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
In short: Fantastic people raising loads of money for charities In full: I enjoyed my first half marathon although getting to the start with 1000's of others was a crush that lasted 30 minutes. I can't understand why the few hundred elite runners required half the road space. Expensive to enter. Network Rail should be fined for cancelling the 09.15 train from Westbury. Date of review: March 8, 2011
In short: A perfect example of how to host an event In full: Pay attention Birmingham - this is how to organise and host a half marathon! A seamless event from start to finish - the runners village was a hub of activity from start to finish, signage was clear and direct, the route was - as always - made for a half marathon PB (although not as scenic as could be expected), and a nice goody bag at the conclusion. Keep up the good work Bath, I'll be back in 20112! Date of review: March 8, 2011
In short: Awesome race, I'll be back In full: The race ran like clockwork from start to finish, the organisation was flawless. I particularly liked the 2 lapped course as I was able to run the second lap exactly as I needed for my best time (when to keep something in the bag and when to push flat out I mean). In short I loved it and I'll be back Date of review: March 8, 2011
In short: Great first race for any first half marathon runner. In full: This was my first Half marathon and was very pleased with how the event was run. The runners village was very impressive with an array of tents with all sorts to keep ya occupied pre-race. If i was to point out one and only flaw with the event is that the start was soo crowded and found it difficult to naviagate my way past slower runners that had started ahead of me. Aaprt from that the course was excellent for beginers, relitively flat with a couple of sharpe hills to keep it interesting:-) Defenietly a PB course. The crowds were amazing with their support all around the course, with resisdents making everyone feel very welcome as we passed with lots of cheering and spuring the runners on. Was slightly annoying that it was a non-stero/ipod race and saw more than a few handful's of ppl using them. Drinks station's were well postioned around the course making it easy for runners to hydrate as often as they like. All in all an excellent race and will be returning in 2012 Date of review: March 7, 2011