In short: Great Atmosphere. Amazing Event In full: Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Great support from the crowd and marshalls. Great organisation. Will definately be back next year. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Very crowded! In full: There were far too many participants, making what would be an otherwise well-organised race pretty slow in getting competitors through the start and finish. The crowded feel extended to the supporters, who were surrounding the course for the first two hours. For this reason, I would recommend it to beginners who would like the moral support, but not ABSOLUTE beginners who expect to be running it in more than 2hr 45 min. Not a beautiful course; nice in some places, but there is a quiet stretch along some dreary industrial bits. Goody bag at the end was respectable - magazine, Mars bar, couple of snack bars, blister plasters, T-shirt - but nothing special. Although they did run out of medium T-shirts for all of us towards the back end of the race!! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Really enjoyed it. The support was great. In full: Wasn't sure what to expect having never done a multi lap half marathon before but really enjoyed the day. I think I was lucky as the organisation worked like clockwork for me which made the whole day so much more enjoyable. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Great atmosphere, average scenery In full: My first half. The support from the crowd and the officials was great; lots of inspiration. Scenery could be more inspiring, but then it has to be a practical route, which limits selection a bit. A long time waiting for the start, if you went up when called, but I suppose with so many runners that's unavoidable. All in all a good day out. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Now my favourite race of the year. In full: I have done this 5 out of the last 6 years and it has become my favourite race of the year. The support along the route is brilliant.
However if we get another wet year I can see it be a bit of a diasater like I have seen in the past. Love the music along the route. Would be great if more could be set up. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Great races but course could be tweeked In full: Fantastically run race got a PB so im happy. However the build up scared me a little with most letters etc from the race putting me off drving or going on the bus or indeed turning up to the race! Also there is a very long straight dull road with little supporters from miles 10-12 which was really tough. but good race Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Still too many people In full: The race is now far better organised than it was a few years ago. HOWEVER, the underlying issue to all the problems that people mention is that the infrastructure can't cope with a five figure strong race. That's the course, traffic, parking, awful lapping of runners in a free for all, congested finish area etc etc.
As it's a commercially run race and reducing numbers would impact their revenue I can't see that the sole cause of recurring problems will be addressed. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Nice day for a run... In full: Had a great day yesterday but I do really miss that outdoor swimming pool target practice for used sport drinks to throw into like last years!! Its now a car rental? or a empty lot.
Anyone stopped for a burger that was being cooking!! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Well organised event on a fast course with lots of potential for beginners In full: Nice, fast, and relatively flat course starting and finishing on the magnificent Great Pulteney St. Running through Georgian squares, across the Kennet & Avon canal and taking in some wide straight suburban roads I thoroughly enjoyed this race.
Great spectator support with most of the route lined with people cheering, playing music or generally having a great time. Nice to see so many residents cheering from their gardens and windows, makes you feel very welcome in their city.
Well done to all the organisers and helpers, for some very smooth event management. Bag storage, start and finish areas (including goody bags, chip removal, water) and all marshalling was done brilliantly. Date of review: March 7, 2011