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
In short: Good race but very pricey In full: I keep coming back to run the Bath Half and my experiences are almost all good.
For me the wave start worked like clockwork and it only took me half a minute to cross the start line. I do however understand how runners further back can have problems with congestion. I had no issues collecting my medal and goody bag, but the baggage area seriously needs altering. It seemed every runner predicting to finish under 1hr 45 had a similar number and therefore had to go to the same baggage area. This meant queuing for over 20 minutes in the rain and wind. At the very least foil blankets could have been supplied to help keep us warm (the entry fee was £40+ after all).
Another minor issue is the race t-shirt. Is it still too much to ask for a technical t-shirt that we can actually run in? At least there was a choice of sizes this year and not a 'one size fits all'.
In summary, great atmosphere with the crowds not being put off by the rain and a generally well organised event.
In short: Missed most of the hassle In full: 3rd time in Bath and a GFA place eliminates the cost but having paid for the first 2 I think it lacks value for money. Even close to the front it was pretty crowded for the first few miles. And having to wait for a slower colleague at the end I witnessed the queues to get off the course and get t-shirts and then for the baggage reclaim. Not good. What makes this race for me is the fast course and the support which is always amazing and I thought was even better this year despite the weather. Thanks also to all the marshalls who I thought did a good job sometimes in trying circumstances. Not a standing around day. Will probably be back next year with the GFA. Whether I would if I had to pay £40+ is another matter. Date of review: March 4, 2014
In short: fast race if you get to your pen quickly In full: My third bath and having experienced freezing and boiling hot weather in previous Bath half's it was the turn of rain. There was very few places to avoid the rain I love bath, the people of Bath provide fantastic support well done. I like others probable due to the rain didn't get to my pen quicker enough. I did feel they were more packed than normal. The speaker system would have more chance of being heard if he had used a road cone. I ran 13.29miles with the first two miles over a minute slower due to having dodge slow ipod wearers running 3 or 4 in a line. I feel using cones in parts to section off the elites from the rest of us allows too little space and the congestion is awful. however, though not a scenic course it is largely flat and is very fast. I do think its to expensive will likely be back Date of review: March 3, 2014