In short: Awful organisation In full: I am new to half marathons and put down an honest appraisal of my expected time (1h55), although following training realised I could do it a lot quicker. Based on this I found myself in the orange group and spent all 2 hours of the race queued behind the hundreds (if not thousands) of 3+ hours runners (having to walk at stages cos the route was so crowded). A total waste of all my training and my time reflected this. Surely anybody doing 2 hours or less should not be lumped in with the charity 3+ hours crowd. Date of review: March 5, 2013
In full: Positives are mostly good organisation, very good crowd support especially given how cold the day was, and a fairly flat course. The most irritating thing for me was it was so crowded so often that I seldom got into a rhythm. I was an orange start but keen and capable of breaking 2 hours. I was dodging some people already walking within the first mile. Easily solved by more colours or signs for different times at the start. Date of review: March 5, 2013
In short: Quick course, good organisation, expensive. In full: I was placed in the "white" section hoping for a fast getaway, and this was what happened. No problems with bunching, straight into a good pace. I've seen the other comments on garmin GPS estimations on length of course and mine also read it as 200-400 metres over. Interestingly my garmin read 2.2 miles at the 2 mile mark and maintained the extra 0.2 right to the end. I did get a PB however so I'm pleased. The crowds were good and would have been greater but for a very cold day. The course was lovely in the city,less scenic elsewhere, but I'm pleased it didnt head up towards Lansdown which would have blown the PB! My experience was that this was a well organised flattish city half-marathon with definite PB potential. It is very expensive however. I wonder whether the organisers could say more about the measurement of the course, given the number of comments about its accuracy. Date of review: March 5, 2013
In short: Very very very expensive!!!! In full: Its difficult to give this an accurate review as I was running with a friend who was completing her first half, and so I had a steady jog round rather than a real race. However, it ticked all the boxes for a first half marathon experience a lot of crowd support, a big race feel etc.
However, £46 entry is far too steep. No technical T Shirt, nothing special in the goody bag, and a very boring and small medal. With the exception of a couple of bottles of lucozade on the course, I didn't see where the extra pounds on the entry were spent. Especially with a 2 lap format this even limited the amount of road closures required. I can see the potential for a PB on this course but there are other significantly cheaper halves that offer comparable courses.
For the entry fee I would expect a much better post race experience, long queues for bags, dechip and having to grab a space blanket (if you spotted them) rather than being handed one. Then to top it all off we ended up having to get a taxi back to the park and ride as the queues for the bus were staggering (and we weren't the only ones!)
If I'd spent £25 on this race I would be happy, but given the price I expected a lot more, sorry Bath! Great for those running there first few halves, for everyone else I'd look for something cheaper! Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Expensive. Crowded at start. Doesn't really show-off Bath. But fast and fun! In full: I've run this a three times now and it was probably the smoothest running edition. (Let's not mention 2008...) Great atmosphere, brilliant crowds on most of the course and the route is genuinely quick. Really crowded at first though, so if you want a fast clock time then make sure you're as close to the front as possible! Had to queue for just a little too long to get my bag back - it was cold, wind it up! It's expensive too... But I still really enjoyed it! Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Much improved from last time I ran! In full: Got a PB by 36 seconds so that will help with a favourable review! Last ran in 2007 when the queues to collect bags etc were a nightmare, things have definitely improved since. Missed a few of the mile markers which could have done with being a different colour/bigger than the other info signs but other than that organisation was very good. Plenty of water and Lucozade stops and I found it pretty funny that the group of Special Brew drinking travellers spotted on the first lap were helping out handing out Lucozade on the second lap. Fair play!! Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Excellent race, my favourite half, will be back again next year! In full: Yet again an absolutely fantastic day, loved every minute!!! Yes its expensive, but you get a good quality medal, goody bag and the race village is great. Yes its busy, but what do you expect from a big city half? I got my PB here last year and was seconds off it this year, so it can't be that congested! I'm a club runner but I love the support and I love the big city race feel of this race. With nearly 10,000 runners I'm afraid its going to be busy and there's always going to be a few queues for bags/toilets!!! Thanks Bath for another fab race :o) Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Great race and atmosphere but probably too expensive for the experience. In full: My home Half-marathon and a really enjoyable experience with a PB :)
Lots of regular info in lead up to the race via facebook and email, so kept fully informed about conditions etc.
Race day was very chilly but plenty of supporters to cheer you round - thanks to all the volunteers you really make the difference!
I like the two lap course as you really know what to expect and seeing the elite go whizzing by is always impressive. I do feel though that there should be more colour bands according to predicted times - the congested first mile doesn't doesn't help this as there was lots of weaving and overtaking not great for the faster or slower runners.
Finish was well organised and I was able to collect my bag quickly.
Loved the experience and want to repeat it but it all depends on the price!
Husband and children took part in Family Fun Run and enjoyed the experience - kids were slightly disappointed that they did not get a goody bag as they previously have done, although they were grateful for the sweets.
Hope to be back next year :) Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: fantastic day! In full: this was my first half marathon and i have to say how much i enjoyed it! i was really dreading it on the morning of the race but loved it as i got into the zone. was so cold at the beginning but soon warmed up after mile 2! beautiful scenery and energetic crowd. definitely coming back next year! Date of review: March 4, 2013