In short: Not for the faint hearted! In full: well organised, beautiful scenery, friendly locals, excellent marshalls, friendly atmosphere, frequent water and sponge stations makes for a very nice race.
But the hills... ! "King of the Hill" at mile 11 is actually quite fun, with the organisers timing your start and finish to see who can make it up there quickest, most people I saw barely managed to continue running! but what they don't tell you about is the 2-4 mile hill which is arguably worse as its longer, this course really feels like a complete uphill slog and the downs are very few.
On such a warm day this was particularly challenging, but I still loved every minute and look forward to next year Frome! Date of review: August 3, 2015
In short: Superb race, great atmosphere In full: They close the town off for these races (5k, 10k and half) and as a result there is a superb atmosphere with loads of supporters. The 5k course is not hilly, the 10k is challenging but enjoyable and the half is hilly but great fun. The 5k and 10k in particular are real community races, with runners of all abilities, many raising money for charity - perfect for seasoned runners and beginners alike. The half isn't really a beginner's course, but it's very enjoyable, if hilly in places. Brilliant races, well organised and great atmosphere - I'm already looking forward to the 2014 races! Date of review: July 25, 2013
In short: A hidden gem In full: Liked this a great deal. Traffic free - what a treat! Well chosen course with enough ups and downs to make it interesting, nice scenery (and the lovely little town of Nunney) Very well supported en route, as well as at the finish. Plenty of water-stations, with bottled water! - I always carry one of those sport's-cap things for bottles, makes drinking much easier whilst running. All the marshalls/water-station folk were very friendly and supportive. Chip-timing - your position and time (plus 10k split) immediately after run Plenty of toilets Good baggage system Excellent car-parking Good facilities at the football stadium (food, bar etc) All very professional, but still with a local feel. Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: well organized In full: A very good race.ALL the marshals were encouraging,ant the route was well supported by the public the route is a little tough with a rather big hill at 11 miles. It is well organized, and had plenty of water along the route. The water was cold, unlike last year. Also large sponges of cold water were handed out to along the way. The tec T shirt is goog quality and the goody bag had chocolate, cheese, keyring and note pad which was different but I likes it. If I was to have a gripe about anything it would be the medal. Everything about the race is high standard but the medal is a bit small and something and nothing. But that aside I really enjoyed my day/race. I'll see you all next year. Thank you to all connected with this race. Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Very well organised! In full: This was a very hot day with many challenging hills but I loved it. The organisation for a first race was slick and there are many more established races that could learn a thing or too! There were many water stations, all well stocked. If there is one next year I for one will be back Date of review: July 26, 2012
In short: Excellent race, extremely enjoyable In full: Frome did themselves proud for their first ever half marathon. Organisation was fantastic, everyone involved helped create a friendly, jovial atmosphere to make this a great event. The crowds en route were terrific, I almost felt like I was the race leader such was the reception from them. Plenty of water stations and lovely countryside helped ease the pain of some of those difficult hills. Would definitely recommend this race, although be prepared for those hills and potential hot July weather. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: July 25, 2012
In short: Brilliant! I would love to do this again next year In full: What a fantastic race! I never thought I would say that about a route that was hellishy hilly run on a day that was probably the hottest of the summer so far. However I felt such a great sense of achievement for finishing it. Full road closures were very impressive with cheerful marshalls in even the most remote points. Lots of well equiped water stations and the residents were fantastic bringing out their hoses (which were well needed). Ok so it's not a PB course but who cares when you can have this much fun? I woud love to run this again next year (with a bit more hill training first). Hats off to the organisers and all the volunteers for such a wonderful race. Date of review: July 24, 2012
In short: Great event, don't miss out next year!!! In full: The overall event was really very good and an absolute pleasure to run in. It is a tough course with a brutal hill at around the 10 mile mark plus a very hot day so PB hopes are very limited but the mix of countryside and town running gave for a great route in compensation.
The atmosphere of the race is reason enough to do it with spectators for nearly all 13 miles and a few generous hosepipes which were extremely welcome!! Water stations were well placed in my opinion, i'd say one every 2 or 3 miles and 3 in the last 3 miles. Some stations had sponges too.
It's a rewarding course to get round so i'd say beginners should give it ago just do some hill training!
Bargain due to great route, generous goodie bag and buzzing atmosphere.
Well done to everyone who competed and a special thanks to all of the stewards and volunteers who made it all possible. Same again next year please!!!!!!!