In short: Magnificent setting, some testing gradients, very friendly & well organised In full: My first 10k and thoroughly enjoyed it - hills are a test, particularly coming in the first 1k, but OK if you pace yourself at the start. Toilets in short supply and rather dreadful, but overall an excellent event. Perfect weather for it was a big plus. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Unbeatable scenery on a misty, sunny morning. Can think of no better way to spend a Sunday morn (well maybe one:-). Well organised - apart from loos and exiting the car park afterwards , though probably not many options here. In full: Strange... we can put someone on the moon but still find it difficult to gauge how many loos are needed at an event - even when we know how many people are turning up beforehand and the sex split. I do worry about the human race sometimes. Apart from this the race was FANTASTIC! Unbeatable scenery and the hills... well it'd be boring without them, right? And how else can you get a good view over the Estate? Will I be back next year? You betcha! (Maybe with astronauts toilet bag!). Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Quite hilly so get some hill training in before hand. Would be very hard if it had rained due to mud. The scenery was excellant. Great first race of the year to keep you motivated throught the winter Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Well organised ,course not too tough,fits in perfectly with the runners world marathon schedule.Look forward to doing it again. In full: My first 10k and would definitely recommend it for other first timers.Course has a steady climb on the way out and the long downhill finish allows you to take a welcome breather.This race fits in perfectly with the excellent runners world marathon schedule,is very well organised and I look forward to running it again. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Gotta love those hills! In full: 1st time doing the Watford half even though it's my local, loved the hills, nice and brutal some of them (put a sizeable grin on my face), could do with a bit more country mileage though considering there are some lovely canals and woods around the watford area, the water at the sponge station tasted awful! I would suggest putting the water station before the sponge station and using some regular sponges instead of those 'orrible acrylic ones. All in all a good run, the weather was idea, the running crowd were very relaxed and focused i.e. none of overly ambitious 2:00's in the 1:15 starting stage with the mad dash at the start and walking after 1km. Medals would have been nice though since they last longer than T-shirts.
I'll be back next year just for the hills. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Drab scenery - except for Nell McAndrew - but good for a PB In full: Steady climb outwards although I didn't notice until I turned at 5k and saw the downhill stretch in front. Worth doing Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Hard work! In full: First hill is long and steep but other hills are just as tough later on. Good to start and finish on racetrack. Hat & gloves in goody bag. Well organised and marshalls were excellent. The runners were a real friendly bunch too. On the whole a great race (but I wouldn't have said that half way up any of those hills, especially the last ones) Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: My first 10k. Very enjoyable & managed to run the whole way! In full: As a newcomer I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Felt race was well organised and look forward to doing it again next year. Have now got the bug! thank you. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: good event, nice atmosphere, goody bag and medal ace In full: first time for me, glad i practised hills in the run up.A good time recorded for me. Could have done with a few more lavvies. Overall i enjoyed it and did enjoy the hills, sadistic i presume. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Wild horses wouldn't stop me doing this one again In full: Great race; very well run, lots of water stations and a good challenge with plenty of hills and dips. Would recommend this to anyone-- great for newbie half marathoners, old hands or those like me using it as a stepping stone to a full marathon. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Very well organised, very fair course. In full: Disappointed not to beat my target, but this is a great race. Very well organised, very fair course and an almost guaranteed reverse split to make you feel like a real runner. Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: A great race with excellent marshalling - challenging hills keeps it interesting. In full: An excellent first 1/2 marathon experience. It was well organised, and it is difficult to find a fault, other than perhaps an extra water station, which has already been commented on.
I'll definately be back next year, despite the hills. Date of review: February 5, 2006