In short: Top race but not as good as it used to be. In full: Not sure the 50% expansion was a success. Found the start/finish area very confusing. There were far too many fences and there were lots of people asking where the start/exit/bag storage/medals etc were. Took a long time to exit the finish area. Really liked the course, though - psychologically much more pleasant. The end of the Portway being near the end of the race is a feature which should be retained! Generally, though, too many people. Spent the first 4.5 miles jogging because I couldn't overtake anyone. Too early in the year as well. 10,000 entrants with the runners' village in Queens' Square was perfect. Organisers got carried away with the success of previous events and overreached themselves. Date of review: September 30, 2006
In short: An excellent event. Well organised. Good field size for the course. Slightly reserved spectators - but hey, it's Bath, they're all worrying about the Stock Market. In full: Had heard bad things about the Bath HM but thought it was excellent. It was on a par with Reading and Swindon for organisation and course but not quite up to Bristol standards for course, atmosphere and general oomph.
Water/energy stops were plentiful. Loads of crappers. Excellent runners' village. I particularly like the seaparation of runners and spectators at the start and finish - is a real pain at some events having spectators knocking about. Love the finish on GPS.
Will be doing this one in stead of Reading in future.
Full respect to the two spectators who gave us 'No Limits' on penny whistle and kazoo. Date of review: March 19, 2006
In short: The best HM going? Top course. Superb atmosphere. Despite it's size it works perfectly. Ace for beginners. In full: Twistyness at the start is the only problem, given the number of competitors. This really has it all, though - a marvellous fast course, bags of water/sponges/energy drinks, fabulous spectator support, spot-on organisation and more pubs and restaurants that you can shake a stick at once you've got the medal. Marvellous. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lovely course. Very friendly. Will be back next year. In full: Better than last year in that there was bottled water and the course had lost the bizarre little detour at 10m. Only gripe was that there was no changing area that I could see (there was a tent last year). Some alarming moments when a horse decided to join in - no chip no time, Dobbin. Didn't enjoy being honked to get out of the way at 12m by a comedy chicken on a quad-bike. I really enjoy this event - the countryside, interesting course and slightly low-key atmosphere make it a real pleasure. Will definately be back next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: More buses from station, please. Miles 10 - 13 a total dog. Deceptively quick course. Superb finish. Much improved post-race arrangements. Roll on 2006. In full: Another Reading, another PB. Really enjoyed it. Only gripe was the shuttle bus from the station - which was what delayed the start. Got to Reading Station at 08:50, got to runners' village at 10:02. Only just managed to get bag onto lorry and no time for a warm-up. ENORMOUS queue at the train station. I'm guessing this was because of changes to car-parking arrangements - certainly a lot easier last year. Still, it's nothing three more buses on the route won't sort out. Post race was infinitely better than last year but could do with better signage to the various bus-stops, and more buses. Gripe over - this is a fab event on a speedy course with friendly support, good marshalling, plently of drink/energy stops and a magnificent finish. Thanks to all involved in putting it on - see you next year. Date of review: March 6, 2005
In short: Difficult to imagine a better urban HM. In full: Organisers - go to the Reading HM and note the awe-inspiring line-up of portable crappers; copy it and Bristol will have the perfect big city HM. Date of review: September 16, 2004