In short: Hilly, pretty, hard, muddy and you get a beer at the end! In full: Absolutely loved the race, everyone was friendly (I've been getting bored of road races with the majority of people grunting at me when I speak to them) and it was well marshalled. The hills are ridiculous and the mud slippery. The only criticism I have is the silly jester at the top of the hill shouting "this isn't a hill it's a small mound" ;-) Date of review: November 27, 2012
In short: Blimey, all gaskets blown on my old engine. In full: More training, more hill work. And then it will only hurt a little. Great local run for me and probably a regular on my calendar. Well done the MARSHALS! Date of review: November 27, 2012
In short: Lovely hilly race with lots of mud and thigh-high puddles In full: A lovely race ! A tiny bit too much as a first-timer - thanks a lot Chris and the others for waiting for me to finish the sweep ! Great scenery, great, friendly marshaling, great mud, great sheep, great hills (bit steepish maybe - could hardly even walk up anymore at one point during the second lap), great goat, great views, and great weather to boot. Very happy I did that one after all, will definitely be back next year with a few more training sessions under my belt. Bit gutted about the lack of carrots and Morris dancing - hopefully they'll be back next year ! Date of review: November 26, 2012
In short: A steepy hilly, slippy slidey mudfest of an event. In full: With the aches and strains subsiding the day after the race I can look back fondly at the mudfest that was the Bath Hilly Half 2012. 'Cosily' organised with plentiful water and sweetie stops. As previously mentioned, it's hilly and muddy - yesterday was very muddy. Bridleways were streams, flat bits were bogs, all great fun but trail shoes are a must.
I'm proud to say it was a Southville runner who cheered everyone on in the jester suit and another Southville runner, a first time half marathoner, who swept up the race. She happily admits she almost bit more off than she could chew as a first timer....but she still finished, brilliant! Perhaps warm up with a Bristol, Stroud or Salisbury half first before attempting this one.
The only disappointment was the lack of the promised carrot at the end of the race - the T shirt and the medal were good though. Date of review: November 26, 2012