In short: Fast flat course; well organised; In full: Ran this in 2011 and 2012. Very quick course along the seafront. Perfect for beginners. Only issue with the course is the very narrow chicane like turn at the 1.5Km. Given there were 2700+ runners this slowed the pace down considerably.
No water stations in 2011 but one in 2012 course which many would be happy with.
Disappointing post-race goodies. Goody bag was pointless in 2011. No goody bag in 2012 despite info saying there would be! Only water at the end - no bananas, energy bars, energy drinks etc.
Not enough portaloos for 2700+ runners. Otherwise a well organised event. Numbers, information sent out very early.
In short: Mildly Challenging Course; Well organised event In full: First time running this one. Nice Work organised another excellent event. Good sized field - over 1000 runners.
The course is not completely flat. There are a few long gradients (wouldn't call them hills) along the course; but these are balanced out with some long downhill stretches. Mildly challenging I'd say - good thing the weather was very cool this morning. Nice feelgood finish on the track as well!
The event is well supported by locals throughout the course.
Well organised although not many toilets. 2 water stations (1 with bottles; 1 with cups). Plenty of marshalls. The route is safe as all roads are closed. Water and chocolate bars, energy bars and jaffa cakes at the finish line. An OK medal presented by the Mayor! No goody bag but most goody bags are pointless anyway!
I will be back. Nice atmosphere at the finish line.
In short: Nice race by the beach In full: Second time running this one. The course returned to the "original" one (in 2011, we had to do Galley Hill twice due to works on the promenade - ouch!). Nice cool conditions with nice sea breeze.
Plenty of free parking around the town centre. 4 portaloos. Well organised HQ.
This is not a BIG race as its name suggests - 246 finishers. Flat course with the one climb up Galley Hill - only once! Also didn't have to run down all of the other side of Galley Hill (only about 80m) meaning only one incline this time round!
Nice small crowd support at the start/finish/mid point line. Had to do some dodging to get around pedestrians on the promenade. 1 water station at the 5.5Km mark.
Water, sweets and crisps at the end. Same medal as last year and nice technical t-shirt.
May do it again. We'll see. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Excellent race, course, organisation In full: First time running this race and was very impressed. The course is flattish with 2 climbs: long gradual climb at 3Km and steeper shorter hill at 8Km. Thanks to earlier RW reviews I was prepared for those! There are also a few downhill sections - one is a very long one which even became quite steep(!) after the 5km mark just before the 2nd water station!
Nice singlet at the end with water bottle and medal. No goody bag but this race is for charity and the entry fee is quite cheap so not too fussed.
Very well organised. Plenty of signage to get to the race plenty of parking; quiet marshalls; well organised water stations. 2 marshalls did a great job marshalling cars out of the carpark and stopping cars on a busy London Road!
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