In short: Hills, Did I say Hills? In full: Two up hills were a killer and one down hill was very bad too. No chance of a personal best time, not recommended for beginners. Very friendly marshals. Well organised. I really enjoyed it but there wasn't much of an atmostphere. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Well worth doing. Surprisingly scenic. In full: Once you get past the first few miles, there is some beautiful scenery. I had forgotten quite how steep the hills are, though, and also how steep one of the downhill sections is. Overall, though a very nice half, well organised. I wonder if the two separate starts could be streamed together a bit later in the race, because it was rather congested for the first part. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: great race In full: Really enjoyed this. Very well organised at start & finish and nice atmosphere. And great for a PB. Yes, it's dull scenery but people & organisation make up for it. Like the t-shirt too! Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A lovely race but beware of the undulations (Hills to the rest of us!) In full: A really enjoyable race but the hills made life difficult. Good preparation for the London Marathon. Would not recommend this as a first half-marathon to beginners as hills made it more difficult than just trying to run 13.1 miles. Well marshalled and organised though and I even managed to take 3.5 minutes off my PB. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Well organised and flat. In full: This was a well run race with about 900 competitors of various abilities. The course was quick, no hills and mile markers all the way. Definitely PB potential here! Nice T Shirt (well as nice as they ever are). This race is worth doing and i will be there next year. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Nearly hit by a car. only race (out of loads) where I had to stop at a junction for cars. In full: Felt really nervous after nearly being run over. Didn't help me by the fact that I had to STOP at a cross roads after having overtook 3 people because of cars being let out by a policeman. I then asked 3 marshalls near the end if there were any cars! I bet this didn't happen to th4e front runners - I was just under the hour (not bad considering I normally run the last 4 miles or so fastish). Also I received my number the day before the race when I entered nearly 2 months in advance. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Tough early-season half-marathon which is a good barometer on how the spring marathon training is going. In full: Watford continues to be a popular event, and although the bulk of the race is out in the countryside offering pleasant scenery, the course profile is at the hilly end of undulating. With the three testing hills (3,6, and 8 miles), and the regular twists and turns, it's difficult to really get into your stride. The number of water stations could be increased as three is inadequate. However, it's a well organised race and I keep coming back. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Tough hills but a great run In full: Second time for me this year - 3 hour round trip for a 10k tells a tale. The hills seemed steeper than last year, funny how time can forget these details! Knocked a few minutes off last year's time though so I must be getting used to it.
Still a very friendly atmosphere despite numbers almost doubling from last year, but I'm not convinced about the new starting line, I'd rather it was back to how it was originally.
The last km down the hill to the house is still brilliant though. Date of review: February 5, 2006