In short: Highlight of the year In full: This is such a good race, it has everything you could want. The course is almost flat, just four inclines, all very modest; scenic, with the Avon Gorge and suspension bridge to admire both ways. The out and back section allows you to see the elites and give them applause as they go past. Then the route changes to a tour of the old historic city.
The race planning is better than any other city centre half-marathon in the area; the race starts on wide streets and only narrows when the field has spread out. The phased starts and pens are clearly labelled, so very few really slow people were blocking the way. This is a major gripe with so many events, but Bristol has that problem completely sorted. If you are looking for a pb this is a good race to do it. But the experience is just as good for beginners; the marshalling always friendly and helpful, and people who want to plod around slowly, or walk, or wear ridiculous costumes and collect money for charity; all are equally welcome, and nobody gets in anyone else's way.
The local people always turn out in droves and cheer you on, by name if you write it on your shirt. There was a lady with a tray of very welcome jelly babies, a jazz band; the kind of fantastic atmosphere that makes you feel great.
I run this race every year now, and it's a definite highlight; something to look forward to. So congratulations to everyone involved in making this race so good, every year. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Good race In full: The race was good, very expensive and field getting smaller every year.Good organisation, getting out of Bristol was awful even from out of town parking spot. Finish felt a bit of an anticlimax after crossing line the walk for water etc was a fair distance on. Spectators missing from long dull road section. Worth doing oncebut preferred bath hm Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Good race. Take out dull a-road section and this will be a great race. In full: Flat with a few short uphills. Section of cobbles. Twists and turns in last 3 miles. People of Bristol did well in cheering us on. Numbers were down again. 20000 limit but only 11000 runners. Many races are getting too expensive for what they really are. Miles 2 - 6 are on a dull a-road with few spectators. Sure they could put those 4 miles back round the centre somewhere. Suspension Bridge is beautiful. Gels and water were regular. Having two waves is a bit pointless as there were slow runners in the first wave. The fast runners will turn up earlier and nearer the front of the start line anyway. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Good for first half marathon In full: The race was friendly and well-organised, and I enjoyed the course - in particular the Portway section, which I found better than the City Centre section which doubled back on itself too many times for my liking. My only minor gripe was that they had run out of of small or even medium t-shirts when I arrived at the finish at 2hr20 (I ended up with a large which swamps me)!! I'm not sure why they bothered asking your size on registration really. Other than that I can't fault it. Date of review: January 6, 2013
In short: Brilliant for a first timer In full: My first ever HM which has really inspired me. Very well organised event with plenty of water and energy stations. The crowd were amazing. I enjoyed it so much and my time wasn't too bad. Good marshalling. In fact it was lots of fun and I'm sure I'll be doing it again.
Great medal and a very nice t-shirt and goodie bag. Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: BRILLIANT RACE! In full: this was my first half in bristol and thoroughly enjoyed it.race started just down from the aquarium and was well signposted and hard to miss.ideal cool running conditions.the start went out and under the suspension bridge and i nice scenic view up the river and looped to come back under the bridge and into main bristol city centre.well marshalled and organised.nice friendly atmposphere with other runners encouraging walkers to keep running.nice goody bag at the end with nice tech tshirt and brilliant medal.ran like clockwork and will def be back to bristol to run again.pb potential for sure as was only a couple minor inclines.also lovely to see ss great britain.well done bristol Date of review: October 19, 2012
In short: Great race plenty chance of P.B In full: Brilliant race and a PB possibility, the start is a bit messy with two starts with two waves also the results service could had been better as results given on the Run Britain site only goes up to the 3000 finisher also gun times weren't given and when contacted reason given is that how the organizers wanted it. Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: Good but should be better In full: The Portway 7 miles are a bit dull - even if they do have the Clifton Suspension Bridge - but it is useful to spread the pack and maintain your target pace. The oggy, oggy, oggy tradition in the tunnel is good fun. The last 3 miles through town seem under-supported and the twists and turns break your stride. It can be very difficult to get back across to the University side of town after the race. Date of review: October 8, 2012