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
In short: Fair local race marred by a poor start In full: First - the good points: it's a nice course - challenging enough without being sadistic, a nicely position water station that you pass three times, some nice enough country lanes and views across fields. The marshalls were all very supportive and enthusiastic. Now the bad: a shambles of a start. There was no indication until a minute before the scheduled start that we would in fact be starting in the opposite direction, so all runners had to fight their way through the throng to assume their positions. Then the path was far too narrow over the first 400m for the amount of runners. Apart from this, a minor grip about gun to chip timing - this is of no real benefit to the runners, only the organisers - and the lack of goody bag. These gripes apart, an enjoyable race Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Excellent race marshals. Made a big difference. In full: No complaints, although the start was a little chaotic and was left to one guy doing his best with a megaphone. No matter - the course was good with a gentle uphill around mile 5-6 and another around 8. I over heard one guy tell his running buddy 'I'm from the city - we call this cross country!' Special thanks to the Marshals who were unfailingly encouraging deserve a lot of credit. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Challenging route with great support from marshals. Very enjoyable. In full: I've never organised a race and am reluctant to criticise those who do - but the start was a problem. This might be solved by halving the width of the starting area to one side of the road and blocking off the start line so that runners have to enter the area from the back. However, I fear that the real problem is that this just isn't a good place to start a race with this many entrants. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: as previously stated poor organisation at the start but overall very good! In full: yes...all a bit messy at the start...maybe they could actually start the race on the main road rather than in the car park?? really nice run after you got into your stride and the marshalls were very encouraging....well done st albans striders! i'll be back next year! Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Lovely race spoilt by the chaos at the start. In full: Lovely race that I enjoy every year. However, I did expect the organisation at the start to be sorted out for this year, last year all the same comments were made about the lack of marked start & no clear starting point so the entire field were lining up incorrectly. I'm surprised that a race organised by a good running club is so chaotic at the start it spoils an excellent race. Please get it sorted for next year!! Top marks to marshals all the way round. Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: NIce race, could be organised better In full: Nice undulating course along very quiet country lanes, really impressed at how little traffic there was. Whilst the course was undulating there were no really tough hills, so enjoyable.
The organisation at the start however was very poor, runners brought to the start late and as it starts at the crest of a hill, all the slower runners want to be near the front, and the route quickly goes onto a pavement so it is very congested. Also what is the point of chip timing if only takes your finish time and does not register when you cross the start line?! Marshalling was excellent Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Great undulating 10 miler with lovely countryside (and the M1) In full: I didn't mind the chaotic start, but it was. As a slower runner I stood at the back (once I discovered where the back was). We had chips, but it was gun to chip and those of us the back were left saying "where's the start line" wondering when to press go on the stop watch.
Once we got over the first half a mile it was fantastic. Country lanes with very few cars. A big hill in the middle, and encouraging marshals. The banana bread at the end was lovely too. I will be back- my 10 minute miles put me near the back of the field but hope to improve for next year! Date of review: January 23, 2011