In short: Early start meant parking was easy. Great fast race. Really worth doing it again, once you know how fast the second half is. As someone said already, 400m to end marker would be helpful. Thanks to the lovely people doing sports massage. In full: Good tea shirt too! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Not that far off being a complete first timer....a great atmostphere - its like entering a parallel universe (of running) uplifting when you turned at the 5k mark and realised that you had been running uphill for 5k without realising it. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nice course, as road courses go... In full: ok, I'm not a big fan of running more than 1/2hr on road, but if you're gonna, it's a good race for it. There's enough variation with a few good climbs and nice country lanes. Organisation seemed pretty good: lot's of marshalls, enough water stations, start not too far from car-park. Highlight of the day... got a book signed by Ron Hill. Legend! :-) Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: 1st time for me this one and you bet i will do it again super marshalls and got a pb 1hr 44.50 secs would hope maybe next year we could pay extra and have championchip timing plus would prefer bottled water instead of cups . Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Well organised. Challenging hills In full: My 2nd time for this race. Well worth the 95 mile trip. Scenic course with some quite challenging short sharp hills - esp. at 3 and 9 miles. The final lap of the park was quite challenging in that you could hear the announcer but still had a mile to go.
Organisation was terrific. Mainly closed roads, Police support, brilliant supportive plentiful marshalls. liked the T-Shirt.
Only gripe would be the "3 finish lines" as mentioned above, and the fact that the paths in Cassiobury Park are quite narrow for the start.
However, I was 5 minutes quicker here than last year and really enjoyed it. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nice and flat In full: Enjoyed this one immensely. Weather was a bit cold and damp but the organisation was great and the course was as flat as a flat thing. Very pleased with my time. Thanks for organising the race!!! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Very tough half-Marathon!! In full: Not one of my better performances,wouldn't recommend it to anyone not feeling 100% as i felt today.The horse incident was a bit strange I hope Girl & Horse are OK Date of review: February 5, 2006
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