In short: Great race In full: Only done this once before (as a pacer) - organisation has improved since then. 2014 conditions made more tricky by the water features but this is hardly the organisers' fault - it's actually the 3rd time this year I'll have to wash my shoes after racing. Yes there are some hills but compared to Ricky Road Run, Marlow Half it is quite friendly and the downhills give time to recover. Great medal and nice tech tee (good value too), wasn't bothered by the lack of food. The only thing I would suggest is a tarpaulin for the bag storage as my bag got quite muddy (and therefore I did too!)
See you next year Watford. Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: Good race despite the unexpected 'water features'!! In full: First time I've done this race which is marketed as one of the tougher races in the south-east half marathon calendar. I understand why the organisers have opted for the marquee-style race headquarters (proximity to the start/finish lines) but on a less pleasant day this would have been absolutely grim. Very muddy in the marquee even before it started to get busy; a positive swamp after the race. Some sort of groundsheet floor covering would have been a good idea. Baggage storage was a bit of a bunfight and it would have been better to stick the number ranges up high rather than having them flat on the tables so that people could join the appropriate baggage queue rather than (like me) being redirected to a different queue three times! The race itself was good - the first couple of miles are a bit dull around residential streets but the scenery picks up once out on the country lanes. The hills - two in particular - were tough but there was a pleasant amount of downhill to compensate. I don't think anyone was expecting the massive flooding just before mile 8 (and immediately before a left turn straight up a long, steep hill) - no choice but to run through and tackle the hill with cold, wet, leaden feet! Just as the memory of that was starting to fade, mile 10 hit us with an even bigger flood, this one over the ankles and freezing cold. Last three miles were very squelchy! The last section back in Cassiobury Park seems eternal - about 500m slightly uphill, before a left turn and 400m down to the finish line (which seemed miles away). Despite the tough course and conditions underfoot I managed my first half PB since 2005 so very happy! Would have been nice to have a banana or something at the finish, and I would also urge race organisers to consider offering technical t-shirts in both men's and women's sizes. The one I got from Fred Hughes 10 a couple of weeks ago was great and fit perfectly; I'm afraid a men's XS is still huge on many women and when you've paid £25 to enter the race ... Overall, though, a good race and the marshalls were fantastic. Would do it again. Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: A well organised race on quiet country roads. Well done Watford Harriers! In full: I've done this race a few times before and knew all those hills were coming but I ticked them off one by one. Despite the wet feet from bonus water features I managed a huge negative split to beat my previous course best by 3 minutes! The marshalling was excellent and I'm sure I will be back. Nice technical t-shirt and medal to add to the collection. Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: Well done Watford Harriers and thank you. In full: Well organised and marshalled race. The water features were a bonus, I'm looking forward to the photos. A tough but rewarding race. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Very nice Watford, very nice indeed In full: Had a super first time out running the Watford Half. Managed to PB just and enjoyed the puddles - like ice baths for my aching feet. Watford Harriers organised brilliantly and the scenery was lovely for a road run. Shall be back Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Charming countryside, if you don't mind the hills In full: A nice day out, with the course doing a good job of getting out out of the town as quickly as possible. Although blanket road closures aren't in force, the route is well-marshalled and the field is large enough that runners effectively have right of way.
The one black mark was the baggage store, which saw rucksacks and coats dumped directly onto a muddy field. Surely a tarpaulin to cover the ground wouldn't have been too much trouble? Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Tough course with strong field In full: No doubt this is a tough course. Doing hills in February is never going to be a walk in the park. Lots of serious club runners mean its less fun than some races. No goody bag but a technical T shirt and medal. Organisation is first class with great marshals and helpers. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: I smashed the PB that stood since 2006! A great run, In full: It should have been a bad run... I adhered to the no headphones rule and then my garmin wouldn't turn on before the start so I ran with no idea of how fast I was going! Knowing when the hills were coming I went crazy downhill and took 14 seconds off my time. Great Marshall's, water stations better than last year and a massive thank you to Watford Harriers and the chief Marshall for not cancelling despite the three lakes. My trainers need a wash but it wasn't dangerous. A great morning - my six year old did the junior challenge race and loved it! So pleased she's enjoying her running. Will do this next year! Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: Sunny,hilly,rather large puddles. Lovely race In full: A good challenging run through some lovely countryside. My local run so I would always do it. A good race with lots of beginners although I think its quite a tough one. Puddles will not kill you although some people seemed to think so. Good enthusiasm from the Marshalls. Last mile is an absolute soul destroyer. Date of review: February 2, 2014
In short: A challenge; but a great half marathon In full: Brilliant race; very well organised with lots of volunteers on hand to assist. It is hilly, but we all knew that when we signed up!
Beautiful weather really helped make the day fantastic, the only downside being that we had to run through 3-4 large pools of water (although I understand the organisers spent serious time on money draining various sections of the course) which left my feet very heavy!
Thanks a lot to great volunteers all along the course; perfect level of drinks stations, medal and good t shirt at the end. Date of review: February 2, 2014