should be offered to sub 2 hour finishers from this year ?.I don't think that is an unreasonable request. The support was terrifc this year and a big thank you should go to all the marshalls and those involved at the drinks stations.Well done !!. Not sure about the pasta after the race,I still think Saturday evening is better. The runners village was a good idea and the abundance of toilets was equal to the Great North Run. Bath has a special place in my heart and I've only missed it twice in 14 years,once through illness and last year when my entry didn't get accepted. I do think this is now one of my all time favourites,easily comparing with the Glasgow Half for atmosphere and organisation.Not quite Great North Run or London,but getting there. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Expensive, some quiet points with little support and ugly scenary but strangely addictive. I will be back! In full: Back for the at least the fourth time. Not sure why but it is fairly local for me and there is a potential for a pb (55seconds off mine! 1:15:24) although you do have to work up a couple of hills.
As others have said, the organisation isn't as good as other races (Bristol Half) but things are getting better. Main points for me.
1)Always a difficult and cramped path upto the start and only small gaps into the start pen. 2)No water at the finish. There is only so much sugary drinks you can consume. 3)Fill the goody bags before hand. In a bit of a daze I took two medals. Did anyone not get one? 4)Much better for closing the roads off completely to traffic - well done! 5) Need much bigger mile signs - missed three. 6) Best bit is exploring Bath afterwards, finding a great restaurant supporting runners with a meal and drink deal for a fiver, and drinking a beer in the sun!
I will be back next year with a faster time in mind. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: a very tough race in a wonderful setting In full: Absolutely brutal, especially in the blazing sunshine. Around 270m of ascent between miles 4-6 followed by 14 undulating miles, with some evil little hills towards the end. Highly recommended, but a very serious proposition indeed. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Enjoyable, good atmosphere and got a PB In full: After reading alot of other reviews not very positive however, I got to the start on time, got in the correct time band and managed to start alright no problems. There were plenty of water stations and plenty to go round. Scenery was a bit dull in places but the crowd made up for it. Due to the amount of people running I thought the whole thing was pretty well organised and I would do it again although the finish was a bit hectic and was difficult trying to meet up with supporters after, it was not a major problem. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Would do it again but have serious worries about the organisers' ability to handle large field. In full: I enjoyed this race but I think the potential for disaster is significant if the organisers hope to double the participants next year.
1. Filtering runners onto the starting position from the Rec Ground would be very unsafe. Allowing visitors/spectators entry or the ability to congregate around the Rec doubly so.
2. Allow greater spacing and clearer labelling for the predicted start times. The amount of available space for sub 120 minutes was tiny given the volume realistically exepecting to finish in that time. There was a lot of jostling 5 minutes ahead of the start.
3. Capturing accurate chip times at start and finish (as opposed to gun to chip) would be more satisfying for particpants.
4. Having a clear exit into the runners village at the finish is important and pre filled goodie bags with drink and solids should be given on entry to the village rather than clogging up the finish line with a scramble for individual items.
5. Consider water in bottles not cups. After the first cup I didn't take any more. I held onto the Lucozade for a lap and then collected another second time around. A small number of lucozades were given out at the finishing line but you had to spot them.
6. Having the road out of Bath towards the lower Bristol Rd open to traffic wasn't very pleasant having to inhale car fumes on the final couple of miles.
In short: My beef - ruddy COLD showers! In full: Nice race - it would have been good to know before hand of the complexities of the last quarter mile trhough the houses. I wasn't ready for that lap on grass! Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: really enjoyable ,well supported and well marshalled In full: Plastic cups hard to drink out of. Take a tip from Liverpool last week and give energy drinks as well as water Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: WORK ON THE ORGANISATION In full: Course is fine, inspiring site in the fist 800m to see a road swarming with runners. Biggest problem I found is the organistion at the start & finish, mors signs required and it would be better if times were on both sides of the railings, and tkake control of people coming from the rec to the start, push chairs and runners in the same area is not fair on anyone. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Could be so much better! In full: First ever Half and was pleased with my time (1:25:03) so in that respect it was a worthwhile race. I managed to get a good position at the start so I didn't encounter some of the problems other runners seemed to have. Main gripes are the poor value for money in terms of the 'goody bag' and the incredibly tedious and boring route. What a drag the inward section of the first and second laps are(the Lower Bristol Road). If I do it next year I'll bring along some music to keep me entertained whilst running along the Lower Bristol Road. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Well organised, pre-London pace race. In full: This was my first 20 mile race and what a good start. It was well organised from the arrival to the start of the race. The marshals were excellent, all the way round they were supporting the runners and keeping us in check. The route was quite hilly but enjoyable with good mile markers, except for the last which was a killer, to see so close to the school. All in all a very enjoyable race which can only be a credit to the club. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: good off road conditions a bit muddy in patches but well worth the trip out In full: My first Ironbridge run, i found the course very good not as many hill as I thought, lots of fun. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Very well organised. Felt like it should be quick (even if I wasn't as quick as I'd like). Good support In full: No problems whatsoever with the organising, only minor point is a countdown to the start would be nice. It kind of caught me off guard. Nice route, start and initial town sections had good crowd support then out into some nice countryside. Route very well signed and marshalled. Water stations spaced well and signed in advance. Although some roads were half open we always had a lane to ourselves and trafic was not a problem. Date of review: March 21, 2005