In short: Hilly, Picturesque and Well Organised In full: Beautiful scenery, even in the clouds. Loads of marshalls, great organisation. A must-do race - congrats to the organisers. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Very enjoyable In full: An excellent event, including fun runs etc meant that there was a lot of people in the park watching. Course was good, keeping on country roads and starting/finishing in the park. Exceptions being the stretches on Redbourn and Hemel roads which are both busy, with some very stupid drivers (I saw somequite dangerous manoueveres). Very good mix of standards. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: I've done better In full: Weather was awful. Marshals did a very good job. It was my third half marathon and least favourite so far (St Albans and Silverstone being the others). Running on cycle paths down the side of main roads for 1/2 the course, and being a two lap race made it quite boring. Also felt compared to the other two half marathons that there were nowhere near the same number of people running at my speed (2hrs 10ish) which made it quite lonely on a very wet and windy day. Agree that the facilities could have been better but in good weather it would have been OK. Also agree re the start - I had no idea where it was as I was towards the back of the runners on the track. I didn't hear any announcement that it was at the gates. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Beautiful route with plenty of challenge in it In full: I'll be a bit nerdy and comment on the mile markers (which all agreed spot-on with my GPS). I guess after 46 years of this race they've got it down to a fine art! Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Muddy, hard work but loads of fun! In full: Will be back next year - can't wait!! Impressed by the amount of marshalls - dont remember the hills as much as the mud. Could really have done with a wash in the river!! Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: First time at this race and at this distance but well worth the journey down from London to participate. Well organised and friendly on scenic coastal setting. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Felt like a drown rat by the end of it, but had fun never-the-less In full: Fantastic course - weather made it a bit interesting, but organisers can’t control that!!! Don’t know why I haven’t done this race before as it was great fun. Grass section at the start/finish was definitely treacherous but the rest of the course could be classed as on-road, albeit a bit wet and muddy. Well happy to get a Ronhill tech t-shirt that I’ll actually use. Great organisation and good support. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Scenic and enjoyable but hilly and 'that wind' spoilt a good route In full: A tough hilly race on a cold windy day (it even rained a bit).... Not one for the PB records, but one for a countryside view.
Well organised, with enough toilets and refreshments. Shame there wasn't a longer lasting memento... a chocolate soon disappeared!
Would be better to stage in October (probably better weather). Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: First time I've run the distance, so very pleased with my prefomance. Marshalls deserve a great big cheer for being out there despite the driving rain. Big plastic bag to keep my bag dry, a definate must have for next year. Coaches etc all very good. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Very good organisation could have been perfect but for weather In full: Well I can honestly say that this was the wettest 1/2 I have ever done. As nearly everyone else has mentioned the weather was appaling but the marshals where wonderful. I found the facilities not too bad a bit cramped when it came to getting changed but I still got a warm shower and I was by no means and elite!! Would think twice about doing it again as scenery was a bit on the dull side however I do realise this has alot to do with the rubbish weather. Well organised race and it was good to see Mick ad Phil out as well. Date of review: November 7, 2005
In short: Flat and fun... In full: Graveland pebbles around first turn at Kingsdown is annoying as is dodging the outgoing runners on your way back; clock at finish gave me a time of 38:55 but results say a slower time by a minute and some!!! Date of review: November 7, 2005