In short: Flat, scenic and a finish in the best stadium in the world In full: What an event to have your first half marathon. The scenery was terrific. Through the city centre to the bay, up through the streets (locals cheering you on) to the park. Through the castle grounds into the city centre ending up with a lap of the magnificent Millenium Stadium. Weather perfect. Thanks go to the encouragement of the spectators and the marshalls. Now the negatives; too early start, total shambles at the end no direction and exits blocked. Big crush for goody bags and perhaps the medal could fit more "snugly" in its case. I'm sure the organisers will learn from this and other feedback they have received. All in all the good things outweighed the negatives and I will certainly be back for 2006 Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great to be back at Wilmslow again ! In full: I love this half marathon ! I can't put my finger on exactly why - but it's one of my favourites ! Third time I have run it and I enjoy it more every time. Water bottles would be better than flimsy cups. I can see why organiser makes comments of this being a race rather than a run .... this should not put off first timers though - just those turning up when they have not put any effort in (a few of which I saw walking after the first mile - having started in front of me !!) In fact I think the no-nonsense point of view the organiser uses is commendable - as the event goes like clockwork every year (and for a field of this size that is quite an achievement !) Well done ! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Enjoyable, fast, race In full: This is my local race as I live in Fleet, although first time I've run it and my 4th HM. Very much enjoyed this race. I managed to achieve a PB, despite the wind and unexpected heat, so was pleased. Was nice to relax afterwards in the Prince Arthur with a few pints and attempt to rehydrate (not sure Hoegaarden is the right thing to do that with though!)
Plus points: relatively flat and fast course (although the wind on the day didn't help). Very well marshalled. Good support throughout the run. My wife and friends walked all the way up to where Pale Lane crosses the A323 to cheer me on - made my day!
Some suggestion for improvement - these are just minor niggles... all in all I very happy with the organisation. More toilets at the start please - that queue for the dunny at the start was farcical. Somewhat disappointed that there was no "goody bag" at the end - even a fun size Mars bar would have helped. More prominent mile markers - black text on yellow background, and put them both sides of the road! Will be back next year... Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great atmosphere - shame about the bags 'n' buses! In full: I had a great time - met some great people and ran my PB. Chuffed as a box of frogs really! The race was a good warm-up for London Marathon and it was a friendly line-up with lots of support. Overall, delay for bags was 35 mins and the same again for buses back to the City Centre. Sort this, and it's a good 'un for next year. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Brilliant! In full: The atmosphere setting off from the start was fantastic, especially listening to the F1 theme music - really exciting! First 10 miles felt easy. Middle part, some of the road was a bit stoney and narrow and was worried about tripping. Last few miles were tough as it was windy and uphill. Got chased along by the Cranfield University caterpillar! Would have liked a choice of water or lucozade sport. Took my own music so wasn't bored. Beat my PB by 13 mins so really chuffed! Spectators clapped but they had gloves on! Still on a high a day later! :-) Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: For a first half marathon this was fun if knackering but the support and the millenium stadium finish were fantastic In full: For a first half marathon I had no problems finding my way round. The marshals were encouraging, supporters lifted you, scenary was a nice distraction the castle cobbles were a killer on the feet but the stadium finish was electric, felt like a superstar - not that my time reflects that ! Flat wide course route meant no bumping or heel clips. Good medal - kept it on for a week ! Was beginer friendly in terms of flat course and good signage & support. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Loved the race In full: This was only my second half mara and I really enjoyed it, in fact I enjoyed it more than the great north run. I was one of the peeps at the back but it never felt like that, the crowds were still out and there was plenty of support en-route. Very well organised and excellent value for money. Parliment hill was a killer though but wouldnt put me off doing the event again! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Really enjoyed it - good support - OK organisation and a personal PB In full: I did this last year and wasn't as impressed, I htink they have tweaked with the route a bit, but not sure. Nice that a good percentage is in the park. Good organisation considering numbers but confusion/queues over bag collection and had to wait a while for the bus. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Very well organised marathon. Marshalls were friendly and water stations had sweets and biscuits. Weather was near perfect. Amazed the police stopped the traffic on major roundabout until every runner was through. Will be back. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A pleasantly different experience from previous years! In full: New course so much nicer on the eye! Organisation improved dramatically even with the increased numbers. Bit expensive but then everything in Bath is! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: 1st half Marathon, loved the experience In full: This was my first half marathon and I thought it was organised excellently. We arrived before the traffic queues so had no problems. Middle section around 6-7 miles was a bit bleak and barren, being near the back I half expected to see tumble weed blowing across the track.
It was a good experience, I would like to do it again, I certainly managed a faster time than I expected 2:53:48 Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: First Half Marathon and am glad it was this one I picked as the first. In full: Enjoyed the whole experience and thought the organisation was superb. Thank you to all the crowds around the route you made for a great atmosphere. The band in the square gave a carnival feel and my wife who was watching from there said all the runners ended up running to the beat as they went past. Also would like to thank the marshall in the first van for the elite runners who was getting us to move over for them. She really softened the feeling of being overtaken and gave great encouragement for us not so elite participants. Thanks and well done. Saw all the mile markers but did have to really look hard for some of them. Could do with being higher by about 3 feet. Not a complaint just would make it helpful. Well done Bath! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Fantastic. Well Marshalled and a great supporting crowd all around the course. In full: Great race, well organised. Baggage storage area very safe. Well impressed. I'll be back next year definitely Date of review: March 20, 2006