In short: `happy to see my city in the running map In full: *good crowd support *excellent organization *not so picturesque scenery *last few miles are steep.last few miles could be re routed to avoid those hills.runners are already tired by the time they reach those hills.have mercy please *medal is average.not good enough for my efforts.i collect medals.the EDF medals of previous HMs are far better than the BUPA ones. *the goody bag hasnt have much in it this is my 4th Birmingham HM.this might be the last as well unless those things ive pointed out are addressed.BUPA is a big name and a big company.please live up to your name.
In short: Brum Run Gets Better. Good organanisation and enjoyable. Route could include more of leafy Bournville areas. Shame the "hill" comes so late on but at least you know the end is close ! In full: My third Birmingham (home town) run. 2009 was OK. 2010 was spoilt by poor start & finish planning. 2011 - much better. Starting in waves was a good idea to prevent over crowding on the early narrow streets. Route is OK but more could be made of leafy Bournville area instead of the grey city centre side streets near the start and after the park. Supporters gave lots encouragement and were keen though there were many gaps with no one.(might improve in years to come as it becomes more popular). More top ranked runners would elevate the event as would a few celebs. Minus point was expectation that runners could all remove their own timing chips. It needed many more helpers equipped with "cutters". A long way to go to match the appeal of the Great North Run but a good event to build on. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: A BIG CITY RACE SO EXPECT CROWDS, HIGH PRICES AND NO PB! In full: I have done all the Brum Halfs and until Great Run stepped in, last year's farce was going to be my last. A transformation - excellent organisation and no quibbles. Some comments from others: Cost? This was average for big city races; if you want value do a club race. Haile may have been kind about Brum but money no is beauty brought him here. Picturesque? This is Brum; there is no picturesque route! Hills? If the race is to start and finish at or near Broad St the laws of physics make a hill at the beginning and the end unavoidable.
I loved it. No PB but 1:31 is OK for a 48 year old! Date of review: October 29, 2011
In short: Excellent event, although rip off price In full: Quick gripe, price - rip off. The improvements made since last year don't warrant the extra fee. I can see where most of our money went though with Haile Gebrselassie running.
Now the positives,it is a great race, really well organised. I've run three in Birmingham now and have enjoyed every one of them. Not sure why people are whining about the hills - I don't really like them either but we don't live in the Netherlands so you can't easily avoid them in a long distance race.
Big Tip: Train on some hills people and stop whining like great big babies !
Will run next year depending entry fee hasn't increased. Date of review: October 29, 2011
In short: fantastic - much better organisation this year In full: I agree with the general consensus that the end is a killer. A route which goes from Bournville through University, Harborne to the Hagley road to finish on Broad Street would be better. Otherwise brilliant. Can't wait for next year!!!! :) Date of review: October 29, 2011
In short: Excellent, well organised. But take Gebrselassie's advice - lose the mile 11 hill! In full: Fantastic organisation. Great support. Superb atmosphere.
The ONLY thing I would plead is to avoid such a tough 2 mile hill run at the end. Gebrselassie said afterwards he was taken aback by it, not ideal for most people and that they need to have a look at it for 2012. Easy... go back to the superb route from 2009 (world championship course) with an extended run through Bournville (the best bit after all). Date of review: October 28, 2011