In short: Scenic, hilly and tougher than Watford Half In full: Paid £2.50 to park in Railway CP. Race start delayed due to queues at toilets (so provide more next year please). Well stewarded but a cycle club travelling in the opposite direction at breakneck speed downhill was scary and some motorists seemed to enjoy forcing their way through the runners. Fantastic support at finish with spectators and runners cheering and clapping. No goody bag or refreshemnts though. Would have preferred coffee mug or T shirt to medal. Stewards did well in helping the traffic out of the area afterwards. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Steep in more ways than one In full: Fantastic scenery, and steep hills make for a challenging but rewarding run. A couple of quibbles though. For £17 I'd like to see a goody bag, or energy drinks on the way round perhaps, and there could have been more toilets at the start/finish. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Great weather and a new PB! Happy Days In full: Although this race is renowned for it's hills, having trained in Brighton for four years and doing the Beachy Head Half Marathon, I wasn't too put off, however hilly it certainly was. The scenery was fantastic, the weather immense, a PB of 87 mins - what more could I ask for? Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Feels like an achievement every time In full: That last hill is never easy - which makes the last mile down feel great. Slight negative: it's crowded for the first mile - the field has multiplied by 3 since I first did this. Also I gave up on the freezing water in flimsy cups a long time ago, and carry my own drink. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Great scenery. Nice local feel In full: Lovely views, nice course with enough to keep you occupied and plenty of downhills especially towards the end which should make for some PB potential. Nice local feel to the run and I think the Rotary club did a great job of organising things. Just the right amount of people to make it feel like a real event without being overcrowded. Will be back next year for some more of the same Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Very enjoyable race on a lovely Spring day In full: I really enjoyed this race and thought organisation was pretty good. Never been to Berkhamsted before but I found parking easy enough. Race pretty much started on time (can't believe someone moaned because of a 3 minute delay), marshalling very good and a nice smattering of friendly local support. Challenging course but plenty of downhill to recover from uphill climbs and still make good times possible. Personally I didn't run as well as I could so will be back another year to give this a better go. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: A good race, a few challenging hills but the downhill section made up for it In full: A good race, a few challenging hills but the downhill section made up for it, especially the final downhill mile. It would have been good to see a topographical profile of the race.
Scenery was great, and organisation good. Date of review: March 2, 2009
In short: Love the race, but where were the bananas? In full: This is the third time I have run this race (and my worst result - though thats entirely down to me). I think it is a great course, really challenging, and it always seems to have the friendliest fellow runners, very encouraging.
This year though I felt there must have been a lack of upfront money perhaps? Did the credit crunch crunch all banana's before anyone finished?
I've never been that fussed about goodie bags, but a banana at the end of a half marathon is something I really look forward to from about 4 miles to go