In short: Great location, tough hills, fairly well organsied, brilliant finish. In full: A great scenic location for a race and the loop around course means that there's always plenty of support to cheer you on.
The hills are fine the first time round, but they get you on the second lap. But they are all made up by the fantastic finish - practicallly a whole KM of straight downhill running towards the house. Great.
Good medal and some SiS goodies go towards making up for the reasonably steep entry fee.
A couple a points on the downside though, as usual nowhere near enough toilets. With ten minutes to go to the start there was still a huge queue - way more than ten minutes - I gave up and went where nature intended (along with many others). The other problem was so many cars trying to escape around the same time, we spent over half an hour just waiting to get out of the car park. Some planning here would be nice.
Overall more good than bad, and a great race. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Tough and hilly, but splendid scenery after the fog lifted. In full: I ran my PW today. Gammy knee/hamstring and all that, but I really like this event. Its hard with the hills, and the last two (9-11) and (12-13) are killers, but the organisation is good, the runners are friendly and the scenery is great. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nice enough race - couple of challenging but not too steep hills and some scenic countryside. Organsiation was OK but only gripe was that bag storage was 15 mins away - fine if you have people to hand your trackies to but not ideal for starting warm Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: My first 10k race, will definitely do it again, the 2nd time up the hill to the Bath Arms was hard work but the final 1k running down towards the house was great, nice to have my name mentioned over the PA when crossing the line too. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Fast, flat but boring In full: Big thanks to all of the marshals who did a great job. Course a bit boring, mainly around housing estates. Huge queue for tee shirts - had to leave mine, not desperate enough to wait in the cold. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Good advert for Watford. In full: The very special Cassiobury park gave the start & finish a good sense of occasion and lots of space. The middle bit mostly comprised country lanes with lots of ponies and pubs you'd make a mental note to visit on a less arduous occasion. A few killer hills but some nice down ones to loosen up & prevent it getting too tortuous. I was cursing the 2 false finish lines several 100m before the real one though! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nice Scenery, Good Course In full: I travelled for 2 hours from North Essex for this one, and thoroughly enjoyed my day. I must admit I am not happy with the way online entries are handled as we are charged £2 more and did have to collect on the, and I was given a hand written number! (No.9). The course was fast, with all roads closed to traffic, and only one hill, but it was long and steepish. Was disappointed to see some cars being allowed to leave the car park before the last runner is back though. This is wrong, if people want to park their cars in the car park provided they chould wait until all competitors are finished. But I got a pb, and will be back next year. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A must for a PB In full: Great race, great organisation and good atmosphere. Only slight critism, too many slower runners at the front at the start making the first half mile very congested. With chip timing, no need for it. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Hills are still there again. Great challenge. Great organisation. In full: Starts and finishes in the park so loads of spectators. Lovely scenic run in the countryside mainly taffic free. Plenty of gradients to keep you amused. Terrific marshalls. Make this one to do every year. Date of review: February 5, 2006