In short: Well organised larger race In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this race despite having a shocking last three miles, thought I might have a chance at a pb but struggled hugely at the end. The start with coloured pens and staggered start worked really well and I thought the organisation throughout was excellent. Good first race for anyone thinking trying a half marathon. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Great Atmosphere and Organisation! In full: This was my first ever race I was incredibly under trained, and made terrible time but the only thing stopping me from giving up all together was the crowd, people were giving out sweets along the way :D Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Good organisation, lovely part of the world In full: I really enjoyed the crowd. I agree with others on the mile markers, seems like a simple thing to sort out for next time. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Not enough mile markers! In full: My biggest criticism of this race was that there were only clearly visible mile markers at 1,2,3 and 12 miles! I spotted an 8mile marker sprayed on the ground at one point but couldn't be sre this was official.
The last 3 miles had way too many twists and turns and 2 hills which took away any chance of a super quick time. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere and flat. Good to see it a bit later in Sept this year, so no risk of it being too hot In full: The colour coded start makes a difference to the start and we didn't feel too bogged down early on as a result. Tech t shirt good, as was medal. Could have done with more than just the kitkat for refuel in the goody bag and would prefer to avoid cobbles, but only two minor complaints about what was a really good event. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Improves every year - close to perfect now In full: It's hard to see how this event could be improved. It compares favourably with every other big event I've taken part in and the organisers make small improvements each year. This was my fourth time, and have yet to be disappointed in any way.
The course is nearly flat, not quite a billiard table with three inclines, but none of them are arduous, each amounting to around 20 metres. It starts off on wide long, straight roads and gets narrower later, so it is easy to settle into a steady pace and rhythm. The system of staggered starts with colour coded pens should be used by all big events; handling that many people successfully takes a lot of careful planning, something many others don't seem to be able to do. I have never felt uncomfortable, ill-informed, or unhappy in any way with the organisation of the Bristol Half Marathon and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
The marshalling was efficient, as always, the people of Bristol turned out to cheer everyone on, with jazz bands adding to the festival atmosphere.
The course shows off Bristol's natural beauty to the full, going out and then back under Brunel's suspension bridge, past the historic harbourside and around Queen Square. There are a few cobbled streets that add to the character and charm of the route.
I always find the runners friendly and supportive. A lady near the end was struggling and everyone rallied around to help her along.
This has become my main event each year, and is as good as a big, city centre event could be. Congratulations to the event organisers again; this deserves to be amongst the top events of the running calendar. Date of review: October 1, 2012