In short: Well organised Big City Marathon In full: Have done Bristol Half every year since 2003 except 2011 and being local, the cost isn't too bad when no travelling/ hotels are required. That said, the club discount brings it down to about £22.00, which for a large half, with all the organisation required, is good value. Thought everythinbg went well on the day, the race pack turned up in good time (not too early to lose or too late to panic) Route is about as flat as it can be in Bristol, without completely blocking off the City. Waves worked well and I found no congestion, starting from back of the red section, plenty of water (didn't take the gels as have not used that make before and did not want to experiment with them in a race!) I will be back next year Date of review: September 20, 2013
In short: Great 20 mile race - hats off to SDRC In full: My fourth (and slowest) San Dom 20. Not in marathon training, so "just" did it to do a 20 mile race. A challenging course through the now much greener, historic Taff Valley - that old stone hump backed bridge over the the river always catches me out. Well organised, with plenty of enthusiastic marshalls and water ststaions. Good idea to have the early starters - may have to join them next year!
In short: Well organised mass participation race In full: For such a large event very little goes wrong. My 6th Reading half now and it is difficult to find fault without seeming to be knit picking. Would have liked to have had the option of a water bottle at 3rd station with a cap and for the first time a lot of people seemed to stop just after crossing the line. Also seemed to be a lot of I-plodders oblivious to faster runners trying to get past. Liked the 5k timing mats (new this year) Date of review: March 26, 2010
In short: Excellent race In full: Third time I've done this one and love it. Closed roads, chip timing, medal and a "Buff" (haven't worked out how to wear it yet) It is a very tough course so keep something back or practice for the hills. Not sure how I was nearly 7 mins quicker than last year. Will be back next year Date of review: April 30, 2009
In short: This is THE race of the year In full: Difficult to add to what has been said already. Not just a race but an event that cannot fail to make you think at the start with the 2 minuite silence, laugh at others as they slip and slide just before you do the same, gasp at the hills, curse that heavy muddy field, grimace at the water feature and ache and feel and inner self satisfaction for days after.
Thank you Bitton Road Runners Date of review: November 11, 2008
In short: Good course, good cause. In full: First time that I have done this course - so much better than the ever increasing circles around the Civic centre. If they can get runners to line up according to expected finishing time it would get a higher rating from me. I got tripped and collided with a bollard at the side of the cricket ground. Agree with comments about km markers and water. The T-shirts are in loud colours to get them noticed and hopefully talked about.
Hard for me to say as a Newport boy but a very good race, Cardiff. Date of review: September 11, 2008
In short: Tough In full: Well organised and marshalled race by Hogweed Trotters. If you can set a PB here you will blitz it in a flat race. Great value rolls and cakes at the end to look forward to as you pound those hills on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment Date of review: April 1, 2008
In short: a great event - but keep quiet about it or it will fill up too soon In full: Park and ride worked very well. Only comment is a second anouncement at the back of the field about the delayed start should have been made as I only heard it because I was near the front looking for club mates. A great cousre, well marshalled and way-marked - I am just wondering why I did Bath half a few years ago instead of this one.
Hope that the guy who collapsed makes a speedy and full recovery Date of review: March 17, 2008