In short: On of the biggest rip offs in the racing calendar In full: Where do I start: Dire organisation, no information at the start; chips didn't record start of race; ill-fitting, ugly sponsor-orientated T-shirt; laughable goody bag (surely with all those sponsors listed on the back of the shirt they could give you more than a banana and a (sponsored) bar of chocolate?); medals that didn't arrive (and cost extra); route around Bath rather than through it, so we could have been anywhere; Ridiculously overpriced.
The lucozade was the best thing about the day. This is my nearest large event and I ain't coming back. As I am writing this after the 2005 event it seems the organiswers have yet to learn their lesson. While people are prepared to pay top money for poor events such as this it is unlikely things will improve. Date of review: October 13, 2005
In short: Hot , hilly and satisfying In full: The most pleasantly laid back race organisation I've ever come across.
Great Marshalling and scenery.
Not sure of the reasoning behind distributing horsebrasses from other parts of the country. I ended up with a horsebrass from Ellesmere Port - which I'm told is near Liverpool. I suppose the ribbon would have looked silly on it's own and it looks quite impressive from a distance. Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: A grand day out In full: Having no opportunity to overtake on the track on the way back made the whole thing that much better (as I could go slower and enjoy the scenery). Missed the train both ways but great support and atmosphere. In short brilliant. Date of review: August 22, 2005
In short: Soggy but fun In full: A good race and well organised. Hats off to the Marshalls who can't have been having a lot of fun in the downpour. A hot shower would have been nice, following the cold one out on the course. Perhaps a towel in the goody bag next year might be appropriate! Date of review: July 26, 2005
In short: Tricky getting the pacing right with all the uphill at the beginning and downhill at the end In full: Hats off to the lone marshall who continually had to shout at people to keep off the track at the finish - a thankless job - with runners, relatives, dog walkers (well they own the track don't they) and cyclists clogging the final 200m. Chuffed to get a T-shirt Date of review: March 14, 2005
In short: Well organised, great (cold) day In full: Hats off to the marshalls, and the drinks and mile markers were excellent. The pen was a bit of a disappointment but I wasn't here for the trinkets, and the atmosphere and relatively good value make up for any deficiencies in the baddy bag Date of review: February 24, 2005