In full: Only my second half marathon. It went well for me, although the number of runners seemed too high for Bath's streets, and I spent the first mile trying to overtake seemingly endless numbers of slower runners, despite starting in the pen allotted to my standard. The worst part was the post-race organisation. I managed to reclaim my bags withn ten minutes, but my daughter had to queue in the freezing cold for over half and hour to get hers back, and others had even longer waits - with the foil sheets having run out. There weren't enough helpers giving out the bags, which is poor considering the cost of the entry fee. On the plus side, the course is quick, relatively scenic, although not taking in the best bits of the city, and the toilet facilities plentiful. I'll probably do it again next year, but I think there are better races, and the event relies on the cachet of being one of the biggest races in the south west. Date of review: March 13, 2010
In short: Better than last year, but crowded, numerous narrow sections and miserable end funnel In full: Overall better organised than before, plenty of loos and plenty of drinks. Duck boards in the Mem a good idea. However the race was crowded, the mass was reduced to walking pace at numerous points where the road narrowed to a single lane - frustrating when you've got a bit of momentum. While that wont have upset the elites, its a real drag for the masses. A staggered start time would probably have relieved the congession.
In short: Crowded, pleasant, but too crowded a circuit In full: 15,000 running was promoted, 11,000 ran and it seemed crowded at points. The end was marred by bottleneck after the race, imagine if it had been wet. I shall look elsewhere for 2011
In short: excellant race,although runners village could be better signposted In full: very good overall,but clearly needs better signs to find the start for each zone,so many people trying to get to start via wrong entrance,next year i must try and run a little bit faster than a man in a a boret leotard!!!! Date of review: March 11, 2010
In short: My first half-marathon and not a complete disaster! In full: Sunday's half marathon was my first half marathon, hopefully of many! Having previously run the usual 5k races plus the Great South Run in October, this was the next step in my running career.
It was very cold and there was quite a lot of waiting around at the start. I was in the orange wave and crossed the line 16 mins after the gun so I think that could have been better. Once we got started conditions were good but I was glad of my gloves and merino top! The crowd was good but it was a bit quiet in places. The worst part of the race was the queueing at the end to get medals/goody bags and they ran out of smalls! Overall, though, a good first half marathon experience and I am still buzzing with a real sense of achievement. I feel completely spurred on with my running and have already signed up to a 10k and the Great South Run again for October. Maybe a marathon next year! Date of review: March 11, 2010