In short: A great race. My first HM, and therefore a new PB! In full: I thought the organisers were dead on. Marshalls were very encouraging. I might have chosen an easier HM for my first I reckon (by that I mean flatter) but I feel very good to have done it. Is this really commenting on Watford 1/2 M? It says Junior Challenge at the top of the page... Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: I hated every single minute - even the end. In full: to be fair I did run after two week cold and totally lost legs in last mile and half - only 1 person out of about 80 odd said anything encouraging as they zipped past me whilst I half walked/ stumbled to the end . Cheers. as for those miserable Taut people -well best not to be too rude. My bad mood has not been assisted by the sorest nipples ever - if thats not too much information.Next year will be fun I'm sure. Medal please!! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Fantastic race with great organisation In full: Third time I've done this, and seems to get better each year (the race, not my running, sadly). Enough climbs to be testing but not suicidal, and a surprising number of PBs on the forum demonstrates that no-one should be deterred by rumours of Himalayan ascents.
The words "Watford" and "scenic" don't often come in the same phrase (unless there's an "isn't" in between) but apart from the first and last couple of miles the whole race is along country lanes and is remarkably bucolic.
A big thumbs up too for the marshals - efficient, enthusiastic and encouraging throughout. And at last a t-shirt of decent-enough quality to wear as an item of daytime clothing (although perhaps it would be sdafer not to do this after dark in Luton). Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Excellent. A great credit to Watford. In full: Well organised, good baggage and parking. Signposted from the M25 junction. Very pleasant scenary, very different to what I was expecting. The hills were tough and it seemed that at the top of every one somebody would say, "That's it, its all downhill to the finish". I starting feeling very sick at 10 miles and started walking (I had managed 8.5 min miles to that point) and an old man in a wheelchair shouted "Run 50 yards for me! Go on, dont stop!". Can't really beat that for encouragement. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed my first half marathon for a few years. The hills made it challenging, but the atmosphere, weather and scenery made the whole event worth the effort. Perhaps a Date of review: February 6, 2006