In short: Great supporters but organisation at the end was pretty bad. In full: The organisation at the start of the race was pretty good we knew where to go, baggage lines were pretty much non-existent and the toilet lines were well monitored and moved quite quickly. The race itself was reasonably scenic and the supporters were great.
The last mile or so was horrible! A husky jumped out of the crowd at me and I had to dodge it, there was hardly any room to run as the crowd wasn't held back by barriers so were in the way of the runners and it was impossible to put on a surge as you couldn't get past people. Also the pre-booked busses were a long walk, about 1.5 miles uphill. Not great when you've just finished a marathon. This really put a dampener on the whole event. I may consider going back if this aspect was changed, but reading posts from previous years this has been pointed out before and hasn't been changed. Date of review: May 26, 2014
In short: Weather Gods smiled on us, poor goody bag In full: This was my second year at this race. The change of route led to some problems before the start as late comers were still walking up the race line to the start, delaying it slightly. The starting area was packed and it was pretty much impossible to get into the right starting zone which meant a lot of weaving about to overtake people. Was good to have a tent at the start as it was about a km from the car park. The marshalls were friendly and helpful. The goody bag was pretty terrible. I know you don't go to an event for a goody bag but the only edible items were pistachio nuts an a bottle of coconut water.
In short: Great first race of the year. In full: Well organised and scenic race. Liked the challenges of the three hills. Got talking to quite a few people on the way round which was nice. It's a nice LONG downhill to the finish. Don't get carried away and go to early. Thanks to the guy that ran down there most of the way. We did well in overtaking :). Fantastic medal, a lions head, definitely my favourite medal yet. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: f In full: Overall an enjoyable experience. Despite having done no hill training I didn't find the hills overly challenging. They just added another dimension to the race. It would be good though if people who were walking could move to the side! The only negative comment is that it was very frustrating having to stop for the road crossing expecially being at the front of the group that were stopped. This added 2 minutes to our times. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Well organisedand for the first 9 miles not to difficult to pass walkers or slower people. The goodie bag was pretty appalling. It was really only worth the bag which will be used for wet clothes after visits to the beach! In full: I've only done two Race Bristol events and the T-Shirts are pretty much useless to me. While I'm not tiny I am a ot smaller than the 'small' size shirts and I would expect a lot of the other femal runners are too. An extra small size is needed. Towards the end of the race on the narrower bits and the small hills it was quite frustrating having to weave in and out of the walkers. Could there be a race ettiquite that walkers move to the side? Date of review: September 12, 2011