In short: Good to have it back In full: I have done this a few times and enjoy it a lot. I was disappointed about the cancellation last year, but it was good to have it back this time. The hills are not as bad as Berko's but they are certainly testing, especially as they disturb the chance to get some rhythm. I do think it is well-organised and the baggage system works much better in the park than it used to in The Colosseum. I agree it needs a fourth water station, but I couldn't fault anything else. The car next to mine got a ticket. Could the organisers have a go at persuading Watford's parking powers-that-be to ease off with the rules on a February Sunday? That doesn't do Watford much good on the PR front. Date of review: February 5, 2013
In short: Great race, hilly challenge, lots of marshalls, water stations were not signed posted well enough in advance and the sponge staation was not great at the back of hte pack. Good T shirt, not fussed on a medal, but a banana or mars bar would be good In full: Marshalls super, water stops the water was very small - had to ask for 2 cups each time, no food at end - the Ricky road run has it sussed for food.
In short: Where's the banana? In full: Nice race, well organised, pleasant route, even the weather was good, good preparation for Berkhamsted.
But really - at the end you need a quick bit of nutrition - either a banana or a chewy/cereal bar. Medal is pointless, T-shirt is OK but I have a lot of them, what I need is 25p worth of food! That can't be so hard to arrange can it? I'm sure there was something in 2011. Date of review: February 5, 2013
In short: Fine In full: No real complaints. Nice scenery, well-organised. Hills steep but not too long. Not too fussed by the medal; t-shirt more than compensates but certainly would have liked a cereal bar or similar at the end! Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Cheeky little hills! In full: Personally loved it but then I love them hills! A good test of endurance in the run up to Spring marathons - more testing than Wokingham but surprisingly fast. A really strong field of runners, wasn't that chuffed to be told by a marshall at the half way mark that the winner had already romped home but on the whole the marshalls were really friendly...I felt for them in that cold! Set up was great, which you'd expect for £25, but the goodie bags were rubbish. Mars Bar or a banana would have been nice...despite all that was chuffed with my time and will definitely be back! Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Hills, hills, hills, but well organised In full: Well I should have known better being that I run with one of the watford clubs but the course was a lot harder than I remembered it to be. Those hills keeping coming meaning you have to keep the pace even all the way through. Liked the marquee and set up in the park was well done. A little disappointed by the goody bag. Best just stick with a t-shirt and drink next year. Signage for the water station needs improving and little annoyed that the sponge station was signed as a drinks station leaving quite a few annoyed and frustrated runners around me. Marshalls were great but then I was wearing the right colours! Date of review: February 4, 2013