In short: What a day, What a Race In full: Beautiful day and well organised race as usual. Loving this one more each year. This race i recommend to runners of all levels. Thanks to the organisers for a great day. Just a shame there was no food at the finish, could of murdered a flapjack or chocy bar. Date of review: April 8, 2010
In short: Dull and Monotonous. In full: Great organisation, fantastic weather, naff goody bag. I love standing on the cliff top or on the beach looking out to sea, on lovely days like Sunday it can be hypnotic. But running alongside is just tedious, dull and does nothing to take your mind off the pain, oh the pain! Felt like i was getting nowhere fast... Maybe i've got the hump as had a poor time.... Date of review: March 29, 2010
In full: Very pleased with the organization of this race. Enjoyed the route and thought was very scenic along the beach. A few mile markers seemed to be missing, unless I missed them! but nothing to upset the day. Tee-shirt was great and thought water stops were fine. My only negative about the race was the price of parking, but then for this location I should have expected it. Would enjoy to run it again. Oh, and I did get a PB, so it can be done on this course. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Great way to spend Sunday morning. In full: First time at this race and very impressed. Organisation was good. Friendly atmosphere and good support. Only one real hill on the course, Durley Chine, and that was short and sharp and compensated for by the more gradual downhill of Alum Chine. Agreed that the 2-mile marker was a long way out and I looked for the 12-mile marker in vain. Perfect weather helped me to a PB. I suspect that it would have been more difficult if the forecast wind and rain had arrived. Good value although personally I would prefer the organisers to dispense with the medal and spend the money saved on bottled water. I can't run and drink out of those plastic cups! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Well organised race with something for everyone! In full: Although very few people will be gaining PBs with this course, it is still worth the effort. There are a few sections where narrow paths force you to run at the pace of the group rather than your own pace. However, nice scenery along the beach front and through the gardens don't allow this to spoil the race. In conjunction with the 5K and 10K there should be somehting for everyone here. Nice medal and T, poor goody bag. The route becomes a bit windy between 6 and 10 miles when we snake through the housing estate but other than that nice course. Will do again next year!! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Wonderful Race Along The Sea Front In full: My second Bournemouth Bay Half (I missed last year) and one of the best races I have run (not on performance that is). Lovely scenery throughout taking you up Durley Chine, along Middle and down Alum Chine back onto the prom. Great to pass back through the pier crowd and see the 10 runners coming back the other way. Next a trip past Boscombe Pier and past Southbourne beach where I spent many childhood holidays. The return along the top of the cliff give some excellent views to take your mind off the aching legs and a great reception at the finish line.
The only down sides were the drink stations seemed a little rushed, the volunteers did their best but they seemed over run. Some of the marshals looked like they really didn't want to be there but the majority were excellent.
Considering there are so many events starting in a short space of time, the organisation and value of this event is incredible, please do not change anything!
Well done to the organisers, yet again brilliant. Date of review: March 29, 2010