In short: Lovely city, average race In full: Having grown up just a few miles from Bath, this is a race I really wanted to tick off my list. Knowing the city well I was pretty relieved that the route avoided some of the nasty hills. However it was a shame it looped twice around the city rather than taking advantage of the ample space and keeping it different throughout. However the race was very well supported despite the rotten weather. I've probably got a slight downer on the race because I under-performed time-wise, but this had as much to do with the fry up I ate at our guest house that morning as it did the race itself! Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Decent race, good atmosphere In full: Quite a lot of queueing involved, both to get to the start and at the finish to collect medals/goody bags. Also found that there was some congestion at times over the course. Would like to see them modernise the timing system so that chips are built into numbers like some other races, and overall the price is quite high. 2-lap main race format is interesting, especially encouraging the elites when they came past on lap 2 whilst we were on lap 1! Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: A very busy event with 12000 this year making me run a greater distance but the atmosphere created by the crowds of spectators make it an event worth doing at least once. Date of review: March 13, 2014
In short: My first half & I loved every minute of it. In full: My first half marathon, what a great experience it was. The people of Bath are amazing, turning out on a cold drizzly day in huge numbers and staying right till the bitter end. I didn't need to use the baggage area so had no problems there & T-shirt, medal, de-chipping area could do with a bit of reorganisation, but don't let that put you off. A thoroughly enjoyable, well organised race. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great experience despite the weather! In full: I wanted to experience the 'big city' half marathon with lots of runners, this was massive with over 11,000 and was a little daunting. The crowds were fantastic despite the weather and the bands and radio stations realy helped us round. Enough toilets and water and fuel stations, really well organised. The only glitch for me was at the end, waiting 20 minutes to get my medal, t-shirt and goody bag in what felt like a bog, it was really cold and slightly spoiled the day! Overall an excellent and well organised event, gives the real big city experience, I would recommend it Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: Expensive, but good fun.T-shirt issue sorted! In full: Had a great time despite the no so great weather. The crowds really made the event, cheering all the way and more jelly babies than you could eat in a month! Slight grievance about being stood around waiting in a long queue to get medals and goody bags/ T-shirt. The goody bag was fantastic though, with plenty of food and drink. Shame the price is so steep, but worth doing at least once, with a really quick course! Date of review: March 5, 2014
In short: Best Half Going! In full: I have run quite a few big city 1/2s (Brighton, Birmingham, Royal Parks, Reading, Run to the Beat, Ealing) - but Bath is by far and away the best half marathon of them all! 2014 was a cold, drizzly day - but in no way did that dampen the fantastic atmosphere, incredible support from the people of Bath (the full way around the course) and the PB potential.
The start was smooth and efficient, and didn't feel too crowded. I liked the 2 lap course, as I knew exactly what was coming up in the second half of the race. Drinks stations were sufficient and well spaced out. The course ran through Bath (though not the very centre), and then out into the countryside a little. So although I'd class this as a city race - it was nice to see some scenery! There were a few short, shallow inclines - but overall a very fast course - which resulted in me getting a surprise 3minute PB! Great medal, decent goody bag with food/drinks - the Finishes t-shirt is cotton, not technical, which is the only thing letting it down really.
Okay, so this might not be the cheapest half on the market - but definitely worth paying for and making the trip to Bath. You certainly get what you pay for in Bath - and more! Three days after completing the race, I am still riding that runners/race high, and the memories of Bath Half 2014 will be fondly remembered for a very long time to come.
In short: A great first half marathon In full: Loved the Bath Half, great atmosphere and organisation was pretty good considering the numbers of people. For the price, a technical t-shirt should really be included in the goody bag rather than a cotton t-shirt.
Definitely back next year to shave 10 minutes off :-) Date of review: March 5, 2014