In full: I really enjoyed my first half, Bath and the crowds were brilliant! However, the organisation at the finish was so terrible that I was actually ill afterward - it was a cold day and finishing at a peak time I had to wait half an hour in the finish funnel - NO FOIL, nowhere to stretch - I was shivering badly by the time I got out, thankfully I was met by my friend who is a doctor and took care of me (warm bath, hot water bottle etc)- but after 2h 10 of running you do not need to stand exposed in freezing cold. I too liked the t-shirt etc but would gladly have given them up to not freeze. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Too Big for the Bath In full: Why were we asked to submit expected times? Everyone was lumped together and I was still overtaking people in costume at the 4 mile mark!! Such a large field was too much for the centre of Bath perhaps. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: A good race, with an ok route In full: I've heard some bad things about this race, but I didn't see anything horrible until I finished. The worst thing about this race was the finishers funnel. There were so many people moving so slowly in such cold weather it was verging on ridiculous. Hopefully the organisers make the finishers funnel larger next year to allow runners to keep moving instead of stopping and starting movement. The race communication was decent. Plenty of emails beforehand. I received my race pack about a month and a half before the race. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Lovely course, great support, finish could be better co-ordinated In full: Last year, I fell fowl of the Park & Ride to get to the start, so took the train this time but I hear it was better this year. Lots of great support on the way round and good marshaling. Lovely, slightly undulating course, it felt really good to run and enabled me, quite surprisingly to get my PB. Unfortunately the finish at the end was still not sorted and the further back you finished the worse it seemed to get. T-shirts came in different sizes this year, so fortunately I don't have another nightshirt. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: A very enjoyable event. In full: This was the best of the last three Bath halfs by far - no delay at the start, ideal weather for running and a brilliant crowd. Heard one spectator say "the more I watched the more I wanted to do it next year!" An event to inspire people to take part. - Yes, there are glitches still, but all-in-all ... A very enjoyable event. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: will be back In full: i love this race...crowds are always friendly and a better setting for a start/finish you could not wish for...yes I know there are problems getting to and frommthe runners village but then again I don't suppose 18th century street planners had mass participation sports events on their minds. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Great race with amazing support. Unfortunately let down by the entry/exit to the runners village... In full: Thank you so much to the crowds today, especially on the home straight when I really needed it. Without their support it would have been very different.
Bath is my local half (I live right on the course) but after running the last three I have to say I'm becoming more dispirited with it by the year - at least it managed to start on time this year. I know that the goody bag is a bonus and you do get a t-shirt (albeit almost identical to last year) but it certainly helps you to refuel if there's something useful in it! I was one of the lucky ones with a granola bar...
My main gripe was the post-race debacle. We were funnelled back into the runners village into a bottleneck, had our chips removed and then given foil, 15 minutes after finishing. All of which made for seized-up muscles an a very cold me. After that, the bottleneck got tighter towards the 'goody' bags as we were penned in by a huge fence, despite ample space in the runners village to have moved the fence a few metres out. Also, whatever the weather the runners village into a mud-pit - could do with the matting across the whole thing really.
The only other (minor) issue would be the erroneous smattering of cones on the course, especially in the latter stages. I know it must be challenging with a two-lap race but those cones can leap out at you!
The Bath Half is a great race when you're out on the course and so well-supported by the people of bath that it sems a shame to complain, but each year it is tainted in some way by poor organisation and a lack of common sense. And add to that the high cost, I'll be thinking long and hard about running it next year...
In short: well organised, great weather, great crowd In full: Although I am not a fan of double lap races I have to say the supporters (cheerleaders, samba bands, radio stations, kids with jelly babies, students with radio blasting out the windows etc...), flat course and great weather made this pretty awesome. And as someone who totally cocked up with pre-race fuelling I can honestly say I appreciated the frequent and plentiful clean portaloos! however i wouldve appreciated some food post-race - banana anyone?! and the queue to get de-chipped, collect medals, bags etc was very badly organised. Also pacers wouldve been good. But ill be back, and with decent pre-race fuelling ill be getting my PB! Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: alot better than last 2 years In full: finally they seem to have sorted things out, so much better than last 2 years, toilets need to be inside runners village or there needs to be more entry points to village but apart from that everything went well, not sure if things were the same for later finishes Date of review: March 7, 2010