In short: Hot, mismanaged, depressing In full: The hotest June for a fair few years, but the organisers were not prepared even though the weather forcasters had promised a hot day. Lack of drinks along the route (more stations were needed considering the weather) and a late start left runners standing around at the start in anticipation of running but instead waiting for 43 mins in the heat. Toilet facilities at the beginning were adequate but along the route were badly signposted. This could have been a good run however I was very disappointed. Date of review: June 24, 2005
In short: Major problems this year but lessons learnt hopefully In full: 43 mins late starting, insufficient drinks. Marshalling very poor. Not enough toilets at start and on the route. Pasta party good, plenty to eat. Organisers very helpful. Date of review: June 24, 2005
In short: This event is getting beyond a joke. Bristol sees it off for value for money. This was definately my last year. In full: I've done Bath every year since I took up running in 1997. Then it was small,local, value for money and good fun. It's now become far too big for the course, badly organised and pricey. Last year the race was delayed and we stood in pouring rain for 15 minutes. This year the numbers were increased and I spent the entire race trying to avoid bumping into people. And the chips don't work properly! And the goody bag is rubbish! I think the organisers just don't care anymore. A lot of local runners feel the same way as I do. 2005 was my last one. The organisers should go to Bristol to see how a half marathon should be run. Date of review: June 24, 2005
In short: Helped by lovely weather - the run along beach promenade is great! In full: Pretty flat course, excellent marshalls and support, no problems with traffic, even got some water given to me at one point. Good for beginners and fast times. Very enjoyable. Date of review: June 24, 2005
In short: Disappointment In full: Awful slow start and felt misled with police having to deal with an "incident" which turned out to be marshals not being in place. Dreadful lack of water on one of the hottest days. Very grateful to the public for trying to supply water. Date of review: June 24, 2005
In short: Well organised, nice run, but where had all the toilets gone? In full: First full marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed the event.Pre-race organisation and the race itself was very good. My only criticism concerned the lack of toilets for runners and also the log-jam at the finish line as everyone tried to get their bags. There was just nowhere to properly warm down and compose yourself before collecting your kit. Date of review: June 24, 2005
In short: Won't be back for this one, a late start and running out of water was just criminal, I was really dehydrated like many other runners, it was a good job some of the locals were there to give me some water and cheer me on to keep me going. Date of review: June 23, 2005
In short: A very fast course, on the right day this is a definite p.b. run. In full: This was my first marathon, and despite having never run over 15 miles before i broke 3h 40min. My point being that this is one fast course and if next year's weather is better then it will definitely be one to do. The scenery was generally o.k. with the exeption of the soul destroying eternity of the last six miles, running on concrete away from the finish to come back nearly broke my spirit. On saying that the support there was great, and to be honest i think that the support was generally good throughout. I think i was one of the lucky ones here, found water at every stop, and even got some Jelly babies (bonza!). Could have done getting hold of some isotonics, though. The delayed start was pure suffering - due to the heat, but that's life, and these things happen. Hopefully there's gonna be a lot of fast times next year, see you there.
In short: I did not get what I paid for, a horrific lack of duty of care and inaccurate information In full: Web site and postal information inaccurate and conflicting, were the tiolets 20p or 10p? were the ones on the map open? no. No course profile or exact positioning of first aid, water, and isotonic drinks. I had no proper waterstation between 7 and 25 miles all the rest seemed ad hoc, thanks to those who provided them. too many public on the course, and it seems from what I have read a lot of excuses from the organisers. If bottled water had been stolen there is still stuff in the tap and dust bins. A couple who had finished before me had managed to return back up the golden mile, bought a paddling pool yes you have read this right, bought a kids paddling pool managed to fill it with water and beg borrow or steal cups and were giving it out. If they can run 13/26 miles walk back 3 and still do this why could the organisers not? unless this was they? I feel like asking for some of my money back. It's like if I went to the theatre and they said sorry guys the play is on but we have not got no lighting. I scrounged water off the floor peed where I could discretely and had support from my husband - when I got home (7 hours later) I had still lost 7lb in weight and was ill for 2 days afterwards. I did not get what I paid for and had my life endangered by non-delivery of what was promised. Date of review: June 23, 2005
In short: This year (2004) was the first time it was held, and the nearest thing to a large scale running event in Dundee for years. So it was inevitable there was going to be problems the 1st it was held. for a start no finishing time!, no mile markers, In full: a sneaky dog leg in the course, the end was 3miles away from the start and no buses back into the city! Plus the medal was "pure dingy" (as thet say in Dundee)
These problems are all suppose to rectified for next year.
Plus, Dundee is friendly with great pubs and architecture, and is always worth a visit.