In short: Mainly flat, fast, well-organised. In full: I'm biased because it's my home town and so I can walk to and from the start, but this remains one of my favourite races. There are plenty of drinks stations (5), plus two energy stations and two sponge stations, only a couple of inclines and the Clifton Suspension Bridge to eye up. Yes, the traditional problem of runners starting in the wrong zone persists, but it's difficult to know how to cure this one, short of marshalls asking each of the 12,000 runners what he/she is aiming for, and organising everyone appropriately. At the end of the day, we each need to be honest with ourselves... Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Superb race - great course, great organisation, great people, great day In full: This was my third half-marathon and first in Bristol and I had a great race, definitely helped by the brilliant marshalls all the way around the top-notch course. The support at the turn beyond the suspension bridge and in the city centre itself was just fantastic, spurring me on to beat my own PB by two minutes. Great to see Steve Cram competing. Next year I'll definitely be back for more and hoping to beat 1h45. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Nice fast flat course along the seafront In full: A very enjoyable day out in Southend. This is a nice fast 10k course though expect some congestion at the start due to the numbers. Some signposts to the stadium and a bit better parking would have helped. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Ran the GNR last year... This was much much better!! In full: Chip timing and perfect weather made for a good (and not overly rushed/congested) start and the support from the crowd and marshalls created an atmosphere that resulted in a great mornings run...
Plus helping my mom keep going to achieve a new personal best made it a race to remember.
Thanks to all the marshalls and race organisers Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Very busy, but friendly event, well organised In full: My first half - and it could have been easier, but the organisation made it a great day. Big thanks to the marshalls and cadets, they were absolutely superb. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Well done Middlesbrough! In full: Great organisation,great support,great course.What a shame next years race is on the same day as the Great North Run.But if it's to be a half marathon,why not run a 10k alongside it - plenty of halfs do and it works really well. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: A tough but scenic and friendly race. In full: This took me nearly an hour longer than a normal marathon and had some killer hills but it was a fantastic experience. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Great scenic course, pleasantly undulating to keep it interesting. Why would anyone want to do Great XXX Runs when truly great races like this are available In full: Also great kids fun run Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Tremendous In full: Excellent all round - tough course with lots of steady climbs although no really steep stuff. Nice friendly clubs with good facilities and perfect weather. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Superbly fast course In full: Great venue. Easy to park. Well organised for such a large participative event. The course is blindingly fast and if you don't get a 10k PB here, you won't get one at all. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Well organised, great race, but oh those hills! In full: Really enjoyed this race, hard work with all the hills and I'm sure some of them were vertical! Will be back next year Date of review: October 3, 2005