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
In short: Well-organised race with an excellent atmosphere In full: Well-organised race, with fantastic crowd support for the majority of the route. Loved the drumming bad in Queens Square! Nice medal, t-shirt and goodie bag - thank you to the organisers. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: You really cannot complain! - great race In full: I do wonder what some people expect. It was my first Bath Half and I've done a few. Well organised and definetly not hilly. Can't understand where people get that one from, A few short inclines and lots of speed long down hill stretches. Great support and loved the 3 piece Jazz rockers out in the sticks. No complaints. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Excellent HM! In full: Second time I've done this race. Really enjoyed the run, quite hilly in some parts. Was extremely cold to start and then got very warm, I opted to wear lots of clothing during the race and ended up regretting it at the tenth mile. Overall excellent atmosphere and enjoyable race. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Great support In full: Nice location, real bottle neck at the beginning and i got a number putting me in the last group despite putting 1hr 40 as expected time which meant weaving through walkers and people dressed as bananas. That aside, well marshalled, suberb support and a pretty flat course. Nice to see the elites run past as well. Thoroughly enjoyable Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: You even get to see the Kenyans coz they lap you at mile 4. Brilliant! In full: Lovely day, great atmosphere, supportive crowds and marshals, and best of all you get to see the Kenyans sprint past you on their second lap. Worth coming just for that! This year I made it to mile 4 before being lapped - an improvement! Better organisation than in previous years (although I didn't use the park and ride this time)and a great goody bag - best one I've ever had (running magazine,museli bar, fruit bar, lots of freebies including blister packs, foot cream, body lotion AND a very welcome Mars bar, Yum! Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: good day out In full: I think the organisers come in for a bit of unfair stick here. Ok its not the most scenic route in the world, but if it was changed to other parts of bath it would be more hilly (probably not as practical from an organisation point of view) and people would moan it was too hilly. The runners village was well organised, as was the whole event, the support along the way was awesome. The pens at the start of the race worked well. All in all a good race will be back next year Date of review: March 6, 2011