In short: Beautiful but hilly In full: Maybe I'm biased because this is my home town half marathon, but it really is a stunningly beautiful race only a 30 min train ride from London.
The first mile is through the pretty streets of Berkhamsted before heading up to the top of the valley (via steep hill) and through the villages of Nettleden and Little Gaddesden. Miles 10-12 take you through the gorgeous National Trust grounds of the Ashridge Estate, before a sharp downhill finish that can lift you to a PB or ruining your knees!
Organisation is fine for a mid-sized race, and the marshals were in good spirits despite horrendous weather. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Even The Rain Couldn't Spoil It! In full: Massive thanks to the organisers and volunteers at the Berkhamsted Half. So many gave up their Sunday morning to stand in the pouring rain and do at great job at organising this wonderful event.
There were a couple of negatives first off. The downhill finish was great but it was very tight with the traffic trying to come up the hill and there were a few of us trying to get through a gap of a few feet whislt negotiating a fast burst to the line. Could have been a little dangerous. The majority of the route shared with traffic was fine though.
Also, a few people complained about the goodie bag at the end. I'm not overly fussed as I do the race for the experience but it was a little light.
The positives far outweigh the above though. Firstly, the route was lovely, I am so glad that I chose this event over the MK Half, the views were beautiful, much nicer than concrete town.
The marshals were great, enthusiastic and upbeat despite the weather and that can also be said of the clutches of locals dotted around the route.
The hills were a great challenge with plenty of ups and downs to make it interesting too.
I would definitely do this event again and shall be highly recommending it to my fellow club members (many of whom stopped off at MK). Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Good race, well organised, slow in places, fast in others and proper pretty. In full: Hilly, yes, but the downhills are great and very fast. Probably the prettiest race I've done. Well organised with lots if marshalls and fair local support. Weather was bad when I did it, but that can't be helped.
Goodie bag is minimal but my major gripe is the number of people wearing headphones, when they're expressly banned in this race. If they're banned, then runners wearing them should be disqualified. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Beautiful scenery distracted me from the rain and my suffering In full: My 2nd time doing Berkhamsted. A really lovely route and not as hilly as I remembered. It's a shame the roads aren't closed to traffic. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: lovely race - but left a bad taste in the mouth In full: Well organised, charming race. Challenging hills and lovely scenery. Shame it rained cats and dogs all day. ..but what about the 'Geo' snack bar in the goody bag with a 2005 sell by date - left a bad taste on an otherwise sweet event. Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: great race, one I would do again In full: I was a bit gutted that all that lovely scenery had to be viewed through a constant downpour of rain, but it was still stunning and worth the effort. A couple of tough hills but the downhills were lovely. Definitely wouldn't advise ipod wearing (as some people were) as there are times when the traffic is a little close for comfort. Only downside was queuing for ages to get out of the car park as I was soaked to the skin, very cold and very hungry! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Well organised race In full: The course is tough but the scenery is lovely. The organisation is excellent especially the way they organised the baggage tents. The volunteers/marshals were very pleasant and helpful. I would also like to give a very big thanks again to the young lad that very kindly took my chip off at the end of the race as I was so tired I could not bend down to take it off myself! Date of review: March 5, 2012