In short: Excellent organisation; Flattish course In full: Well organised race by NSPCC. Course is flat in most parts though there are short undulating parts with underpasses. The gradual climb of a home straight was a little confusing as the inflatable NSPCC start/finish line had been moved so we had to do a lap of the field before finishing!
Good enthusiastic marshalls; 3 water stations; baggage well managed. Showers available too. Car parking short walk to start line. Very nice medal; energy bar, water and banana at the end. There were small pockets of locals supporting the race which was nice.
In short: Small field; fast course; excellent organisation In full: Another well organised run by Nice Work. Small field but nice friendly atmosphere. Seemed to be dominated by club runners which isn't so intimidating anymore for me!
Course is mostly flat mostly along country lanes - there is a longish gradual incline between 6-7Km mark. There are also a couple of long downhills which balances things out. The heat made it a little challenging today but there were good periods of shade with tree lined lanes. 1 water station just after the 5Km mark.
Water, jaffa cakes and energy bars at the end which was a nice touch. Medal too.
My only gripe would be those leaving early while others are still finishing. The car park entrance/exit was along the last 40 metres of the course. I think Nice Work should apply the same rule it has for the Ashford 10Km race - you cannot leave until all runners have returned. Just a bit rude in my opinion. Or move the finish line?
In short: Nice race by the beach - but what about that hill - twice! In full: Did the 2011 version. Due to some break down in communication with the local council, the route was changed 2 days prior to the race! This meant we had to do a pretty challenging hill twice (which means 4 inclines!). Was not prepared for that! Also a very warm day.
Apart from that the race is a good one to do. Not a big field (about 200 finishers). Good support at the start/finish line. Issues with the water stations as only 1 poor soul manning it at a very narrow hairpin type turn.
Nice medal. Nice technical t-shirt too.
Am doing it again this year. Fish n chips on the beach post race never tasted better! Date of review: June 13, 2012
In short: Excellent race, course, organisation In full: Excellently organised race - from the sending out of race packs in good time; the carpark wardens; water stations, brilliant race marshalls; quick baggage claim.
Nice medal, banana and water awaits at the end. T-shirts for sale for £8 - all goes to charity.
Only issue would be lack of portaloos (4 for 2000 runners; there are 2 public toilets too and on the race route). Other than that - perfect race.
Course is flat and fast - only 1 short climb before 11 mile mark. Wouldn't call it a hill.
So good to have so many water and sponge stations today as the heat did make it tough. The rain which was forecast did not arrive!
In short: Save baggage delays, still one of the best organised races In full: 2nd time round for me having done it in 2011. Will always be a special race for me as it was my first running event. So have come full circle. No PB but beat my time from 2011 easily. So happy with that.
Bristol still up there with the best in terms of organisation. With approx 9000 finishers that's no mean feat. Only glitch was reclaiming baggage after. Queues similar to Heathrow! Goody bag was also a little disappointing. Nice t-shirt. Same medal as last year.
Course is quick. Great for beginners. Seemed to do more dodging this year getting around slower runners - to be expected with 9000 runners but maybe the Wave starts not working as intended?
Great atmosphere again. Well supported by the locals. Had loud music at the right places. Well done runbristol. Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: Brilliantly organised race on challenging, muddy course (for me!) In full: This was my first multi terrain race and it was a great experience. But theyre not made for me, so I'll be sticking to road races - on flat courses! This one definitely undulates! Course was very muddy in 2 sections otherwise was safe enough. Good thing the rain held off.
Again, Nice Work organised this race like clockwork even with the dodgy Bank Holiday weekend weather. 389 runners turned out. 1 water station that you pass (thankfully) 4 times. May need more than the 4 portaloos. Nice medal. Goody bag was disappointing.
In short: Fast course, excellent organisation In full: My first ever race and one that convert any non runner based on the flat course, the brilliant organisation and awesome atmosphere in the last 3 Kms.
The organisation is very professional given the large field (9000 runners). From the race packs received very early, wave starts, water stations and clockwork like post finish trail (silver sheet, medal, powerade, banana).
I have now done 5 half marathons and 6 10Km races and have entered next month's race. Bristol got me hooked on running! Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Brilliantly organised race on a fast scenic course In full: Have to look hard to find fault in this race. Brilliant organisation from online registration, informative race packs received very early, water and sponge stations, post race organisation (medal, water, fruit, goody bag). Goody bag is one of the best I've had (incl energy bar, choc, crisps).
The public support was amazing and uplifting. Loved that.
Only suggestion would be to have an energy drink (lucozade, powerade)at the last water station. Other than that I will be back.
In short: Good challenging course; brilliiantly organised In full: Brilliant race. Just enough hills to make it a challenge. Perfect conditions for running (about 5 degrees). The numbers were a touch low probably largely due to the race being postponed from January.
This race was organised with military precision (had assistance from local air cadets!) - from the car park marshalling, number collection and post race arrangements (water, banana, medal and mug). Pity about no chip timing but that wasnt a big issue for me. There were plenty of marshalls along the route who were brilliant. Not many public supporters/spectators but the marshalls made up for that.
Maybe the last water station with powerade/lucozade would be good.