In short: "I'll be back", as Arnie would say. Organisation very good, other runners fantastic, nice and flat if you ignore the (slight) incline at about 8.5m. Definite PB potential. In full: Car-parking was very good and the shuttle bus was a big help. Organisation at the start was excellent and thanks to the RW pace makers a good steady pace is a real help. There was planty of support at the start, finish and in the middle but it was missing in the bits where the scenery wasn't so good! The finish was policed well and the Championchips were removed very swiftly. The only complaint is that it took me 25 mins to pick my bag up from the collection area. Goody bag was the best I've seen; best T-shirt, 2 drinks (water and sports) 2 energy bars, leaflets and a good, chunky medal. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great day with plenty of support from the public and other runners In full: This was my second half, and after my first experince decided to start near to the back, (also recommended in the information pack for slower runners). Although the course was quite hilly to start it wasn't long before i started to move my way up the field, chatting with other runners and having a great time. The last 5 miles were the quickest. A huge improvement on my first race spurring me on to try more! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: I would have liked a mini mars and a bottle of water at the end... In full: It was a bit disappointing to be met at the end with a plastic cup of squash, no food and no water to take away with us. However, I did enjoy the runand thought it was well organised (probably one of the best). Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised, friendly and reasonably fast In full: I found no problem with any of the signposting getting to the race (although I am relatively local so may have an advantage), and the km markers were all present and seemed correct - there were also yellow km marks painted on the road. As for a few others, I found it impossible to work out the exact point of the finish, but that's not my excuse for missing a PB by 5 seconds! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Good, fast race ! In full: Really enjoyed this race ! Lovely weather too. Only negative comment to make is I didn't realise I had finished until I heard my name read out, I was still at full pelt ! Clearer 'finish' line would be appreciated ! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Brilliant organisation. Marshalls everywhere! & all roads closed. Somehow they even managed to organise the weather. In full: This was my 3rd Half Marathon (1st at Fleet)and I was amazed that all the roads were closed and there were marshals on just about every side turning. It shows that the whole town is behind this race. I was near the back of the pack and found that the support from fellow runners, the crowds and marshalls was very good. Also I was never running alone which helps to keep you going. The route is fairly flat (although as always there seemed to be more up-slopes than down!) A lot of the route was very senic. The pre race directions could have been a little better - although with 2500 runners is fairly easy to follow the crowds. I think its a hugh plus for having commerative t-shirts to buy. I wish all races did this. It's the first time (in about 25 races) that I have got a t-shirt that fits! (as usually by the time I finish they only have XL left), and it means the race fee isn't increased to cover a t-shirt that many people don't want. Good medal too. As for the loo queues - I think there were enough loos for the number of people running, however the event details encouraged people to be there an hour and a quarter before the start which increases demand from non runners too. Overall even though I hadn't trained anywhere near enough and found the race really hard, I enjoyed it and would recommend Fleet to anyone in the future. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Good weather, enjoyable race, shame about the disorganisation at the end In full: First time I have run Bath and at the price seems a little overpriced. The support was excellent, water stations and loos aplenty. The mile markers could be improved as could signs for parking come into the town for those unfamiliar with Bath. The conjestion for spectators at the end and tring to meet up was horrendous and could be improved. Will still be back next year and will have a better idea where to park stay etc. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Much better than last year In full: This event came in for quite a bit of stick last year and the organisers have taken note and made a few changes. The finish was a lot less chaotic than last year and the minor course changes probably added to it's PB potential, however a stitch at mile 9 put an end to my PB chances.
The crowd seemed a bit more vocal this year which was great, particularly over that couple of miles. All in all a good event with the only downside being the lack of a tee shirt in the goodie bag which considering the fairly steep entry fee would be nice touch. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Even if you don't get a PB its a race worth doing. Organisation was better than last time In full: Even if you don't get a PB its a race worth doing. Organisation was better than last time and its so cheap. People had gripes about the shuttles getting back into town but given that half of it seems to be dug up and the other half closed (for the race) I've got no complaints.
Will be back next year - this time I will get a PB Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Did PB and broke 1:40 barrier at last, right foot no longer works but who cares! In full: Nearly missed start as I thought it was the queue for the loo. Did anyone else lose their time clip? I thought the bindings were c**p. Good natured racers all round especially the lady who I spat Lucazade over! Sorry but it tastes horride. P.S. That was NOT a hill at 8 miles, just a gentle rise. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Expensive, crowded and dull In full: Too many runners = too many rules = nowhere to warm up and no access to where you want to be (before or after) without (literally) going round the houses and/or arguing with the race officials. Poor 'goody' bag containing advertising flyers, a Mars bar and some washing powder (who's idea was that!). I dont think a duller part of the beautiful Georgian city could be found. I wont be spending my money on this one again! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised and friendly atmosphere but mile markers were hard to spot - first one I caught was 5 miles - which was more than a bit frustrating when you were hoping to pace yourself... Date of review: March 20, 2006