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
In short: Well organised and marshelled. In full: I enjoyed this race and will definately do it again without having one particular area to shout about. Good large venue to hold the event from. Smoothly organised, well masrshelled. The course is a bit frustrating in places, difficult to run past people along the busier roads and the 12th mile's surface is horrible. Not as well supported as some events, as to be expected with the country course, but where there there were supporters they were very good. Could do with a bag for the items given at the end. When you are trying to catch your breath you do not want a handful of goodies. However overall I enjoyed the morning and will do again. Date of review: June 24, 2013
In short: Overall a good race, just need to re-look at the 1st mile. In full: The marshalls were excellent, course is fast (except the start, pleasant course and well supported. Organisation was good and I liked the fact that there was plenty of close free parking. Did not need to use the baggage area. Nice mix of standard of runners with a good friendly atmosphere. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Nice scenery, nice atmosphere and well organised In full: I found the run tough personally but that was due to a lack of training rather than it was a horrible course. Despite this I found the run a pleasurable morning. It is a nice course, scenic, little traffic, few spectators but the marshalls were excellent and very supportive. It is a small event and rather low key but I do not see this as a negative. I hope the organisers do not try to change this as it makes the event quite unique. Normally I only do races where you get a medal at the end as I like building on my collection of medals but I may have to make an exception for this event. Date of review: August 28, 2012