In short: Good challenge, fun, very wet and cold! In full: A great challenge but the two miles along gravel a bit boring compared with the rest! Expensive for the medal - in the past apparently there have been t-shirts and goody bags.
In short: flat and loads of fun In full: with a great fun (party) atmosphere this race is defientaly a must for any type of runner,yes it will convert the non-runner ( will even try to get my big sis 'you know who you are TW' and the good lady wife to don there running shoes next year!!!!! Date of review: December 16, 2005
In short: Great first-time half marathon In full: Enjoyed this very much. Slightly let down by the chaos at the start - well-documented - and the fact that no-one was able to tell me where to pick up the t-shirt. Date of review: December 16, 2005
In short: New course promised for next year In full: Let's not abuse the word 'dull' in favour of 'snoozing' for the scenery and course. Yet it remains a favourite on the calendar and rightly so: the organization and fun of the event make it much more than just worthwhile, and I strongly recomend the event. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: A pure run. Everything to gain In full: Good fun all round. Fine organization and reasonable facilities. Come for the general fun of the event; the parking's good and the course flat but expect average rather than memorable scenery, Mr Steadman. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: Harsh, wet, strewn with manure. Great fun In full: Lets make no bones about it; this is a hard race and probably sorts out the men from the boys. I ran a crushing 1:45 here and a 1:37 at Bedford a few weeks later. Rain lashed, poor goody bag, but a real sense of accomplishment. A genuine challenge. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: A fine alternative to Abingdon et al for a late year M In full: Very friendly, great marshalling; a good and mostly rural, scenic course. The 3 lap template works extremely well if you are marathon fit though I doubt there's pb potential due to the degree of hill climbing. Great fun. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: In full: A little bit dodgy around mile 9 onwards, too exposed to cars coming from behind. A good race with a good personal time. Everyone was friendly, besides a few fellow runners, who as usual, forgot this running lark is supposed to be fun! So stop taking yourself too serious and bloody smile! Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: Last Half of the year; a definite must In full: It's a pleasent rural trot with excellent marshalling and a fast finish making it all the more tempting for an end of season pb, and thus the best excuse for Christmas satisfaction. And beers. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: It came highly recomended and I can underatnd why - a superb event catering for experianced and beginers alike with excelent organisation and facilities - well done. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: A great, fun race. I recommend it. In full: This was my first 10k after years off with a hip injury. I couldn't have asked for a better race. The marshalls were friendly, the atmosphere was great and the weather was perfect sunshine. The whole race was very well organised from start to finish. I would thoroughly recommend this to a beginner and I shall, injury and cicumstances permitting, be back next year. 10 out of 10! Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: Good effort, could try harder. In full: Second time here for me, and all in all a pretty good race. The best pre-race info pack ive received in a very long time. The car park was somewhat further away from the start this year which was a bit of a pain, the other car park they gave us the option of using was 2.5m away!
Lots of shouts from marshalls saying 'keep left or you will be disqualified' at the begininng. Im not sure about that.... if they start the race on such narrow roads then do they expect people to be only two abreast? No i dont think so.
Saw lots of people with commemorative souvenir tumblers, sadly I had to make do with the crappy t-shirt.
Offered good views of the Hemel Hempstead oil fire. Date of review: December 15, 2005
In short: ho ho ho In full: Brilliant - great organisation, friendly marshalls and despite the hills the scenery helped me blow 2 mins off my flat PB. Am now a convert to off road racing. Date of review: December 15, 2005