In short: What more could you want from a Half Marathon? In full: Wow! We made the journey from SW England for this race and don't regret a moment. So many little extras make this a great race & a great weekend away:
A pasta party on the Saturday evening (with the offer of taking some home!), a small, friendly race across beautiful countryside & along a beach, sarnies, drinks and pastry post-race plus a great running top and good goody bag, free massages and opportunity for free swim, an after-race evening Céilidh (plus the race video and pics projected onto the wall) - if only I knew the dances!! What more could you want from a race? A PB? Hmmm: I was 3 minutes off mine. Soooooo close! Add this to your 2013 calendars now! Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: MUCH Better, Bath Half Organisers! In full: This was my 6th Bath Half in a row: and previous year's organisation had been dire. This year was heaps better with a lot of the creases ironed out.
Helpful, friendly marshall/stewards/helpers, great entertainment on route and still the best supportive crowd ever.
A little frustrating at times trying to weave round slower runners (and I'm not speedy!) : but what you'd expect from a big event.
In short: A busy busy race In full: I run this race because I'm a local lass - and because I'm a local lass I'm rather embarrassed that this year was as bad as the last. I've been taking part in this event since 2006 and the field has grown dispraportionately. The end really can't be held in a narrow lane if the field continues to increase as it has. Get us all into the Rec if you must and PLEASE employ some marshalls/"crowd controllers" who know how to treat runners after (and before) a hard slog. I witnessed marshalling of door-bouncer proportions before and after the race. Not on. Come on Mr Taylor - have you never attended other races? Shocking. Date of review: March 18, 2009
In short: Lion, and Tigers & Hills, Oh My! In full: A great race. Great organisation, good banter & some challenging hills. Most spectacular moment was a herd of six or so deer running across our path. Beautiful. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Rain & Mud In full: Although rain and mud prevailed, a lot of people still turned out for this race. The cycle race was on a manic dual carriageway for a large portion, and the grassy "T" shaped run was pretty muddy by the end of the day. The transition area was outdoors and could have been held in the sports hall. And a more scenic and circular run (on tarmac) is surely possible in Stratford? Oh and my reults have been lost - so I have no idea how I did. Hmmmm. Apart from all that - I had a fun day, and would consider doing it again! Date of review: October 9, 2008
In short: Mud Bath In full: Organisers should have taken account the reviews published here last year and the year before. Excluding the weather causing muddy mayhem and contractors not turning up with tents and standing in the cold, damp rain for hours - the organisation remains chaotic: particularly at the start and finish. There are far too many people and too few routes to the start. People should be filtered into more starting pens than "green" and "white" starts, and there should be more routes out at the end of the race. And as with last year- - please don't end a hard run race with people throwing or handing goody bags from a truck! (Goody bag & medal collection should be moved to a matted Rec.) And why not add some more bands en route? Particularly in THAT dull dull dull bit. Date of review: March 20, 2008