In short: Really Great Atmosphere In full: I've done this race a few years in a row, it's always good fun, for the most part quite pretty (although there's a little stretch through industrial estates round the back), and much flatter than you'd expect for Bath.
Atmosphere is great, it being a 2 lap race really helps as it means you pass through areas with decent crowds for well over half the race. Love the live bands too. Would recommend. Date of review: March 18, 2016
In short: Overly crowded two lap race In full: Too many people for the course meant you were consistently dodging people. Two lap course made it difficult to get into your own space. The roads were incredibly narrow for 12000 people, making it even difficult for elite on their second lap to pass. The end was very unorganised with t-shirts and medals. Overall the whole half marathon and runners village was very overcrowded. However bath is very pretty they should definitely reduce the number of runners to make the race a lot more enjoyable for everyone. Date of review: March 17, 2016
In short: Worth the trip from Surrey In full: Decided to do this for a change as having been racing for years it was nice to d a new race.. Excellent organisation and atmosphere plus great incentives for good club runners. Really high standard but also excellent for slower runners.
In short: I'd do it all again In full: My first half, and what a special feeling. Yes, there's probably faster ones (like I'd notice, stuck in the orange group), there's probably nicer scenery, cheaper, blah blah blah. But as a first timer, the combination of supportive crowds, nice long stretches (and no hills to talk about), good music and good organisation made this a brilliant experience. The wall of noise coming into Queens Square was unbelievable and made my skin prickle. I may not have gone as fast as I wanted, but I have rarely felt such a sense of achievement. The sight looking down at all the runners as we left the start was very moving. The crowds really make a huge difference. I'd do it all again, even with my sore toes! Date of review: March 14, 2016
In short: Great crowds, beautiful city In full: Great support from the crowds lining the route and the many bands. However, the first 3 miles were very congested if you weren't a frontrunner, with bottle necks as the runners were forced by marshals to only use half the width of the route, to allow 2nd lappers to come through. Forced to a walking pace at times, as we all converged. Better after about 4 miles. Potentially a fast course, as long as you're not stuck behind slower runners in the early part of the race. It would appear that anyone who submitted a greater than 2 hour estimation were all lumped in the same back pen....either that, or there were some very optimistic finishing times submitted! Date of review: March 14, 2016
In short: great crowd, slick organisation, good times In full: My first Bath Half and really enjoyed it. Really well organised. Only gripe was log jam at the end when we collected goodie bag etc. Was not keen on the double lap idea but it made sure that the crowd was concentrated, later start time and good weather meant a big crowd and fantastic atmosphere. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Lovely city, average race In full: Having grown up just a few miles from Bath, this is a race I really wanted to tick off my list. Knowing the city well I was pretty relieved that the route avoided some of the nasty hills. However it was a shame it looped twice around the city rather than taking advantage of the ample space and keeping it different throughout. However the race was very well supported despite the rotten weather. I've probably got a slight downer on the race because I under-performed time-wise, but this had as much to do with the fry up I ate at our guest house that morning as it did the race itself! Date of review: November 17, 2015