In short: Far too many runners In full: I have not run Bath half for a few years because I was disappointed the last time i ran it, This time was was actually worse.
There were just far too many people, the queue to get to the start was ridiculous, by the time I actually reached the start line, the clock had been running for 12 minutes!
I was shoulder to shoulder with other runners the whole way round making it extremely difficult (dangerous in some cases) to pass slower runners. The road was divided in half and on the first lap we were told to keep left of the cones, because the front runners were coming through. Why they needed half of the road I dont know, the road should have been divided 60/40 or 70/30 to give the mass runners more room.
At the finish there was another ridiculous queue for medals, de-chipping and T-shirts. I was freezing cold by the time I reached the runners village, why wasn't there anyone handing out foil blankets?
And a cheap cotton T-shirt at the end, don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a cotton T-shirt from a race that costs say £15-20, but Bath is £42! Unbelievable!
In summary, poorly thought out route to the start, poorly though out course, poorly thought out finish. Either sort it out or stop being greedy and accept that the course isn't big enough to support this many runners! Sorry Bath, but this was the last time for me. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Disappointing In full: I had a great run that day I loved every minute, no problems for me. I have to say that I was sorely disappointed in Thornbury RC when I found out that two of my fellow club runners were told by marshalls not to continue the race after a mile for being "too slow", I didn't think you could be "too Slow" in a race that has no cut off time advertised. I love this race, this year was my second rollick, the way I feel at the moment, it'll probably be my last. Date of review: January 25, 2009
In short: Mud Glorious Mud!! In full: Once again another great Slog, this is my third year running the Slog and it just gets better and better. The change to the river near the end was a pleasant (!?) Surprise and the band on the common was a really nice touch. The marshals as always were friendly and encouraging, and there was great crowd support on the way round especially by the river! Hats off to Bitton Road Runners for organising another fantastic race Date of review: November 9, 2008
In short: Great Race, shame about the walk to the baggage at the finish. In full: Bristol was good this year, well organised, the two wave start which I was certain would be a disaster, worked very well in my book, however it was still very congested for the first couple of miles (what you'd expect for a big city marathon)
My only grumble is that I had to walk what seemed like miles to retrieve my bag, because there was nowhere to cross the course near to the finish.
Also, yet again, what a rubbish goody bag, yesterdays paper, a chocolate bar, and a drink - better than last year, but not what i'd expect from a half marathon of this size.
I think Bristol is too big now, the course isn't big enough to expand anymore, If they can sort out the baggage situation for next year, and keep everything else the same (no more runners) I'd be happy. Date of review: September 16, 2008
In short: A flat fast 10 mile course, does what it says on the tin. In full: Excellent race, great value. No goody bag!? - So what - It was only 7 quid to enter! Great organisation and marshalling, i'll be back next year, hopefully for another PB! Date of review: September 11, 2008
In short: Great race, shame about the heat and the start! In full: This really is a great scenic race, had it not been for the ludicrous heat, I may have been able to enjoy the views!!
The Marshalls were fantastic, as were the water stations (especially given the conditions) there was even a chap soaking people with his garden hose - brilliant!
The goody bag was incredibly generous, all useful stuff, the two bottles of lucozade were gone like a shot!
For me the only thing that let this race down(apart from the heat, which cannot be helped) was the start, they held us back from the start, then didn't give us enough time to get there, I would've been gutted if I missed my PB by a few seconds, when it took me 10 seconds to realise the race had started, then a further 30 seconds to cross the start line!
I think they should've had the start line in the leisure centre car park, and just held the traffic back for the start.
Overall a great race, i'd definitely do it again, as for the start, i'd know what to expect next time. Date of review: July 30, 2008
In short: Great Scenery, Great Race Mostly Great Marshals In full: This is the second year i've done this race, and it is a great one, no doubt.
Sorry but I do have two things to whinge about!
Having just passed the start line, There was a Marshal stood right in the way of all the runners, as we were all still tightly bunched together, I very nearly ran straight into him, as did others i spoke to, I don't Know what he was doing there, but as far as I can see there was no need for him to be there, as he could have caused an accident.
Secondly, at the finsh line there was a guy directing people to collect there trees (yes you get a tree!! cool!) and trying to keep them in order, in an aggressive manner, pushing and shoving the finishers, (I remember the same thing from last year) the last thing people want when they are tired having just run 10k on a hot summers evening is that kind of abuse. I have ran many races and have never seen any other finish like that, so my question is, if other events don't have someone doing that at the finish line, is it necessary? Is there not some other way? if anyone can come up with a valid reason, then I will take that back.
I'm sorry to rant on, i think it really is a shame that the bad points always seem to overshadow the good ones.
This is a great race, excellent scenery, great marshals (well mostly!) great crowd support, great facilities, and you get a tree!! What more can you ask for!!
I'll be back next year, in spite of my little rant!! Well done to everyone who took part!