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
In short: Hilly but pretty In full: Overall good fun and great weather. Water statiosnwere porrly marked and the start gets a bit compressed with people jostling a bit. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Most enjoyable 10k I have done. Recommended to anybody In full: Beautiful setting. Tough enough without being a killer. Very friendly with a terrific atmosphere at the boat festival and free transport back from the finish to the start where there aregood changing rooms and showers. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Not bad as an early in the year race but running should be fun not torture In full: I enjoyed 2005 better. The extra numbers did not make the race any more interesting and it made leaving the car park very difficult. Water stations were poorly organised aswell. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: A Race you need to have in your portfolio In full: A charged atmosphere of fear and forboding. A longish and hard cross country to thin out the field before the onslaught into the assault course which although not excessively demanding had mental and physical challenges due to the extremely cold water. A must event. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Nice scenery, shame about facilities! In full: No changing facilities, showers, etc., made this a most unpleasant experience post-race, especially for those of us that travelled from London. Whilst I agree that it is a lovely place to run and the course with the two 'challenging' hills definately woke you up and got you working, a race is about facilities as much as the terrain and to be frank, I would rather run in a less inspiring environment with some form of changing/shower facilities than some posh bloke's garden with sod all facilities! Oh yes, and a £1 for an instant coffee, whats all that about?! Definately not coming back! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: PB in glorious weather - bring on the hills! In full: I could not fail to enjoy this race in glorious February weather. Conditions were perfect, the pace was quick and the hills were nowhere near as bad as billed in previous reviews. Good spirit on route - we even joked about having a pint as we went past one scenic village boozer! Just one slight niggle - the water stations could have been better organised.
In short: Enough hills to keep you honest, save some energy for the final climb In full: I noticed the hills more this year, more of them seemed to slope upwards. Was overtaken by a saddled but riderless galloping horse at mile 6, with a car in hot pursuit. Can't remember any other race laying on such a diverting and alarming feature. Date of review: February 6, 2006