In short: Crowded, not great marshelling but excellent crowds In full: Bath is well known for its great atmosphere and crowd support and it didn't let me down in that respect.
The course is not as flat as the organisers make out, there is one hill at the beginning of each lap, luckily the samba band gave me the push I needed to keep running up the hill! There is a slight climb in the middle of each lap as well but that wasn't too bad.
I don't understand why there were so many cones in the middle of the road especially at the beginning....they were a real hazard & seemed totally pointless. When emergency vehicles needed to drive down the route, the runners should have all been kept to the left hand side but it was different each time and the marshals were pretty useless in dealing with this....we were herded right then left then right again & that just caused confusion and a delay in the vehicles being able to get through. There was a real bottleneck at the start but we'd allowed enough time. The finish was pretty well organised although I didn't get asked what size t-shirt, just got handed a bag & it had a large (I had requested small) so that's a shame.
Overall it is a good race, great for beginners and experienced runners, although quite crowded making it difficult to get a pb for faster runners.
In short: Fantastic race, would definitely do it again! In full: This was my first time and i extremely enjoyed the race. The marchalling was great and there were plenty of drink stops. Would definitely recommend doing this again. Date of review: March 12, 2012
In short: A fun race with exceptional crowds In full: Yes it's busy, but there's no problem if you turn up early and actually listen to the instructions telling you to head for the start.
There probably are too many runners for the width of the course at certain points, but when it opens up it's actually quite quick.
The best bit of today was the constant support all the way around, especially the various bands dotted around the course. The crowds were really noisy and always willing to cheer on a flagging runner even if they didn't know them. Well done all of you!
Overall, probably not the best race for someone aiming for a particularly quick time, but good fun nonetheless. Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Great Crowds In full: My first half. Was busy so probably difficult for a PB if you are fast (fine if you are a slower runner like me). Best crowds of any race I have done. Glad I had my name on my shirt - the crowds really got me home! Excellent medal and T-shirt. Excellent marshals and I thought well organised. Expensive but I think you get what you pay for. Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Good to try but not my cup of tea. In full: This was my 7th half and my first big city one. Its just a personal thing but it was to big for me, the course was fast but I found it hard to get a good pace going because there were so many people. As I said though that is just a personal thing, and I would not suggest to anyone else not to do it. It was a bit expensive, but a you did get a really good goodie bag, medal and t shirt. As for first timers I entered my sister for her first ever race and she loved every min of it. The huge crowd would be a bonus to motivate any first timer. Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Great Atmosphere, well organised considering how many people take part. In full: My first city race and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the crowds kept cheering all the time and gave a great atmosphere. I might wear my name on my shirt next time as there was lots of name shouting by the crowd. I got overtaken by spiderman, a banana and shrek! Date of review: March 11, 2012