Entries for new applicants opened yesterday & are going strong.
There has been a lot of criticism of the Bath Half on Runners World forums & race ratings. Delivering a major road race in a City centre on public highways is an enormous challenge. Like all race organisers we don’t always get everything right, but we take on board all comments & criticisms raised and we work hard each year to meet those challenges & make real improvements to the race.
Because we care what our customers think we take the time & trouble to invite all race entrants to take part in a post-race survey. An overwhelming 83% of the 3,240 customers who responded to our survey after last year’s Bath Half told us they enjoyed the race & would be coming back again in 2010. This is a significant improvement on the feedback from the previous year. We are far from complacent (or in denial), but whilst not dismissing the more negative comments raised on this forum – including genuine criticisms which we will do our utmost to address – or wishing to undermine anyone’s right to voice their own personal views, I would suggest this was a much larger sample of customers & more representative of the general view of the majority of runners, and of course we have a responsibility to meet the aspirations all our customers – not just the vocal minority represented in one forum.
A number of structural improvements were made to the race in 2009 to address shortcomings identified in the appalling weather conditions experienced in 2008. Despite the current economic downturn & lack of sponsorship, further improvements will be implemented in 2010 which I am confident will resolve most if not all of the issues raised
I would ask you please to temper your negative comments in respect to those customers who do not share your views & our staff, volunteers & contractors who are working hard to deliver the best event possible in a magnificent historic city & the charities who depend on the monies raised.
There is no UK wide ban on MP3 players at UK Athletics licenced races. This rumour is based on a misreading of the IAAF ban on athletes receiving tactical advice from their coaches through radio headsets during races.
But at Bath we do ask runners not to use them on safety grounds.
It is a 2-lap race, with the race leaders running 3.5 times faster & with a 15 mins start advantage on the slowest runners. Most runners using MP3 players will be overtaken by the lead runners, and if you are listening to music you won't hear lead vehicles coming up behind you or hear marshals warnings.
Also although the course is closed to normal traffic, own event ambulances need to be able to respond to emergency calls on the course & we do get out of area ambulances needing to access across the course en route to the A&E dept at Bath Royal United Hospital.
If you have to use one, we would ask you to just use one earpiece.