In short: Challenging run - villagey atmosphere In full: First 10 miler. No grumbles about mixed measurements (Km) this time. Very challenging course. The first two miles down hill were fast but of course this couldn't last. Fairly small field but obviously a big event for the village. Village ladies making tea and sandwiches and Village hall as HQ. Very cosy. Only problem was distance of parking from registration, stll managed OK.
A nice medal too (much better than another tee shirt). Lovely scenery, friendly and very enjoyable. Is this event every easter or is it every end march?
Many thanks to the organisers. Date of review: March 26, 2005
In short: Good opportunity to get your pre-marathon long run in - but I wouldn't describe it as flat! In full: Apart from the hill at 14/20 miles, the first 9 were quite undulating in places. Also thought for those coming in after 3 hrs it was quite a lonely run if you were alone. Date of review: March 26, 2005
In short: Fantastic, scenic route; well organised; bit heavy handed towards slower runners In full: Splendid course. Well organised (though car access gets very congested). Poor goody bag - nothing more than a Mars Bar and a drink. Well organised and manned water stations. Well signed mile markers. Plenty of volunteers, but alarmingly lots of people out riding the course on bikes - a bit tough on the slower runners at the back of the pack. A really offensive runners handout booklet sent out 4 weeks before the race with BIG WARNINGS IN BLOCK CAPITALS telling novice runners that if they weren't able to RACE the race rather than simply run it under the course time limit, then not to bother turning up. I found this very discouraging and inappropriate. Date of review: March 26, 2005
In short: A lovely rural race. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere with helpful marshals who gave me special camel treatment - "watch the gate & mind the moss". Highly recommend this race. I will be back next year to beat my new PB of 1hr27...www.humphreythecamel.org Date of review: March 25, 2005
In short: Good race in prep for London. In full: For me I was using as training run in prep for London - which was successful with PB.
Park & ride into Bath excellent - would use again.
Toilet facilities for men good with the urinals.
There was quite a bit of congestion getting to start from recreational ground - not sure what could have been done based on the number of runners coming in & out of the ground and the building making up of Bath.
The road at the start was a good width, although the width of chip timing system at the start acted to tighten things up.
The suggested starting points for the runner with time in mins only could have been confusing for novices, these signs were not really clear. More direction could be given, to get people starting in the most appropriate section for their predicted time.
The course is generally flat with a couple of rises. Good that the roads were closed to traffic.
The weather was ideal for running, although it was a bit blustery running back in to Bath.
There was plenty of liquid available, the plastic cups aren't my favourite (the hygiene could be questioned with cups being filled with hands been put in the big buckets) - the sponges were welcome as was the energy drink.
The mileage signage was okay (better than Bristol), although didn't see the 2 mile marker until second lap.
The goodie bag was poor by other race standards based on entry fee, whist appreciating there are the other costs for setting up the event.
The results came out efficently, although still not found what my time was at the 10km mark.
Overall some lessons could be learnt for next year, however I did enjoy the run and I would run definately run Bath again. Date of review: March 25, 2005
In short: PB, Good organisation, great day! In full: Good flat course, excellent for novices. More toilets required. Main parking is a bit of a trek (which didnt help my faithful supportive disabled father one bit). Start was a little congested, BUT - Clear well measured mile markers, good atmosphere, great scenic flat route, a personal best and a camel, all in all a great day. I will be back next year for another PB hopefully! Date of review: March 25, 2005
In short: Suggestions, first aid attendant on the drink stops, and better toilet facilities, but other than that brilliant, and a big thank you to all the officials who were very friendly and encouraging, thanks again In full: Suggestions, first aid attendant on the drink stops, and better toilet facilities, but other than that brilliant, and a big thank you to all the officials who were very friendly and encouraging, thanks again Date of review: March 25, 2005
In short: Reminded me (again) that I run because I love running; not for the organisational skills, scenery or 'goody bags'. If they really want to improve they should get the Bristol half people in to show them how. Date of review: March 25, 2005