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
In short: Great race, challenging course with support to rival any race I've done. In full: I entered this race on a whim as I was passing through the area on the weekend of the race. I'm so glad that I did as it was a superb race. Fantastically well organised with great facilities at the start/finish area. Generous feed stations along the route. It's pretty hilly but the atmosphere is great fun, I'd recommend this race to anyone. The support out in the villages was awesome - the locals did the area proud. Sign up for this one you won't regret it and you also get a nice tech t-shirt and medal. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: So much potential but needs better organisation In full: Very undulating course, definately not one for a PB. However the scenery and relatively small field make this an ideal alternative to some of the big city races. However a few things could be improved: utter madness to start the 10k race just as the half marathon runners were still coming around at the 4 mile mark. Whatever rythm you had got into was instantly halted as you just ran into a mass of starters, causing many runners to weave off the tarmac onto the side banks, scattering spectators along the way. 1 hour and 20 mins to exit the car park at the end took the gloss off what for me was an enjoyable run all said. Small point - but they could make more of an effort with the medal, being as it is a generic BHF medal. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere. In full: Well organised and friendly half. It's a bit hilly, but surprisingly quick despite this. There's great support along the route. I'll be doing it again. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: A very well organised race, with a very friendly atmosphere In full: Conditions for this multi terrain race were perfect. Dry and sunny but not too hot. Marshalls were friendly and encouraging, and water station at the start of the climb at 5k was welcome. Also top marks to the helpers serving tea and cake which went down well.
It was a nice touch having the Mayor giving out the trophy cups, and I and a club mate both received one. It was our first time at this race and we will return next year, hopefully with more club members.
It was a shame that there were not more runners, especially considering the perfect weather. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Challenging but fantastic! In full: It's a tough course - it feels like you're going uphill for the first 7km, but the descent for the final two is wonderful! Scenery gorgeous, marshals excellent, organisation perfect, atmosphere fantastic, support superb. Free beer at the end and cakes and drinks on sale at race HQ at very reasonable prices. Absolutely loved it and will definitely return next year. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Curate's egg run - half lovely tow path, but half terrible road run In full: Considering it was the 1st time this event has taken place was surprised at how many runners had entered - very big entry!
Which meant a very crowded, confused start and then 5miles of running along a busy A road with no pavements on the side most runners used(not me). To be honest I'm surprised they got a race license and the race adjudicator needs to address this if the race takes place again.
Also, no mention of "No Headphones" and a very high percentage of runners around me where wearing them, dodging through traffic! They need protecting from themselves!
Tow path part was fine, it was what I entered for, but running us past the finish line at 10miles to do a 3mile loop back, bit unkind!
Finally - it was a lovely day for a run, but, should it have been more like Saturday, i.e. heavy rain, finishing in a field with the baggage area open to the elements, no changing facilities except going under the bridge, means this race has potential to be a miserable one.
Don't think I'll bother again. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Surprisingly scenic route but could be better organised In full: At the start of the race you run through a car park which narrows very quickly there are posts and fences that come at you through a crowd and was, I thought, quite dangerous. There was no warning about this pre race. There was also a point early on there a big 10k sign was at the left of the course but as you got nearer there was an arrow pointing right meaning that lots of runners went to the left and there was lots of criss crossing between 5 and 10k runners. The sign could have been cleared. Late on there was a road crossing where I struggled to get across and there was a marshall right there just staring into space not even acknowledging me. The medal was also very low quality. Those things made me not particularly enjoy the race but there were good elements. The route was through some of the nice countryside parts of walsall, the course had a couple of decent hills but nothing too challenging. There was also a nice pre race atmosphere and there were lots of charity runners which was nice to see. It seemed a higher proportion than normal were in charity t-shirts. I might run again if I wanted to do a run on that weekend as its local. Im surprised the run isnt organised better considering its been established for so long. Date of review: October 6, 2014