In short: A good challenging race, well organised on the whole In full: I scored this with top marks for PB potential, since I actually got a PB in this one, which was a surprise to me, as there are a couple of challenging climbs. The scenery is good and I encountered hardly any traffic which is a big plus for any event. The start and finished were well organised and there were plenty of marshalls around the course. Liked the dri-fit t-shirt at the finish. Just a couple of niggles, the organisation of the baggage facility leaves a bit to be desired, plus when I got my bag back it was covered in mud, Not impressed. Also would it have been too much to put a flapjack or something in the finishers bag? Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: A great race... shame about the water stations and the parking ticket... In full: I had a really enjoyable race - the hills weren't too bad at all and only 43 seconds off my PB so 2013 will definitely be the year that is sorted! But... the water stations were woeful.. for the price of the race, water bottles would have been expected and the signs weren't brilliant telling you there was a staiton coming up, especially the first one. Also the water stations weren't all well manned - I got two cups from one with 1cm of water in each. I know these people are volunteers and have given up their time and I could run with a bottle but it's been a while since I've experience such disappointment with water stops. Marshalls were brilliant and the course was great. The only other complaint... the car parking. We parked in the town hall car park as suggested in the race handbook - the very first car park mentioned in the handbook... and then we got a parking ticket. The car park states only for two hours, however there were loads of runners parking there, presumably at the suggestion in the handbook. Realistically two hours isn't enough to get to the start, use the loo, run the race and get back to the car unless you're an elite runner which most of us are not. Watford Harriers - do not suggest people use a car park that has a parking limit of two hours. Loads of cars got parking tickets - yes we could have parked elsewhere but not knowing Watford, we followed the advice of the race handbook. This made for a pricey event. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Well organised event and more scenic than the title would suggest. In full: Well organised and marshalled and surprisingly scenic event with many roads closed to traffic. 4 climbs none of which are overly long and each is followed by a downhill stretch. Good Tee Shirt at the end although no banana or energy bar as at some other events. Overall a very good event and a PB as well Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Enjoyed the race and got a PB In full: Good route. Would have been nice to have a snack given at the end, but was able to pay for a massage, then a burger and drink at HQ. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Tough but very well organised In full: Very well run race, organised like clockwork, pacers, traffic free, nice scenic course. The hills were a lot tougher than I expected! Fun finish in the park in front of the crowds. Be nice to have a medal, you get a nice tee-shirt but being unisex they rarely fit us ladies! Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Excellent early year half In full: Not having run Watford before I had no ideal how rural the course is. Easy to park , enough toilets, good change area and baggage storage , great scenic course around the country lanes , yes a few tough hills but time to recover Before the next one . Marshals were friendly and supportive , great tshirt which you can actually wear after as opposed to the cotton ones. Nice slab of home made cake and a coffee after , showers would be good but you can't have it all. Well done Watford for organising a great event , I will be back.
In short: Perfect! In full: Lovely country route through lots of woody areas. Organised perfectly. No complaints. And happy to not have a medal for a technical t shirt. Would have liked something to munch on at the end but did see lots of people carrying asics carriers so maybe i missed out?
Wasn't hilly more undulating. 2 possible hills but no more than 1-2 mins running each and long drags down after. I got a PB. I chatted to a guy on the way back to the station training for a duathlon... please add me on facebook if you see this!
I'll be doing this race again, for sure. Date of review: February 3, 2013
In short: Hilly but great fun, well-organised and friendly. In full: I had a great time running the half-marathon this morning, despite the cold weather. The course was a good mix of town and country running with some demanging, but not impossible, hills. The marshalling was fantastic - plentiful and cheerful and always ready with the vital, encouraging lies of "looking good" and "not far now"! There is a great, flat, 500m-long finishing straight (if you have the legs left). All-in-all, a great way to spend a February morning. Date of review: February 3, 2013