In short: The worst organisation of any half marathon I have ever done - organisers need to do homework to make use of the city's potential In full: This was absolutely awful except for the support and some parts of the course (Canon Hill Park and see point 9)
1. Start at a time when people can get into the city by public transport
2. Use a venue that gives support for runners to be around indoors in a marshalled are at least until 30 minutes before race if holding it post September and stop the pre race stress due to bullying over the tannoy!
3. Have entrances to coloured pens which people can get into easily and are marshalled so that only people with the right colour can go through that entrance - many people were climbing over fences and could not have reached their colour zone if they had tried (many didn't try and should have been kicked out of the race for causing dangerous obstruction for almost all of the first two miles!)
4. Do not go directly into a tight lane after the start causing log jam and in effect two starts! Last year was better.
5. Good idea to have two lanes for runners - by the bull ring, that did help sort out some of the problems.
6. The signage was terrible! There were so many irrelevant signs that were distracting and I saw NONE to say where water stations were, and NO information about where it might be possible to get see point 7.
7. Make sure there are glucose drinks available on course not just loads at the end. Last year the amount of Lucozade was great and a repeat of that would have really helped - half marathons are tough enough as races even with a shot of glucose! Info about availability of sport drinks was not available in pre race info.
8. Too many twists and turns, with the sudden turn onto a hill between 10 and 11 being a cruel joke - at least use one of the noticeboards to give warning!
9. The run-in was so much better than last year and actually could be a great feature of the race if sorted properly - I finished before those who said there were significant problems.
10. The post race atmosphere was much better than last year, having a room for massage was excellent as were the people providing it.
This is not the only half marathon outside London and not the only of 4,000 in Europe. From the shambolic way it was all thrown together you would think there are none to learn from - nearby in Nottingham they have 30 years of experience to offer!
In short: A memorable race and event In full: This was all the better for being organised at the same time as a festival in the park. The scenery is good with a mix of down and up hill which if managed effectively could give a good time. Friendly and well guided with a nice finish in the park giving a feeling of arriving into a buzzing atmosphere. Date of review: August 4, 2010
In short: Relaxed, moderately challenging, and very well organised In full: It was friendly and welcoming to all particularly considering it was a series meet. The organisation was relaxed and efficient in a good and attractive location for off road racing. The presentation at clubhouse with bbq and open bar was a good touch of hospitality. Would definitely do this again Date of review: August 4, 2010
In short: I liked this so much I aim to make it a regular. Well organised, friendly, attractive scenary, and a good mix of people. The post race food, drink and activites made it a good social run too Date of review: August 4, 2010
In short: A challneging time for runners and organisers because of the unusual heat. It is not the best or worst half marathon I have done and clearly the organisers want to make this good. The course was moderately challenging and attractive Date of review: August 4, 2010
In short: This is a programme of events rather than just one race and in the sunshine was a really enjoyable experience. Well adminstered with water station, nice for those not so used to the distance, or this park! ... Hilly with a challenging last kilometre Date of review: May 20, 2010
In short: It was my first time and am a convert and would do this again because it was beautiful, challenging, tough, very well marshalled and administered. I got with 4 seconds of my personal best but I begin to think I rise to a challenge! Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Relaxed and friendly atmosphere - the organisation was relaxed too! In full: In the several races I have done I have noever experienced such relaxed organisation, it was very nearly horizontal! ... 'follow the man on the bike' is different, we could not see the bike until the word 'go' was said .... Marshalls could have stood with km signs, the 8k sign was a welcome treat. Quite a few marshalls were happy and engaged without a couple of them it would have been possible to get lost! Very good location, shame about the toilets and tube access on the day (good job it was an 11am start!) .... Would do it again in the hope of it being better organised, signed, and having something happening at the end. Great value, good atmosphere and friendly team. Even with adding on another 0600 metres it is possible to get a PB, though start and finish uphill (more like upslope) was not ideal! Date of review: July 6, 2009