In short: A great improvement on last year - on course for great things.. In full: Somewhat biased in my opinions, having previously been associated with the race organisation, so just want to make one point
STOP WHINGING ABOUT THE SCENERY!!
If you want to come to Bath to see the sights, then do so.
If you want to come to Bath to run one of the premier Half Marathons, then do so.
In short: Excellent London pre-London race. Great marshalls and friendly participants In full: So many words of encouragement from other runners as they lapped me really helped - yes it really did! I was there to do the full 20 at 12 minute miling pace and finished in 4 hrs 7 mins - which was 10 mins quicker than last year - can't wait till next year - hope the person who was taken away in the ambulance just before 5 miles is OK Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: What a race In full: Absolutely brilliant course apart from the hills, extremely challenging. If I had been feeling 100% at the start I would have loved it, but as it was, struggled to get under three hours. Good preparation for London. Scenery unbeatable and conditions excellent unless you have hair. Atmosphere was very good and race well organised. Will definately be running next year and hopoefully do it justice. Wicked all round Date of review: March 21, 2005
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