In short: Scenic, hilly, welcoming race. In full: Really enjoyed this race, thanks mainly to the splendid course that tracks through the Chilterns and great weather. It is hilly but there is only 1 particularly steep bit and some good downhill sections to make up for it.
There was a good crowd at the start which gave the race a nice atmosphere, and quite a few people lining the course clapping and cheering you on too. As someone else mentioned, special thanks to the lad with the cow bell, it really gave me a boost just when I needed it!
I agree with some of the complaints others have raised though, the announcer at the start could definitely do with having the volume turned up for one thing. It was only by chance I wandered to the start at the right time.
I was quite fortunate with the traffic but I can quite understand how it would have caused problems. The road through the woods between miles 3 and 4 is particularly problematic as you have traffic coming both ways confining you to the narrow footpath just as you need to overtake the fun runners. This coupled with the hills means it's never going to be a great race for a PB but the scenery and general vibe makes up for it in my book.
I think I'm alone in that I quite liked the medal (I have more than enough low quality T-shirts) and the banana at the end was very welcome too. Well almost certainly be doing this one again. Date of review: March 9, 2010
In short: Fantastic course, brilliant weather, great marshalling. A surprisingly fast but hilly course In full: This race is so much better organised than it was five years ago. Well done the organisers and the marshals. I did Watford Half with no ill effects a couple of weeks ago. I did Berkhamsted in the same time but this morning my quads and glutes were still burning. This is a pretty fast course with plenty of down hill but you certainly pay on the ups. Fantastic. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In full: A very friendly crowd. A beautiful course in stunning countryside. A killer hill in the first third but a fast second half and brilliant down finish. I really enjoyed it and broke my PB. Brilliant! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Stunning scenery, good atmosphere and challenging hills In full: A good and challenging race. The hills were tough but the scenery after mile 2 were stunning. A thoroughly good pre marathon workout. Overall marshalling was good but could be improved one or two points on the course. It was a shame the route was not completely traffic free as some drivers and cyclists proved impatient. Chip timing is great and I appreciate the increased costs but could do better with the poor goody bag! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: tough, hilly, but somehow enjoyable! In full: The only criticism I would make is the fun run coincides with the race and I felt it was quite hazzardous at times. People were walking with small children along the same narrow path that us runners were trying to get a decent pace going....overall though enjoyable with a lovely downhill finish. Date of review: March 8, 2010
In full: A great race,with a few hills thrown in for good measure,will definately be up for it next year.The only negative was having to meander through the fun run which broke our pace.I was up the front so It must have been really frustrating for the main field,maybe next year have the fun run after the half marathon. Date of review: March 8, 2010