In short: Lovely country run In full: Hills not as bad as I thought they would be. Hadn't trained on hill and managed to run them all. Lovely sunny day - great scenery. Recommended! Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Great first half marathon In full: I thoroughly enjoyed my first half marathon race though would prefer no hills....but wouldn't everyone! Good camaraderie and well organised I thought with lots of smiley and clapping marshalls. Parking could have been tricky if you were late...but what can you expect with 2000 people! We got there for 9.30am and parked without a problem in the college. Abundance of toilets as someone else has mentioned but typically too many people simply queued at the nearest one to the main hall without investigating other ones. I managed several trips to some based through the canteen (which were well signed) and on each visit got straight in without queuing! Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: As my first half marathon I really enjoyed it. In full: Some of the hills were a bit of a challenge especially the last one but it was very enjoyable and I would do it again next year. Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Loved it! In full: I really like this race. It was the first 10k I ever did in 2005. I was delighted to knock 7 minutes off last year's time and managed to complete a sub-60 10k after 12 months efforts. I also was directed to the toilets before the race by Tracey Morris and congratulated at the end by Nell McAndrew so it was a star-studded day! Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Always good for a pb. In full: Forgot about the fact that it's slightly uphill for the first half so my strategy for a sub-45 mins went slightly astray. Still a 45.37 pb though, and I'll be back next year (injuries permitting!) Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Wot no car parking??? In full: As with last year all the car parks were full and we had to park (sorry!) outside someones house quite a walk away. The race itself was lovely I have to say (got a PB!) but it was a little messy where you come over the line and no-one knows where to go for t-shirts/drinks. It would be nice to have had a bag storage in the park since although it was a beautiful day it cooled down very quickly. Very disappointed however it is Tuesday morning and there is no sign of the results!!?? Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Nice and hilly, with lovely scenery once you leave Watford! In full: First half marathon and really enjoyed it - a couple of the hills were pretty tough, but should be good practice. No major blister damage thanks to a miraculous invention called Fuzzy Web! Friendly runners and generally seemed well organised, (could have done with a bit of bling at the end though!) Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: More Hills than most cross country races! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed it though, perhaps not so much at the time when climbing several hills!! Only real problem was some mile markers were hard to see. Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Excellent - again! In full: One of my favourite 10 Ks. Fast, friendly and so well organised. Liked the energy bars at the end. This is one race to look forward to in February. Date of review: February 7, 2006
In short: Great fast five miler In full: finally got to do a 5 miler so a pb was always gonna be. Nice sized field making the start run smoothly enough. decent route with some crowd support and a t-shirt at the end. no medal though but was happy to receive one of the random goodie bags of an asics towel. well worth doin if you are after a good fast 5 miler... Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Well Organised In full: Great marshalling with lots of encouragement as I needed it. Dunno about the false finish as mentioned earlier and I really don't see the need for timing chips. In this case I didn't want to know the time anyway.
Yes it is a mixture of town and countryside but setting off from Downtown Watford it was never going to be picture book all the way. At least in the suburban areas some peeps did come out of their houses to offer some encouragement or to stare bewildered as a stream of sweaty bods went by, stopping them from gettng their 4x4 out to go to Asda. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: When I've forgotten all those hills, this will seem like a great race to run in! In full: Well organised. Even the chap from the Fast Feet shop offered to look after my bag in order to save me time at the start. Nice T-shirt. Will definitely do it again. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: A fast course and a strong field - built for speed! In full: A few glitches shouldn't detract from a fine race. Better signing at the leisure centre (hard to find the toilets); better placement of the mile markers (it wasn't just me that missed 3 and got to 4 unexpectedly early was it?!) and organisation would be perfect. A quick field might leave beginners feeling overwhelmed but that doesn't mean that those at the back weren't welcomed to the finish.
Looking forward to another bash at this one next year. And a big thank you to the female Cheadle runner that gave me a tow over the last mile - wouldn't have got under 33 minutes without you! Date of review: February 6, 2006