In short: Recommended In full: Please will you disqualify runners who flout the rules and insist on stuffing their ears with earphones. It's dangerous on open roads, you cut up other runners, can't hear marshals and miss out on race atmosphere. If you don't like the rules, don't blinkin' enter the race! That aside, this was as impeccably organised as ever by the Harriers. More than enough water stations (2 is plenty for a half), loads of marshals, mile markers bang on, the marquee handled very well and a challenging route with some decent scenery. A little congestion over the finish line but that's easily smoothed out. There are a few hills, including the last shallow grind up to the park, but the downs more than compensate. Date of review: February 9, 2011
In short: This was my first half marathon and i enjoyed it immensely. The pace makers were very useful and encouraging. There was a big crowd, great scenery and a lively atmosphere. Date of review: February 8, 2011
In short: Great race to start new year In full: Done this race about five times now so used to the hills. Organization is like clockwork with friendly marshals and good crowd at the finish. Would always recommend this half to anyone. Only gripe is the t-shirt at the end, change it for one that you can run in and more then happy to pay extra few quid for it. Alternatively swap for a medal Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: did not realise watford was so hilly!!! In full: wow this was a a tough race, part of my training plan for the marathon and did not really anticpate the hills being so evil. Good organisation and marshalls were really helpful amd encouraging. dissapointed with goody bag, would really like a medal after those hills!! If i did this again would concentrate on hill training all in all glad to have done it...some of the scenery around the course was lovely.. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: A good test of how my training was progressing - answer C+ could do better In full: I'm edging myself back into full fitness and this was a good test of how far I'd come. I was planning on running 10:45mm at an even pace and then stumbled across a RW Pacer offering 11mm.
I'd never run with or near a pacer before, so thought I'd give it a bash. It was great ! So, thanks to Kerry from Runners World for doing a great job (he also hit the half-way point spot on 1:12). The tricky bit was keeping pace with him on the big uphills. I failed at this, but managed to catch up again on the downhills and flats.
Race organisation was excellent, loads and loads of marshalls, some cars on the narrow lanes, but nothing dangerous. The T-Shirt was not the best quality (nowhere near Bedford Harriers HM Rugby Shirt quality), and it was disappointing to not find Gatorade on the course - only at the finish.
Compared to the Colloseum Race HQ last year, I quite enjoyed the marquee in the park - however it was quite mild yesterday. Last year it was bloody freezing and I was grateful for the indoor HQ pre-race. Date of review: February 7, 2011