In short: Fun! Fun! Fun! Well done Bitton Road Runners In full: 3rd time I've done this "race" now and I've been slower each year, but unless you are close to the front there is no way you can set a fast time (or if you by-pass the ditch) Great variety of terrain and wonderful views to admire whilst catching your breath. Don't take it too seriously and have a laugh - what else would you normally do on a Sunday?
In short: Good value race on a picturesque course. In full: Well orgainsed race and although there weren't many marshalls it was cleary marked out. A bit of a struggle to go so close to the end and still have another 1/2 mile or so to go. Nice large medal.
In short: Actual race was ok, BUT......... In full: Enjoyed actually running the race but the before and after organisation let it down. The expected fishing time boards were too low down so could not be seen once a few people had lined up. I was in the 2.30+ band but didn't see it until it was too late to move forward. The 2.00 - 2.30 box was only about 20 yards long. There was no dicernable PA at the start so it was not possible to remind people to be realistic about starting position so had to make way through walkers within the 1st half mile. Enjoyed the course and would like to thank all the marshalls and first aiders for their help and encouragement to runners. The nature of the course though does mean that the front runners in the marathon will catch up the middle of the half marathon field. I was lucky that the lead vehicle caught me up at the back of the castle but what happened in the cycle/footpath between Blackweir and North road? The finish was chaotic. I was directed up the first set of steps to collect medal etc. This brought you out in the massage area and into a massive queue to get the medal, banana, chocolate and water. But no, the water was back down at pitch side, after the set of steps that I was directed up. As I had plenty in my bag in the secure storage area it wasn't worth going against the flow to try to get a bottle. I stayed on to watch the Marathon finish and that was inspiring, but I think that there should have been a marshallat the top of the ramp warning slower half marathon runners to keep to one side on the lap around the pitch. Despite all the above I did enjoy the event and plan to be back next year. Date of review: October 10, 2005
In short: Difficult to fault so I won't In full: Thoroughly enjoyed it and have wracked by brains to find anything that I could criticse. Yes people do get too optomistic with their starting position but apart from the obvious walkers it is difficult to control. My local race so I know the course off by heart and that little hill by the Galleries still catches me out.
In short: well organised and friendly race In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this 10k although I was nowhere near my PB. I could be picky and complain about the lack of chip to chip times but that is probably because the start line is crossed several times during the race, so I won't mention it. Well marshalled but there was scope to shave a few m off the distance in front of the City Hall. Persauded my brother who hasn't run in a race since 1993 to enter on the day and he enjoyed it too. Prefer this year's start/finish location to last year's Date of review: September 5, 2005
In short: superb race and what a setting for the start and finish In full: Hats off to the organisers and all who marshalled/ manned the water stations etc. Plenty of support all the way around. hopefully I have persuaded my brother who was watching to enter next year, 13 years after his last half marathon. The Athletes only zone at the end is really great news - no having to push your way through well meaning supporters. Roll on next year!! Date of review: May 31, 2005
In short: very well organised and supported race In full: Only did the half but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. very well organised and marshalled/policed. only tiny comment was that mile 5 seemed short (I am not that quick) would recommend this race. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Better than I was expecting In full: Entered with some trepidation after reading the comments about last year so wasn't expecting too much. only a few minor gripes -no water at the finish (or if there was any it wasn't obvious) and no chip to chip times. Ankle chips can provide this - can the chips in numbers? if not then they are not the way forward for a race that wants to be in the top flight of events. Date of review: March 21, 2005
In short: what a laugh. Still chuckling to myself. In full: Really enjoyed it. Completely unnecessary detours along ditches and streams. The Q for the first ditch ended any hope of a "fast" time Date of review: November 15, 2004