In short: Average In full: This was the second time I have run the St Albans Half. The new course in my humble opinion was terrible. The road from St Albans to Harpenden was a narrower version of the Redbourn Road (that everyone always complains about). The introduction of Folly Lane was folly itself. A ridculously steep hill to give you two minutes of running through the newly redevloped town centre (Did that really cost £5 Million?!?!). To the previous secretary of the Review Sunday Football League please stick to football. Your commentary about people taking over two hours as being "Fun Runners who are vowing never again" was at best ill informed, and at worst an insult to the majority of runners ( Finishing alone in the 30 degree heat was a fantastic acheiment in itself). Full credit to the marshalls and police who so wonderfully got us all through it you really were the difference between finishing and not!! Date of review: June 20, 2006
In short: Never have I run so slowly. Nothing to do with the course, it was the 29 degress that did it. Fab race though, well organised, well marshalled and great support all the way round! Date of review: June 18, 2006
In short: Boring route, too hot. In full: There are definitely much nicer and more scenic routes around St Albans than this mainly non-traffic free race. The same route I will not run again as it it boring and - on this particular day - was too hot to enjoy the running. Date of review: June 15, 2006
In short: My first half and blinkin heck was it hot! In full: Great people to chat to, fab drinks, lollies medals and t-shirts at the end. It was a little bit tricky to pass those who had walked as the course was a bit narrow in places. The hill tried to kill us at at 11miles. The Marshalls and police were brilliant as were the ambulance service. So pleased I did it and would do it next year if its less hot - thanks everyone! Date of review: June 14, 2006
In short: I can't blame the organisers for the heat but I can blame them for the poor drinks stations, narrow bottle-neck filled course and failure to categorise it as hilly. In full: First of all I have to thank all the marshals who braved the blistering heat to look after the runners. They deserve a medal, but the race organisers do not. The route was well marked but the course was too narrow and traffic-filled for the number of runners, and I saw several people spreadeagled after tripping over the poorly placed cones. The drink stations couldn't cope with demand and runners had to wait for a cup of water to be poured. For the £20 entry fee I would have expected bottled water rather than luke warm plastic cups. And why did the website fail to mention the hills? Uphill for the first six miles, one stretch of downhill, then more uphill. Much more hilly than the Turkey Trot in Nottinghamshire, which is at least described as such. Some positives - pleasant leafy route, the bands playing in St Albans town centre, the ice lolly at the end, timing chips. I would not run this again, even on a cool day. Date of review: June 14, 2006
In short: Tough because of the heat, but OK otherwise. In full: As everyone says, it was hot for 2006. Thankfully, there were frequent water stations, although a gap towards the end made the final hilly 3 miles very difficult. That minor gripe aside, I found the organisation excellent with many marshalls and helpers. Good baggage, changing and shower fascilities were also provided.
The course itself was a little hilly, although only the one around mile 11 was challenging. Running along the side of roads was tricky at times, and hindered passing, but I personally didn't feel troubled by the traffic, even at junctions and roundabouts (again thanks to good marshalling). Date of review: June 14, 2006
In short: CLOSE the ROADS In full: Between the 10-11 mile part you were running up THE hill and had oncoming cars and also a bus going past you. The roads should be shut and this was the same as last year. Date of review: June 14, 2006
In short: Good race, but hot! In full: Good Points 1. Great organisation. 2. Great stuff at the end lollies, drinks, shower etc. 3. More water stops than expected
Bad Points 1. Sponges would have been good. 2. The heat (obvioulsy nothing could be done about that) 3. A lot of low road side branches and nettles that could have been chooped back to saving dodging them.
General Comments Stop moaninng about the course. Ok it was a bit narrow at the start, and there was a kiler hill at the end, but surely if you're there to run you focus on running just get on with it? I thought the organisation was great and it was good to see plenty of marshalls etc on hand to help the poor souls that fell victim to the heat. I'll be back next year. Date of review: June 13, 2006