In short: Good but not great city centre race In full: Queues at the start didn't affect me but I saw them affecting others. I understand that the elite wheelchairs started 15 mins before the race and 15 mins obviously wasn't enough to get 8,000 runners into place: they'd want to think that through for next year. Queues at the end for bags were a bit tedious but not by any means terrible.
I could only jog the race (pesky achilles last week) but had a great time. Lovely day, good atmosphere, very flat course and great scenery. Overpriced, yes, but with the start only a mile from my house I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: I got a PB so can't and don't want to complain about any of it! In full: As far as I'm concerned it was a success and would recommend it to anyone new to running. A bit expensive compared to others but I'm local so will be back again next year. A big big thank you to all spectators and marshalls for their support on a very warm day...I hope there were no casualties! Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Great route, great support, superb organisation - worth driving 120 miles to do! In full: I got talked into doing this even though it is only 2 weeks since doing FLM and I'm really glad I did - excellent organisation, good route, support from crowd patchy but noisy!, excellent marshalling - thanks for the support from you all - nice medal and t-shirt. Will definitely try to do this one again. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Pretty slick In full: I haven't missed any Bristol 10K or HM event since 2006, they are always well organised and this was no exception.
I have only one minor reservation - I had a white number and I tried to get to the start with a little over 10 minutes to go but there was a big slow moving queue, and that was because they were funneling people slowly and not allowing anyone but white numbers through.
A few poor people with yellow numbers queued for ages and then got turned away with almost no time left to the start - but it wasn't totally clear that they couldn't get into the event that way. It was slightly confusing. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Well organised Event In full: Everything Bath isn't in the organisation. Expensive to enter, but smooth and easy to get to the start and get running. I have no complaints with the event, and it was a good day out, but wouldn't do again due to the cost. Start sequence and ordering of the runners was handled very well as was the area after the finish. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Well worth the trip for this city centre race nice atmosphere all round In full: Excellent! very much enjoyed this race again, some very nice touches. The goody bag was much better with some edible food and drink. Also reasonable quality T shirt. Thought the marshalls were especially good and the Bristolians were out in force to encourage us.A BIG thank you to all involved. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: I'd say it's more of a 3.5 than a 3 or a 4, but worth it. In full: Hadn't done the 10k sister race to my local half, and was pleasantly surprised. We started pretty much on time, although no-one could quite understand why we weren't allowed into the 'pens' until 10 minutes before the gun. Towards the front end of the field there seemed to be enough road width for the runners (this can be a problem in the half, which has a larger field). Crowd support was pretty good, although somewhat sparse on the Portway; however, with the road closed there's probably not much that can be done about that other than persuading a band to play there? One water station just after half way was welcome in today's warm conditions. The finish worked well, although the queues at the baggage tent were building (not very) nicely as I was leaving. Not sure it was the best idea to ensure that bags were handed in effectively in predicted finishing time order, as there will have been bottlenecks all morning collecting bags. Also, not quite enough toilets at the start to my mind. Took about 10 minutes to queue for a pee 30 minutes before the first gun. You're never going to get great value for money with a big city race, but as far as they go, this one seems worth it. Date of review: May 10, 2009