In short: A brilliant race, organisation second to none /would"nt miss it In full: 2005 was my 4th Bristol half marathon and it keeps getting better !!. All credit and praise to the organisers for an exceptional event .Without doubt the best half marathon of the year .Thankyou BRISTOL!!!! Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: an excellent run In full: a first class thoroughly enjoyable run. a challenging hilly course that was made bearable by the encouragement received along the way. well marshalled plenty of water stations, and refreshments available at the end. an excellent run that had the adrenaline flowing. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: This was my third time and managed a PB improving on my time from last year by 10 minutes and 17 seconds - well chuffed! In full: Organisation was so much better regards parking and exiting. Congrats to the organisers for sorting that out. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Fantastic experience, my first 10 mile run ever! In full: I enjoyed the whole experience in spite of being very nervous; I had trained but 5 miles had been my previous longest distance. I thought that the organisation of the event was superb. My only comment would be that there weren't enough mile markers! Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: A well organised and friendly race with a good atmosphere! In full: This was the first time I have done my local race and I will definitely be back next year. My legs were like lead at the end but all in all what a wonderful race. Well organised and very friendly. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: big crowds,big support and more hills than i was told about !! ..great crack.. In full: i travelled alone but made many friends,start line was amazing,all those people,13.2 miles ahead to go and everyone was smiling !! you wont get a p.b. here though,not at my pace anyway !! Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Challenging course, good support. Too many (slow) people, bad start organisation In full: A lot of my points have been said better by other people, so I'll keep this brief.
Wave starting is a must, just to break people up. They completely failed to do this. They should set waves based upon peoples' estimated completion times. So many selfish people disregarded the finish time markers that I was constantly going around people who probably haven't run in their lives. And we started at the 2 hour marker.
I would recommend carrying your own drink on this race. If you missed the first drink station, you could have run half-way before getting one, I think. I had a reservoir backpack on with 2 litres of isotonic drink. I used a litre, and was very comfy all the way round. Better drinking that than just water. Nothing in your hands, and take the quickest route (middle) through the water stations.
The course has a lot of long inclines, but I was so stoked I didn't really feel that there were any really nasty inclines. Overtaking people distracted me a lot from thinking too hard.
The crowds were great, loads of support all the way through, and people offering munchies and all sorts. Great.
Felt very special with the Red Arrows and Red Falcons, and the TV coverage. Felt good to be part of something so big, but don't come here expecting to get a really fast time unless you get up close to the front of the pack. Everywhere else you'll be struggling for space. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Fast, flat, few walkers. Roomy field. In full: Had the sense to set people off in waves, but seemingly random wave allocation. Bad if you wanna run alongside friends, although people can drop back in the waves but not move forward.
16,000 entrants made for a much roomier field than the Great North Run, and the majority of people looked like they'd run a few miles instead of the random people in the GNR. This meant that the field kept moving and there were less slow movers in your way.
Portsmouth struck me as a pretty unremarkable town, but the seafront was ok, and the ships were of interest.
Good race for pushing your pace as it's flat and open. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Orienteering style run - great fun In full: You are provided with points on a map you must pass, but no pre-set route - that's for your to work out along the way. I found I ran a good time, despite some wrong turns, because the route finding made the run more interesting and took my mind away from the pain. I would definitely do another race of this type. Very friendly and accommodating organisers. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: A really good day - great for getting a good time In full: Lack of supporters during miles 7-9 and around the dockyard was disappointing (especially when compared to the Great North Run crowds) but overall a well organised, flat, not-too-crowded (although enough people to be anonymous) race. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great scenery, perfect marshalling, nice overall experience In full: I was a bit apprehensive about this race, as people had warned me about the hills towards the end. But I didn't find it too difficult and suprised myself by taking 5 minutes off my previous pb. The only thing that worried me a bit was the fact that there were so many club runners, so although I think I ran at a respectable pace, I found myself well down the field! Date of review: October 12, 2005