In short: Fantastic January morning run, gorgeous scenery. Very well organised In full: Very enjoyable and organised run to start the year off. The (many!) marshalls were fantastic and LOVED the pink technical tee. Well done to all involved! Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Well organised excellent race, great marshals In full: Friendly encouraging marshals. Well done to the organisers for finding a contingency route round the floods. I enjoyed the day. Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation and marshals In full: My first Fred Hughes and would definitely do it again. The marshals were outstanding - very supportive. Particular credit to the race organisers for having had a Plan B for the route. Date of review: January 19, 2014
In short: Fab marshalls and t shirts! In full: Lovely race today. I enjoyed the change of route and was glad not to have to run through flooded areas. Marshalls were so enthusiastic everywhere which I was very grateful for - thank you. Really loved the t shirt too - the best one I ve ever been given. Thank you. A great event. Date of review: January 19, 2014
In short: good race length, very good marshalling In full: I really enjoyed the run. Mainly due to enthusiastic and competent marshalling. Revised course due to flooding was not as picturesque as in 2012 but understandable change and far better than cancelling. Could not really fault it.liked the pink tops too. No goodie bag or medal but TBH I would rather a cheap entry fee and a decent t shirt. Nice touch to give discount to disappointed 2013 runners who missed out due to snow. Date of review: January 19, 2014
In short: Pleasant enough but less than ordinary In full: I enjoyed the run. The weather was good, and the course went through countryside - not spectacular countryside, but decent countryside nevertheless. I enjoyed the course. Indeed, I would recommend it. That is not to say that the race was anything special, but it was pleasant, and provided you don't have much in the way of expectations, then it does the job nicely. An early morning run in January, through decent countryside over a challenging but not aggressive course, with plenty of friendly marshals. And, as it's held in St Albans, there's the opportunity for a decent pub crawl afterwards.
I didn't use the suggested car park. I parked in a sidestreet near the start/finish point. As I wanted the loo before the start, I did go to the race HQ, and noted that there were plenty of parking spaces available. There was no loo paper, but this is not uncommon, and experienced runners should bring their own.
The start was a little messy. People seemed unsure where they needed to be, but - again - having been to a number of such low key club runs, one learns to expect this. I didn't notice any signs pointing to the start, but I had read the fairly decent instructions beforehand, and there were enough runners heading in the right direction to guide the way.
There were at least two water stops (the same one actually), which consisted of water cups, and I did notice some jelly babies, but too late to grab any!
At the loop end the organisers had the returning runners crossing over in front of the outgoing runners, which seemed clumsy. Why not have the outgoing loop turn left, so there is no crossover? Also, the marshals, while pleasant, could be a little more alert in giving directions. They are sometimes poorly placed, and more than once I had to ask which direction. Indeed, at the loop crossover, one marshal was blocking the way I had to go, and only moved aside when I was asking which was the way I had to go. It helps if marshals point the way as soon as they see a runner coming.
No goodies, water or bananas at the end. Often goodies are donated by sponsors - it's just a question of the club being proactive. The medal was decent quality, but not individual. If you're an experienced runner you'll already have it, with some other race name scratched on the back. For ordinary club runs like this, I'm not fussed about medals anyway. I'd rather have some sports drink and nibbles. Or a hat or a t-shirt, or a sweat band. Something a little different, perhaps.
All in all, pleasant enough, but rather less than ordinary. I'd do it again, but it's not a favourite race. Date of review: January 29, 2012
In short: Well organised and enjoyable In full: I had a bad run last year, should've pulled out after 2 miles, so I was apprehensive this year. In the end, I improved by 30 minutes and I only walked up a couple of the late hills. Great organisation and well marshalled. Date of review: January 28, 2012
In short: nothing bad but nothing too exciting either. In full: Fairly predictable "club" race. Nice enough course and very well marshaled. The start was chaotic with marshals shouting at runners to get off the road and the HQ as quite a hike from the actual start/finish area and an even further trek from the recommended parking. Would do it again purely because it's a rare event - not that many 10 milers around and not that many races in January in the area. Date of review: January 24, 2012
In short: A good tough 10 miler to start the year In full: I didn't like the start as it was very congested and they should consider closing the road for 10 minutes, otherwise a good challenging 10 miler. Well organised and marshaled. Date of review: January 24, 2012