In short: Ist half marathon, deffo do it again even though suffered last 4 miles with sore knees. In full: A brilliant race, especially for a first timer at half marathon distance. Crowds totally supportive, organisational blip at start having to walk round the rugby ground, took too long, too many people in a narrow space. No large t shirts at end, guess I will have to improve my time for next year. Park and ride at racecourse was excellent. Helped a guy across the finish with severe cramp...Andrew Pepler....if you read this or know him...just wondering how if you recovered ok... Date of review: March 8, 2011
In short: One of the Best In full: I love this race - a big crowd, all friendly, lots of noise, great PB potential, great goodie bag and runs like clockwork. As others have said the finish was better organised this year and I managed to get through and pick up my bag from storage within about 2 minutes of finishing - better than last years 25 minutes!!
The runners village works well and the support in the town is fantastic - probably up there with the best supported races.
From registering you get supportive emails, the pack tells you everything you need to know. All in all - great. If only all races were like this.
I will be back next year. Well done organisors and the people of Bath Date of review: March 8, 2011
In short: MUCH Better, Bath Half Organisers! In full: This was my 6th Bath Half in a row: and previous year's organisation had been dire. This year was heaps better with a lot of the creases ironed out.
Helpful, friendly marshall/stewards/helpers, great entertainment on route and still the best supportive crowd ever.
A little frustrating at times trying to weave round slower runners (and I'm not speedy!) : but what you'd expect from a big event.
In short: Too crowded for my taste. Expensive. Great crowd support. In full: It's a long while since I'd entered any races so thought I'd try a biggish one. The pre-race info was comprehensive but a touch misleading. I know they need everyone there early with such a large event but the time scales in the pre-read were a touch doom and gloom and on a cold day that was a pain. There was also mention of registration and checking of personal details on your number when in fact running over the excellent chip timer was the only registration required. I'm an antisocial blighter so I'm sure many people enjoyed the sardines but in such a large field you rely on the honesty of predictions from fellow runners to have a smooth run. I spent the entire race weaving through those in front who'd clearly fibbed about their times! The flat course could provide a PB but unless you're right near the front I'd say you'd have to lie abouut 10 minutes under your genuine time prediction. Oh..that appears to be what everyone did; I guess there were some with experience of the place there! On a positive note I thought the crowds were really encouraging, especially one rather posh lady on the left as you re-entered town - well done. If you love a big event and just want to get round in any time or if you're a true racing snake and after a fast PB then this is for you. If you hate elbows and are an average runner I'd give it a miss. Date of review: March 8, 2011
In short: The rave reviews did not disappoint. In full: From start to finish, I could not fault the organisers of this event.
PRE-Race: The 'Runners Village' was located within a 5 minute walk from the train station - there were 'park & ride' options for those using public parking facilities outside the town centre. Excellent signage. An abundance of toilet facilities meant that although the queues looked dreadful, they moved pretty quickly.
RACE: This will probably be the fastest half I'll ever run. Flat as a pancake, with only a few mild undulations & plenty crowd support to get you through to the end. There were plenty runners & walkers alike, so I'd encourage anyone to take part. Fantastic goody bag (t-shirt, at least 3 health/ choc bars, running mag, some first aid goodies which I'll be saving for London Marathon next month).
POST-RACE Baggage storage facilities were well-organised. I managed to collect mine at the end of the race within seconds of arriving at the collection tent. Straight after, I made a £5 donation to the Lifeguards charity & was treated to a lovely leg massage.
All in all, one of my favourite halves to date! Date of review: March 8, 2011