In short: awkward start, great atmosphere, great race, good organisation and a brilliant finish. In full: the start was cramed not sure for the reason for timing chip! great atmosphere though, and a very good race. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Excellent Crowd In full: A PB, crowd cheering you on and even a band to keep your spirits up. Plenty of Drink stations and plenty of drinks for everyone. I liked it alot even though i wasn't feeling 100 % in myself on the day. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Great buzz, great time wonderful crowd - I loved it In full: I haven't run a half marathon for quite a few year and so was not sure how I would feel. The start was well organised and I strolled up to the sub 1:30 'pen' this was quite scary as the only people in front of you are the elite athletes :) The corner at the end of the start straight is quite tight and so there is some fun and games :) Then its on to the rest of the course. The change going around Queen square was positive and I personally liked not going around the estate. The crowd were so good and the weather was even good. Slight wind but that's what you get around bath :( I got my PB and so liked it, I am entering Bristol and see how it compares. cheers to all that raced and cheered. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: A well organised, relatively flat city course providing a good start to the season. Standing around getting cold at the car park afterwards was the only criticism. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Not a good first race to enter In full: This was my first race and I did find the long spells in the country side with no supporters quite tough especially when the pack disappeared from view. It was alot hillier then I expected! Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Excellent LFM build up race. In full: I must run hilly routes at home as I thought this was really flat! PB by about 20mins!! Sadly no water or FINISH sign at end but overall very good race. I'll be back! Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Brilliant scenery and good weather made this an excellent start to spring In full: Very picturesque run, particularly with the snow capped hills in the distance. Weather was pretty perfect for running and organisation of the race was just about spot-on. Definitely one to run again. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: For me, a great, well organised event. In full: I'm not the most experienced of runners and have only done a few events of this nature but I had a great time in Bath. Sure, I can accept that the organisers might have made the mile markers more prominent. I had minor problems with pacing but it wasn't really that big a deal. And if it was over 13.1 miles then it's a pity but I'm not particularly upset by that. I don't think that we can complain about stuff like "too many hills" and "not enough support" though. If you want a lovely nice flat and even surface, which is free of all obstructions, then you really should be running on a track not the road. If you want more support why not bring a bus load of friends? As far as I know, vocal locals were not included in the entry fee.
Goody bag was fine. It's a race not the BAFTA's after all. I actually like the idea of paying for a T-shirt only if you want one. I've got more race shirts than I know what to do with and I'm sure most other competitors have too. As for pricing, I can't really comment, I don't know how much these events cost to put on. But it seemed OK to me.
I thought the organisation was superb to be honest. Perhps I was lucky to have a good experience but well done Bath I say. I guess you can please all the people some of the time and some of the people all the, time, etc. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: What a day great first half in a great city with great people First rate see you next year In full: As compleat novices Kath and i had the gitters about making the Bath half are first race. Well after having a good read of the instruction book that arrived with the race numbers all became clear.We arrived two hours early parked with no problems (try the cricket club car park) walked to the Village, used the amply supplied loo's and strolled to the start.The atmosphear was great, after a bit of fun in the warm up it was time to run. We found some of the mile markers missing but that was a minor problem, the water stations and the sport's drinks hand out stations worked well and the loo's made life easy.A fab day with fab people made possable by a great City and a dedicated Team. Thank you Bath and all concerned. See you next year Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: Potentially the Rival of Hastings - But needs a bit more orginisation. In full: Ok ill start with a confession, I arrived late for the race with 1hours sleep and still completely drunk. In fact I arrived after it had started. I was there 13mins after the clock start time so ran the first mile and a half in competition with cars until I got on to the seafront, entirely my fault. It was at that point reality set in with me feeling understandably a bit sick, my head hurting and realizing id have to run past shit loads fatties (enough respect to all of them, hell if I was running over 2.5hours I wouldn’t enter. And after all of that when I finally saw my first distance marker, 4miles I think it was I realized how shit the weather really was, must have been sobering up at that point. Despite this the route was nice and wide and allowed for easy overtaking along the seafront, was tight around the marina, but that’s a short section.
Has to be said though the wind was a big factor, after the marina you turn around and head east back to the pier and past maderna drive, and the wind was zipping in your face with full blown rain. There were water stops, not that you needed them all you had to do was open your mouth on route to get a drink. Despite this the first six miles went fine as a result of the masses of people out in support despite the weather, which says it all. + medical assistance was everywhere with many of my colleagues from Brighton and Sussex medical school and uni of Brighton St Johns ambulance, not to mention regular St Johns ambulance. A big thank you to all of you.
Sadly things went down hill from mile 7 on with the uphill, not to bad on its own but a killer with the gale blowing in your face. This 3-4 mile stint was a solitary affair with nothing except fields on one side and the sea on the other. And then yes the mud. By the time I got there I had moved well up the field and according to the clock time at the end I guess about 800 or so people had gone past it, and it was bad. It can only have gotten worse for the other runners. Admittedly there was a flat part of the path which you could run on, but that resembled more of mud slide than a half marathon route. The result was you ended up running on the verge which people have mentioned put one heck a strain on your ankles and tendons.
After that section things picked up though as you got back on the sea front and the atmosphere was buzzing, just what you need at the end of a race like that. And the finish area was extremely well organized with foil blankets given to all, bananas + water, hot soup and hot chocolate, a free massage physio tent and everything else you might expect.
By the end of the race I had over taken 1600 other runners just going to show how good the route could be without the muddy section. As for the start, I wasn’t there admittedly but surly they could adopt the same system they use in Hastings with runners standing at markers dependant on their predicted times. This seemed to work a treat this year at Hastings half with even more runners than at Brighton.
I just hope the organizers sort out these little issues because apart from those, the event In my opinion has the potential to rival Hastings which is no mean feat.