In short: Fantastic organisation- but that's the best thing about it In full: First of all, like many others I must praise the great organisation and especially the army of volunteers who enable the race to take place. Many people don't realise just what hard work it is to put an event of this size on- so thank you to all those people.
Loved the t-shirt and the medal, but please ditch the pointless 'goody bag'- not worth having it!
The course- given Bristol's topography this is perhaps the only way of doing it. I, however, didn't like it. The long drag up the portway seemed to take forever, and there appear to be longer, harder inclines than there actually are. Also I didn't really like all the twists and turns through the city in the last few miles.
Not a good race for me, a bit too hot and windy, but you can't blame the organisers for that!
Lastly, this event is very expensive, and given the slightly flat atmosphere for a big city race, I wouldn't rush to do it again.
In short: an interesting, well organised race In full: I had been reading last years reviews of the race to try to work out the hills etc, basically the first 8 miles were slight inclines/declines along the portway sections of which had a strong head wind, heading back into town the course is a bit winding with a few cobbles and a few short sharp inclines in the last few miles which are a bit energy sapping but overall i really enjoyed this race Date of review: September 15, 2011
In short: Great organisation, good route, more cheers from the crowd, please! In full: Really well organised - all city races should learn from this one. My route planning and running watch both think it's longer than 13.1 miles but a good circuit. Agree with the need for clearer mile markers for the last 2 miles, especially countdown markers. Crowd was fine but nothing on the enthusiasm and support of Reading Date of review: September 14, 2011
In short: Enjoyable 1st half but organisation could be better In full: First of all my race pack went to a completely incorrect address! Secondly the t-shirts could be in more female runner friendly sizes! My "Small" t-shirt drowns me! Otherwise all went well for my first half marathon. Date of review: September 14, 2011
In short: new course, same hills, more wind and sun - may as well go on holiday and not run In full: The hills in the centre within a few miles of the finish are too much for any but the regular club runner. The weather was not fit for a race. It was hot. I lost 4 kg (almost 9 pounds) of fluids. I couldn't possibly drink 4 pints during the run to replace fliuds. Overall: race from hell. Date of review: September 14, 2011
In short: Generally well thought out event. Better than most In full: This was my first time at this event. The course is generally fast and flat with lots of long straight sections in the first 8 miles and a two wave start, both reducing congestion. Despite this, the number of runners in the event (10000) can lead to the first mile or so being slow. There is plenty of NCP type parking available within a few minutes walk of the start, and the race facility provision and organisation(toilets, bag drop, information, post race drinks etc) is nothing short of excellent I was also very impressed with the sheer number of people who had given up their Sunday morning, clearly on a voluntary basis. As noted elsewhere, the only negative was the absence or poor positioning of markers within the last 2 miles. The 12 mile marker seemed to be absent and as the finish gantry only becomes visible within the last 200m or so, "countdown" markers - 800m, 400m etc would have been useful. Otherwise a fantastic day out ! Date of review: September 14, 2011