In short: A great race In full: This was my second go at Watford and despite finishing nearly 15mins slower than last time (don’t ask!) it’s still a great race. Very friendly & supportive marshals, which you certainly appreciate a lot more when things aren't going to plan.
Medals would get my vote for next time – when you’re on the course as long as I was you feel like you deserver one!
In short: Excellent race but the start was a little bit narrow In full: Actually pleasantly surprised about how rural Watfords surrounding area can be. Ok we crossed the M25 a couple of times but around 7 of the miles were spent looking at fields.
Apart from the start which was a bit narrow for the first mile, 2000 people running along a path ment for 3. The course was excellent with only a couple of nasty hills.
Around 4 drink stops and a clock at half way, and only a small amount of dodging of traffic. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: A great race. My first HM, and therefore a new PB! In full: I thought the organisers were dead on. Marshalls were very encouraging. I might have chosen an easier HM for my first I reckon (by that I mean flatter) but I feel very good to have done it. Is this really commenting on Watford 1/2 M? It says Junior Challenge at the top of the page... Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Fast and flat In full: Nice flat route (though not the most scenic of routes). Well organised and post run drinks/food and T shirt. Overall, good course for a PB and good value for money. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: I hated every single minute - even the end. In full: to be fair I did run after two week cold and totally lost legs in last mile and half - only 1 person out of about 80 odd said anything encouraging as they zipped past me whilst I half walked/ stumbled to the end . Cheers. as for those miserable Taut people -well best not to be too rude. My bad mood has not been assisted by the sorest nipples ever - if thats not too much information.Next year will be fun I'm sure. Medal please!! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: A little crowded at the start but mostly OK In full: Biggest criticism would be lack of adequate toilet facilities for the numbers before the start. Other than that, went smoothly. A nice speed run on a cold morning. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Fantastic race with great organisation In full: Third time I've done this, and seems to get better each year (the race, not my running, sadly). Enough climbs to be testing but not suicidal, and a surprising number of PBs on the forum demonstrates that no-one should be deterred by rumours of Himalayan ascents.
The words "Watford" and "scenic" don't often come in the same phrase (unless there's an "isn't" in between) but apart from the first and last couple of miles the whole race is along country lanes and is remarkably bucolic.
A big thumbs up too for the marshals - efficient, enthusiastic and encouraging throughout. And at last a t-shirt of decent-enough quality to wear as an item of daytime clothing (although perhaps it would be sdafer not to do this after dark in Luton). Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Excellent. A great credit to Watford. In full: Well organised, good baggage and parking. Signposted from the M25 junction. Very pleasant scenary, very different to what I was expecting. The hills were tough and it seemed that at the top of every one somebody would say, "That's it, its all downhill to the finish". I starting feeling very sick at 10 miles and started walking (I had managed 8.5 min miles to that point) and an old man in a wheelchair shouted "Run 50 yards for me! Go on, dont stop!". Can't really beat that for encouragement. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Superb. Hard to imagine a faster 10K road race. In full: Very smooth organisation with good facilities available at the sports centre before and after the race. And someone has probably already mentioned that it's a fast course... Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: When referring to this race, "undulating" is a euphemism if ever I heard one!! In full: Scenery is truly spectacular, but the hills....!! Not for the faint-hearted!! I was hoping for under 50 mins (PB on a flat 10K had been 57 mins, but my training has been far more intense recently and I've speeded up a lot, so was very optimistic about doing 50 mins or less). But those hills!! I managed 58:56, but I'm sure if it'd been on the flat, I would've been soooo much better! Not sure if I'd do it again....expensive for what you get. Date of review: February 6, 2006