In short: 2 wave start is a very good idea In full: Good to feel that problems from previous years have been addressed. That was the best start to the Bristol race I've experienced. Allowing faster runners to set off half an hour before the slower runners let everyone get on an enjoy their day. Chocolate bar in bag was much easier to open than last years tin of soup. No PB for me today - think I got caught out a bit by the heat and struggled over the cobbles, twists and slopes near the end. Maybe next year... Date of review: September 14, 2008
In short: PB so no complaints from me! In full: Nice 2 wave start, although still felt 'penned' in, in my start group, which meant overtaking alot of people in the first few miles. good atmosphere and good course - challenging with hills and cobbles after 10miles! Date of review: September 14, 2008
In short: Very much improved organisation and the two wave start seemed to work well In full: More crowd support this year virtually the whole route was covered. Marshalls were great very vocal with their encouragement.The runners village had a good atmosphere with lots going - on liked the warm-up at the radio station tent. Date of review: September 14, 2008
In short: The Organisation was much improved on the previous 2 years. In full: I'd decided that if the organisation hadn't dramatically improved, this would be my last Bristol half. I'm glad to say that I will be back next year. Allocation of numbers and the staggered start sorted out the major difficulties from last year. Water stations and marshallng were efficient. Last mile along the cobbles of Welsh Back wastough though. Ironically, after a whole summer of appalling weather, I have to moan about a bit of sunnshine this morning. One gripe was the lateness of sending out race packs. I received mine on Friday after numerous phone calls. I did note that packs were being distributed at Millenium Square on Saturday which would have been fine. Given the size of the race, it might be time to consider distribution of packs via an Expo in line with other major events. I needn't hve bothered bringing my gas stove and can opener as there was no tin of soup in the goody bag. Well done to the organisers. Let's hope you build on this for next year. Date of review: September 14, 2008
In short: MUCH better than last year In full: Thank goodness! Bristol seems to be on the road to recovery. Although I didn't run well, that's not relevant to this review. The start was pretty much on time, water stations worked well, marshals were great, feed stations were efficient, de-chipping was swift and the queues for toilets (at the start) and bags (at the end) moved fairly swiftly.
My one continual gripe is this: PLEASE put pace boards up within the colour zones. I don't want to stand too near the front and slow down faster people, nor do I want to be obstructed by slower runners. I'm sure both occurred (although more of the latter, sadly: I was overtaking huge numbers of people in the first few miles, and it took me only 15 seconds to cross the line).
Oh, and I think race packs need to go out a little earlier... Date of review: September 14, 2008
In short: Faultless. Can't believe I just wrote that. In full: Having been pretty critical of Bristol halfs in previous years, I'm delighted that they've really got their act together - especially as it's my local. Everything worked. Great atmosphere - helped by the weather. So well done, organisers - you made it a pleasure to run. Date of review: September 14, 2008