In short: Fast course, good value, but could improve in some areas In full: Directions to the race were scanty but it was easy enough to find off J13 of the M3. Plenty of (free) parking. Missed the 1K sign otherwise well marked, but the finish design needs to be improved - it wasn't entirely evident precisely where the line was till you'd crossed it. A serious racing event, which means us novices got towed along nicely and not held up by teams in gorilla suits jogging 10-abreast - and no serious bottlenecks. I set myself a challenging PB so I'm happy. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A lovely day in the woods! Well worth it-excellent! In full: A beautiful spring morning-sunshine, no cars, great atmosphere. Would recommend this race to anyone. Well done to the organisers-it keeps getting better and better! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well orgainsed and plenty of support In full: This was the second year I have run the Bath Half and will definately be back next year, the organisation was spot on as it was last year. The timing pens worked very well saving on congestion and the runners village offered everything you could need before and after the race. Plenty of drinks stations which was nice - the bottled water worked a lot better than drinking out of cups. The support and atmosphere was excellent again this year. The weather was surprisingly good - a little windy coming back down the lower bristol road but I actually have a little sunburn! You won't run in many better half marathons. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: generally, well organised and great weather In full: Only negative points - getting to start not easy through bottleneck; more water stops needed due to weather on day. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Good race prep if you are doing the London Marathon. Though hilly in the first half, the second half is flat and fast and good opportunity for PB. Well supported in places and good atmosphere. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Pleasant, beginner friendly, bargain of a race, but could do with a little more atmosphere In full: Well organised, bargain-priced race. Could have done with some earlier parking signs, but v easy to access from motorway. Found finish a bit disheartening. I mis-calculated the weather and overheated & struggled a little with the headwind and blazing sunshine (not that I'm complaining about sunshine!). Course seems good for a PB (although not mine), but people would lead you to believe that this is THE place for a PB and I'm not sure I agree. All in all very friendly and would definitely recommend for beginners - like the timings at the start to get you in position. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellenty atmosphere and fast course In full: Only downside was having to stop a few metres from the finish due to the congestion of finishers waiting to have times taken. And that fact that when I passed the water station at 5KM, there were no cups available ! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great baptism of fire for London. In full: First ever race and it was thoroughly enjoyable - made an excellent change to the fumes of London. After months of studiously mapping routes as flat as Holland, the hills did come as a bit of a shock - you think we would remember them from the first lap ! It was very well organised and runners, supporters and organisers were all very supportive and friendly - certainly helped us get round in a very respectable time (for us!) The sentiment of the day did seem to be ….."who on earth is responsible for putting this blooming hill so close to the end !"