In short: Very poor goody bag - In full: All good - But for the goody bag - For the cost to entry why was there no drink, banana or something worth eating in the bag?? I will be back next year because I have done 26 now so I do not want to miss one. Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Third time running this fantastic race In full: 2014 was my third time running the Bristol 1/2 and it was just as well organised and friendly as the other times. There's always a real carnival atmosphere and the people of Bristol should be proud of the buzz they help to create by lining the route through the city centre and cheering on the runners. The route is very beginner friendly - there are no real hills to speak of (apart from a few bridges that cross the Avon) and the views of the suspension bridge and the surrounding countryside are fantastic. The weather was really nice so that helped, but Bristol is one of my favourite races and I'll no doubt be back again for 2015! Date of review: September 22, 2014
In short: Fast, flat(ish) and excellent organization In full: Along with Bath Half, this is my favourite half and is now a firm fixture in my annual running calendar! Its exceptionally well organized and theres plenty of parking in the city centre. The bag drop is easy to find and theres never a big queue. The course itself is mostly flat with only a few small inclines and it always seems to fly by. Theres plenty of refreshments along the way to keep you going and again adequate toilet facilities. The medal is always a good one and the young volunteer Marshalls (I think they are army cadets?) are always friendly and professional. No complaints from me and my running buddies! See you next year! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Nice views and good atmosphere In full: Enjoyed running it! There was a great atmosphere on the start line and all round the course fellow runners were supportive and encouraging. Not much crowd support for the first 7 or so miles as these were along with Portway, but once back in the town the people in Bristol were there to support the runners - very much appreciated! Date of review: November 2, 2013
In short: Flat and Fast Half with views Brunel's beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge In full: I'll put my cards on the table and admit Bristol is my home town, so this review may not be the most objective, but in anyone's book the view of Brunel's bridge in the May sunshine must take some beating.
This race is almost entirely flat with only a few minor inclines therefore holds true PB potential. The support is excellent, both in numbers and enthusiasm throughout the city sections and also along the Portway near any residential areas. The gel and water stops are well placed and efficient. The goody bag is pretty standard but there is an excellent technical t-shirt and good quality medal.
Why on earth the Bath Half is more expensive when you only get running unfriendly cotton t-shirt I don't know... Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: 2nd time and even better! In full: After enjoying running this race so much last year i wasnt gunna miss the 25th anniversary bristol half.managed to knock 7 mins off of last years time.nice scenery and contrast between the city streets and shops with clifton suspension bridge.great organisation and feel to this race.superb medal and tshirt.ill be back! Date of review: September 30, 2013
In short: Great race, well organised, fast at the front In full: I really enjoyed this race. Never having run in my home city before I wasnt sure what to expect, it's not pancake flat, but is fast, has a good crowd and is a good route (bar the cobbles).
Small tee was anything but though - another bed shirt for the collection! And I dont think gels are necessary in a half, but that's all I would change. Date of review: September 20, 2013