In short: A little crowded at the start but mostly OK In full: Biggest criticism would be lack of adequate toilet facilities for the numbers before the start. Other than that, went smoothly. A nice speed run on a cold morning. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Fantastic race with great organisation In full: Third time I've done this, and seems to get better each year (the race, not my running, sadly). Enough climbs to be testing but not suicidal, and a surprising number of PBs on the forum demonstrates that no-one should be deterred by rumours of Himalayan ascents.
The words "Watford" and "scenic" don't often come in the same phrase (unless there's an "isn't" in between) but apart from the first and last couple of miles the whole race is along country lanes and is remarkably bucolic.
A big thumbs up too for the marshals - efficient, enthusiastic and encouraging throughout. And at last a t-shirt of decent-enough quality to wear as an item of daytime clothing (although perhaps it would be sdafer not to do this after dark in Luton). Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Excellent. A great credit to Watford. In full: Well organised, good baggage and parking. Signposted from the M25 junction. Very pleasant scenary, very different to what I was expecting. The hills were tough and it seemed that at the top of every one somebody would say, "That's it, its all downhill to the finish". I starting feeling very sick at 10 miles and started walking (I had managed 8.5 min miles to that point) and an old man in a wheelchair shouted "Run 50 yards for me! Go on, dont stop!". Can't really beat that for encouragement. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Superb. Hard to imagine a faster 10K road race. In full: Very smooth organisation with good facilities available at the sports centre before and after the race. And someone has probably already mentioned that it's a fast course... Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: When referring to this race, "undulating" is a euphemism if ever I heard one!! In full: Scenery is truly spectacular, but the hills....!! Not for the faint-hearted!! I was hoping for under 50 mins (PB on a flat 10K had been 57 mins, but my training has been far more intense recently and I've speeded up a lot, so was very optimistic about doing 50 mins or less). But those hills!! I managed 58:56, but I'm sure if it'd been on the flat, I would've been soooo much better! Not sure if I'd do it again....expensive for what you get. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Amazing scenery and challenging hills, good organisation In full: The challenging hills are painful at the time, but you feel good for having done them. The organisers did a really good job of having all the good features of a big race, ie championchips and commentary, but with a more friendly atmosphere and marshalls who were cheering us on. The only minus point was the lack of loos. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: testing course! make you realise your hill training could be better! In full: not one to expect a PB on, but a well organised friendly race. Would be more than happy to run it again, but probably only if it's a league race. Only slight moan is that would have expected more than just a pen for the cost of race entry. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Great scenery, big hills, very cold, but beautiful, lovely run In full: Hills were greater than expected, but ok ish. Run ot finish was great, but took a long time to come! Being towards the back was fine, but the faster runners may have found the start a little crowded. Lovely atmosphere. Only gripe was there was only 15 toilets for over 1000 runners. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: quick, beginner friendly course that is excellent value and well marshalled In full: A fairly flat course - certainly i didn't feel the 1000 odd ft of climbing mentioned in another review. Not the most scenic of courses but it certainly served its purpose as Welsh 10 mile champs. Well marshalled, easy to follow route and excellent value. Plenty of parking and showers. Enjoyed the race because of it PB potential - beat mine by almost 8 mins!! Thought the field was very varied - considering it was the Welsh champs - but very beginner friendly which can't be a bad thing. Good turnout on a beautiful day - well chuffed with time and position overall. I'm sure i'll be back next year to try and better it!! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: I seriously underestimated the toughness of this course and, if I hadn't have been in the middle of nowhere I would have given up half-way. Very slow but pleased to finish and determined to add more off-road hills to my training! Date of review: February 6, 2006