In short: Good intentions, planning let down by execution In full: Looked forward to the race for a while in the hope of doing a pb out of retirement - unfortunately missed out by quite a bit - put down to having a bad day!
The start was a bit of a shambles as many have said - it seemed well planned with everybody being given colour coded numbers relating to start times. A great shame there was no-one enforcing where people should have lined up (many time signs below head height - not helpful) Also arriving at the start towards the front not a good idea with BBC OB unit blocking the way - maybe the start could have been moved say 100m further into town to allow better channelling of runners?
Heavy bunching for first four miles in town, overtaking slower runners did not help. Perhaps it's better to end in the city to give spectators opportunity to encourage from 8 miles onwards (particularly for struggling runners)?
Reverse the course, with wider route on Portway to allow people to stretch out?
Baggage reclaim at the end was a bit of a nightmare (again organised by expected race finish time - this led to heavy congestion, taking me 45 minutes to get some food in me missing from the "goodie" bag)
Hopefully Bristol City Council will pay attention to the comments and make this race much better organised in 2007.
An awful lot of effort obviously went into the planning, but it appears that the execution ignored most of the planning work and may have been helped by better communication and the practical input of runners in its execution!
I'm sure I'll be back in 2007! Date of review: September 22, 2006