In short: Lovely scenery, hills not as bad as I'd remembered ... In full: My second time running the Berko Half. Good points: I enjoyed the scenery,the hills were not as tough as I'd remembered, and there's a welcome downhill stretch to the finish. Friendly atmosphere on the race, marshals excellent. Less good: seemed a bit disorganised at the start. When I arrived the organisers had run out of safety pins and were quite rude and unhelpful when I asked for some. Next year I won't forget my own! Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Lovely local event-great marshals and organisation In full: Nicely organised with the option of a shorter run which allowed more runners to take part. Hilly in places but beautiful scenery. Well organised facilities and a downhill finish Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: Wasted Opportunities In full: Having moved from Tunbridge Wells to Berkhamsted recently, I was looking forward to my new "Home" race. Unfortunately, I think I was spoilt by the TW Half (also a Rotary Club event) as Berkhamstead couldn't live up to it.
I enjoyed the race and will do it again as it is local but think it could benefit from some bigger thinking eg.
i) T-shirts in Goody Bag- these can be charged for on entry, give everyone a souvenir of the day, promote next years race and raise more money for charity.
ii) Improved medal - disappointed with generic "school sports day" medal.
iii) More road closures along the course.
iv) £21 entry and a goody bag consisting of a bottle of water, a cereal bar, a banana and a gel doesn't fly. £24 entry in Tunbridge Wells gets you double that plus a t shirt presented by Kelly Holmes.
I don't want to sound over critical but it just seemed that the organisers were doing what they have done for the past 30 years whereas everyone (including the charities)would benefit more from some bigger thinking. Date of review: March 3, 2014
In short: Hills are not a problem, scenery makes up for them In full: First time on this race. Was worried about hills but need not have been. There are some hills but they do not spoil the race. Lovely scenery, traffic on road not a major issue. Marshals great and last mile downhill a god send. Ill be back Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: Lovely race through lovely countryside In full: Really enjoyed this one again. I'm not sure about the mile markers as some of my split times, based on the markers, were wildly off. For example I seemed to have done one of the hilly miles in 6:20 whereas last year I was over 7 minutes. Definitely something gone awry. My other niggle is all the cars trying to get through Ashridge. We could do with a few more road closures. Otherwise a great course. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: A well organised, well supported scenic, if somewhat hilly, adventure In full: Really enjoyed my first Berks half. Plenty to recommend it from its size , only 1500 runners, ease of parking, great support, scenery and tea and bacon sandwiches back at the finish. The last mile's all downhill and its always good to finish with your fastest mile of the race!. It is a little hilly but don't let that put you off. I'll be back Date of review: March 2, 2014