In short: Weather helped - good race - good spectator support In full: I suffered with Achilles strain after only 3 miles but the scenery, speecator support, friendly other slow joggers like me got me around. Used to live in Fleet so nostalgic race. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Only problem leisure centre 15mins from start In full: Well organised, friendly, good car parking, good sweat shirt & goody bag, spot prizes for the also rans who'll never win a race, hot showers & clean changing. What more could you ask for! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Once again, Eastleigh 10k proves it's a major fixture on the racing calendar In full: I always use Eastleigh as my pb busting race, and this year did not dissapoint. I don't know if it's a psychological thing, or whether it's just the fantastic course with world class field that gets you hyped, but this is always an excellent race, and for the second year running I've taken a chunk out of my pb at this event.
But above all, my lasting impression is "How do they put on such an awsome race for only £6?!!!" There are significant road closures, a high level of policing, marshals at every junction. In this day of the £20-£30 (FLM aside - I can understand that one) the organisers of this race (and the B&Q sponsors) should cause much embarrasment amongst the Bupas and the Asics of the world.... Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: very good course, good atmosphere In full: very good race well organised,weather was a bit cold waiting for start,atmosphere was excelent lots of spectators to keep you going. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Terrific fun, ran with 2 first timers who can't wait to do it again! In full: Definitely not enough loos! Most people had to use the bushes or wait in a mile-long queue. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A really great big race feel without the excessive crowding of an event like the GNR. In full: Every time I do a race it astonishes me on the runners world website how we love to moan, wrong sort of water, wrong size bottles, no bottles at all, start not organised,finish not organised - it goes on and on.
Whilst constructive criticism is alway good we must bear in mind that marshalls and organisers are largely volunteers and really can do without the vitriol - otherwise they won't continue volunteering so we can enjoy their towns and cities.
As a result of the above I always try to look on the positive with a race.
With the Bath Half I don't need to try to look - everything was great, the runners village, the time pens, the course, the marshalls, the reggae band, the support, the finish, everything.
Would I do it again, no, but not not because I didn't enjoy - I feel that these races are something that should only be experienced once (it's a way of seeing the country / world) but it's one I would strongly recommend to anyone who said they wanted to do a half. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: A must do race if your running London in the near future. In full: A fantastic race for me as knocked 8 minutes off my pb running in at 1:42:53! Very cold day and a big blustery wind that stalked you around the course, and suddenly appeared in your face on all the uphill sections?? which made you have to dig in hard. The scenery was very dull and even though the spectators and marshalls did their best it lacked the big race atmosphere you would expect with 5000 plus runners held in a city, Did the goody bags vary as mine had tshirt,medal,water,lucozade drink and recovery bar,and a fruit bar, which i thought was well good, so dissapointed for those who had less in their bags, Overall a well organised race with good facilites and fantastic as a pre-London build up run. Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Excellent Well Organised Race In full: Excellent Well Organised, Plenty Of Water And Lucozade, Great Atmosphere, Fast First Half, But Challenging Hill After About 8 Miles, Ideal Race For A PB, Highly Recommended Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Well organised and great support. A top day out!! In full: My first half and everything I hoped a big event would be. Very well organised with plenty of water stops, and an enthusiastic crowd to keep you going. Nice goody bag at the end and a medal to be proud of!! Date of review: March 20, 2006
In short: Great way to spend Sunday lunchtime! In full: Really enjoyed it today; true there could have been more water stops and also true that the nature trek through the woods to the start, whilst not unpleasant probably wasn't totally necessary. Overall though a nice race, very smooth organisation, above average support (for a town marathon) and some really nice countryside to race in. Didn't get a PB but that's probably more to do with a heavy day at the footie yesterday rather than the course's time potential. Then took advantage of one of Fleet's Asian restaurants for a delicious carbo replenishment session. A great way to spend a Sunday lunchtime, oh and a nice medal too! Date of review: March 20, 2006