In short: Friendly, excellent organisation and quick In full: It's the third time I've run this race and the organisation gets better and better. The course is pretty fast despite the gentle ups and downs, but I've always wondered why the slightly longer lap comes second (surely better phsycologically to have it first?). Thanks to the many marshalls for their unfailing encouragement. The warnings of doom for runners with ipods seemed a bit OTT, but that's a minor niggle and I'll be back next year. Thanks Date of review: November 18, 2011
In short: First ever Half, lovely race for me. In full: What a great race, marshalled to the max!! you cannot get lost even if you tried!! RThe trophy was a greta surprise and currently has pride of place in my front room. Where i run its quite flat so i found all the underpasses very challenging - but in a good way. Everyone (runners and organisers) very friendly. I'll be back next year for sure. Date of review: November 17, 2011
In short: Another excellent event organised by the Spartans In full: This is the second time I have ran this half marathon, it was excellent the first time and maybe slightly better the second time. The course is very good with potential for a PB. The organisation of the event was superb with coaches taking the runners and spectators to the start line and back to the town at the end. Regular marshalls, water stations and lots of encouragement. The real added bonus that was lacking last year and has made this year slightly better, would be the trophy at the end of it. Excellent event, will certainly be back next year. Date of review: November 14, 2011
In short: Excellent Race In full: Plenty of marshalls, weather was just right and the setting was great. Challenging enough in places so it wasn't easy and the hill between miles 6 & 7 certainly made you work!
Stadium announcer was great, momento, while unusual, was a nice touch and something different from the norm.
In short: Extremely well organised race. In full: There might have been more marshals than runners! At times it seemed like it anyway.
As ever, a very well organised race by the Spartans. Nice start/finish setting with almost a lap of the track to finish the race. The changing/baggage/announcer/everything was excellent! Very well supported by friends/families and the locals. I couldn't see the point of the metal 'shoe' memento though...a shirt would've been better.
In short: Nice fast run In full: Fairly flat and fast, only real tough areas are coming out of the underpass's. Well organised and nice track finish in front of the grandstand. Date of review: November 9, 2011
In short: My first HM and I can not fault it! In full: From the off this race is perfectly organised and supported throughout. A wonderful atmosphere with amazing scenery to go with it. Yes there are some hills but this is a fast race as far as I am concerned with a few miles of flats through Fairlands Valley Parka and the Stevenage Show ground leading to a nice home straight. The race is mostly on the Stevenage cycle tracks with support from the locals. Would recommend this race to anyone planning to run their 1st HM, this was my 1st HM and I loved every minute of it! Date of review: November 7, 2011