In short: More hills than expected, but well worth the effort. In full: What a day. This race was the first time i've done the Berko half and after doing the Watford half a month earlier which was hilly too, I was expecting much of the same. Forget it. As for hillyness this runs knocks spots off the Watford half. Only the lovely sunny weather and the scenic coutryside take away the pain of this run as hills were underestimated big time. Saying all that I only added a couple of minutes to the deficit of my PB and will be back for sure. I had read that the water stops in the past had been an issue, but on this occassion all organisation was hard to fault. As some have already said the parking was a bit of an issue. That big hill downwards between mile 12 and 13 was nice, but I hope that guy who was getting oxygen by medics turned out ok. Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Very well organised, marshalls quite encouraging too. Quite hilly is an undestatement!! Was a minute slower then my p.b but will put it down to the hills.Will return Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Hilly Half In full: I don't do hills! Don't despair, worth sticking with it, this is a glorious scenic route, very testing and very rewarding at the same time.Big Thanks to the organisers who let me run it as a training run as it was full... thoroughly enjoyed it even the tough bits.
BUT PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, MORE SIGNS TO THE EVENT LOCATION - and some proper parking - people were nearly having accidents left right and centre. IT WAS WORTH IT THOUGH - hard working charitable event! great Date of review: March 1, 2009
In short: Never Say Never In full: I never say never again, but it has to be never for this one! Very demanding course because of the hills. The scenery is spectacular and the route quiet, with lots of space. The run is well-organised with more drinks stops than advertised. If you're doing the London Marathon it will be a doddle after this (no hills!). Date of review: March 1, 2009