In short: Mud, hills, & carrots In full: The inaugral Trionium Bath Hilly Half Marathon is muddy mad mayhem. 13.75 miles (stupid bloody marshall) at an average 7:38/mi, 2723ft of ascent, 1483 calories burnt, and finished in 5th place with a time of 1:45:01 Geddin there!!! Not bad for a 42 year old bloke who only gave up smoking a couple of years ago... But, oh, my poor aching feet. I think my off road shoes must have shrunk as I have big man-size blisters under the arches of both feet & on the ends of several toes. I may well have another crack at this next year - as long as they still give you a carrot along with a medal & a t-shirt at the end of the race!!! Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: My first off-road half. I may never do another on tarmac! In full: The organisation was great apart from the unfortunate marshalling error. I felt really sorry for her as she was obviously gutted. The scenery was fabulous, the marshals were very supportive, especially the guy with the hat at the top of the hill, and there were crisps at the end. I can't do sweet things after a race, but often that's all that's on offer. My only quibble is the 'small' tee shirt, which is obviously a men's small, whereas I'm a (very) small female. This is a common issue - I just wish if they're only doing man size tee-shirts they'd go down to an x-small. They managed it at Kielder!! Over all I loved it. Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: The best half in the south west by a fat margin! In full: Congrats to the organisers, Dr Rob and all involved. A fantastic race, even with the bonus element... 13.7 miles and 1700 ft ascent by my watch, but on a glorious day. I heard someone winge about the extra distance at the end, perhaps they stick to the bath flat half in future! Will be back! Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: Great fun, looking forward to next year In full: forget the extra half mile, it was a great race, really challenging and muddy- i loved it! there was a fantastic atmosphere throughout, i cannot wait for next year! Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: A brilliant race In full: I'm not sure how the organiser does it. To get changing facilities, a brilliant course, loads of great, happy marshalls, lots of water stations, jelly babies, a cool medal, a technical T with my name on it, a beer, jaffa cakes and a carrot for £25 is just stunning.
One marshall did send some people the wrong way but it is the first year of the race so there is bound to be one or two teething problems.
Overall, a first class race. Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: Great Debut for the Bath Hilly Half!!! In full: Lets be fair the clue is in the title with this one, and as we drove to the start at Bath Racecourse up some super steep hills you knew exactly what you had signed up for!!!
Great organisation, yes there was a marshaling error, yes I was one of those that ran the extra bit, did it cost me time and places? Yes, do I care no!!!! Trail running isn't about times and places (unless your likely to finish 1st!) its about that big smiley face feeling you get running up and down ludicrous hills, slipping about in the mud and getting blown around on the ridges!!! Plus it was the first run of this race so you expect some teething problems! And it made my second lap a lot shorter, big thumbs up!!!!
I would recommend this to anyone, although its not to be underestimated you need some serious training under your belt!! If its been wet the week before, trail shoes are an absolute must, it was very muddy and very slippy in places and the terrain, especially the rutted farm track, was pretty challenging.
Fantastic marshals the whole way round, well done to the Jester man who had the worst spot to marshal at, but he was still very enthusiastic despite being there for hours.
Great tech T-shirt at the end, with your name on it, unique chunky medal, and brilliant facilities with HOT showers. Well worth the 2hr trek from Birmingham. All in all 11/10, great job Trionium, please run it again next year (when I am not, hopefully, recovering from injury!!) Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: Tremendous debut for this event: awesome scenery, excellent facilities (loos, showers, food, beer). Some novel touches - morris women, start and finish on the racecourse. Sparse but vocal support, good marshalling. HEFTILY RECOMMENDED In full: It has found out muscles and bits that have been dormant for months, but this was a really special event. I was never going to be near the front, but thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, even the bits where I - and quite a few others - were reduced to walking. With start/finish at the racecourse grandstand, we had access to working loos, showers, changing rooms; and 2 imported attractions: a good organic fast food bar and a female morris side (morrissettes?) The course was difficult without being silly: it took us up and down just over 800m by my garmin (which also tells me we did more like 13.7 miles). More to the point, it took us to two breathtaking vantage points. Kelston Round hill was as good as it gets in the SW surely? One little stretch of dull suburbia was also the only place where marshalling went a bit thin; the rest of the time they were encouraging smiley folk, well supplied with water and jelly babies. I didn't get the Trionium trademark carrots at the finish, but there were crisps, flapjack and a choice of water or Stella (not a choice really IMHO). One of those events where, despite the pain, you find yourself smiling most of the time. Came away with a limp, a quality t-shirt and medal, and, after a restorative pint, a determination to return. Date of review: November 27, 2011
In short: It's tough but the clue's in the name! In full: Lot's of positive points about this event. It's a lovely area to run in, challenging course, good T Shirt and medal and carrots at the end! On the whole well organised shame there was a marshalling error that led a lot of people the wrong way. I was glad I'd run the course in training so took the correct route. Felt a bit sorry for the marshall concerned she looked really upset. The marshalls were encouraging on the way round thanks to all involved. If it's on next year I'd like to come back to try and beat this years time! Date of review: November 27, 2011