In short: Best race every year In full: Not great to see the wind machine had been turned on again this year but it made for a rapid last 3 km. Love this race. Perfect organisation and a top atmosphere. Many larger races could learn a lot from the way these guys arrange this. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: Great event, organisation and scenery In full: Very lucky with the sunny weather, between storms, helped make this a super run. Very well organized, charming marshalls and a huge bonus being allowed to use the Festival Theatre. The scenery, up on the Downs and round Goodwood, was uplifting, support in the city very good. You could make it even better with better signage (maybe a flag?) at the start and the last KM is a bit dicey playing chicken with the cars if there are lots of runners jockeying for position on the cycle path. But, overall, this was great. Very well done Chichester and here's to the next 25. Thank you. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: A Little Better than 2014 In full: Ran this race for the fourth time in 2016. As I've said before it's a great race to start the year with, and good as part of any training for a spring half marathon. After the chaotic race in 2014 in which we had to dodge cars and pedestrians, plus the technical t-shirt which the print came off after a wearing it a few times, I'd had a break in 2015. This time the original route had been restored, however there were a lot more runners this time. The race couldn't be started at the earlier time of 9am due to the traffic queue to get in to the park. After standing around in the freezing cold we were off, and all went well, until the last couple of miles where someone decided to direct all the traffic out of the park via the race route, as opposed to the way we all came in! There was barely enough room to run up that hill without all the traffic as well! Crossing the finish line, I nearly missed my medal, but after picking it up I found I had a 2013 medal! I guess there were a few left over, and the organisers thought it would be a good way to get rid of the remaining medals from that year. Race is still photographed by the great Phil O'Connor photography, I look forward to seeing their photos when they are available. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: A very challenging cross country challenge - excellent preparation for a spring marathon In full: Very hard, loads of mud and plenty of soggy fields to cross and a very steep, muddy hill that brings you to a standstill! Very well organized with loads of encouragement from the marshals. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: The hills are as good as they are bad In full: Did this race for the first time yesterday. Expected it to be tough because of the warnings about hills but it wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated. Yes there are some very tough uphills but there are also lots of lovely downhills.
Marshalling & cheering was fantastic - thank you to you all. Particularly liked the locals who played music for us all.
I never knew Watford was so picturesque.
If I had to choose a downside it would be the the pre-race stuff. There weren't all that many portaloos for the number of runners and to get to them & in/out of the marquee was very, very muddy & crowded - reminded me of tough mudder!
Overall though I enjoyed it & would definitely do it again. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: Excellent, well-organised challenge In full: This is an excellent race. The hills are numerous but none were so long as to become huge slogs like in the St Albans half. The second half of the course had some lovely sweeping descents, though still a couple of climbs, and I just found the whole race to be a pleasure and very rewarding.
The race HQ was very well-organised, and friendly, the marshals were good, and the atmosphere amongst runners was jovial.
My one gripe is that there should have been someone at the toilets directing people to toilets that were free, and signs to show people that there was a urinal.
Overall, however, this race was a brilliant way to start the year, and as you can tell, I'm still on my runner's high 24 hours later. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant In full: Great new course, loads of mud, water & hills, very testing & brilliant atmosphere. A+ organisation & marshalls encouraging all round course. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: Excellent as always! In full: The wind was particularly challenging on the way out this year with icy, arctic blasts to contend with. I felt for the leaders. The rest of the pack huddled together encouraged on by the magnificent marshalls. Turning the corner with the wind now behind changed the pace considerably and felt great! What a brilliant race this is. Everything is thoughtfully organised, goody bag outstanding, marshalls and volunteers amazing, park and ride and buses like clockwork, bands en route, good venue, great atmosphere and all for charity. Thanks once again Adrian and everyone involved. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: such a shame In full: I wouldn't recommend this race normally due to several problems. But the scenery and the lovely lion head medal makes it worth signing up for one year. However I wouldn't do it again. The first issue was the race being moved forward an hour quite late on in the process. It affected runners who needed to get trains in although the organisers did allow deferring to next year. On the day the issues began with getting into the park. 50 mins stuck in non moving traffic which seemed to be down to some arguing between staff members about how to deal with it. The start line was farcical- it was impossible to get to the end of the queue easily. Lots of cars were still trying to come in so the start time come and went. No messages were effectively passed along so when the starting horn went off, most runners seemed a little shocked. The late comers had to just start as they turned up. The route itself was clearly marked out, however the marshalling was sparse and the ones that were around didn't make eye contact, no encouragement and no conversation. One Marshall was just sat in her car! The local villagers apparently didn't know the race was taking place so they were annoyed. The route was 3 loops which were very hilly but the scenery is gorgeous. The quick runners had whipped round and were trying to drive out of the park and it became really quite busy en route with cars as us slower runners were still completing the race. The finish was clearly laid out but only sparkling water was available (?) and my medal has 2013 on the lanyard !! Getting out of the park was slow which is normal for most races. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: Good race but lack of refreshments In full: I attended the race for the frst time this year, having only been running distances for a few months. I entered the 10k with some friends. one friend was the last back and there was no water at the finish, and the refreshments people had packed up. I think this is disgraceful, especially as the half marathon was still in progrogess, no water for them at the end, no hot drinks, no food. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Very enjoyable event! In full: It was my first time doing the Watford half even though I'm a local but I will def do it again. Really enjoyed the course (despite a few brutal hills) and was surprised by the number of locals cheering on from their driveways, some even playing music from their sound systems. The marshals were many and all very enthusiastic & encouraging. I was dreading picking up our race packs from HQ before the race but it was very well organised & no waiting around. Nice medal & tech t-shirt for finishing. Overall great atmosphere & very enjoyable race. Well done Watford Harriers! Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Lots of hills and lots of fun In full: Great organisation,good value for money, liked the vibe a lot, really up and down hills that seems like when you've had enough another hill pops up to test you once more, good for character building. Loved the loud, enthusiastic marshals, I reckon they knew what running was all about. Well done to Watford Harriers for putting on a great event that promoted the true spirit of running. Will come again and I knew it was a bit hilly but that's the challenge that makes it more rewarding. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Fantastic day and great medal! In full: Always a must as one of the first races of the year! It's got something for everyone! Great marshals and a well supported event, especially as it's out in the countryside. You can even have a well deserved hot dog and pint in the club house after the run whilst comparing results. Well done nicework and well done Ashford & District. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: V muddy, great atmosphere , a lot of fun In full: Challenging as ever -am sure the mud was thicker than previous years - lovely friendly atmosphere. Excellent marshals - the chap by the puddles very amusing - , good t shirt and weather to order. A fine way to spend a Sun morning. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Gunky Glory In full: After the rain yesterday I think oh-oh the bootwash is going to be brimming over. However first there was miles of gunky claggy mud and ups and downs and I was much slower than before but the cameraderie the challange and sheer fun made my gunky glory truly hunky dory! Thanks to all the ETL team a fab Feb morning. Date of review: February 7, 2016