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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a really nice event. I would do it every year if it wasn't for the fact that I live on the wrong side of the pond. Big race atmosphere, scenic and fast course (mostly), great for spectators. Excellent organization -- by Bristol City Council, which puts on some outstanding run and bike events as part of its effort to brand itself as one of the UK's most healthy cities. It's no wonder that they can easily sell out 20,000 entries. The starts are managed well to reduce crowding - half of the runners start at 9:30, and the other half (time-seeded) start half an hour later. The race attracts a high quality field as the UK half marathon championship, so faster runners are in little danger of being isolated in the later miles. I really liked the way the drinks stations were organized - bottles rather than cups are a real time saver for runners. They even laid on adequate number of portapotties - and they were flush potties, quite the luxury. And finally, Bristol is a neat city for visitors,
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