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
In short: For a first time of running this was an excellent race . . obviously staged by runners for runners as everything had been thought of. In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this race around the South Gloucestershire hills. Well done to all concerned. Great idea to stage an alternative to Bath and it deserves to succeed and if today is anything to go by then it can't help but do so.
Liked the goody bag with it's Hogweed Half woolly hat memento . . hope I can still find it come the autumn!!
Prize for 100th runner a nice touch (although I finished 50th so perhaps the organisers could consider broadening this aspect of the prizes on offer).
Only fair to add that I'm an interested party as I'm a Hogweed . . but I live 100-ish miles away and wasn't involved in any aspect of the organisation. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: A great laid back atmosphere though brilliantly organised by really friendly people. In full: coming a week after the big G it was tougher than I needed but what a glorious run on a gloriuos day. Food as well!! Well done Dick Kearne and Compton Harriers. A big undertaking for a small club. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: lacking in most areas In full: very average on most counts. Mile markers were hard to spot, some of the roads were in a state of disrepair(I ran mainly on the left), although not the organisers fault, the good 20 seconds of running through smoke due to someone burning something, was not easy on the lungs. The start was not well organised with many slow runners clogging up the road, proving difficult to pass. Getting the results online quickly great credit, silverstone took a full 24hrs to achieve the same. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Good fast course through the worst part of Bath In full: Great course for a PB if you can get out of the park at the start, a real bottleneck problem. A bit expensive for the poor goody bag and could find no water at the finish!!! Excellent drinks stations and support on course. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Best possible marathon preparation In full: It's certainly a challenging course but not a killer - plenty of undulations in the first 9 miles but fairly flat after that and no really tough hills. Marshalling and signposting were perfect. Drinks stations are plentiful. The relatively small field means the parking, toilets and start are not too chaotic. If you're doing FLM, this race is a must. And even if you're not it's a good race. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: As poorly organised as ever, dodgy start and poor org at the end. Fill your own goody bag if you could find the bananas, chocs, drinks but change from T-sirt to medal was welcome. In full: Its big, popular, always sells out early but does not face the customer/runner. I would say almost arrogant. Closeness to FLM ensures big demand. Course v.tight in places. Welcome the extra energy drinks station but too few water stations and v.badly organised. Overall catering for needs and vfm quite low. Great atmosphere though at start, finish and couple of miles close to town. Such a scenic town, yet you run out of it and round some of the least pleasant and most boring parts of the town/country! Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: First half I've run - and it hasn't put me off! In full: Toilets on route were poor. Water etc stations were good. Baggage area worked fine. Goody bags had run out by the time we'd finished. Scenery was varied over the course but overall worth it. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Great pre marathon training, a bit more hilly than expected but this was early in the race, so ok!!! In full: I had such a brilliant day, i ache now, this was first time i did a 20 miles.. I'm really chuffed with my time 2hrs53min... Superb organisation and brilliant cakes too.. Thanks again Cajsa Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Well organised, well marshalled. A nice run that takes in some town stuff which means good support from the locals and some rural stuff, so good scenary, a good mix. Overall very enjoyable. Date of review: March 20, 2005