In short: Good with room for improvment In full: On a very positive note queuing up for the start in Pulteney Street is great and the supporters all the way round were superb, especially the house music fromthe student digs and the family who played the Proclaimers 'I would walk 500 miles!'. The overall organsiation was good and the runners village works really well. On a negative note public transport to the race was horrendous and my offical time is nearly 3 minutes slower than the time I had - was there a problem with the badge chips? Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Reliably good half, good atmosphere In full: Plus points were the great supporters, reasonably good organisation given the size of race and weather was ok. Also appreciated the 10km marker, as this is a useful pace check for regular race entrants. Downsides - shame the race can't include some of the prettier parts of Bath (although this would make it more hilly!), some people pushed into starting pens they had no chance of making the time for (not race organisers fault, maybe have more categories of entrant race numbers?) and also not great facility for runners to get back to a good position to cheer their friends & family over the line. All considered, another well run race by the Bath HM team & will be back for a 3rd year in a row next year! Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Very well organised, personal best potential. In full: Queues for the toilets a problem and slow baggage reclaim otherwise brilliantly organised. Finally broke 1hr 40 in a half but the conditions were ideal. Shame some of the scenery is not more inspiring as Bath is a superb city but then it would be hillier I suppose. Good support along the route and a very special finish. Well done I'll be back. Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Great Fast Half In full: Great Weather. Great Flat route. Well spaced out water and Lucozade stops. Could do with more toilets at start. Bit pricy when you consider you only get a medal and goody bag though. Overall a really great experience though, took 14mins off my PB! Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Excellent atmosphere, the route is fantastic no real problems hill wise so great for a p b In full: The race director and his team should be congratulated for a very well run event, even the weather was kind to us.Some of the issues people have are of their owm making,read the race instructions and information carefully arrive in good time use alternative facilities (not the ones at the start were everyone else is!)and bring your "designer" bin bag or old jumper to wear before the start.However I do take the point that foil blankets at the finish would be welcome! The support arround the route was amazing especially the drummers very uplifting,thank you Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Brilliant Race! In full: This year's race was well organised. The pens at the start worked well for me and the crowd support was grand. I could have done with a foil blankie at the end while waiting for bags (brrr) and would like to see a more organised/streamlined goody bag collection next time. Being thrown your medal and bag from a truck isn't the best way to end a race. Overall - a great day, though. And 14 minutes off my PB! Nice. Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Really well organised race with excellent atmosphere and good encouragement In full: This was my first Bath Half, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The organisation and marshalling were excellent, the goody bag was packed, and the crowds were uplifting. Wonderful atmosphere amongst the runners. My young family appreciated that the route went past Victoria Park, so they spent time in the playground.
Plenty of drinks stations and first aid. Only downside for me was the number of portaloos along the route - a long queue at every one, I spent 4½ minutes waiting at 9 miles :-( Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Generally slick, but a few niggles to be sorted. In full: The course is fast (as ever) and we were blessed with near perfect conditions. Plenty of water stations and 2 lucozade stations.
Toilet queues weren't great, but I managed to find some in the stands that were open and had only a very short queue. Similarly, the baggage queues were starting to build when I collected mine, and that needs to be sorted, especially as there wasn't a foil blanket to keep warm afterwards. Perfect racing conditions don't make for perfect hanging about while you're cooling rapidly conditions!
But we started on time, the crowd support was good, the on-course entertainment lifted spirits and I took 5 minutes off my PB, breaking 1.30 for the first time. It's kind of hard not to be biased, frankly!
One major bug-bear was transport for locals - those of us coming from Bristol had very limited trains first things due to engineering works. I don't know if anyone tried to persuade National Rail (or whichever bit of our privatised rail service takes these decisions!) to change the times/start trains earlier, but there were a lot of angry people at Temple Meads at 9am on Sunday!!! Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Superb race - brilliantly organised In full: I'm a reasonably quick runner so experienced no problems with crowding at the start or with baggage collection afterwards. In fact, the organisation was a good as FLM. Also, nobody seemed to realised that there were plenty of other toilets other than the main ones - I had no problems with queues at all.
As for getting cold at the start - the guide book that was included in your runners pack states that you will be on the start for 3/4 of an hour and that you should bring a bin bag or old clothes. And it wasn't that cold, surely?
A fabulous race in a fabulous city. Will be back. Date of review: March 26, 2007