In short: Dont bother entering on the day In full: I entered this on the day (for the princely sum of £14!!) but this meant no official timing because the chips were not given out to those who entered on the day - which explains why there is only 1400 people listed as finishing when there were 1700 starting. Date of review: June 22, 2005
In short: This event will grow and grow! In full: Highly recommended - the organisation is as good as you will find in any of the "top" half marathons but without the huge number of entrants making it impossible to run in the early stages. In fact, the broad start in the park means you get into your running stride almost immediately and even starting fairly near the back I was over the start line in less than 1 minute.
The first half of the course is great - very pretty. Nothing you could seriously call a hill, but lots of gentle ups and downs to make the running interesting. The second half is a lot duller - flat and mainly along main roads - but quick. Finish is great, with hordes of spectators cheering everyone on.
Marshalling was flawless, and they have obviously taken to heart previous criticism of the water stations - I've never seen so many in a 1/2! Really enjoyed my day. Date of review: June 18, 2005
In short: A well organised event. Marshalls were helpful as were regular water stations. Route along the A road for the last few miles was a bit dull. Would have been useful to have some distance markers for last 800m/400m. In full: The only thing that annoyed me about this event was Westminster Lodge charging runners to use the toilet. I would not have minded paying if I knew this money was going to charity. Next year perhaps they could consider not charging or donating the funds to the nominated charities. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere at start and finish as the park is perfect for spectators. Miles 10-12 a bit tough due to stretch of 'A' road and the hot/sunny weather. Marshals on course were very helpful. Use of chip timing this year was an added bonus. In full: The 25th anniversary next year should be even better with course changes promised in order to take in central St Albans. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: My first - and I'll be going back! In full: My first half and I loved it - Redbourn Road is a bit boring but other than that an enjoyable course. Pulled off a much better time than I was expecting. Do it next year! Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Great parking if you go early. The only problem is, if you don't finish very early, you have to wait a longtime in the car park. More marshalls there would have been good! Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Looking forward to next years event already. In full: This was a lot better than I expected and I didn't find the last 3 miles along the road that bad. Really enjoyable and looking forward to what will hopefully be a better route next year. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Nice start and finish. Hard last 3-4 miles road run. Water stations better than last year but not perfect. In full: The start and finish of this race are great but of course where you really need the help at 10-13 miles there is scant public support because it's all busy main road - ie. not a nice place for supporters to hang out. The water stations were better than last year but still not as good as most previous SARHMs - give out either bottles or cups but don't mess about trying to pour water from 1/2 litre bottles into cups to give out, it takes too long. Of course will do it again though, as every year. Date of review: June 13, 2005