In short: New course much better, loads of water stations too :-) In full: I much prefer the new course - almost completely traffic free (after last year's Harpenden Road and Redbourn Road nightmare). Yes it was hilly (especially the one after mile 10....ouch) but made a great challenge and I somehow knocked 10 mins off my time from last year :-) Nice last mile downhill helped too! Loads of water stations thankfully given the hot weather. My only moan was the shambles once we crossed the finish line - big queue for water / t shirt / medal and all the lollies gone, which with a finish time of 1.51, I didnt think they would already have run out. Apart from that, fab organisation, lovely encouraging marshalls. I'll be back next year :-) Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: Very well marshalled with plenty of water stations, lovely scenery and plenty of shade on a very hot day. Let down by complete lack of signposting to car parks, the shambolic finish and car park exit queues.., Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: My first half marathon - very good - only fault the pre race massage didn't exist though it was advertised in the pre-race info pack. In full: My first half marathon - lots of water stations though - not much help having to take drinks from the table - much nicer when handed to you. The pre-race massage didn't exist even though it was advertised in the race info pack. Apart from that - brilliant!! Especially the 'smily' marshalls. I think they were about 3 to 4 miles also on the way home. Thanks - really kept me going!! Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: Brilliant weather - too hot! Lovely scenic course, thought the hills would be worse based on previous reviews. Markers were in miles - would have been good to have kms too. Overall a great day - my first half-marathon and feel great! Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: much improved course, can we keep this 1 please!! In full: The last few St Albans Ive done have been notable for there and back courses with no shade, plus a really grim finish, big hills in the last 3 miles. By doing the "hard" bit first that last downhill mile was a godsend - Thanks whover thought of that 1.
Otherwise typical St Albans, blazing hot day and a rollercoaster of a course but compared with what we used to run, really rural and pleasant Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: Too hot for me and rather hilly but a race I always look forward to In full: Disappointing for me because I missed the ice lollies at the end and I was so looking forward to one ( it`s the only race I know that offers them and I really appreciate them.) However, i enjoy the race, friendly marshalls,a bit of a queue at the water stations but there were plenty of them and I`m quite happy to have to stop and wait for a short while..a small break from the slog of the next small incline! DIdn`t park in the car park so no problems there but was surpirsed to find such a long queue for tshirts and medals, missed the water and as I said..no lollies. I`ll just have to run faster next year i guess! Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: Challenging course, hot sun but an enjoyable event. In full: I'm sure the organisers prayed for kind weather - but I hope they didn't ask for the scorcher it was! The heat and sun made it a tougher run than it otherwise might have been. Thankfully plenty of well-manned water stations, cheery marshals and enthusiastic bystanders along the route. The course is a challenge not because of the steepness of its hills but because of the numerous long, gradual inclines which sap the energy from your legs. The huge bottleneck at the end of the race, for water and t shirts etc was a nuisance when all anyone wanted to do was get a drink and get out of the sun. Still a good event though, with a nice family atmosphere all round. Date of review: June 8, 2008