In short: The hills are as good as they are bad In full: Did this race for the first time yesterday. Expected it to be tough because of the warnings about hills but it wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated. Yes there are some very tough uphills but there are also lots of lovely downhills.
Marshalling & cheering was fantastic - thank you to you all. Particularly liked the locals who played music for us all.
I never knew Watford was so picturesque.
If I had to choose a downside it would be the the pre-race stuff. There weren't all that many portaloos for the number of runners and to get to them & in/out of the marquee was very, very muddy & crowded - reminded me of tough mudder!
Overall though I enjoyed it & would definitely do it again. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: Excellent, well-organised challenge In full: This is an excellent race. The hills are numerous but none were so long as to become huge slogs like in the St Albans half. The second half of the course had some lovely sweeping descents, though still a couple of climbs, and I just found the whole race to be a pleasure and very rewarding.
The race HQ was very well-organised, and friendly, the marshals were good, and the atmosphere amongst runners was jovial.
My one gripe is that there should have been someone at the toilets directing people to toilets that were free, and signs to show people that there was a urinal.
Overall, however, this race was a brilliant way to start the year, and as you can tell, I'm still on my runner's high 24 hours later. Date of review: February 8, 2016
In short: Very enjoyable event! In full: It was my first time doing the Watford half even though I'm a local but I will def do it again. Really enjoyed the course (despite a few brutal hills) and was surprised by the number of locals cheering on from their driveways, some even playing music from their sound systems. The marshals were many and all very enthusiastic & encouraging. I was dreading picking up our race packs from HQ before the race but it was very well organised & no waiting around. Nice medal & tech t-shirt for finishing. Overall great atmosphere & very enjoyable race. Well done Watford Harriers! Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Lots of hills and lots of fun In full: Great organisation,good value for money, liked the vibe a lot, really up and down hills that seems like when you've had enough another hill pops up to test you once more, good for character building. Loved the loud, enthusiastic marshals, I reckon they knew what running was all about. Well done to Watford Harriers for putting on a great event that promoted the true spirit of running. Will come again and I knew it was a bit hilly but that's the challenge that makes it more rewarding. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Expected hills, underestimated hills! In full: This is seriously challenging, never had so many long steep hills in a race before! I can't fault the organisation and plentiful positive marshals, inside the HQ was amongst the most efficient and friendliest atmosphere I've experienced from organisers and fellow runners alike. But I can't say I enjoyed it due to the toughness of the course, and would have liked another water stop. Date of review: February 7, 2016
In short: Good early season race In full: This is one of the first half marathons you can run in the calendar year down south and it's very popular and well-established. I didn't get a great time thanks to a niggling injury but it was good to get round. The race is well-oiled and the marshals committed despite the weather. Was good to finally get a medal having been part of the race that was cancelled because of snow two years earlier. Date of review: November 17, 2015
In short: Tough hills throughout In full: New course much tougher than previous years. Collecting baggage at the end of race needs improving. It was much better when Town Hall was used for HQ. Toilets, don't ask! Although areas for improvement it is a great event. Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: My toughest half yet, but fantastically tough. Worth the trip In full: I signed up expecting a flat, fast PB potential race, how wrong was I!? Instead I hoped to practice a negative split strategy; a timing clock at the halfway mark aided this, however the climbs made it very difficult to achieve!
The start was initially strange with the snr men separated from the remaining field I guess due to the narrow park paths but for me it made it brilliant as you could look across and see runners everywhere and the merge point was nice for me too.
As for comments of crowding I found the pen time markings very good in this race and I didn't experience any overcrowding at all, not because I am slow either (I was still within the top 400 of over 2000).
I found the medal to be excellent as I like bespoke, event-specific ones as a pose to the generic cheap ones. To get a tech t-shirt in with the price was also a plus point. As stated though there was nothing except drinks at the finish and a banana or something would have been very welcome after a tough run.
The marquee being a mud bath and the toilets (although I've seen much worse) were my biggest negative points but is so minor as the race was brilliant! Date of review: February 10, 2015