In short: A good day out, very family friendly. In full: This is the 2nd year in a row I have run this event. A well organised family friendly day. The event is also good for the beginners or non serious runners. Marshalls were very friendly and supportive, there were lots of them and overall I would say the event is well organised. If I would have one big feedback to the organisers it would be that if you are going to organise a half marathon in mid June you need bottled water. I would rather pay more and have the safety of bottled water rather than trying to deal with cups on a scorching day. The course is OK and it may be a fast course for some people but for someone like myself who likes to start off slow it is difficult to get around people running amongst the traffic. For what felt like half the race you had to be aware of traffic behind, which is difficult when it is hot and tire early. Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: I enjoyed Edinburgh and the chance to do a quick marathon. In full: Overall I enjoyed the race day and my time in Edinburgh. I ran a PB so the elements that upset other people did not upset me so much. I was happy with both the water stations and marshalling. I thought they did a great job. However a bit more crowd control in the final mile would be nice. The finish area was OK and the field held up well considering the soaking and the number of people. Bags left out in the rain was not clever. I was given a half marathon t-shirt, which was mildly annoying, but a good quality t-shirt I will use. Start was sufficient and plenty of loos. Good to see the start area well spread out. Shame the marathon could not finish back in Edinburgh. I would imagine that would make the course tougher to complete though (uphill). Also more buses or the trains operating before the start would make life easier. I am surprised that the bus and train companies do not feel it is worthwhile to put on extra transport. Overall my experience was clearly not as upsetting as many others. Date of review: May 28, 2014
In short: Well organised and well supported. Friendly with a great volunteer crew. In full: I must have run nearly 50 different half marathons over the last 15 years. This event goes down as one of the best. Exceptionally well organised from pre-race information and support to the race day itself. A lot of other events could learn a lot from the guys who organise this event. The final mile or two back into the city is well supported and the crowd really spur you on to the finish. Which leaves you with a great uplifting feeling. If there was any improvement to be made, I found the course quite boring. Maybe some music points would help. It is also nice to see an event that has enough toilets at the start. A real rarity. Well done to the organisers and the people who came out to cheer people on. Date of review: May 23, 2014
In short: Overall a good event but I would not call it flat. In full: I enjoyed the day but I would imagine the fact it was advertised as a flat PB course would have upset a lot of people. The 2nd half of this course is tough. It really challenges the legs with the constant twisting course and the up and downs of the Redways. I understand why the organisers have used the fantastic cycle network Mk has, but if they have aspirations of being a big/top city marathon then they need to use more of the nice flat roads. In fact at 23 miles I think the constant up and down was making me go mad as I started to dream of lovely, flat well tarmac roads. Saying that, I did run a PB but I think that was more down to prior race expectations and pure painful determination rather than the course being as advertised. VIP parking was a mess, needs looking at for next year, but overall I thought well advertised and I enjoyed the stadium finish. Plenty of water stations, which were well manned. Marshalls were good and supportive, some enthusiastic spectators as well. I would do it again, but it is a tougher course than advertised. Date of review: May 6, 2014
In short: My experience was not as bad as other posts. This is my 9th Bath Half and I will be back. In full: I enjoy the Bath half every year, mainly because of the exceptional crowds the event attracts. Well done the people of Bath.
After running the event 9 times I know you need to get to the start earlier than most events and when it is wet, to avoid the runners village and baggage area. I am surprised after so many years the organisers cannot improve the long wait for warm clothes and putting down more temp walkways on the rec when wet. It was obvious after a very wet couple of months that the rec was going to be an issue with so many people. Saying that I have seen it worse.
I started in the white E pen which was too packed. I think the organisers could look at how many people they pack in each pen and try to make the experience more comfortable.
The speaker system at the start was poor. I could not hear a thing. Normally a lot better.
I am not too sure the organisers can do too much about the ridiculous number of people who have put unrealistic times down to get further forward at the start. All I would say is that their actions are selfish and dangerous. May be the organisers need to start a wave system to make the experience of the first mile or two more comfortable.
Final small gripe is the T-shirts are not as good as what we get from other events.
A nice touch for such events but I am guessing unrealistic is that special gold t-shirts are given to those runners who have run the event 10 or more times, so that they can wear the t-shirt with pride in future years. Of course I'm just after a nicer t-shirt :-)
Overall I will be back for next year, great event, but organisers need to keep looking for improvements. The people of Bath do their bit, the organisers need to step up a bit more. Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: A nice little event, no complaints from me. In full: Encouraging marshals, nice town, scenic course, nice medal & goodie bag, overall I would say a friendly little event which was smoothly organised. I personally did not like the off-road track near the end. The country roads around Devizes make for a picturesque course which would be more suitable for a summer or spring event. I appreciate that the organisers cannot predict the weather but the roads the course is on do get flooded in the winter which would also suggest they may wish to re-evaluate the time of the year they hold the event. Some nice pubs at the finish, next time I might make sure I finish before visiting them. Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: This is the 1st event on my calendar In full: I am local so another biased opinion but I do not think you can have much more praise than people who have run this event wanting to come back and recommending it to others. I have relatives in Belfast who have run this twice and want to run it again. Pleasant course, the right size field for the course, reasonable well supported for a smallish town and country course. Well organised and marshalled. Just two suggestions, could it not be the same weekend as the Bristol half & GNR and could there be time zones at the start. Thanks for an enjoyable event. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Nice little event In full: For a half marathon I would describe this as a small, friendly event which lead to a pleasurable morning. I would say more club runners than non club runners but all were welcome. The marshals were very encouraging, so were the few spectators, scenery was pleasant and the course is undulating but not nasty. The last mile seemed like a constant climb. I have completed this event 2 years in a row and if I do not have any other plans I will most probably make it 3. Well done to the organisers. Would be nice to have a medal as a reward. Date of review: September 5, 2013
In short: Need to sort out the baggage point but a great Sunday morning In full: With a city event as large as this as long as you are not expecting a PB and are there to just enjoy it then you wont be disapointed. Date of review: June 24, 2013