In short: good event, nice atmosphere, goody bag and medal ace In full: first time for me, glad i practised hills in the run up.A good time recorded for me. Could have done with a few more lavvies. Overall i enjoyed it and did enjoy the hills, sadistic i presume. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Wild horses wouldn't stop me doing this one again In full: Great race; very well run, lots of water stations and a good challenge with plenty of hills and dips. Would recommend this to anyone-- great for newbie half marathoners, old hands or those like me using it as a stepping stone to a full marathon. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Very well organised, very fair course. In full: Disappointed not to beat my target, but this is a great race. Very well organised, very fair course and an almost guaranteed reverse split to make you feel like a real runner. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A great race with excellent marshalling - challenging hills keeps it interesting. In full: An excellent first 1/2 marathon experience. It was well organised, and it is difficult to find a fault, other than perhaps an extra water station, which has already been commented on.
I'll definately be back next year, despite the hills. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Average Race. Online entrants were penalised for entering online In full: One to be aware of nest year, was unaware when I entered online that I would have to collect my number on the day, this is very unusual as I have entered loads of races online and this is the first time, I have been asked to collect the number on the day. Entering online is supposed to make things easier and having to collect your number on the day isn't easy. It was lucky that there were no entries on the day otherwise this would have been even more confusing.
Course was good and clearly marked throughout on a Traffic Free course, marshalls were there but most didn't say anything or direct you. KM markers were all there. One slight hill at 7k other than that the rest of the race was undualting.
My Garmin 301 made the course 10.2KM, this doesn't mean the course was over length but just mentioning it.
Last little quirk is that the cars are parked in a field which cars the course crosses so cars can't leave until all runners are home, this can delay you leaving for some time.
I received no email or race information as I entered online so was unaware of what was expected this would have been more of a problem if this was my first race.
I might do this one again. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: My local race, nice only to have to walk 10 mins from my front door to the start line In full: This was the fifth time I had run this race, and I was disappointed to record my worst time to date - must do some more hill training before next year's event! The organisation on race day was very good as usual; my only gripe was that having this year entered online via the RW website, my race number never arrived in the post; so I had to get to the race HQ earlier than intended to obtain a duplicate number. I discivered that there were others in the same boat, so this was evidently a glitch in the system. But all in all, a most enjoyable day in the Watford winter sunshine. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Three laps of a nice little park In full: I entered this race for the first time after seeing it advertised a few days and was worth the effort. Not a big 5k fan (over too quickly for my liking) and the time passed very quickly in this one being three 1-mile laps. Still, it was a nice little park, the people were friendly, decent facilities and potential for a quick time, so will have to give it another go soon. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Early start meant parking was easy. Great fast race. Really worth doing it again, once you know how fast the second half is. As someone said already, 400m to end marker would be helpful. Thanks to the lovely people doing sports massage. In full: Good tea shirt too! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Not that far off being a complete first timer....a great atmostphere - its like entering a parallel universe (of running) uplifting when you turned at the 5k mark and realised that you had been running uphill for 5k without realising it. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nice course, as road courses go... In full: ok, I'm not a big fan of running more than 1/2hr on road, but if you're gonna, it's a good race for it. There's enough variation with a few good climbs and nice country lanes. Organisation seemed pretty good: lot's of marshalls, enough water stations, start not too far from car-park. Highlight of the day... got a book signed by Ron Hill. Legend! :-) Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: 1st time for me this one and you bet i will do it again super marshalls and got a pb 1hr 44.50 secs would hope maybe next year we could pay extra and have championchip timing plus would prefer bottled water instead of cups . Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Well organised. Challenging hills In full: My 2nd time for this race. Well worth the 95 mile trip. Scenic course with some quite challenging short sharp hills - esp. at 3 and 9 miles. The final lap of the park was quite challenging in that you could hear the announcer but still had a mile to go.
Organisation was terrific. Mainly closed roads, Police support, brilliant supportive plentiful marshalls. liked the T-Shirt.
Only gripe would be the "3 finish lines" as mentioned above, and the fact that the paths in Cassiobury Park are quite narrow for the start.
However, I was 5 minutes quicker here than last year and really enjoyed it. Date of review: February 5, 2006