In short: Fast PB course In full: Much much improved from the inaugural race last year. The rerouted course I thought worked well - although you run the same section twice, it doesn't quite feel like a 'lap'. As a front runner, I can't comment on the underpass bottleneck but cannot forsee how else they can safely deal with having to cross the busy Bath Road (A4).
The course is quick and flat and scenery on the route, although not breathtaking, is better than most. Marshalls were fantastic and supportive along the whole course and there was much more public support this year too.
Lack of goody bag and the same medal as last year (with different date) was a bit disappointing for the fee but guess most of it was spent on the road closures which were well organised and marshalled. Date of review: September 19, 2012
In short: Charming 'city' race-flat & fast! In full: A good event, well-marshalled and the support around the course was excellent. The underpass congestion stopped me in my tracks but that may have been a good thing,as I was going off too fast anyway! A definite date for my diary for next year-well done PP Date of review: September 19, 2012
In full: Excellent organisation, marshalls and atmosphere, with good, enthusiastic support on the course. Will be back next year, in fact have entered already. Thanks to organisers, and all of the top notch marshalls and helpers. Date of review: September 19, 2012
In short: Overall a good race, just need to re-look at the 1st mile. In full: The marshalls were excellent, course is fast (except the start, pleasant course and well supported. Organisation was good and I liked the fact that there was plenty of close free parking. Did not need to use the baggage area. Nice mix of standard of runners with a good friendly atmosphere. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Fast course (except or the underpass) and good organisation (except for baggage drop off) In full: Apart from the delays caused by the bottlenecks through the town centre and the underpass, which was unacceptable, this is a fast flat course. The road closures and marshalling was well organised. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Great Race Spoiled by Underpass Bottleneck In full: Ran this last year and the course has definately improved. Didn't mind the two laps as didn't have to pass the start line. All in all I found this a great flat friendly race with lots of PB potential.Just a few niggles. Underpass during first mile caused a bottleneck which was just unacceptable. The long queue for baggage. Please just check out other races and see how fast this is normally done. If it had been cold and raining this would have been a big problem. Too many runners wearing headphones oblivious of people trying to pass them. Medals could have been slightly different to last year's.
I'm sure these problems can be ironed out. As usual from Purple Patch a well organised race. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In full: Flat and fast route. However as i live in the area the 2 laps was a little soul distroying and i noted many people dropping out at the lap 2 marker. Otherwise good run to get a PB. Date of review: September 18, 2012