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
In short: Undoubtedly a Big Race, but none the worse for it. In full: Overall, this was a very good event. There was ample car parking and the bag storage was a nice touch. The loo-queue was very long, but that was partly my fault for arriving late. The White start seemed to be a right mixed bag, as there must have been 95+ minute runners in it, even though there were the elites at the front,so the 1st mile was by far the slowest. No worse than many other big races though. By the Portway, people spread out and it was mostly a test of pacing one's self. The course then got more urban and interesting after about 7M. I didn't like the short, sharp inclines and sliproads, but lively crowd support made the last 5 miles seem that little bit easier. Gels on route was also nice, and I managed to set a PB. After the race, the organisation was good, though a lot of us never got the promised Costa vouchers in out goody bags and the T-shirts seemed to be very big. I got a Small and it's a great technical T, but as an average sized bloke I feel sorry for any small runners! Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: I love the City of Bristol so wanted to run it In full: I thought the race was superbly organised, only my second half, being on a par with Bath. I loved the race village, lots of loos and no crowding, good starting pens. Lost the will to live going out along the Portway, notmuch support and bit of a slog, preferred it back in the city.Fab marshall ( lady )on the home straight who was very encouraging even though I was in the last 1000 back she was still very vocal ! would deff do it again. Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: a flat good course In full: I had a minor injury so ended with a 5mins off my PB but the course was nice and flat apart from a couple little slight inclines (I live in Devon so they were nothing for me!!). The cobbles were a bit dodgy but nothing to worry about if your sure footed. The Portway section at the start was boring and felt like it went on forever though and I couldnt see many mile markers until the end. ..seeems like I wasnt alone there.
Also, it was my friends first half and she said she found it really stressful and disorientating that around mile 9 when Marshalls had started to leave and barriers were being packed away and she didnt know where to go so had to ask members of the public..and she wasnt even the last runner!?! Surely they should wait until the last person has gone past prior to clearing the course...
Anyway, overall I would say its a good race and great support and not too expensive to enter Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: Get next years date in the diary! In full: 2nd time for me and few disappointments. Potential PB course, good support, well marshalled, goody bag ok, medal great and generally well organised. Improvements could be looked at regarding mile markers while the 2 wave start is great tho if, like Bath Half, they displayed 10/15 min finish times within each wave you may get runners better sorted at start. Why do people moan about cobbles? No more of a challenge than a demanding hill climb (which Briz doesn't have), they add bit of character. Runners Village well placed and portaloos aplenty. My only real gripe was arriving early for an advertised massage only to be told the marquee had been mis-signed and it was for physio not massage. Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: Cracking day out!!! In full: First time for Bristol for me and won't be the last!! Other than the short and sharp hill near the end the race is pretty flat which resulted in me getting a PB and just short of a sub 1hr 30!! Organisation was top class but the mile markers could be clearer next time,i only spotted 2 or 3. Great T-shirt and medal as well. Date of review: October 2, 2012