In short: Well organised again. In full: The slight changes to the route are a great improvement. The route has changed so much in the last 5 years and, in my opinion, always for the better. Thanks to the marshalls for their encouragement and enthusiasm. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Hot and Hilly In full: First time for St Albans and wasn't dissapointed. I always heard that it was hilly but put that together with the fact that it was hot too and it certainly made it no PB potential. Plenty of water stations around course which made the heat very bearable. Altogether a great course and I for one will be back. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Apart from the hugh car parking problems pretty well organised In full: Overall an enjoyable race. Though I have to say that the car parking fiasco really annoyed me. We all queued up for some time to be told to go and park else, and the lady directing us didn’t have a clue where it actually was and sent us in the wrong direction. Luckily we got there pretty early so it wasn’t that much of an issue to us. I wouldn’t have liked to have arrived much later though. Not sure if I'm going to do it again as it was just much too hot. Certainly not PB potential. I agree with the earlier comment starting earlier would be much better. Also more showers would have been a good idea. There were however lots and lots of water stations which was great. Pity they had a problem with the isotonic drinks that would have been helpful. I'm glad they put this on the website so we knew in advance. Seemed to be a lot more runners this year and so crowding was a problem during the race. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: The new track is excellent compared to last year, well done!! In full: But it is not necessary to put a couple of water stations in the bottom of up hills on this undulating track and the water station after finish was a disaster, it took 15 minutes before I got any water. Date of review: July 11, 2008
In short: Swishing from side to side ! In full: This was my very first St.Albans Half, so I'm not in a position to compare it with earlier years. Although the course was apparently altered at the last-minute, and didn't include a stretch through the centre of this historic town, the predominantly rural setting with the pack running along tight country lanes with the occasional muddy dub was exquisite. My only concern on the day was my hayfever, which thankfully didn't flare up. The Start/Finish were easy enough to get to from St.Albans BR and the short walk to the event was a decent warm-up. Although it was obvious that those coming by car were in for a wait getting away afterwards, this had been intimated in the publicity for the event. To be honest what other gripes there were, especially regarding confusion returning chips and the dearth of water at the finish, were more to do with the slightly inadequate cordoning off of finishers. In fact water was provided at the end; the problem was people had to go looking for it, and like other general difficulties was exacerbated as much by runners bunching up in a few places. At only 5'5" or thereabouts I had the added problem of being wrapped within a taller group. The run itself felt more hilly than anything else, but the climbs were broken up by the plateaus. The relief came from the good shading along the scenic route with old trees rearing up and over sometimes densely crowded lanes. The final downhill mile also emboldened most - me included. Despite not training properly I was carried along by the majestic sight of a bloody gorgeous & pert blonde bird. Although I had to press on close to the end, for most of the race I found myself slightly behind her with no one else in between, passing her repeatedly after taking breathers to down some fluid I was carrying. Unquestionably the defining feature of this event: a lovely sunshiny day that'll bring a smile to any lad's face.