In short: Great race and Great medal!! In full: Apart from what has been said about the start, which has been clearly shown so no longer needed to be mentioned, you can't fault the route and the atmosphere on the course.
Marshals were all brilliant and really encouraging (definitely important when doing a local race like this), the running on country lanes was great and the hills were good as the benefits could be gained on the downhill.
Definitely one for the calendar and generally well executed. Well done St. Albans Striders!! Date of review: January 25, 2011
In short: Surely enough complaints about the start to improve it next year? In full: It's a local race for me so I'm used to the course, but please rethink the start. No one wants to start at the back as it's uphill. Why not consider Bluehouse Hill? That way it's an uphill for all so there's no big disadvantage at starting further down the field. Or start at the bottom of the hill by Waitrose so everyone has to do the hill and bring the finish line forward by 200 metres to compensate? Date of review: January 25, 2011
In short: Love it! In full: The start issues have all been mentioned, but you can't let that ruin what is a superb race. Well done and thank you to the organisers who again did a superb job. 3rd time running this - hope to be back next year. Nice medal too! Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Great warm-up for the Watford half In full: A good, fun, local race. Start was a little disorganised so ended up at the back, then had to wait to pass other runners as the path was to narrow. Fantastic marshalling throughout (thank you and well done) although runners could have benefitted from some of the roads being closed. The course itself was pleasantly challenging with a couple of tough hills at the beginning and middle of the course. Definitely a great warm-up race to the Watford half marathon in 2 weeks time. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Great race In full: Disorganised start aside, I found this to be one of the better races i've taken part in, great route, challenging course & excellent marshalls throughout, well done to all involved. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Undulating, scenic and friendly. Organisation at start needs improvement. In full: First time I have run this race. I found the start a little chaotic, lined up at what we thought was the back only to find we were at the front, so had to quickly scramble through to get out of the way. Unclear as to where the actual start line was making it difficult to start watch timer. As a slow runner, the narrow start wasn't as much of a problem for me as I guess it would be for those looking to race from the get go. Good course with enough of a challenge for me, thanks! Very friendly and encouraging marshalls. Great cakes at the end! Will be back next year, eager to improve my time. Date of review: January 24, 2011