In short: Great support and setting, but bottlenecks before, during and after race detracted a bit. In full: Organisation of the start for slower starters was poor, held up for what felt like ages in the frezzing wind and then the instruction given was: "just ditch your spare clothing, warm up and go when your ready". So much for an aerobic warm-up and a proper start, dtracted from the occassion a bit. Support brilliant going round though, course was good if a bit narrow in places. Post race as badly organised/bottlenecked as the start. Spectators had a hard tim eof it too at the finish, but I guess to be expected if narrow pavements are to be used. Overall, other runners and the crowds made for a good experience. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Atmosphere made up for poor start/finish In full: Let me get the bad out of the way first: 1. Too many people - first two miles you were falling over people. 2. Start/finish were dreadful - penned in on way to start line and again at the end. Felt like cattle. 3. Pricey - it's definitely at the steep end.
The good stuff:
1. Atmosphere was great - crowd were superb. Drums and radio stations were good but hats off to all the residents and students blaring their music out of their houses. Brilliant.
2. Fast. The first two miles aside, you could definitely get a PB on this course.
3. Weather. Cold at the start and end but once you got going conditions were perfect.
4. Afterglow. I was buzzing all day long - the sort of feeling that makes running worthwhile.
Sort the start/finish, reduce the numbers a bit and this will be the perfect race. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Good race with great support In full: This is the first time I have done the Bath half and I would be happy to return and do it again. It all seemed to go very smoothly, despite being very crowded for most of the route when you have to stick to the left. All volunteers were great, and despite a few rolling hills the atmosphere and course made it a great day Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: A good run, but chaos at the end. In full: The actual running was great, fantastic support from the people of bath with lots of lovely people handing out jelly babies and the Scouts were very enthusiastic at their lucozade station. A good fast course without any major hills. The start was prompt, but a lot of hanging around on a cold day. However, the runners village created huge bottlenecks of crowds before the race and at the the end far too many runners were pushed into a narrow lane back into the runners village causing far too big a crowd. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Sadly it's trying to be bigger than what it's capable of being. In full: Overall there was more people running this than the infrastructure could cope with and the tight course was capable of handling; if the entry limit was a few thousand less this would be a brilliant event in a beautiful city.
It's a shame because the people of Bath clearly embrace this race and make the day special for the runners.
The entrance fee is far too high for what you get too!
In short: Too many runners for the size of Bath and facilities In full: The numbers of entrants needs to be halved next year if this event is to resurrect itself. 15,000 runners and their supporters is too much for Bath. The transport (rail specifically was a shambles - more so on way home). The two lap course is not a good idea as we were all crammed into too narrow a course and then on lap two as we could spread out I was having to dodge the cones that were in the middle of the road.
The amount of inexperienced runners that find it necessary to cut across you just to find that gap was totally annoying - I even had one guy narrowly miss tripping me up as he ran across the road from one side to the other (just to clap a small lads hand who was standing on the side of the road) - insane!
The end of the event after the finish line was completely back to front - why oh why were the foil wraps at the very end of the funnel? We were all freezing cold by then - I have read that one poor lady was taken ill as she became so cold and was stuck in the crowds...
Why also were the fences narrowed at the end and not opened up? Not a good idea...
Then guys, I go to check my official time on the website last night and the site has crashed...Still the same this morning and there is a welcoming sign telling us that the site is undergoing maintenance...
I won't be entering this event again. Bristol Half and 10k is miles ahead. Please Bath, cut back the size of the field - it's too big for Bath! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: shambles at start! In full: Not sure what happened at start but a bit of a shambles, couldn't get into start bay on time due to mass of people squeezing through the smallest of passageways passed the rugby ground, clock said 10mins when I crossed start line. Some people were running 200 yards to get to the start line so you felt the need to join in or get knocked over, many orange starters were going 5mins before green starters, spent the first two miles running around people. Bottleneck at the end was too small and unnecessary. More/better access to start bays is a must for next year. Date of review: March 8, 2010