In short: Disorganised, course needs imroving, could have had contingency plans for the weather which had been forecasted all week In full: Well, terrible weather conditions aside:
The local people were amazing with their support. It was incredibly emotional having people cheering my name willing me to the finish & they are the reason I finished.
I waited in the baggage queue before the race but quickly realised we would miss the start if we waited so dropped our bags in a charity tent....best idea we could have had as we managed to get them easily at the end.
I think the course needs to be changed....a road race should not run through somewhere like Dunham Massey even in good weather. It was really hard for spectators following a runner to get round to the second half due to the lack of public transport. It would have been better to run the loop the other way round so that most of the support was at the end when you really need it. I felt so lonely at times.
Water stations and marshalls were great, they were always ready with drinks to hand you and were so supportive. I think there was a distinct lack of first aid available at some points though, especially in the more remote areas. The mile markers were hard to spot in places.
Times should have been ready immediately with chip times not just gun times....other half marathons I've run have sent me a text within seconds of crossing the finish line with gun & chip time.
Longford Park was just a swamp even at the beginning - there should have been matting down, the rain was forecasted for a week or more in advance. Additional tents for shelter should also have been priority. The finishers Tshirt & medal were good quality.
In short: Crowded, not great marshelling but excellent crowds In full: Bath is well known for its great atmosphere and crowd support and it didn't let me down in that respect.
The course is not as flat as the organisers make out, there is one hill at the beginning of each lap, luckily the samba band gave me the push I needed to keep running up the hill! There is a slight climb in the middle of each lap as well but that wasn't too bad.
I don't understand why there were so many cones in the middle of the road especially at the beginning....they were a real hazard & seemed totally pointless. When emergency vehicles needed to drive down the route, the runners should have all been kept to the left hand side but it was different each time and the marshals were pretty useless in dealing with this....we were herded right then left then right again & that just caused confusion and a delay in the vehicles being able to get through. There was a real bottleneck at the start but we'd allowed enough time. The finish was pretty well organised although I didn't get asked what size t-shirt, just got handed a bag & it had a large (I had requested small) so that's a shame.
Overall it is a good race, great for beginners and experienced runners, although quite crowded making it difficult to get a pb for faster runners.
In short: No water station on a hot day...despite the £23 entrance fee In full: Great course. Shouldn't advertise drinks station if they can't provide. Entrance fee is steep but at least they give u a tshirt. Website should have been updated with results / write up of event straight away. Date of review: September 12, 2011