In short: Toughie 10k - Halifax Harriers welcoming to all - nice momento In full: A good tough, well organised local race with a friendly atmosphere. A quick start with run down to Brighouse the road to Baliff Bridge is flat and relatively fast, then then you realise that maybe you shouldn't have gone off too quick with the 2nd 5k a tough climb up to Lightcliffe, the climb subduing up to Hipperholme traffic lights, down to Hove Edge and then the sting in the tail around the estate and the run up the school drive to the finish. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: January 9, 2009
In short: Great crowds, course & event to take part In full: This was my 4th LFM (8th marathon). The green start was a lot tighter than I remember of any other marathon I have run. Being with the celebs is great, but this did seem more than other years, to slow things up, which resulted in the slowest 1st mile of any of my previous FLM by 20secs. The crowds & marshalls were fantastic. The atmosphere around canary wharf was great, even though everyone was saturated. I missed the elite start by 2 seconds 2.45.01 - guess this means I will have to come back to run this great race again... Date of review: April 18, 2008
In short: Good run, although cobbles were painful In full: Difficulties for spectators getting a cross the road espcially at start if coming from the village and also at the finish. Whilst I appreciate the difficulties of planning the route, the course had too many cobbles and turns - I preferred last years route (reversed - I know others didn't) Where were the bananas? if no bananas they should have been replaced with some other nurishment at the end - I was hungry, although there were plenty of drinks. This is the 4th time I have run Bristol, I'll probably be back next year (if I eventually get the T-shirt). If your not from Bristol, I think it's worth the 400 mile round trip I made - It's good weekend away with run included! Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: A good test of stamina! In full: Hilly, but where in West Yorkshire is it really flat for 13 miles. Well organised, plenty of drink stations, good support at the finish when it's getting a bit tough. Even the mayor was there to welcome the runners back. Date of review: May 14, 2007
In short: Good quick run in ideal conditions - You get the benefits of the gradual climb up to 5k on the way back! In full: Improved start and finish location with good organisation. Course is not scenic, but it doesn't pretend to be anything other. Groups of supporters in pockets along the route which is encouraging. The finish seemed to come up quicker than I was expecting without much notice that I saw. Quality T shirt and plenty of water, bananas and energy bars at the finish. In the diary for next year. Date of review: February 4, 2007
In short: Excellent run with what I felt was an improved route. Note: Traffic into Bristol troublesome, start area time zones not clear, why a delayed start? mile markers inconsistent, crowds great! In full: 1.Travel - The building work made travel in to Bristol troublesome from the M32, even though set off with plenty of time. 2.Start Area - Good to get coloured bibs, shame the time zones weren't well signposted/marshalled - this causes a mix of abilities in the 'pens' and creates issues for all - Easy to sort with tougher marshalling, although also need our fellow runners to be honest about their ability! 3. Delayed start - not a long delay, but not professional - I didn't hear any reasons why? 4. Course - liked the new route, the start around the City better, gets tough up the portway - Bristol isn't flat! Good quick run in to the finish. (Watch for the speed bumps with tired legs) 5. Mile markers between 9-12 not accurate. This is really poor on behalf of the organisers. This could have ruined many peoples runs. I thought I'd missed my target splits, only to run a 4.15 split for mile 12! 6. Refreshments - along the course, I felt their was plenty with a mix of water and energy drink. The water bottles were good with a neat shaped spout, if only the bottle top hadn't been removed totally at one of the stations. It's also helpful if the energy drink tops are loosened, not removed. 7. Crowds - fantastic support - the course at the beginning allowed friends and family to move from one location to another to see you more than once in the City. 8. The last mile and finish was excellent with clear run in, however the marshalling wasn't strong enough in final straight with the crowd increasing encroaching on to the road, reducing the amount of room the early finshers had. Overall - I had a great day and a PB. The organisers do need to do some work for next year. (c.9,700 finshers from a supposed c.15,000 places? a low %) Date of review: September 18, 2006
In short: Good race in prep for London. In full: For me I was using as training run in prep for London - which was successful with PB.
Park & ride into Bath excellent - would use again.
Toilet facilities for men good with the urinals.
There was quite a bit of congestion getting to start from recreational ground - not sure what could have been done based on the number of runners coming in & out of the ground and the building making up of Bath.
The road at the start was a good width, although the width of chip timing system at the start acted to tighten things up.
The suggested starting points for the runner with time in mins only could have been confusing for novices, these signs were not really clear. More direction could be given, to get people starting in the most appropriate section for their predicted time.
The course is generally flat with a couple of rises. Good that the roads were closed to traffic.
The weather was ideal for running, although it was a bit blustery running back in to Bath.
There was plenty of liquid available, the plastic cups aren't my favourite (the hygiene could be questioned with cups being filled with hands been put in the big buckets) - the sponges were welcome as was the energy drink.
The mileage signage was okay (better than Bristol), although didn't see the 2 mile marker until second lap.
The goodie bag was poor by other race standards based on entry fee, whist appreciating there are the other costs for setting up the event.
The results came out efficently, although still not found what my time was at the 10km mark.
Overall some lessons could be learnt for next year, however I did enjoy the run and I would run definately run Bath again. Date of review: March 25, 2005
In short: I would describe as flat course, okay there is a gentle slope up the Portway, with a couple of short 'hills' in the centre of Bristol at c.12 miles. Quick times achiveable. Date of review: September 16, 2004