In short: Very well organised. Friendly and encouraging marshals. Liked all the special touches. In full: When you received the instructions for this race ( great colour map of the course and good local map of parking, start and finish)it appeared that this going to be a supremely well organised event. This turned out to be the case. Top marks to the organisers. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed the race, good support along most of the course. In full: Organisation generally appeared much better than last year apart from at the toilets were poor layout meant there was no real system of queuing. Parking in city was easy to get to and plenty of spaces available. Didn't mind the route - yes it does run partly through a industrial part of the city but equally the parts through the city centre are very nice and the support along the route was excellent. Overall very good, achieved a PB and would do this again. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Scenic, flat 20 miler ideal for London build-up in the North In full: A truly excellent race, with an out-and-back course along a cycle path on both sides of the Lune. The surface was mostly sealed, some gravelled, and a little on packed earth. Almost no road running at all. Drinks stations every 2-3 miles, and well supplied with water for runners front and back of the field. Well marshalled, with lots of good encouragement. Distinctive T-shirt for finishers, and a club house working flat out to produce lunches made to order.
Weather on the day unseasonably warm, but a significant breeze. Still, can't blame the organisers for that!
I cannot recommend this run highly enough. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Nice, low key ,fun event In full: Beginner friendly event, not mny serious club runners around. Main purpose is the charity angle (British Hear Foundation)so can't knock it. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Expensive, but good support In full: An ok race. Flat enough to do a good time. Course runs through almost the ugliest part of Bath. The goody bag seems to get smaller each year as the price seems to creep up. The organisation and event was fine as a whole, but lacked any real atmosphere. Maybe I've run the course too many times in training. As I live in Bath would do again, however would not travel for the event. Prefer the Vic Park races more. Big plus for the crowds willing everyone on, and thankfully event has more water stations than its original two Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Great Marshals & organisation. Nice run along the Thames. In full: Firstly I want to say the marshalls and water station volunteers were the best I've ever had on any race. Really friendly, supportive and helpful. The run by the river was lovely, the rest along fairly busy roads less enjoyable, but all very flat so good for times, and the early start means that the traffic is not too bad until the 2nd lap. There is a strange start system with 4 different start times which does allieviate some congestion with around 3500 runners, but I would have prefered expected time groupings rather than gender, although I know that has it's own problems. Excellent as a pre-London Marathon training run. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Couldnt fault the organisation In full: An enjoyable flat race - v well thought through. Good drink stations and started on time. Maybe a few more loos at the start would have helped but couldnt fault it. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: My first 10K - fantastic time!! In full: I'm delighted to be honest , I completed Fradley 10K (my first 10 K race or any race for that matter for 16 years) and fast too my wife timed me at 52:45 - I wasn't expecting to do less than 60:00 especially as I had a dodgy ankle , twisting it last Saturday. The weather was mild and overcast , with no wind and some mist. A huge turnout with what appeared to me some very serious and purposeful looking runners. Never having run a competition before I was worried on two counts - would I be too far back in the huge pack waiting to start and end up spending 10minutes to get over the start line or would I position myself too far forward and end up running too fast.
Either way it was OK I ran far faster for my first Klm 5:25 and was able to keep a good pace passing people occasionally and feeling much stronger after 5K . I felt all strong and at 8Km rashly decided to speed up, however at 9km I wondered if I had done the right thing - however I made it and managed a sprint finish!!.
In short: An OK race. They only had sports drinks at the 'water' stations - slightly annoying, not really necessary for distance. Also it didn't look as if there would be enough for all the runners. Flat but constant small undulations threw me. Date of review: March 20, 2005
In short: Well organised, Great support , will definitely run again. In full: For my first 10K the support I received was fantastic, a good flat run great PB potential But we need more superheros. Date of review: March 20, 2005