In short: Enjoyed it but far too congested and actually quite expensive for a half In full: I ran this as training for the London Marathon mainly because although I live in London I have friends/family in Bath. I have to admit it's quite expensive for a "half" and I did find the route very congested, but the crowd support was amazing for a city half. Would consider again but price may put me off Date of review: April 26, 2012
In short: the best city half in the country In full: I did bath for the first time this year after all my family telling me how much i was missing out and they weren't wrong. I LOVED the Bath Half and in my opinion is the best city half in the country. The crowds were relentless and unbelievabley uplifting. whole streets turned it into an excuse for a street party and all the students were outside their houses in their droves. people offering trays of jelly babies and water with speakers outside their houses, a local pub had even put a stage outside and had a band playing, at one point I was in tears because of how emotional it all was! The steel band were a highlight and I looked forward to seeing them on the 2nd lap. The double decker bus full of charity support was great too, so much to see on the way round. Very well organised and easy to get to. Route was fantastic, it is a 2 lap which I was dubious about but it worked. Small stretch on the way back into town which was a bit boring but the scouts were there in force to support us in the non residential areas. The finish straight was great. It is a flat course with only one incline that lasts about 40 seconds thats it. I have no bad words to say, I love this race and will do it every year for as long as I can! Date of review: April 25, 2012
In short: Fabulous atmosphere pulls you through the tough bits! In full: The Bath Half was very well organized. Yes, it was quite busy, but if you turned up to your starting pen in good time you could easily secure a good starting position. I ran for the pure enjoyment, and was thrilled by the atmosphere - all along the route people lined the streets cheering us all on. The whole day felt really special and although I didn't do a particularly fast time (2:10), I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The thrill of being lapped by the leading runners was fab, and I'd definitely run this one again! Organisation was exceptional, and the goody bag was marvellous. All in all, a great race! Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Great Atmosphere but too congested In full: It was a great atmosphere cheering all the way around, also inspirational music at times. Course not flat - there were undulations. Runners Village was crowded and its just as well it was a warm dry sunny day else it would have turned into a mud bath.Inadequate toilet arrangements. Unfortunately like many have suggested too crowded both in the village and more importantly the course. There needs to be more categories of runner. I started 6 minutes behind the start gun, and found it impossible to safely overtake for miles. Virtually walking in places during the first half mile.and even in the latter stages I was having to weave and bob too much for my liking. That said I still improved my PB by 20 seconds. That however wasnt because it was fast flat course, because it isnt = it was due to the hard training I put in!!! I wont be doing this one again. Roll on the Bristol Half in September. Now thats a fast flat PB potential course! Date of review: March 24, 2012
In short: Brill atmosphere, crowded start In full: Enjoyed this race. Bath is a lovely city and the crowd watching it created a great atmosphere. The Runner's village had lots of facilities however the many non-runners in there made it difficult to pass through. Disorganised queues for the toilets, the lack of barriers meant people arriving just before the start time decided they could ignore the queue most of us were in for 20minutes already. That plus having to squeeze out through the narrow bit by the rugby ground meant that I was 9 minutes late passing the start line. Stuck behind a guy dressed as a banana and various superheros meant that any PB I had designs on, was out of the question. Would still recommend people to do. I just wouldn't do it again. Date of review: March 20, 2012
In short: My first Half and what a great way to start. Crowd support was fantastic and couldn't fault the organisation. In full: Great setting. Great crowd. Great organisation. My first Half and I'll be back again next year. No trouble getting into or out of the City centre by car. It was crowded for the first mile - didn't expect anything else, but I still managed to set out too fast. Downhill start for the first mile was welcome - but not so good coming back into the finish! Not pancake flat, but who wants to run a boring flat race anyway? No problem following the route or spotting the mile markers - except the first one. Incredible support from the crowd, which stretched almost all the way around the course. A great event to start with and keen to come back next year and repeat the experience. Date of review: March 17, 2012
In short: Has a better reputation than it deserves In full: I've done this race twice, '08 and '12.
It's not that quick - as others have mentioned there are plenty of courses out there that are quicker.
It's not that accurate - a common gripe from GPS wearers is that a particular course is short, long etc etc. Bottom line is that everyone on connect.garmin has this race as long by ~100-300m. I've no doubt the course was accurately measured, I just think that there's no way to run the "racing line" owing to the fact that the course is divided on the second lap.
It's not that cheap - in fact, it's not cheap at all, the only reason I did it this year is because I could get a free entry because I'm an old git. Absolutely astonishing that any half in the UK could charge roughly 10 quid more than the London marathon. Is it really more expensive to put a 1/2M on in Bath than it is to put on a marathon in London???
It's not that well marked - maybe I'm blind, but the only mile markers I saw were 3M, 10M and 11M, hardly ideal, unless you're wearing a GPS, in which case you're bugg3rd in any case (see above).
Other than that, great race, see you all next year, providing I can get a free entry ;-) Date of review: March 16, 2012
In short: UNDULATING! And queue up for the start EARLY if you don't want to get stuck in the 4-mile long bottleneck In full: I too would like to emphasise the fact that for a city run, this can not be labelled flat!! I did get a PB - but it was my first ever half marathon (1hr50)! but i was stuck in the bottle-neck at the back for the first 4miles, attempting to weave in and out where possible, eventually mounting the pavement and running full-pelt into the side of a portaloo... results could be displayed better online, as you are ranked by the big clock and not your chip, but we didn't cross the start line till 9 minutes past. the data should either be manipulable by the 'sort' button, or rank you in terms of time actually taken to run the race. i thought it would be the best day ever but i couldn't connect with the race on the day. Date of review: March 16, 2012
In short: Great race... not so sure about value! In full: This is the third year i have run bath, and i came out with a great PB! The race and the atmosphere is great. The one problem is the cost, and value for money. I know races are getting more expensive as the popularity increases, but only a few years ago this race was £30, now next years event has been advertised at an 'early bird discount' of £39! There was not a lot in the goody bag, and i actually think the medal has got worse, they do give a top, but this year all they had was large cotton ones (and this is not what was left over, this is all the started with). Lucazade were there sponsors again but did not have their tent this year as it was at Silverstone, they gave out drinks, but were in very short supply of bars/gels, in fact i did not get any and i turned up 2 hours before race start! Overall, i am not entirely sure if this race is worth it any more... UNDECIDED for next year! Date of review: March 14, 2012
In short: Brilliant race, getting expensive though In full: This was my fourth year running the Bath Half and it is definitely one of my favourite races. The atmosphere and organisation is always great and it is definitely the course to run a PB on (not pancake flat but no major undulations). However, the race is getting very expensive. In 2010 the entry fee was £30, 2011 it went up to £34 and this year it increased to £37 (even more if unaffiliated). For this kind of money you would expect a technical t-shirt, but all you get is a size large cotton shirt that is too big to wear. If the price increases again I definitely won't run it next year- shame really because every other aspect of the race is spot on.