In short: Good race, good weather, I wonder if the race is hitting it's maximum number of entrants. In full: I had a great time,my second at Bath. I was running with a deafblind friend which gave me a very different perspective. I felt that with the much increased number of entrants over previous years that the runners village on the rec became very congested. I might not have thought so had I not been guiding a deafblind guy but worth comment anyway.
I thought the start worked great for us. We did make a concerted effot to get up there early so we were not fighting for our place but I didnt find it as congested as I had feared.
I may just be a boring old git, but I find the aerobics style warm-ups a complete waste of time other than a bit of a laugh. I giess it will settle nerves for first-timers and helps pass a bit of time whilst everyone waits to get going but not convinced of the physical benefit when it finishes 10 minutes before the race gets underway.
There are certainly more drinking stations than my last entry in 2003 which is good even if I didn't use them all. Better to have the option. I can appreciate that some would feel there was a certain amount of wastage but that is a very hard balance for the organisers to find.
There seemed to be more complete road closures too i.e. both lanes instead of only one side. This was great for the most part but I couldn't help thinking how out of proportion it becomes when several thousand of us move over tight into the left side to allow a tiny handful of elite runners through. I've no idea what the answer id for that as they need to get through just like the wheelchairs and ambulances but just means that for 99% of the time only half the road is congested with runners while the other half is completely empty. Any ideas anyone?
Mile markers could definitely benefit from being raised.
At the drink stations is there ever any opportunity to sweep up between laps as they did seem to get very messy and potential trip hazards scatterring the road. This was certainly true for Charlie, my deafblind friend as I had no chance of weaving him a clear path! I guess the wheelchairs would have found this tricky too.
Finally, race director is there any chance you can keep the great downhill section in the first mile as we descend Pulteney Road and then reverse the gradient on the return as plodding up the hill towards the end is horrendous. I'm sure lots of people will disagree with many of my points but everyone would like to see a miracle of engineering for the last half mile!!! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Flawless organisation In full: The London Marathon organisation just gets slicker and slicker... Across the start line in under 10 seconds, and off. Sefton Park is a good venue - be nice if the council resurfaced the roads though - bit pot holey at times.
Nice fast first half - and thanks to the Steel Drum band - didnt see you, but it was a good atmosphere. Hill coming back up was a good test of the legs, and then back into the park, so you knew what to expect.
The cadets looking after the bags were fantastic - bag back in seconds, and they wish you luck at the beginning too. Shuttle buses were good - the council should do a bit more for visitors though - put up some great big signs to the car parks from the major routes into the city perhaps ? And also do something to get the runners into the city - pasta party or summat the night before. Grab them whilst you can. Definitely do it again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A tough race - 20 miles a long way for me. Hills gradual rather than challenging - but they gave the lungs a workout! Really friendly marshalls and fantastic goody bag. Thank you! Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Great race shame about the T shirts In full: Once again my home town has come up trumps. My only gripe is that all the T shirts are extra large. Are all runners oversized Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Brilliant day. Well organised. Great support. In full: My 1st half after a year of doing 10K'S. Really enjoyed it. All very well organised with lots of spectator support - electric atmosphere. Would definitely do it again. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: An excellent event. Well organised. Good field size for the course. Slightly reserved spectators - but hey, it's Bath, they're all worrying about the Stock Market. In full: Had heard bad things about the Bath HM but thought it was excellent. It was on a par with Reading and Swindon for organisation and course but not quite up to Bristol standards for course, atmosphere and general oomph.
Water/energy stops were plentiful. Loads of crappers. Excellent runners' village. I particularly like the seaparation of runners and spectators at the start and finish - is a real pain at some events having spectators knocking about. Love the finish on GPS.
Will be doing this one in stead of Reading in future.
Full respect to the two spectators who gave us 'No Limits' on penny whistle and kazoo. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: excellent organisation FLM team run this like clockwork In full: Traffic free course and great crown support a big plus, challenging hill at 8 miles gets the heart pumping. Plenty of water and Lucozade. I will be back Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A great day out! In full: A great introduction to the distance... and I hardly noticed the hills! It was all very friendly. Thanks also to the organisers for doing a great job. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: ran this a few times now and its always well organised In full: fast half but the last three miles always seem hard to me. nice t-shirt nice medal overall spot on Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Well organised but spectacularly dull In full: I would like to thank the Runner's world pacers - a fantastic resource for a race like this. But you can't get over just how breathtakingly dull a racetrack is to run around. Or how exposed to the wind. I imagine its great if your a petrol head, but not for me. Date of review: March 19, 2006