In short: Getting worse! In full: This is the fourth time I've run the Bath half and it will be my last. The organisation at the start has improved slightly, but who thought it was a good idea to put the toilets near the rec exit? Also, it can't be that difficult to fill the goodie bags before the finishers arrive. £25 is steep enough, but when you don't even get your Aero....
This was a welcome challenge when I started running four years ago and the atmosphere has always been great. Having 'found my feet' though, there are just too many other races out there that are better value for money, provide better scenery and have just as good a camaraderie amongst the runners.
Being pessimistic, I don't see things changing for the better. This is a good run for first-timers and a chance to raise some real money for charity. While places are still selling out in a few days, I can't see Bath/Helphire having any real desire or need to improve things. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Great to run through the heart of the city! In full: So much fun! Cheerleaders, street musicians serenading you, people cheering all the way, camera crews, brilliant! Will definately be there next time! Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: A fine race well organised. In full: This is a great race very scenic and quick. This was the second time I have run this race and it was much more pleasant without the hail this year. Please don't let this race get any bigger the traffic is now terrible. I would recommend this race to any runner. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: A good carnival event with brilliant crowd support - much more than previous years. A pint of Bath Ales in a beer tent at the end would have made it perfect though! Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Bath gets it right at last In full: Having suffered from technicla hitches in 2003 overtimings, which they dealt with by introducing chip timing in 2004. Which then didn't arrive from France in time, which lead to a late start in pouring rain. Bath seems to have got it almost right in 2005. A great day, well marshalled. Pretty quick course 62 mins for first home, good support around most of the course. It was at last a pleasure to Run Bath Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Good friendly race In full: Had the same feeling about the last kilometre being a bit longer, but overall nice, reasonably flat course with plenty of car parking (a bug-bear for me). Will do it again next year. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: A chance for Milton Keynes to dispel some myths ... In full: Remember to start your watch as you set off in case there isn't a clock next year either. If the organisers get the basics right in terms of WATER and timing, then this will be a perfect race. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: First 21 miler In full: As a prep for London this race is a must - The drinks stations were very friendly and the stewards offered plenty of support . The Hill at 20 miles made it interesting . I learnt a lot from this race and will be better prepared for London 05 . Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Scenery aside, if you are looking for a PB this is the perfect race for it In full: I've run this race four times now and set a new PB each time. First time runners should be made more aware that it can and does get very busy, but turn up in good time, get in the right place and there are few problems. I agree with an earlier comment that the first time band beyond elite runners should have been faster than 100 minutes. It is a fast course with good support and an excellent pre-London race. One other small gripe, the Lucozade they were giving out could have done with the caps being removed beforehand. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Flat and fast, and good to start early In full: This was my 4th Breakfast Run and follows the same route as the Running Festival in October. Obviously I like it as I keep coming back! It serves as a good benchmark of my progress. The atmosphere is great - especially coming into the finish! And I now have a large collection of mugs... Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: Despite some niggles,still a good race. In full: I agree with the comment about the confusion and poor segregation of predicted finishing times.Yet again the start of another class race was spoiled by some cretins who have no idea about where they should be starting and having to barge past some who were clearly only there for a walk is becoming a real pain.Perhaps for next year preferential places should be offered to sub 2 hour finishers from this year ?.I don't think that is an unreasonable request. The support was terrifc this year and a big thank you should go to all the marshalls and those involved at the drinks stations.Well done !!. Not sure about the pasta after the race,I still think Saturday evening is better. The runners village was a good idea and the abundance of toilets was equal to the Great North Run. Bath has a special place in my heart and I've only missed it twice in 14 years,once through illness and last year when my entry didn't get accepted. I do think this is now one of my all time favourites,easily comparing with the Glasgow Half for atmosphere and organisation.Not quite Great North Run or London,but getting there. Date of review: March 21, 2005