In short: Bad organisation but the crowds make up for it In full: I thought 2 loops of the same route would be boring but having all the supporters condensed into a smaller area means the atmosphere is amazing - and if anyone is there to support you, you'll run past them twice! Only bad point was the delay at the beginning and it was quite busy at the start so you had to run really slowly- they should have 2 waves like in Bristol which seemed to run much more smoothly. All in all a fun, fast, well supported race! Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: A half PB...get in! In full: Full of good intent but obviously hampered by the weather, transport and outside contractors which made for lots of hanging around but helped to make a PB feel even better. Date of review: January 20, 2009
In short: Shame about the delayed start but good overall In full: Really enjoy running bath and this year was no exception, the weather obivously didn't help the event village, but surely this was thought about before? Date of review: September 15, 2008
In short: Lovely course, poor organisation In full: I love this course, the most local 'big' race to where I grew up. The course is fast, flat and has a good up lifitng feel with plent of support. The problem is that organisation let the race down big time this year. Poor weather cannot be helped but could have been predicated and at least something up in place to cope with the quagmire created in the runners village. Delayed start in the cold forced eunners to go into the City to find shelter, no signage from the park and ride to the start seems a bizzarre omision by the organisers (fine if your local, problem if not).
I would always run this race despite the organsiation, it's a lovely run. To be fair the organisers made a full and frank apology this year and do their best to create a 'big race' feel - you do really get a sense you are part of something and if they get it right this would be one ofthe best races in the UK in my opinion.
In short: Beaten by the weather! In full: It's always difficult to be -ve when so many people give up their time to help run the event. Thank you.
Given all that has already been said, I think the race has now reached it's tipping point. I think the race infrastructure is OK for around 8,000 runners, but I don't think that's really scalable to 15,000 runners. I think if everyone had run on the day who had registered, the scenes would have been chaotic around the start and finish. Bath is a great warm up event for London, so why not have some sort of link with them and leverage some of their organisational skills for putting on a large running event. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: Organisers looking greedy In full: Taken my time to feedback on this one as initial reaction might have been over negative. Maybe the organisers were caught out by conditions and particular issues like being let down by contractors. In which case they either need to improve very quickly or a more professional team needs to run it in future years. However, I'm starting to think they might just be being a little greedy. I wonder how many of the 5000+ entrants who didn't run got their money back. I know admin costs would have been involved but if 5000 or so people didn't run then Running High have been given thousands of pounds for nothing. 2 years ago I pulled out with less than a month to go and didn't get a refund. I wonder if at these events the temptation to offer more and more places they know won't get taken up is just too tempting to resist. I would be very interested to know the breakdown of costs for this event. Date of review: March 31, 2008