In short: A solid performer! In full: This race gets so much right.
Parking was easy at the race venue. Collecting the race T-shirt was just like last year, well organised but the sports hall suffers from narrow corridors. The T-shirt is fine, not technical but OK.
The race itself is well organised. Good start position with markers for banding the starters depending upon predicted finish time. Run on good wide roads that are really well marshalled with a strong police presence to keep the car drivers under control. The route is not scenic but to be honest what do you expect around eastleigh town? It is fast with good PB potential and only one little incline to negotiate and as such is excellent for beginers or the less experienced.
All in all this is a great south coast race that deserves its reputation. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: OK, but how can I question a championship race distance? In full: Pleasant race, and I was pleased with my time. BUT, I know the GPS systems are not 100% accurate, but it has never overestimated my race distance before. It measured the race nearly 1/4 mile longer on the way out and the same again on the return. Not only this, I found another GPS user who measured the exact same distance. Could this be genuine? Surely not....but..anyone else have the same experience? Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed today, so don't want to sound as though I am complaining. Too many runners. Very conjested start, no pace pens in evidence, quite dangerous with mingling of runners and traffic. Well organised and scenic though. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Big race feel and sound organisation. In full: Excellent crowd support around the city centre and residential areas - even a few brave souls in the bleaker parts of the course. The drummers were very uplifting. Plenty of drinks from the cadets and other helpers. Good flat course (couple of gentle hills). Nice medal and goody bag (mars bar was much appreciated!). Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised race In full: The organisation of the race was very good, the course was ok, shame its two laps but hey still a good course. The drinks stations could have been both sides of the streets, but atleast there were plenty of them and the people working on them did a splendid job, so well done to them. Great to have supporters along the majority of the route too. Nice medal and goody bag.
Well done to all those involved....and those that took part.... Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: A nice friendly rural race. In full: Well organised for such a small race - almost a big race feel. Nice rural course with a few challenging ups and downs. Good chance for a PB (managed to take of around 6 minutes) as long as you hold some back for the hill at around mile 12. Well done to all involved. Will certainly be back next year. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: First 1/2 marathon, on the whole enjoyable, nice medal. In full: Plenty of water and Lucozade available - thanks to the Scouts and Cadets. Good atmosphere. Good supportive crowd, liked the band at Queens Square and people playing music from their houses. Liked the "runners village". Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: beginning was a mess, very challenging course. In full: The beginning was a total farce. Apart from that a very challenging course, feeling even better as I got a PB Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: Route has been improved, but the A36 is as ugly and boring as ever! In full: OK race. Nothing special. Bath has so much to offer, so why make us run down the hideous A36? New route cut out the tricky, bollard strewn side streets, buts its still 2 laps taking in some of Baths worst parts. Concluding - very pricey, with great scenic potential being ignored in favour of speed. Cant complain too much though as it gave me a PB! Date of review: March 19, 2006