In short: Well organized and enjoyable. In full: I've done this race each year since 2005 and always found it a good experience. I used to prefer going round the streets first and then up the Portway and back to the finish. The drag round the streets at the end is heavy going but I see the point of getting into a wide road as quickly possible. Basics like baggage storage and toilets are excellent and the only gripe I have is that some mile-markers seemed to have been missed or were difficult to see. Will take part next year without doubt and would recommend it to anyone wondering whether to try this race. Date of review: September 13, 2011
In full: This years t-shirt was much better that lasts (even though a small was massive!) but I agree with other comments about the goody bad- disappointing! My garmin also measured 13.4 miles but that might be me, must learn to cut corners! 1 minutes slower than last year but with recent injuries I can't complain. I enjoy Bristol Half, more people turned out to cheer this year but thats probably because the weather was good! The cobbles, twists and minor inclines towards the end definitely slowed me down but Ill be back next year to beat my time! Date of review: September 13, 2011
In short: Worth a go! In full: Good race, nice and fast, bit dull once run under the Suspension Bridge and back, but apart from that its a nice fast course.
Downside: Cobbles - I know they are loved by some, but for other (like me) they are a nuisance, and slowed me down considerably. A route which by passed the cobbles would have got top marks.
Special praise for the marshalls, st johns and paramedics there - saw some many people collapse, and within seconds help was there, and ambulance called (when needed). Well done all of you, should be very proud. Date of review: September 13, 2011
In short: Loved it! In full: Organisation brilliant, great scenery, great all round atmosphere. Found the last few miles a bit challenging, but at least i know what to expect next year. This is a perfect event for people like myself who live outside the area as plenty of accommodation available around start/finish area. Date of review: September 13, 2011
In short: Great new course layout In full: Great new layout of the course, destroyed my PB now there's a lot less fiddly turns. Water and energy drink at many points. Great event, if a little expensive. Date of review: September 13, 2011
In short: Well organised In full: Pros: well organised, lots of water stations, lots of toilets, nice t-shirt. Cons: difficult to overtake at the start, looping around the same roads, cost, cobbled streets.
In short: Much better course than last year In full: Improvements to the route made the start a lot less congested and less corners before the portway.
Organisation - good as usual. T-shirt - v good Goodbag - it was useful for carrying my rubbish home - lets leave it at that.... Price - too expensive - last year they had a first day £20 special offer registration which wasn't available this year. Might explain why the numbers were down to only 9000.
In short: One of my favourites, excellent well organised event with lots of support In full: A Great day, lots of crowd support. Marshals were plentiful and efficient. really good T shirt and medal. well worth doing again Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Well organised city centre race In full: Well organised and quite high-profile in the local area.
Plenty of support (local news quoted 20,000 spectators and 9,000 runners), particularly in the second half of the race when you return to the main city centre after heading out under the Clifton Suspension Bridge in the first half.
The course is flat, with a couple of steep-ish slopes (thankfully quite short!) in the last couple of miles. Lots of water stops and free Lucozade, if that's your thing.
My first half marathon and I would definitely do it again. Date of review: September 12, 2011