In short: Disappointing organisation In full: Quite hilly but nice course. Tough being 1st half of the year so a bit slower than my usual race times but still enjoyable. Very disappointed with the water stations. Ended up missing the first due to no advance warning and the bad situation of it. The lack of any food in the goody bag was also not on. The only thing in it was old ASICS merchandise presumably from the cancelled 2012 half as ASICS pulled out of sponsoring it this year. That said ASICS must have been pleased as punch as the organisers still bizarelly used ASICS mile markers and marshalls were wearing ASICS jackets. Date of review: February 7, 2013
In short: Great race, only let down by the goodybag In full: I've run this before and it's a great course with some decent hills and varying scenery. The crowd, marshals and bag tent were great. The only real let down, as others have already stated, is the complete lack of any food in the goodybag. I'd much rather trade the tshirt for a banana or two. I'd also prefer another water station instead of the sponges which are of little use in February. Date of review: February 6, 2013
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.