In short: My first race In full: This was my very first race and I enjoyed it very much. The great weather helped and there was plenty of support from the volunteers and crowd. The only downside was that you have to slalom around the slower runners and walkers. But I would definitely do it again. Date of review: March 22, 2006
In short: generally well organised, friendly, good course In full: Organisation was good except for the number of ignorant spectators allowed to wander all over the finishing straight. A nice flat course with definite PB potential. Good facilities at the start/finish area. Date of review: March 22, 2006
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