In short: Clockwork organisation In full: I did this for the first time last year and drove through snow flurries to get there - so quite a contrast this time! Very well organised - in fact, flawless - and a good if testing course. The warmer, stiller weather made me much more conscious of the traffic fumes as you run past the standing cars (all of whom seem content to let their engines run) and along the A38 section, but that's a small beef. Hats off to those who did the second lap - one was enough for me! Date of review: April 6, 2009
In short: Once again, an excellent race in a superb setting In full: Unlike the poor saps who elected to do Bath, I can find nothing to suggest that would improve this race one iota. Great setting, challenging course, excellent organisation. A real runner's day out. Oh, and a fraction of the price of Bath. A fixture in my calendar and, this year, blessed with excellent weather - just been slapping on the apres sun! Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: Loved the course - but was it really 13.1 miles? In full: First the good stuff: scenic course, a few hills to challenge you in the first half, very pretty and flat second half; good water stops; a scattering of very supportive people around the course; great t shirt; very friendly.
But I don't think I was the only one whose Garmin measured the first mile at 1.25 miles. That demoralised me a bit, and I wonder what it did for those without a garmin. The final distance was 13.43 - and it's usually pretty accurate.
Oh, and great organisation to text through my time by the time I'd got to the car - well done, raceahead. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Excellent organisation, as always In full: This is the race that other local halves have to judge themselves by. Immaculate organisation and marshaling. It's never as flat as I remember - but that's probably coming after Cardiff last weekend which put my time back by three or four minutes. Great medal and t-shirt, and another long-sleeved one to add to my collection! Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: An excellent riposte to last year's problems In full: Having been highly critical of many aspects of last year's organisation, I want to say this year they really got it right. No problems at the start or finish and I preferred the course - which took in some nice paths. Interesting goodybag - and the towel is a nice touch. I have a loft full of race t-shirts, so didn't need another. Support was patchy but vocal and all in all a good race. I even took 3 minutes off my SB, so well pleased with that too. Date of review: October 19, 2008
In short: Faultless. Can't believe I just wrote that. In full: Having been pretty critical of Bristol halfs in previous years, I'm delighted that they've really got their act together - especially as it's my local. Everything worked. Great atmosphere - helped by the weather. So well done, organisers - you made it a pleasure to run. Date of review: September 14, 2008
In short: Cracking organisation, teasing course, great race In full: Well done, Taunton. Immaculately organised occasion. Pleased not to have been doing two laps on what as an undulating course with a sapping wind in places. Highly recommended. Date of review: April 6, 2008
In short: Miles better than boring old Bath! In full: Who wants to slog round boring old Bath when there's this gem? Tough in parts, yes, but well organised, enthusiastically marshaled and fabulous scenery. Well done to the lads doing the car parking too. Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Great course, great weather, but why no chip timings? In full: Loved this - and would have got an official PB at 1.36 had it not been for the inexplicable lack of chip timing. What was that about? It might seem odd to complain as the event was so well organised apart from that, but if you really are going for a good time it does matter. And it will only encourage people to start further up than their expected times: with 2000 people running is that what you really want in what is already a congested start? As I say, that aside, a great race, well put together. Date of review: February 10, 2008
In short: Well organised, as ever In full: This is one of my favourites now. It's quick (I managed a season's best today of 1.37.04), nice scenery for at least half of the way round and organised like clockwork. I bought a t-shirt because they are one of the few that never shrink and I don't mind buying one separately. It keeps the entry price down and not everyone wants one. AND they're long sleeved! I also like the medals and am not ashamed of that - at 55 you're never sure how many more years you're going to be able to run and one day they will be a nice reminder of when you could. Well done to all the organisers and marshalls - and thanks! Date of review: October 21, 2007