In short: Excellent! In full: Slightly hillier than expected but fantastic scenery made up for it! Everything was so well organised, there where plenty of water stations and even snacks on-route! Very friendly, even for those who finished over 5:30. Would definatly do it again. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Best Half in the UK Surely!!! In full: As ever brillant half. Bath take note your half is not a patch on Bristol. Why? Thanks organisers, marshalls & cadets!! See ya next year for another PB Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation. Challenging and very enjoyable course. In full: This was a superbly run event, the marshalls were abundant and cheerful, regular drinks stations and energy gel available when needed most. Generous goody bag. None of the hills are real killers but the constant up and down takes its toll on the legs enough to make this a challenging course. Overall this was an excellent event which deserves to be much better supported, lets hope the organisers efforts are rewarded with sponsorship and a bigger turn out next year. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Well organised and a pleasure to run In full: Well done Bristol for organising a very enjoyable half marathon. Thrown a little by the twisting of the course at the start and finish, but overall a fast, flat potential pb course. It was well organised with the majority of walkers in the right spot (GNR please take note), a clear count down to the start and a good runners village. The highlight had to be the gents urinals - kept the queues for the toilets to a reasonable length. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: My first hill race. Hard work, but very rewarding. In full: Between 1 and 3 miles I really wondered what I was doing in this race. I had underestimated the intensity of the first climb. However, the sun was shining and I looked up for a few moments to take in an amazing view across Aberdeenshire. If only I could take the time to stop and look around. No such luck - there was two more peaks and another 4 miles home!
Organisation was great. Well done to all involved at Garioch Road Runners. I particularly enjoyed the home bakes and a cup of tea at the finish.
Off to Hellrunner in a couple of weeks, but it has a lot to live up to better Bennachie. Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Stunning In full: Marvelous, couldn't fault it in any meaningful way. One suggestion now its chip timed - put timer mats at the start and finish of the steep hill at the start and the mile 17, 18, 19 and 20(!) hill and give a "king of the mountains" jersey/prize to the fastest over them. Loved it, will recommend it. A perfect antidote to fighting through the crowds in London, New York, Paris, Newcastle...... Cheers to the Ozzie guy who went from his final training run in 28deg in Brisbane to this and ran with me for about 10 miles at 8 min pace (I was the one in the red t-shirt). Huge respect to the guy running breathing through a stoma (fast bu**er as you were). Date of review: October 4, 2005
In short: Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful In full: My first marathon. Loved it from start to finish what with the organisation, the scenery and the fantastic support from the crowds. The afterglow from this one will sustain me for quite some time. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: This race is brilliant! In full: Beautiful scenery, great organisation, course is hard work but really satisfying. Can't fault the whole weekend, absolutely fantastic (big PB helps)-accommodation booked for next year already. Big thanks to the organisers! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Half Marathon is still fast and flat despite the new course - PB every year so far! In full: Good race and well organised although new route means the leaders in the 1/2 have to come back through the tailenders at about the 7 mile marker and therefore everyone is going for the same drink station but from opposite directions - could be a few collisions!!! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Wonderful course & very well organised. Goody bag terrific and wonderful touch to fininsh on track in stadium. Only downside was 1st 2K bottleneck in narrow lanes. Might have helped having anticipated time posts at start again. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Good run with friendly bunch of people In full: Excellent organisation and course was a surprise along cycle tracks often through wooded areas. If you haven't done this 10K give it a go. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenery, easy course and really friendly In full: Agree with the bottleneck in the first 2K - missed the time graded start from last year. Bring back the sticky tape for the Champion chips, really slowed everything down at the finish having to undo shoes laces to get them off. Weather was excellent and everyone very helpful. Nice T-shirt and goody bag. Definately run it next year Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Hard In full: As a middle of the pack runner who has done many half marathons and 10k’s I decided to run the A race with a number of my friends. The scenery, marshalling and organisation was excellent and it certainly offers a great challenge. There was a number of water stations and at one point a marshal was even giving out jelly babies! For me there was only one down side in that I usually enter big events with lots of atmosphere and as such found running with so few other runners hard at times.
If you want a different challenge I recommend this to you!
In short: good family atmosphere with 10, 6 & 3 together. In full: Excellent goodie bag...could have done without the banal commentary...nice marshalls especially the guy with the stick! Lack of toilets. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Where was the chocolate? In full: Okay, so I live in Bristol and could feasibly have dashed home for my chocolate fix but the goody bag was obviously having a lean year! I must be getting blase when I don't notice the weather, cobbles (harsh Bristol city council, most harsh!) or cracking organisation. I did however notice the medal - what a corker! This was my fourth Bristol and the medals are getting bigger each year, it's only a matter of time before we all receive souvenir painted manhole covers! It was a good Sunday trot out with plenty of company and refreshment but Bristol want to take a tip from Bath and have a big stack of mint Aeros just the other side of the finish line then course records would be broken! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Two years of running - my seventh half marathon race, and first entry in such a large event with 12,000 starters. Really enjoyed the whole experience, and beat my previous PB by over 8mins - chuffed to bits!! Will definitely enter next year's race. Date of review: October 3, 2005