In short: Very well organised race. In full: My second half marathon and definately has PB potential. Very well organised, plenty of marshalls and police. The right amount of water stations, the only gripe i have is the 750ml Vittel flavoured water - too big bottles, a real waste of plastic since only wanted a couple of gulps and made me feel sick, all i wanted was fresh, cold water, already had my own lucozade for emergencies. But overall, highly recommended, would probably do it again considering its proximity to London. My favourite race so far. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Well supported - well organized - Poor value goody bag and no t-shirt In full: Shame not to make more use of the Georgian architecture instead of bland traffic routes. Entry fee should include t-shirt. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Not that many runners, but plenty of nice touches. In full: The worst part of the course was the uneven farm track at 11-13 miles - not ideal for prep for TLM. Well done to the marshalls and the catering people - lovely bacon sandwich! Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: My 1st Half Marathon. What I found most helpful was the pace runner that not only kept me going but gave valuable advice along the way. The scenery was great was great as was the organisation of the whole event. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Enjoyable and PB despite undulations In full: Certainly undulating, but it was nice that the downhills seemed faster then the uphills were intimidating, which makes a nice change.
Not the fastest of courses (although did a PB as there aren't many 20s about and they are all 'undulating'!), but inspiring knowing that it was around the village that Paula grew up........ Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: The best race I have been to this year. In full: Well organised and marshalled race,did a pb on the very flat track.Best part was the free bacon buttie and tea after the race.Well done to the organisers. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Far to many runners and mayhem at the start In full: I did this race because I live nearby. And I new that the scenery was not that impressive beforehand. At the start there were far to many people and it was a nightmare to get to the toilet. There was good support from the crowds which is always a bonus. It took me over 3 minutes to get past the start line and then I spent most of the race dodging slower runners who slowed down the pack. Great crowd support which is always a bonus. And lots of drinks stations which were well organised. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: The worst one yet, even after last year's late start fiasco. Very poor value for money. In full: Considering this race holds a very special place in my heart (I met my husband the weekend of the race in 2001 and have run it with him every year since, this year the first as husband and wife) and so I look forward to it and can over look some of the problems because I love Bath, I have to say I was disappointed and not because I didn't get the longed-fro PB (have been ill recently and so final stages of training suffered badly). The organisers seemed so keen to help people forget about the awful start last time they started two minutes early but hten forgot to do anything about all the other issues. It was great to have both carriage ways closed but the drinks stations were such a scramble. Either side of the road next year? There were simply too many people, you were hemmed in at all times, even when I found a bit of pace in the last mile there was nowhere to use it becuase there were so many people. I fear the organisers have got a little too greedy - £21 to enter.. no T-shirt (which I much prefer - you can show-off down the gym on the Monday, rather than a medal) and a DIY 'goody' bag.. no water???? and a huge bottle neck to even get the bag only to be told by the lab handing out bananas that he wasn't allowed to hand out the chocolate. My husband finishing 15 minutes after me got only his medal.
Not sure about next year.. I'd like to but I fear it's turning into too much of a real 'fun run' for htose of us that aren't elite but do train regularly and wnat to improve our times and 'race'. It was an all time favourite of mine.. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Good Crowd In full: Writing this after a knackering but rewarding 21 miles. Very well organised with a good crowd, good marshals, well placed water stops. It would have been more convenient if they had a place you could put your bags safely.
In short: Too many basic things done very badly In full: I have run this event several times before. Never again.
I heard no announcements or encouragement for runners to get into the start area well in time. No announcements stressing how important it is to get into the right place for your speed. This has to be constant at a big event to make it work.
The result was that close to 500 runners were stuck in the bottleneck from the rec up to the start area when the race started - despite the fact that hey had started the 200 yard walk up 10 mins before the start.
The result? Quick runners in the mix crossing the line 4 mins after the gun and spending 3 crowded miles trying to get going.
If you want 6,500 runners get organised properly - particularly communication on the day. Otherwise don't be so bloody greedy.
Runners are people, not cattle. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: The best race I have been to so far! In full: This is a special race. Ok the scenary is not great, which is a bit disapointing for a city like Bath. The start and finnish is fantastic though. The organistion I felt was excellent. I have never seen so many water stations and the Lucazade was free and flowing! The only quibble was the lack of goody bags at the end and the lack of a warm up at the beginning. However I still rate this the best race I have done so far! Excellent. And I got a PB! Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere, poor value. In full: Good flat course but not much elbow room. Was expecting more than an aero in my goody bag, and some water at the finish would have been welcome. Enthusiastic crowd, good day overall. Date of review: March 20, 2005