In short: Whilst a fairly large entry the wide streets at the start and the flat course made for a good run In full: I thought the atmosphere was great. With 2 small loops it was great to see the leaders coming past at 7 miles when they were at 11 miles. Really uplifting but why were they sprinting! (It seems that is the speed of proper runners. Easy access before and afterwards was a real plus for me having ran the GNR 6 months previously (18 minutes slower) Date of review: January 11, 2006
In short: This event is getting beyond a joke. Bristol sees it off for value for money. This was definately my last year. In full: I've done Bath every year since I took up running in 1997. Then it was small,local, value for money and good fun. It's now become far too big for the course, badly organised and pricey. Last year the race was delayed and we stood in pouring rain for 15 minutes. This year the numbers were increased and I spent the entire race trying to avoid bumping into people. And the chips don't work properly! And the goody bag is rubbish! I think the organisers just don't care anymore. A lot of local runners feel the same way as I do. 2005 was my last one. The organisers should go to Bristol to see how a half marathon should be run. Date of review: June 24, 2005
In short: Too expensive, boring course and poor organisation. Only do it cos I'm local! In full: Still waiting for the race Tshirt ordered in January. No race photos (I'm probably not photogenic enough!). Field too big for the narrow start and no goody bag at the end - was a kind of help yourself going on but the marshalls kept herding you out of the area. Found my medal by default and had to show others where to get theres. Still the weather was better than last year - bonus! Date of review: March 26, 2005
In short: Good race in prep for London. In full: For me I was using as training run in prep for London - which was successful with PB.
Park & ride into Bath excellent - would use again.
Toilet facilities for men good with the urinals.
There was quite a bit of congestion getting to start from recreational ground - not sure what could have been done based on the number of runners coming in & out of the ground and the building making up of Bath.
The road at the start was a good width, although the width of chip timing system at the start acted to tighten things up.
The suggested starting points for the runner with time in mins only could have been confusing for novices, these signs were not really clear. More direction could be given, to get people starting in the most appropriate section for their predicted time.
The course is generally flat with a couple of rises. Good that the roads were closed to traffic.
The weather was ideal for running, although it was a bit blustery running back in to Bath.
There was plenty of liquid available, the plastic cups aren't my favourite (the hygiene could be questioned with cups being filled with hands been put in the big buckets) - the sponges were welcome as was the energy drink.
The mileage signage was okay (better than Bristol), although didn't see the 2 mile marker until second lap.
The goodie bag was poor by other race standards based on entry fee, whist appreciating there are the other costs for setting up the event.
The results came out efficently, although still not found what my time was at the 10km mark.
Overall some lessons could be learnt for next year, however I did enjoy the run and I would run definately run Bath again. Date of review: March 25, 2005
In short: Reminded me (again) that I run because I love running; not for the organisational skills, scenery or 'goody bags'. If they really want to improve they should get the Bristol half people in to show them how. Date of review: March 25, 2005