PROVISIONAL Helphire Bath Half-Marathon

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22/03/2005 at 10:58
in any big race where there are thousands of people it is going to take time for you to cross the start line. In the Bristol Half Marathon it took some runners over 10 minutes to get past the start line.
Apparently the chip times will be published in a day or two.
Well done on the run though.
22/03/2005 at 11:49
Glugg-you can't retire, I haven't managed to get to have a drink of beer with you yet;-) Just think, if it was your worst time you can only get better:-)

I did think the medal was very nice and have been very proudly showing it off to anyone who will look!!
22/03/2005 at 13:36
Hilly, I hope that I haven't come across as too much of a moaner - not my intention. I would definetly do this one again.
22/03/2005 at 13:44
Apparently the pictures will be available from to view on Thursday morning.
22/03/2005 at 13:51
Any one know what the difference between place and race place is on the results page?
22/03/2005 at 15:23

This was my first half marathon (first race of any distance really) - it was great, seemed very well organised with water/sponges/energy drinks. Finished in 2:11 which I was pleased with. Cheers!
22/03/2005 at 20:37
Hi Guys, A bit late to add anything constructive but this was my 4th Bath and found it a bit tough, slowest time sofar, must be all that carb loading and no running!! but still managed to get 5 seconds under 2hrs. Thanks to St Johns for the plasters on the blisters (think the Sauconys are going to be binned for a new pair of Reeboks!!)after Queens square 2nd time, but afraid after that gave up the will to live!! I wish they would resurface lower Bristol road that was a real killer for me, but overall a good experience made even better with a Guinness at the Boaters. Race Director and team deserve a bit pat on the back and a beer for a damn good job. See you all next year about 1:40 ish.
22/03/2005 at 20:43
musketeer, I wasn't thinking of any individual. I just sometimes feel sorry for the organisers. A lot of effort goes into organising races and yes I know we pay to enter and expect a service, but at the end of the day the people who lay on the races do so for free and without them where would our sport be?! So, no I'm not picking out any individual as a moaner, just a general sadness that we runners expect so much more sometimes than just running a race:O) Me included!
22/03/2005 at 22:28
Just about recovered from the big day. The last of the marquees & toilets etc were cleared away this afternoon leaving us with just one more day of clearing/sorting rubbish & equipment left, in time to put our feet up for Easter. Thanks for your kind comments, the team have worked very hard for the last 12 months to put on a good race & learn the lessons from 2004. We had a great weekend, fantastic to see you all and get the race off on-time with no major incidents.

Still plenty of room for improvement, so all constructive feedback most welcome.
Can I ask any of you who enjoyed the race to spend 5 mins writing to our local paper to tell them. Bath Chronicle, Windsor House, Windsor Bridge, BATH BA2 3AU or email ? They get a lot of letters from local residents complaining about rubbish, noise, parking etc and positive feedback really makes a difference to the powers that be to ensure this race will go ahead in 2006.

By the way the chip times have just been posted.
22/03/2005 at 22:39
Thanks Race Director! And say well done to the team from me :o)
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22/03/2005 at 23:26
I've quietly emailed constructive feedback to O Boy Wonder. In general terms I would just like to say well done on a fantastic race.

I'm surprised that the local pasta houses weren't handing out advertising flyers at the finish. Just think of the demand!

Next year? Definitely.

Wind up that street party!
23/03/2005 at 09:10
Well done RD!

Really enjoyed my weekend away and got the PB I have been chasing for 12 months. So pleased with my time.

I thought the organisation was much better this year. My only slight gripe was the chaos in the finish area - everyone milling around trying to find medals and drink etc. Still I got my chocolate and lucozade so I was happy.

Still smiling about my time and hope to be back next year!

Well done all!
23/03/2005 at 16:34
I really enjoyed the closed roads this time. Running up Newbridge Road in previous years when cars were coming the other way was a pain.

Being able to choose where to run both up this road, then down Lower Bristol Road was well funky. Saved hurting my hips by running in the gutters.
23/03/2005 at 19:31
After starting this thread with all the intentions of running Bath in a good time, I made the decision not to run following an injury picked up at the end of January. However, tonight I made my first run - three miles over which I felt tired and breathless but pleased with my time considering the layoff. Hopefully I will see you guys again soon, though that said I did see one or two of you across the finish line.
23/03/2005 at 20:51
Welcome back Wrinty. Lets all do it again next year.
23/03/2005 at 21:14
I can't wait that long, so I am going to try the Neolithic Half on 1st May.

Anyone else going for it?
23/03/2005 at 22:28
Wrinty - I was but then Trinity talked me into the Great West Run in Exeter on 1st May. I'll be doing that - injury permitting. There's quite a few forumites doing it.
24/03/2005 at 06:54
Good to see you back out running Darren.
24/03/2005 at 07:01
LLL, It feels good too. I hope that your training is going well for London and more importantly the Shaw&Whitley Stampede.
24/03/2005 at 08:45
Shaw&Whitley Stampede, might give this a bash, I live in Melksham so not far to go. What date is it?
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