Ran this race for the 1st time and agree with the other comments. There appeared to be no organisation at the start with people just clogging the narrow passageway hence all abilities started together. I don't want to put off the 'walkers' as they may soon get the runners bug, but they need to start at the back! My usual gripe is people running 3/4 abreast and blocking off the way. The finish was also very congested and perhaps baggage colection should be moved to the stables/meeting area.
Good medal and t shirt and there was plenty of water at the finish and at the drink stations but a cereal bar/fruit would have been nice for those travelling back to the start (or home - 50 miles in my case)
That said, I really enjoyed the race and was really pleased with my time. The support along the route was great despite the awful conditions and there was a friendly atmosphere all the way. Starting and finishing in a castle is a great touch - pity supporters could not get in at the start though, especially as it is very early and a long wait for some - my wife sat in the car for 90 minutes prior to the start time - not very supporter friendly.
This sounds like a long gripe but it should not be. Yes 4000 is a big field but a few tweaks could make this a fantastic run not just a good one.
Well organised and there seemed to be more marshalls than last year. Whilst this is a flat(ish) course and I enjoy Mlton Keynes paths, lakes and canals,, I always get caught out by the long slow inclines and the small hills by the bridges along the canal. I was on course for a rasonable time but my knee went at the 8 mile mark so ended up limping and walking the last 5. I've had a problem with my knee for the last few weeks and not trained for 10 days. The hill back to the finish nearly killed me but taking it all into account I was happy to finish in under 2 hours. I have been banned from running for 2 weeks by my wife now, she's had an ' I told you so' moment at the end!!
Really enjoyed today. Thought the people of Bath were terrific, the music, banners, and comments from the spectators made me run with a smile on my face. Did a PB as well 1.49. Really chuffed!. I find it such a shame that with all the organisation today people still need to moan...there are plenty of runs where there are a lack of marshalls, no medal or goody bag. I run to run, not for whatever appears in the bag, I consider that a bonus and thats why I take my own bars, drinks etc.
Thanks to everyone for today, i cannot remember enjoying a run so much. Off to Lincoln in 2 weeks lets see if they can match Bath!!