In short: A good race with a few rough edges. In full: Start and finish a bit haphazard. Good course although it would have been nice if we could have been in the centre a bit more. Friendly support all round. I'd been suffering with a hamstring injury up to a week before, so it was a good course for running within myself. Fun event in a nice City. Date of review: March 30, 2007
In short: Great morning - PB of sub 1:30 in my home town! Couldn't ask for more. In full: This is a special run being my home town. I thought the organisation was excellent. I am glad I didn't turn up till 10am though as it was cold! My Garmin read 13.83 - I must have done a lot of zig-zagging! It is pricey, but I accept that in my home town. Water stations all removed lids which I found a problem as I like to carry my bottle for a while (were they sports lids? I didn't see, but they would be preferable). Goody bag was excellent - all the right stuff after a run. Well done to all the organisers - a day to remember. Date of review: March 30, 2007
In short: Disappointed!! In full: Perhaps I'm just being too picky, but after paying such an extortionate entrance fee, compared to other 1/2's that I've run, this was a big disappointment. There was a desperate shortage of toilets to say the least, and I was cross that my 10k time was only logged the second time round so was actually more like my 20k time! My net time isn't listed at all so I only have my gun times. The start pens were well managed and the start itself was fairly smooth and quick to get going. The water stations were fairly chaotic, as was the goody bag station at the end - a complete bottle-neck. I found the sub 2 hour direction signs confusing at the start as several seemed to point in different directions! I was also disappointed at the lack of atmosphere along the route - I thought there was supposed to be more entertainment along the route other than the drummers, which were excellent by the way, so thank heavens for some people playing stereo's out of bedroom windows!!! I was glad I had my MP3 player though. Bath is a lovely city but I'm not sure that I would make the effort to run this half again. Sorry...!! Date of review: March 30, 2007
In short: Great race, Great City, Great day out!! In full: This was the first time I had ran the bath half - and I was really impressed. I was worried that because there were so many runners we would get really penned in at the start, but the race start was smooth and I was soon able to get into my own pace. I had ran more small scale halfs before so I was very pleased by the overall organisation. The crowds were great, marshalls friendly and bath is a lovely city to visit. To answer some of peoples previous moans: my garmin forerunner also measured 13.33 miles but what people need to understand is that courses are measured around the absolute shortest point - i.e unless you are running on the inside lane and tightest to all the corners all the way round your gps will always measure it longer. You would also not overtake any other people or side step to the left or right to avoid people. Modern gps systems pick all that side movement and zig-zaging up. Once you've ran more races with them on you'll notice it happens all the time. It was a good, fast course - managed a pb so was very pleased indeed! I ran the swindon half last october and that was really hilly, so it was nice to run a flat one!! See you next year Bath! Date of review: March 30, 2007
In short: Good flattish course, conditions favourable In full: Got under 2 hours for the first time so pleased with the course which wasn't as undulating as i expected. good organisation apart from bag collection at the end which seemed a bit of a mess.bit expensive when you consider similar priced half marathons include a t-shirt in the entrance fee. Date of review: March 30, 2007
In short: Looks like Bath has overtaken Bristol in good organisation stakes In full: Well done Andrew Taylor and the team this year was great after last few years’ problems. This year was light years ahead of Bristol’s' 2006 blip (?). Like others I also used a forerunner and it showed 13.26 miles but chip to chip spot on for time by watch and forerunner. Route- well all the best sights are at the top of hills so choice would be flipping hilly or fast. Got a PB but unfortunately running with someone else’s number - oops don't let the organisers know. If I'd dropped dead they may have contacted the wrong next of kin, but of course they wouldn't have as I had my details on back of number, so that must just be a weak excuse not to let us swap numbers. Is it really because despite 12,000 entries only 8100 finished again I'm sure 4000 didn't drop out on course, so do all big races rely on a 33% drop out rate? Does anyone fancy 1/2 as long again queue for toilets. Sorry general rant over, thoroughly enjoyed race. Just need to get rid of 1970s style timing chips.
In short: Great weekend in a lovely city. Really enjoyed the run, as usual many thanks to the volunteers on such a cold day, great support from the spectators. Lots of good banter in the "pelaton", definately back next year. Date of review: March 29, 2007
In short: Great atmosphere, nice views of Bath, could have held the road closures for longer... In full: I agree with several of the previous reviews. Yes, my Garmin measured it as 13.3 miles and so did a friend of mine. Also, I opted to arrive 1/2 an hour in advance and still froze, so I feel sorry for those who arrived promptly at 9! This was my wife's first half marathon and I ran it with her. This meant I saw the pitfalls for slower runners for the first time. Half way around the second lap, we were told repeatedly by the marshalls to run on the path as the roads were reopening. This posed two problems; 1)the first aid and water tents were on the paths and 2) the paths were covered with bottles and lucozade containers. I opted to stay on the road and my wife obeyed the marshalls. Inevitably, she slipped on a lucozade container and twisted her ankle. Anyway, just a little moan... Apart from that, I enjoyed being lapped by the lead runners and was able to see the unbelievable speed that they run at, so I'm not necessarily against 2-lappers for that reason! Date of review: March 29, 2007