In short: hot and hilly but great scenery and support In full: Negative points: the heat and the hills. I wasn't expecting such an 'undulating' course, and as I train in a very flat part of SW London, this was a bit of a shock!
The plus points far outweighed this though - frequent water stations were a must in the heat, though as others have commented, they were sometimes not well-managed. The support from the marshalls was *fantastic* especially out in the country lanes, which really helped keep me going! Same for the cadets in town. I loved the commentary as we set off - "forget the great north run, and the great south run, this is the one they all want to do...etc." Nice t-shirt at the end, superb medal (with running Roman centurion) and appreciated the ice lolly!
One thing that would make a big difference would be a feeding station at the half-way point. I'd happily pay extra for that! Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Hot and hilly but nice scenery, cheerful marshalling and great finish In full: Really enjoyed this one..if you can enjoy a hilly half marathon in sweltering heat that is!Thank goodness for the water stations...could have done with a few more helpers though as there was often quite a bottle neck and as mentioned earlier, bottles might have been quicker and easier for all concerned. my only gripe was ...where was the second toilet?????I`m sure they said at the start that there were two but I hung on and hung on and finally reached home by which time i`d gone past worrying! Enjoyed the morning, thanks to the marshalls, will be back next year Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Hilly! But nice and scenic, far better than last year, do it if you're a local! In full: Much better supply of water, lots of hills but would far rather that than the monotonous stretches of last year. Very helpul, friendly and supportive marshalls = thansk. but I didn't get an ice lolly at the end!! Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Scenic at the top of those hills! In full: I'm hurting as I write this due to the very hilly course, but the St Albans Half-Marathon was a great race. Organisation good, my only quibble being the small length of most of the water stations causing large bottlenecks at every mile. Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Challenging new course, but very enjoyable! In full: Excellent orgainsation, brilliant marshalls and although I thought the new course was tougher than the route out towards Redbourn, it was far more enjoyable! I reckon that the numerous inclines made this course tougher than Watford - the hills at 10 and 11 miles were tough! I hope to do this again next year, well done to all those connected with this race!!!!!! Date of review: June 11, 2007
In short: Top day out with PB cherry on top In full: New route makes this easy to run except last mile(too many 45 degree turns) but better to run through town, clearly drivers disagreed. heat seemed to suit, left arch was Ok. snagged 2 ice lollies at end. now 21 mins faster than 4 years ago. Oh am still smiling and it's Monday and am at work at 8 o'clock! Date of review: June 11, 2007