In short: Clubby, but also friendly and fun. Glorious route, great organisation In full: Despite terrible weather forecasts everything was done to make sure the race went ahead, and all efforts were rewarded with a beautiful morning and a super-enjoyable race. Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Great start to the year In full: This was my third time doing the Fred Hughes, but having missed a couple of years I'd forgotten how hilly it is! Never mind, it's a nice course, very well organised and enthusiastic support from the marshals. A great race to blow away the winter cobwebs. Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Well organised, undulating race In full: Really enjoyed my first outing to the Fred Hughes 10. Great marathon fitness test and whilst the course is certainly undulating with two testing hills, I am surprised by how many people (myself included) posted a PB. Except for the start which is crowded this is a wonderfully organised and friendly race. Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Tough race, well organised but goody bag!!? In full: The race itself was great, good facilities and a short walk to the start line. Start area very compact for number of entrants. Makes for a sluggish start. This could improve. Course and scenary was good and testing plenty of climbs to get the legs and lungs burning..... But seriously, a hugely disappointing goody bag! What was that about!?
In short: Keep the alternative route! In full: Another good run from St Albans Striders. Please keep the alternative route - it's a good test and not too repetitive. Well organised event and a great HQ. Thanks Date of review: January 18, 2015
In short: Great organisation, quite hilly In full: Enjoyed my first time running this race (it had been cancelled last year due to snow). Great organisation especially with having to change the route the day before due to flooding. Race packs had to be picked up on the day but this was all efficient. Long queues for the loos though! I am sure that, being a school, there were more loos around that could have been used but perhaps the organisers were only able to hire the hall and immediate area. Bit of a crowded start on the pavements as we did not have closed roads but once out into the quiet country roads it was fine. Plenty of helpful marshals and enough water stations. A hilly race - although the 2 lap route was easier since it missed out the biggest hill in the original route! - can mess up your pacing if you're not careful! Nice countryside scenery. I was pretty much at the back and was getting overtaken most of the way through the first lap by faster runners already on their second, but was still made to feel welcome and got loads of cheers from the marshals. The race HQ was a bot of a walk from the start/finish but a good facility in a school with an inexpensive canteen and plenty of space. great technical tee shirt (in women's sizes too!) - pink for girls, black for boys. No medal though. It's a local race for me so expect I'll be back year on year. Date of review: January 23, 2014