In short: Second Year still enjoyed it In full: Another good race. Pity the mist didn't fully clear until about mile 4. If you weren't going up you were usually going down. One member of our club PB'd and the rest of us ran well. Challenging route and good to raise money for charity without huge entry fees or having to nag your friends and family to death for FLM-type commitments Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Those hills took me by surprise In full: I live in a hilly part of Wiltshire, so I thought I'd be ok, but there are some killers in here! But the final km down the drive to the house is wonderful - even after a disasterous 9km, I think I ran a 1km PB down there! Nice goody bag (i.e. one with some useful things in, unlike some others), but a bit of a struggle to get out of the car park afterwards. So some great things and some niggles - I think they all balance out in the end to make it a good race. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A pleasure to have completed a fairly hard course in a reasonable time. In full: Or Perhaps the summary should read: "Thank God it's over".
Tremendous support from the locals who braved the biterly cold weather (Bitterly cold for them)on such a cold morning to shout encouragement to us all -Thanks. I think the description "undulating" should perhaps be modified to "undulaiting/hilly"! There's certainly the odd cracker to climb. My body knows it's done a half marathon, but hey, if it was easy everyone would be doing it! A great day out. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Superbly organised as ever In full: My 7th time of doing Watford. This race gets better and better. The organisation is superb. I don't think there is much the organisers could do to improve it really, short of getting a shower block built at the college. This really should be one of the top races of the year.
Marshalls were great and plentiful. Many thanks. The conditions were ideal for running but may have been on the chilly side for them. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Tough Half marathon in parts with the hills but that makes it more challenging, pb for me which was a surprise 1.37. However, would be a little easier with another couple of drink stations! Overall would do again, recommend and its not that bad!! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A great City and a great race: what more do you need? In full: This is my home town race so I'm a bit biased, but this is a great race. 2nd year I've done it and I have no major complaints. I agree that the start is a non-existent for those at the back. You couldn't hear the gun at the back last year either. Splitting the runners into time bands is great but they only had one band for 50 mins +. Bogner 10Km splits these up into 50-55, 55-60, 60+ and this would be a very minor improvement (I'm sure Chi 10KM did this last year?) as a lot of runners (including club runners) do post 50 min runs. They seemed to have improved the finnish a bit this year and it seemed less congested at the finnish. Parking was also well signposted although I see there was a big cue to get into Oaklands car park even though there is more than sufficent parking very close by, which was very well signposted this year. Perhaps a big sign at the Tennis Club ruoundabout imforming everyone about additional parking would stop the cue into Oaklands car park? Some motorists were a bit naughty on route and I thought one or two of the marshalls (and the police) could have been a bit firmer. There could be an accident on this race one day if cars are permitted to weave amongst the runners as they did today. All the above are just very minor things though really.All in all a great day and Chichester looked its best in the sunshine. And I did a PB! Thank you Priory Rotary Club and happy 100th Birthday! Hope you raised loads of money. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Well organised event that is rightly popular In full: A bit confusing at the start - at 47 am I a male veteran or a senior male? Looked for people my sort of age as a guide. A pleasant winter's day made this race memorable. The hills were tough - not really what you'd expect in Watford. The last section around the park was a real killer - you could hear the loud speaker at the finish but it didn't seem to get any closer. Then, with a last gritted teeth effort, I thought I was getting to the finish line - only to find another further on. This was a bit cruel. But excellent organisation, great support and encouraging marshalls. I've done this race twice before and will definately do it again. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Bolting horses beware!!! In full: Due to the continued success of such a "well run" race and challenging course the organisers plan not to take entries on the day next year - so make it an early booking for 2007....it is well worth it. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: GOOD SUNDAY WORKOUT= NOT AS HARD AS GREAT NORTH RUN BUT HARDER THAN LONDON HALF MARATHON AT SILVERSTONE. NEED AN ENERGY DRINK STOP THOUGH. 7 OUT OF 10 In full: MY 3RD HALF MARATHON AND MY BEST TIME ALTHOUGH I DID DO THE GREAT NORTH RUN LAST YEAR WHISH WAS VERY TOUGH ESPECIALLKY THE LAST 5 MILES. THIS WAS 7 OUT OF TEN. THE WEATHER WAS IDEAL SUN AND NOT TOO COLD. COULD HAVE HAD AN ENERGY DRINK STOP FOR SURE. A FEW HILLS-NOT TOO BAD.. AND COULD HAVE DONE WITH WATER BOTTLE NOT CUPS PLEASE!
BUT ALL IN ALL A GOOD WAY TO SPEND SUNDAY MORNING. I HOUR 54 MINS MY TIME. I WAS HAPPY
MARSHALLING WAS VERY ENCOURAGING . ANOTHER PLUS. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
In short: Pleasant run and there are views when the mist clears In full: Hopefully the rider and the runaway horse were ok. I feared the worse as the horse was going at a fair pace. Set a PB by 6 minutes and quite a bit faster than last year.. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Well marshalled with plenty of water stops and a friendly atmosphere. In full: A demanding course with barely a flat straight all race. That said only the last hill is a killer. Date of review: February 5, 2006