In short: well run as always In full: Well run race as usual, course change didnt hinder the potential for a PB, this course if faster than many say. The only minor problem with the course change was that I was kept in the car park for an hour and half until some of the marathon runners were in, a small problem that I am sure will be sorted by next time if this new route is continued with. Date of review: April 25, 2008
In short: Well organised race In full: Well done Taunton a well organised race.Plenty of support around the course and encouragement.The slightly altered route from last year worked well.An enjoyable run which was made possible by the effort of Taunton.See you next year Date of review: April 9, 2008
In short: Everything Bath was not! In full: So its my local race and I am biased, but what a great day, organisation was spot on, good changing facilities and the best marshalls out there.The start was a litle crowded but soon thinned out and with chip timing does it really matter unless you are going to win the race? To top it all I set my PB on this course which came as a bit of a suprise what with the hill towards the end of the course. If only Bath could learn from the organisers of Taunton! Will definately be back next year.
In short: Fantastic organisation and great course In full: The organisation was great, plenty of water on route. Even hot showers for us slow ones at the back. Timing chip was good. Great day out and will be coming back next year! shame the redbull was not at the end of the race,,, never got mine!
In short: Well organised local race, well done! In full: Great race in my home town so knew the route well. Started bang on time which meant no hanging around in the cold. Quick 1st half with lots of chatting with other runners. Good support along the way and the marshals were great from those managing the traffic to the water/sponge stations. It was a cold day with snow showers at times to a big well done to them for standing out there for over 4 hours. Thanks guys! Fairly lonely 2nd lap as most of the half marathoners had finished (very jealous of them at mile 13!) but the support form locals/marshals was still fantastic. Got really hard from mile 17 onwards but the words of encouragement from other runners as I passed was amazing, a real sense of being in it together. Good spotting at the end, the commentator had my name called out within seconds of me turning the final corner. An amazing 1st marathon for me (3.39) and my sister was 1st lady! A really well organised event, couldnt have asked for better for my first time around. Should be in London next year but will definitely be back at some point to revist that awful Rumwell Hill! Date of review: April 8, 2008
In short: Nice friendly race In full: I've been waiting to run this for years - so thank you to the organisers for going to chip timing so that I didn't have to time-keep! Thoroughly enjoyed the day, running round with a team mate for the half and then driving round to support the four Club mates in the marathon - or at least the two we could catch! Date of review: April 7, 2008
In short: Well organised race - even kept the snow away In full: A stress free race due to clockwork organisation. I last ran the race in 2006 and the new course is a great improvement by avoiding the park in the early miles. Unfortunately Rumwell Hill was as bad as I remembered which dented any aspirations for a PB. Well done to the organisers and the marshalls. I look forward to next year. Date of review: April 7, 2008