In short: Great races but course could be tweeked In full: Fantastically run race got a PB so im happy. However the build up scared me a little with most letters etc from the race putting me off drving or going on the bus or indeed turning up to the race! Also there is a very long straight dull road with little supporters from miles 10-12 which was really tough. but good race Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Still too many people In full: The race is now far better organised than it was a few years ago. HOWEVER, the underlying issue to all the problems that people mention is that the infrastructure can't cope with a five figure strong race. That's the course, traffic, parking, awful lapping of runners in a free for all, congested finish area etc etc.
As it's a commercially run race and reducing numbers would impact their revenue I can't see that the sole cause of recurring problems will be addressed. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Nice day for a run... In full: Had a great day yesterday but I do really miss that outdoor swimming pool target practice for used sport drinks to throw into like last years!! Its now a car rental? or a empty lot.
Anyone stopped for a burger that was being cooking!! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Well organised event on a fast course with lots of potential for beginners In full: Nice, fast, and relatively flat course starting and finishing on the magnificent Great Pulteney St. Running through Georgian squares, across the Kennet & Avon canal and taking in some wide straight suburban roads I thoroughly enjoyed this race.
Great spectator support with most of the route lined with people cheering, playing music or generally having a great time. Nice to see so many residents cheering from their gardens and windows, makes you feel very welcome in their city.
Well done to all the organisers and helpers, for some very smooth event management. Bag storage, start and finish areas (including goody bags, chip removal, water) and all marshalling was done brilliantly. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: WELL ORGANISED In full: It was my first time running Bath. You cannot fault the organisation. Smooth at the start although the first 2 miles were slower than I'd liked, dure to volume of people. The goody bag, medal & t-shirt excellent. My only complaint is of other runners who are totally oblivious to people around them. So many time runners would cross across peoples running lines, resulting in evasive action needed in preventing a trip &/or fall. Please next time be a bit more considerate to other runners, or next time I may not be as understanding... Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Great atmosphere! In full: Pluses - fab atmosphere, decent goody bag with Tshirt and medal. Nice runners village, gorgeous city to run in Areas for improvement - way too many bottlenecks. Trying to get in and out of the runners village is painful. Toilets - don't bury the urinals for men amongst the cublicles - noone knows they exist and queue for ages to find empty stalls! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Overall enjoyable, but very busy and long inclines! In full: I should have done some hill training for this, but otherwsie I enjoyed the track. It was a shame that the Green's and Orange's were let out together as it meant there were a few miles of the Green's overtaking making it quite slow and stressful for those first few miles.
It was my first half and I was really glad to finish without any walking. It was quite disheartening to see so many people walking. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Really enjoyed race In full: the weather was good, the crowds were very supportive, organisation good, and a nice medal, t-shirt and goody bag. Would certainly do this one again. Enjoyable race for supporters to watch. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Excellent In full: My first time at Bath. Really enjoyed it and very impressed with the organisation. Many thanks to all the marshalls. Really fast course which helped my time no end. One of the few out and back courses where it felt like there were more downhills than up. Definitely one to put in the calendar for next year. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Very good race In full: I was impressed by the organisation of this event, everything went smoothly, and it seemed to me that all the organisers had everything under control.
The course wasn't particularly scenic, I was under the impression that Bath was a prettier town than perhaps the route had chosen (although to see that a few more hills might be necessary). The crowds were supportive and there was somebody cheering most of the way round.
I was disappointed by the organisers insistence that no headphones were allowed, and forced myself to run without music for once (which I found was bearable). This is understandable considering the laps and overtaking slower runners on the second.
Definitely one to consider again for next spring. Date of review: March 7, 2011