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: Really good. In full: Top race. If you're doing a Spring marathon, or even if you're not, Ashby needs to be in the diary. Great praise again to the marshalls who stood out in the rain, sleet and snow and provided such enthusiastic encouragement. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Good but expensive In full: Second time I've done this and enjoyed the day again. Probably the fastest half-marathon course I've run and another PB confirmed that. Fantastic support and really good atmosphere. Pretty expensive for a half. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Great race, highly recommended In full: Third time and I think it gets better. Mud instead of red hot temperatures this year and that made for a different sort of challenge. If you get a PB in this race you're running really well. Thanks to the marshalls and all the other competitors for making it another great day. And to the supporters on the bridges in Brindley Place for cheering everyone in. Date of review: July 8, 2012
In short: Excellent In full: My first time at Bath. Really enjoyed it and very impressed with the organisation. Many thanks to all the marshalls. Really fast course which helped my time no end. One of the few out and back courses where it felt like there were more downhills than up. Definitely one to put in the calendar for next year. Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Great way to spend Sunday morning. In full: First time at this race and very impressed. Organisation was good. Friendly atmosphere and good support. Only one real hill on the course, Durley Chine, and that was short and sharp and compensated for by the more gradual downhill of Alum Chine. Agreed that the 2-mile marker was a long way out and I looked for the 12-mile marker in vain. Perfect weather helped me to a PB. I suspect that it would have been more difficult if the forecast wind and rain had arrived. Good value although personally I would prefer the organisers to dispense with the medal and spend the money saved on bottled water. I can't run and drink out of those plastic cups! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Awesome In full: First time at this marathon and very impressed. Well documented bus problems only blemish really and prepared to give organisers the benefit of the doubt. Hope however they take on board the issue and consider how big they can let this event become before logistic problems start to occur.
From my perspective everything else was spot on. Friendly atmosphere amongst the runners, great support in the villages and of course that scenery. Also superb and supportive marshalling and more than adequate drink stations. And then add in the perfect weather and my first sub-4 hour marathon on what is a fairly challenging course!
In short: Beautiful event In full: First time in Burnham Beeches. Challenging course but beautiful setting with impeccable organisation and superb, friendly marshalls. A bit on the warm side to say the least. Unexpected for England in August. Nice medal I thought. 200-mile round trip for me but one I'll definitely be making again next year. Date of review: August 23, 2009
In short: Excellent day, friendly people. In full: First time at this event and will definitely repeat. Organised and friendly. Basically flat but surprisingly testing. Probably my own fault for starting too quickly.
If I was very picky I think the bag recovery could have been a bit better organised.
Overall though very impressive. Date of review: July 5, 2009