In short: Very friendly and well organised. In full: It was very touching that the organisers made efforts to call out runners' names. The marshalls were plentiful and very pleasant. Running along the canal can be tricky with the surface uneven and slippery in places. It's also a bit boring after a while. Date of review: November 12, 2007
In short: Very interesting course - nice to run in a straight line In full: This was my first race for over 20 years but enjoyed it more than expected. Nice small race with a good atmosphere. Could have done with some toilets at start though. Date of review: November 12, 2007
In short: Good organisation with buses / baggage lorries and easy to marshall course. Well Done. In full: Lovely course, if a little boring after a while. Good medal, and well organised. Toilets at the start would have been good. No real grumbles. Nice race. Date of review: November 12, 2007
In short: Nice to run point to point for a change. In full: Another decent run from Purple Patch. Much better marshalling than at the Thames Towpath in the summer. Although it was 90% flat along the towpath the steep ramps under every bridge made it interesting. Could have done with more toilets at the start. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Typical towpath toiler In full: Great to be involved in the first ever. Buses to start meant a chance to chat to other runners-quite a nice change. More toilets always a popular tip. I had to improvise in the park behind the locked gents-oh the irony.Race was friendly with minimal support and water stations (i hope something unpleasant happens to the chavs who stole the mile 3 water supply)...but the weather was near-perfect and a lovely run was had by most.Next year a t-shirt.goody-bag and more water and toilets please! see you next year. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Flat - good for beginners In full: I'm not a 'fast' runner, yet I managed to do my first sub 2 hr (1:55) so I'm happy. I imagine this is the lack of hills, so if you're after a steady run in cool conditions, this will be good.
I was worried about the run ... how would a few hundred people down a narrow canal fair ...
... the start is a lap of a field, which soon splits people up and apart from one gate near the beginning that caused a bit of a pileup, it wasn't that bad - no worse than other races i've done. The organisers had limited the amount of people it allowed to run - sensibly - it was a good number.
I heard some people at the end of the race complaining about the under footing and I guess if you're hard-nosed street runner, you won't like it - but what did they expect - it's a canal !!!
The event felt 'small' but everything was efficiently done (although someone stole the 3mile water stop overnight!!)
There was a van to drop off your bags, which was there waiting for us at Watford, which was very well done.
I had a great run - it's only my 2nd ever half-marathon ... the first was a very hot and hilly St.Albans, so this was much needed confidence boost and I was happy with my pace and result.
Might not be for everyone, but I personally had a great day. The sun even came out !