In short: Disgraceful !!! Don't go near this one again !!! In full: You cant put your club name on an online entry - but at least the entry pack claims there will be "Full route signage and marshalling" - you are joking - and they have the cheek to blame works at the pier for the fact that no marshalls at the right place to prevent nearly 1000 runners doing extra 2 miles !!! They can't even send text messages to right people, or put tee-shirts anywhere near the finish - dread to think how bad the usually poor results service will be this time.
In short: The worst organised race I have ever entered In full: The course was changed this year and it caused a complete cock up. Many of us were sent the wrong way resulting in us running an extra two miles. Not only that but at the first water station only one guy was taking any notice of the runners at all and at the end the girls giving out the medals were wandering around aimlessly so it was luck if you managed to get one. Then finally to get your t-shirt and goody bag you had to go into the local park but this was blocked off by barriers because the half marathon runners were going by. It is so disappointing when you are hoping to run a good time and it is spoilt by bad organisation
In short: Lovely day! In full: Generally well organised, start was not as chaotic as I expected, could do with more time zones. Only criticism is of the office. There was a problem with my entry,the telephone number given is a voicemail and nobody calls back! Fortunately problem was sorted on the day with no fuss. Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Gets bigger and better every year. In full: This is an excellent race with great coastal views. The only criticism is the start area which was better organised than previous years but is still congested. Apart from that, great! See you next year. Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: Excellent Event Yet Again! In full: This was my 4th Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon (sorry could only find the 10K event on here to leave feedback).
This event is always extrememly well organised with so much happening on the day. I like how the races are staggered so there are plenty of people on the course at once.
As the event continues to grow, the organisers must have a look at the start as the line up for the half (and the 10k by the look of it) is getting extremely congested along the narrow stretch of promenade by the pier.
That aside, the atmosphere is great, the weather always seems to be perfect and value is incredible.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Great race, loved it! In full: Lovely race, really nice to run along the coast! tough zig zag! shame the road at the top was open to cars (tho quite hard to close that road i imagine) as a lot of runners had to run off the pavement as they didn't fit!
will be back next yr without a doubt! Date of review: April 6, 2011
In short: Glorious course but the organisers need to iron out the chaos at the starting line In full: This is a wonderfully scenic course with plenty of of PB potential - out along the wide and flat prom, up a zigzag, returning along the undulating clifftop with a 2.6km flat finish back along the prom with plenty of potential for a sprint finish.
The only thing that marred the race was the organisation at the start. Although runners should have positioned themselves according to their predicted finishing times (as per signs along the starting barriers), the organisers were pushing all the competitors backwards from the starting line with the result that the quicker runners (who should have been up the front) were pushed backwards into slower categories to make room for other starters who were much much slower and should have moved through the crowd to the back (but didn't). This meant that the start was extremely congested and quicker runners had to dodge plodders for the first 1km or so before the race thinned out. An easy solution would be for the starting barrier to be filled from the back, so that quicker runners can make their way forward to the starting line, not vice versa.
Aside from the chaos at the start, it was a lovely race and a great day out. A great t-shirt and nice medal. Date of review: April 4, 2011