In short: Too many runners for this course, ramshakle start In full: I was talked into this race but I won't be doing it again.
Running village was a good idea it would have been better if you had organised some decent signage informing the crown where to go, I saw green runners moving in all directions. For me the start was a shambles I spent four miles dodging slower runners having entered what I thought was a good frace for a time. Fantastic support good on the course facilities and not bad finish. Just a pity the organisers have pitched for too many runners preumably a budget thing, please next year use timing pens and qualify entrants times. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Great Support from the crowds, maybe not as flat as described. In full: As a newcomer to big races I had wondered how the organizers of such events ensure a smooth start to a race ? When I got my race pack and was given a coded Orange number I could see how this was going to be achieved. So my question is, did the majority of GREEN Runners wildly under-estimate their finishing time or wildly over-estimate their ability ? I started in the first 2 or 3 rows of orange runners and spent the first 5 or 6 miles wading through people moving extremely slowly/walking, maybe a few more questions need to be asked at time of entry ? As a result I spent the first lap being told by Marshals to keep left of the cones, ducking beneath the HEAD HEIGHT "1st lap runners keep left " signposts to achieve smooth progress. Apart from this I enjoyed my race, hopefully the Runninghigh website, when working, will provide a breakdown of results and categories rather than just a race position ? Just one more very picky point my Garmin measured the course 13.25 miles I am assuming this was due to all the ducking, dodging, diving & ducking needed to complete the obstacle course ? Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Good scenery, pity the organisers. In full: Pros
* Lovely bit of shiny, liked the medal * Lots of drink stations - I didn't use them, but there were lots * Good atmosphere, thank you crowds * Good marshalling * Goody bag and tshirt always make me happy
* Don't funnel runners slowly through a wind tunnel behind the Rec ground * How you expect to get 16000 people down one side of a road I'll never quite know, I was picking my way through runners until the finish line * Cones have a habit of popping up a lot, had to straddle jump one * I wasn't sure if the green start had timing pens, but if it did, I didn't see them * IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE A NO IPOD RACE THEN PULL THEM OUT OF THE BLOODY RACE! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Good course, shame about the organisation In full: I did Bath for the first time two years ago and vowed never to do it again because of the poor organisation. I was talked in to it again this year. A serious lack of ladies toilets in the Runners village meant a 45 minute wait until we commandeered a mens loo (thanks lads), and whilst there was some improvment in the 'finishing area', the goody bag didn't even include something to eat when you most need it. On the bright side, it started on time this year. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Too many runners for this course. Bottlenecked for first 3 miles with runners in gorilla suits In full: Although a good one for the beginner with lots of warm hearted support it was hopeless at the beginning. I ran the first 3 miles trying to avoid being tripped up and being hedged in by much slower runners even though I was supposed to be in the faster category. What's the point of categories if you just merge everyone in the beginning? I saw at least 2 runners ending up on the floor. Either the numbers need reducing by 30% or change the course -not one I'll be repeating. A great disappointment Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: No comparison to last year In full: All i can say is that i have to eat my words this year after running it last year and there being nothing but hold ups and bad planning this year they seem to have got their act together the start areas were bigger the race got under way spot on time the course was marshalled a lot better They kept their word about change they did away with wave start they had last year which and they made the start areas bigger so you werenâ€™t crammed tight they closed the roads earlier and must have been reopening them as the last racer went through as there was no hour wait on the bus to get back to the car All in all i cannot fault this yearâ€™s race they seem to have cracked the organization side if next yearâ€™s race is done the same them good on them
In short: Great support and good for a 1/2 virgin In full: Didn't have too many issues at the start having got there for the recommended time and wearing an old hooded jumper to keep the cold out until the last minute.
The start was pretty much bang on time and the support was really good all of the way round.
The course doesn't go through the nicest bits of Bath but the nicest bits of Bath are up some pretty steep hills so I was ok with that!
There were a couple of pulls but it's a pretty flat course otherwise.
The finish was a bit congested but managed to get through fairly quickly maybe multiple funnels next year?
Otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the race, as a beginner the crowds and some of the other runners (I hope Scooby Doo managed to finish ok) really helped get me round. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Torture would be too harsh but not half virgins In full: Kept us waiting far too long in the starting pens - was frozen by the start. Was hoping to see the sights but got residential areas. This IS NOT a flat course as descrobed the booklet, there were a number of hills I was not expecting. Having said that the supporters were FANTASTIC, the people of Bath really know how to cheer you on. Oh and if you happen to be a slow finisher, don't expect there to be anything in the runners village when you do get there, as everyone is packed up and gone home. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In full: It was freezing cold and I got very cold hanging around before the start of the race as it took about 30 mins to get to the start through "bottle neck" queues! Could have been more marshalls along the route or more fencing. Some spectators had decided to park their buggies on the road of the race - I nearly ran into 3! Too many kids messing around sticking their arms out etc. Some roads quite narrow so was bad for over taking. The finish was a disaster!!! Again bottle neck queues and it took over 20 mins to get out of the race! We were given drinks first, medal, chip removal and then a blanket to keep us warm. It was so cold - we needed the blanket first to keep us warm for the wait we had ahead of us! The race overall was a nice route and a good run, but the organisation before and after the run was not very good. Date of review: March 8, 2010