In short: Surely enough complaints about the start to improve it next year? In full: It's a local race for me so I'm used to the course, but please rethink the start. No one wants to start at the back as it's uphill. Why not consider Bluehouse Hill? That way it's an uphill for all so there's no big disadvantage at starting further down the field. Or start at the bottom of the hill by Waitrose so everyone has to do the hill and bring the finish line forward by 200 metres to compensate? Date of review: January 25, 2011
In short: Love it! In full: The start issues have all been mentioned, but you can't let that ruin what is a superb race. Well done and thank you to the organisers who again did a superb job. 3rd time running this - hope to be back next year. Nice medal too! Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Great warm-up for the Watford half In full: A good, fun, local race. Start was a little disorganised so ended up at the back, then had to wait to pass other runners as the path was to narrow. Fantastic marshalling throughout (thank you and well done) although runners could have benefitted from some of the roads being closed. The course itself was pleasantly challenging with a couple of tough hills at the beginning and middle of the course. Definitely a great warm-up race to the Watford half marathon in 2 weeks time. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Great race In full: Disorganised start aside, I found this to be one of the better races i've taken part in, great route, challenging course & excellent marshalls throughout, well done to all involved. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Undulating, scenic and friendly. Organisation at start needs improvement. In full: First time I have run this race. I found the start a little chaotic, lined up at what we thought was the back only to find we were at the front, so had to quickly scramble through to get out of the way. Unclear as to where the actual start line was making it difficult to start watch timer. As a slow runner, the narrow start wasn't as much of a problem for me as I guess it would be for those looking to race from the get go. Good course with enough of a challenge for me, thanks! Very friendly and encouraging marshalls. Great cakes at the end! Will be back next year, eager to improve my time. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Good honest race let down by shabby start. In full: Race start needs review as gathering outside Waitrose in St Albans wasn't the most suitable and the start running along a narrow path next to a busy road with everyone bunched up also needs looking at. After that fine, good course, a few little ups and downs and very friendly. Yes I'd go again. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Excellent race In full: Yes, it's a bit chaotic at the start but that's part of the charm of this race. It's one of my favourites - good scenery, good mix of people and I like the 10 mile distance. Thanks very much to the organisers and all the marshalls for their unstinting encouragement. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Good race - well organised In full: Start was a bit messy - not an issue for me personally, but I appreciate those looking for a fast time need a cleaner start. Apart from that, good organisation, friendly and supportive marshalls, challenging course but not too bad. Would definitely recommend this race. Thank you to the organisers. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Scenic race, friendly marshalls but same problems as last year In full: This is a very friendly race with a slightly challenging course and nice scenery. While it seems a shame to critise such a good race but the problems at the start were exactly the same as last year and the chip timing seems a bit pointless when it just does the finish and not the start Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Challenging but friendly In full: Enjoyed this run, not as hilly as expected, though the long one from 5.5 to 7 was a tough one to recover from.
Nice friendly crowd and well marshalled, though would have been nice to have received a goody bag, rather than just a medal at that price.
One gripe I had was the lady marshall at the finish who was handing out medals. I thanked her for the medal and asked her where the water was and she answered "chip first, then water" - flippin cheek! Date of review: January 24, 2011