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
In short: Great organisation ,lovely marsahalls and support . In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this run. Great crowd support.Amazing PB potential. Clever streaming organisation at end but would have really loved someone to cut off my timing chip as bending and unlacing at end horrible .. AHHH stiff .. ! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Good slick race, fast course, great support In full: Well organised, though the wave start was very messy. I started in wave 2 on a 1:43 and was weaving through wave 1 walkers from the 3 mile marker. Please try and avoid the cobble stones for next year. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Nice Event In full: My first Bristol Half and I enjoyed it. Organisation was good for a big race and I felt the price was fair, good T-shirt and medal. Support in the 2nd half of the race was appreciated and got me to a PB. Thanks! Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Fast course In full: Good fast course with enough variety to keep it interesting. Could do with improving the starting organisation (too complicated) and the mile markers which are hard to spot. A good day out though. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Good big city race In full: My only criticism would be that there was a nasty hole in the road which someone could have easily had an accident in and that there were no sports drinks on the route. A gel is not quite the same. Otherwise a very well organised event,with a great t-shirt, medal and support. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: excellent race good route my 5 time runing bristol-see u next year In full: excellent race nice medal and tech t shirt good route my 5 time running bristol-see u next year Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Decent toast course with good atmosphere In full: Good big city race. Start pens was a bit chaotic but race thinned out very quickly after the start line. First half of the race is along the portway which is very flat and straight so if not the most exciting part of the course does allow you to start and maintain a good pace. Second half within the city is more twisty and turns but has great atmosphere from the crowds. Good finish, well organised with medals and t-shirts. Decent medal and technical tee. Definitely recommend it if you like the big city races. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Fast City Run In full: The entry fee is more than for smaller events. Like the Bristol 10k this race doesn't have a cosy quaint feel about it. Its more professional and held in a quite a large city. Even so,the route is very flat and wide and if you cant get a PB it wont be the course's fault. Given Bristolian's reserved nature (Im one of them)there was lots of support and cheering along most of the route. I think the organisation and support in terms of toilets/water/sports drink stations and the entrants village (changing/advice/massage facilities) make it value for money. I thought the goody bag was ok, and the Asics T was decent. I should say that one advantage is that there are so many freebies given away in the village. I must have picked up £20 of free drinks/energy bars/gels etc to put in my holdall before the race. Or wait till afterwards, they were giving things away in handfuls!!!! Date of review: January 10, 2012
In short: No atmosphere and poor course In full: There are a number of problems which need addressing with this course. Firstly the first part of the race along the river on the A4 was to long and there was no support. Secondly not all the course was on road when going through one of the parks I ran on loose gravel, also running on loose paving which was uneven made running fast hard. I suggest removing the part of the course which is run on the loose paving (make the running surface smooth). Date of review: October 24, 2011