In full: A great race, first time I've done it, some challenging hills but some nice fast flat and downhill bits too. Constructive criticism time - it would have been nice to get some advance warning of the water stations on the course (a sign half a mile out, for example) - I realise they're marked on the course route but when you're concentrating on getting a good time, and suddenly you're (together with hundreds of others) on top of a water station, it becomes a bit chaotic. I only took water from one of the stations as a result. The Ashlyn School car park was a bit of a trek from the start/finish, but good to have free parking all the same. And a thanks to the St Johns Ambulance people who tended my head after the race after I'd bashed it on my car door before the race!! Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Really like this race In full: Second year running of doing this race and the conditions have been perfect both times. I knew the hills were challenging so didn't expect to get below 1.30 let alone a PB, but a PB I got so I'm very happy.
If you want a few challenging hills in your run this is a good race to do. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Scenic with challenging hills..cold at the start! In full: Challenging course with hills throughout - two particularly tough ones. Nice downhill sections though (especially to finish) and lovely running through Ashridge. Quite a few impatient drivers on roads - felt a bit dodgy at times. Start I found very cold as there was no real shelter from the bitter wind. Other than that organisation good - great marshals, baggage store, finish line helpers and water stations. Thank you - glad I did it but looking forward to running when spring (and warmer temps) arrive!!! Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Fairly scenic with 2 'good' hills. Organisation OK but could do with some additional information up front. In full: Enjoyed the run which was on-road and with light traffic at times; last mile or so is fast and downhill. Not much space at the Cricket Club and the pre-start would have been miserable on a rainy day - but did have covered baggage storage. Organisation was generally good but a few things could have been better and the following comments are constructive feedback rather than criticism: A profile of the route is available online via Map My Run - a link from the website would have been useful as would a better indication of water stations. Start could have been a bit more organised to get people into target finish time zones. Start/finish near the rail station (which provided free parking) was very convenient. Nice goody bag. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Roads open, keep your wits about you. Hills sneak up on you. In full: Great contryside. Quite a few people wearing iPods who didn't seem to be aware of what was going on around them particularly as there were cyclists, cars, tractors and other runners about. Not PB potential due to the uphills but I think the downhills must have compensated. Date of review: March 6, 2011
In short: Great, but becoming a victim of its own success In full: The Berko half has become very popular in recent years, with entry numbers trebling to this year's figure of 1500. This is now presenting significant problems with traffic as none of the roads are closed. After several near misses and several bad tempered drivers (and runners) I fear the Berko is now beyond its safe capacity unless local roads are closed or made one-way for the duration of the race. An event organiser's nightmare I know, but something needs to be done before someone is hurt. Date of review: March 6, 2011