In short: Beautiful scenery, friendly small field, excellent organisation and slightly downhill"" In full: Did the Sunday race and it turned out to be my favourite HM ever - the slight gradient made the miles fly by, the marshalls were friendly and encouraging and despite the intimidating number of serios looking club runners, the atmosphere was friendly and supportive. The last tiny uphill was lined with cheering people who'd already finished, encouraging and advising. Absolutely brilliant! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Keeping up high standards In full: You can see why this race rates so highly. Excellent organisation in every aspect and great marshals and volunteers. Special mention to chap on the tannoy with his calming manner and useful tips before the race. Having pacers was excellent to encourage you along - so thanks to them. Great atmosphere amongst the runners. With closed roads there was plenty of room even when joined by KiloMarathon runners. Thanks. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Great first marathon, with a few 'treats' on the route In full: My first marathon, and I think I went through every emotion on this journey. The organisation was good, I used the buses laid on from the town centre. Loads of toilets, and even close to the start time, minimal waiting time. The first half of the race was good, with just a slight doubling back, and very flat and fast. Then the first treat hit at 13 miles, a sharp incline. Timing pads at 13.1 miles. Then the route got a bit back and forth, and the real challenge emerged at 17 miles, with a very long uphill section with zero crowds. The marshall saying it gets flat shortly was no help, as it didn't and that was a real moral drainer - thanks. The final 5 miles for me was a hard slog, hit the wall at resorted to run/walk. Crowds in this final section were amazing, really cheering their hearts out, offering sweets, oranges, drinks etc. Offical watering stations were plentiful and well manned handing out water bottles, which I prefer, plus loads of bins, so no need to dump randomly. Once you had finished a great medal and t-shirt. But what joker decided we had to go down two flights of stairs to get to get out of the finsihing zone, OMG pure pain, but quite funny in a perverse way seeing adults walking like they had a full nappy on. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Should not be advertised as flat In full: Pros: Beautiful course, good atmosphere.
Cons: Not a flat course as advertised on RW but undulating/hilly. Mixing the half mara and 10k routes means that faster half marathoners have to weave around slow 10k runners. towards the end of the race which is a bit frustrating. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Very well organised, great scenic route and pacemakers fantastic! In full: This is the second time I have run this event and it has been very well organised both times. Clear signs to everything, helpful staff, great course with some challenging hills but picturesque scenery throughout. The pacemakers this year really helped me to a PB of 1:29. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: A really enjoyable race - thank you! In full: Very well organised, excellent race 'village', brilliant t-shirt & medal, great support; water, fuel & marshals - will be back! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: OK but not stunning and definitely needs some tweaking for next year. In full: Congestion at the start, first half not that interesting and the last mile or so definitely wasn't as flat as promised but no major problems. Once through the finish it all went a bit haphazard with regards to picking up water from one person, banana from another and then goody bags further along. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Really good as always In full: Please could you look into the logistics or going round the pond at Crawley Down and possibly going round the rec at the end to avoid the hideous A22 end! And if it's a beginners race - prizes through the field not just the fastest athletes? Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Disappointing - needs better organisation In full: Start was badly organised. Couldn't hear the marshall at the start, they let 1h50+ runners off before the sub 1h50 had all gone through. First half on narrow uneven pavements (with cars parked on them at times), busy roads, housing estate and no scenery far from ideal! Second half along tow path much better and lovely scenery. The description of being totally flat slightly misleading - especially the final mile and a half. No water left at the end of the race for us slow runners, which was appalling especially given the cost to enter! Marshalls were friendly and helpful and medal made it worthwhile, but I probably would not do it again. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Spectacular countryside running. Warning not a road race! In full: Im a member of the club that organizes this race so I may be a little biased but this is a pretty spectacular race and would probably be classed as a fell race/run almost..
If you want breathtaking (pardon the pun) countryside, great outdoors steep slope running in the south of England than you be hard pressed to find much better. This is not a 10 mile PB course. It is not a road race. It is not a race that you check your Garmin during. It is a downs race and is well worth experiencing if you want something different to your run-of-the mill road/town 5K or 10k in my opinion!
Great for people who race and equally for people who want to pootle across a cracking bit of countryside with other runners without the stressful club XC race feel... I think it would make a road runner a more rounded stronger runner if they tried this sort of thing every now and again... recommended Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Slick organisation and amazing weather In full: This is my local half but I would happily travel miles to do it! Was yet again fabulously supported in the villages, pacers really helped runners round this challenging but beautiful course. Somehow managed to smash my PB so still buzzing! Thanks Felicity and team... See you again next Oct... And the HWR gang may break the 100 entries barrier! Brilliant Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Absolutely fantastic race, incredible support, beautiful course! In full: I am so glad that I travelled to do this race, the organisation was brilliant. The course was beautiful and challenging enough to be keep you interested throughout without being too excessive. Most of all the Marshalls and the amazing support in the city and all of the villages we ran through made this a race I will definitely be doing next year. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Glad to have discovered this one In full: I'm glad I discovered this local event. With four runs - 1.5k, 3k, 5k and 10k - taking place, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The races all start
and end adjacent to the cricket clubhouse, where refreshments are available throughout the morning.
Once you leave the playing field, the 10k run takes you mostly along pavements, through the centre of Abbots Langley and over the M25 up a slight hill to the
neighbouring village of Bedmond. Most of the roads are not closed, so you need to watch out for traffic in places, although marshals are also on hand to
ensure the safest possible crossing at all points. The marshals and also the spectators were supportive throughout.
From 6-7km, you have a downhill run along Toms' Lane - it then becomes a steep descent towards the railway bridge before you turn left into Station Road at
The sting in the tail is the uphill climb for pretty much the whole of the penultimate kilometre, as you head up Gallows Hill Lane. It's not terribly steep,
although still quite a test at that stage of the run, but you are only 1km from the finish when you reach level ground again.
The man on the mic was particularly encouraging to the runners as they came back onto the field and approached the home straight - always appreciated.
There are three water points along the route, the last of which is halfway up Gallows Hill Lane in that testing ninth kilometer.
Having Watford FC legend Graham Taylor in attendance to start all the races, and also to hand out medals and trophies at the end, certainly boosts the status
of the event.
Although I live quite locally, this was my first visit to this event. I'd be happy to return. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Needs alot of tweeking to return In full: On the positive. It's great to be able to pick your number and race chip before the day. Great goody bag. Then...the negatives. Poor organisation at the start. We need to hear the person in control and the marshals need to marshal. The first half of the course was random and full of traffic.Odd to be running through a housing estate too. Once we hit the Thames at Hampton Court it was good. Not impressed with the boast of a flat course the last mile and a half had a steady incline and taking us past the finish and away after mile 10 takes the wind out of your sails for sure. Once through the finish the organisation was again chaotic. I hope the organisers read the reviews and can tweek the event. And beware the Hurst park Half next March is EXACTLY the same! Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: A nice Half Marathon In full: This was my first attempt at the Abersoch Half Marathon. The course was very scenic, with some challenging climbs in there, the track at 10 miles was tough going, and the finish along the beach was good! There was good support around the course and a nice friendly atmosphere. The marshalls did a great job and i would certainly run this one again. Nice medal and t-shirt too, and there were energy drinks, Mars Bars and fruit at the end. If you fancy a slightly more challenging Half Marathon give this one a go! Date of review: October 6, 2014