In short: 4th Bath half for me but don't think I'll be back again.... In full: Overall, this is a good and friendly race, perfect for beginners and a great crowd turnout...but I've just had enough of the runners village which always turns into a bog, whatever the weather, meaning trainers getting caked in mud. Toilets and baggage storage worked really well but the terrible system of funnelling 10,000 plus people through a narrow lane to and from the start/finish is bordering on inhumane!! Got seriously cold at the end after taking 20 mins to shuffle back into the village only to be handed a foodless goody bag... sorry for the whinge but I don't think I'll be back again. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Great Race, great weather! In full: This is my 4th year of doing the Bath half and this time it was much better than the last 2 yrs with no delayed start. Yes it was a bit crowded and slow over the first few miles but it's a big race and I just kind of expect it and go with the flow! The spectators were fab and loads more than previous years prob due to the sun being out! Once finished the move on into the runners village was very slow going and I got very cold! And nothing 2 eat in the goody bag apart from a school bar which my kids have (reluctantly) in their lunch boxes!!! Where was my mars bar or cereal bar?? Funnelling that amount of people via a back alley is not ideal. However this is my 'local' race and I will be back for more! Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: I think I'm falling out of love with Bath In full: I missed the great mud and significantly delayed start of 2008, but was there for the 2004 counterpart. I was also there for 2009's 30 minute delay. This year we started on time, but otherwise I was disappointed.
I'd say the 'runner's village' was a pretty miserable place to be before the race: the queues for the toilets (except those by the start) were horrific. It was difficult to get to the start due to the fencing which had been installed which made the exit/entrance very narrow. It was also difficult to get into the start pens if you wanted to do any proper warm up as there didn't seem to be many 'gates'. There were no male/female signs on the changing rooms this year, and I suppose that brought its own excitement... There weren't many places to sit and stay warm and there weren't enough places to get a hot drink to make up for the fact that there was nowhere to sit and stay warm.
The really frustrating thing about this race is that once you're on the course it's actually a good race. The drinks stations worked well and there was some effort made to separate lapped runners from the front end of the field and provide separate drinks stations for the latter which was much appreciated. However, the overwhelming sense is of a race which is focusing on numbers and not the 'race experience'. Please prove me wrong in 2011. Or at least find a way of improving 'traffic flow' near the race start/finish. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: First time doing bath having heard nightmares from previous years. Overall organisation was OK but forget a PB if you are in the mass start as it is too crowded for the first three to four miles In full: Great atmosphere but could be better organised to get to the start line. Seemed to be a bit of a squeeze getting 15,000 runners down a narrow lane to the start line. Given the route it is definately PB material but the sheer number of people make it impossible to get by the slower runners in the first few miles so couldn't get into stride and settle into a decent pace until 3 to 4 miles in. By this time too much time to make up. That said was still an enjoyable run. May do it again, but it is quite pricey. Can do Plymouth and Eden for the same price as Bath! Date of review: March 7, 2010