In short: Expensive but well organised. Great PB potential course! Though distance came up slightly longer. In full: My Garmin measured 13.39 miles. Another two friends measured 13.3. The wind was very harsh that day & the sun came out just enough without dehydrating you too much. If it wasn't so windy it'd be a PB definite course.
It was a very well organised race! Ques for the loos were a bit too long but there were lots of loos dotted around the place, so wasn't too bad.
Very nice goodie bag! It contained a medal, luzocade, a little jar of honey, 2 Nairns biscuits, a sample pack of Surf washing up liquid(!) and a lovely lovely Mars bar! Wouldn't have minded a t-shirt in place of all that though (apart from the Mars bar).
Bag drop was efficient, start was well organised by predicted finish time and lots of marshalls, first aid & water to go round.
My only gripe would be to "please" remove the little caps from the water bottles first! There were lots on the floor especially on the 2nd lap, which was a nightmare to run through without twisting an ankle! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Nice race, great weather, a few organisational 'issues' In full: Needed (as ever) more toilets. The trip to the start through the woodland path was a joke - many missed the start due to the queues so no chance of starting in the correct time. Other than that great weather, course was a little more undulating than expected. Went off far too fast so paid later - my fault! No goodie bag for the money ;-( Date of review: March 20, 2006
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