In short: A good low key affair In full: This race it a small one compared to the other 10ks in the area. Mostly club runners participating. No one really knew where the start was till 5 minutes before the race and no staggered markers for different running abilities. Marshals very cheerful. I would do again next year but won't make a special effort. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In full: only supplied water after the race a bit stingy compared with other races i have done and when i asked for my time they wouldnt give it to me,said i had to wait until it was online bit snobby in my view,not as friendly as other race organisers Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Scenic Sunny Striding In full: My second time at this race. With last year being my first race the hills weren't as bad as I thought they were and I was not far off a PB. Apparently it is always warm and sunny for the St Albans 10k & Half so arrange your BBQs on these dates! The only complaint I have is I couldn't see the timer at the finish because it was obscured by people, so I didn't know where the finish line was and I didn't know when to stop my own watch. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Nice hilly run through the countryside In full: !st time ive done this....and would do it again. Weather was lovely, the route although scenic is a lot of hedgerows, so a bit samey, but the hills make it a pleasent challenge. The only down side I could see was a lack of baggage facilities....I'm not keen leaving stuff in the car and then having to run with my keys. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Too hot!!! In full: 1st time out on this course, but ran slow due to heat. good route once away from start - they really need to either think about changing the start or getting permission to close half the road for 10mins. Date of review: May 18, 2008
In short: Hot, hot, hot In full: If it had just been 5 degrees cooler... (!)
I really enjoyed the race, but being a bit of a plodder meant that I probably wasn't affected by the heat as much as some. I put in a pretty respectable time for me.
I know it's really difficult to plan for the very unexpected heat at this time of year, but a couple more water stations would have been wonderful. But the stewarding was brilliant - friendly, encouraging and unobtrusive.
Many thanks, Striders, I will be back next year! Date of review: May 17, 2008
In short: Hot and Undulating In full: I was in poor form 4 and half mins down on what I should of done. Lack of water considering the conditions. Well run by ST Albans Striders though apart from that. A Tough 10k give both factors.
I can see you below me Big Chief :) Date of review: May 14, 2008