In short: On of the biggest rip offs in the racing calendar In full: Where do I start: Dire organisation, no information at the start; chips didn't record start of race; ill-fitting, ugly sponsor-orientated T-shirt; laughable goody bag (surely with all those sponsors listed on the back of the shirt they could give you more than a banana and a (sponsored) bar of chocolate?); medals that didn't arrive (and cost extra); route around Bath rather than through it, so we could have been anywhere; Ridiculously overpriced.
The lucozade was the best thing about the day. This is my nearest large event and I ain't coming back. As I am writing this after the 2005 event it seems the organiswers have yet to learn their lesson. While people are prepared to pay top money for poor events such as this it is unlikely things will improve. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: Sods law strikes In full: The organisers tried to make up for the mess up on times in 2003 by getting new disposable chips in the running number. Thesewere delayed in arrival from the suppliers so most had to be collected on the day. This caused total chaos and it got worse as people joined the queue at 10.00 onwards. I strolled down to the race HQ for 8.00 when there were no queues and then went back to my base for breakfast. The chaos meant that the race start was delayed but no one told the runners until 5 minutes befor the due start time leaving little time to react by finding somewhere warm or telling supporters to delay coming down to the course. Upshot was everybody got cold wet and v.p*****d off. That said I recorded a new PB by over 5 minutes and got my result. The baggage reclaim etc was however in the swamp known as the Bath recreation ground so changing without getting dry kit wet and muddy wasn't an option.
But I'll be back in 2005 in the hope that its third time lucky, but if my mum didn't live three minutes from the start I wouldn't bother, the only sceneary you will see is on the Saturday touring the shops the run itself could be anywhere on two major urban roads (yawn) Date of review: March 10, 2005
In short: Must do better! In full: Surprised more people weren't injured. Organisers thought it was acceptable to get everyone lined up on the start line and THEN announce that the start would be delayed. Never been so cold in my life. Stood with just race gear on for what seemed ages but probably in reality 30 mins. Too long anyway, felt like mental torture - was such a pleasure/relief to start running. Reason being something to do with race chips that didn't work anyway. Husband is still waiting for reply for his actual finish time 12 months later! Nevermind, just unlikely to enter again. Shame. Date of review: February 28, 2005
In short: Very disappointing - never again (see my other comments) In full: Very disappointed, after having tried in vain for years to get my application in on time, it turned out to be vastly overrated. Organisation was awful - changing facilites were a joke. There were meant to be stalls with merchandise (pre-paid for) but no-one was there to staff them. Just trying to get hold of anyone who was involved in the organisation was hopeless. I was also disappointed in the route - It being Bath, I thought it would be really scenic, but the race almost quickly left the pretty areas and took place mainly through dull, sameish developments. All that not helped by the miserable weather - of course that is no-one's fault, but it just seemed to be the icing on the cake of what was a very disappointing day. Muc better half marathons to be had in other cities, e.g. Cardiff, Glasgow and others. Date of review: February 19, 2005
In short: Pants In full: The Race was ok and at the time I ran what was a I think a P.B. You see I will never know because despite 10 attempts to get my time I have still not been given an offical result. Scince this I ahve recently run Bristol and my word what a difference excellent the two events are just in a different class.