In short: my comments as an injured runner who therefore marshalled In full: This year (2008) I was recovering from an operation and could therefore not run. I have run many half marathons and marathons and do agree with a number of the comments on here regarding the organisation of the race. Yes, it could have been better, the water stations were a nightmare and the baggage storage poorly thought through. However, I would like to remind all runners that those people who do turn out to make this event possible do so out of the goodness of their hearts. A lot of volunteers gave up a lot of their own time, for nothing to ensure the day could go ahead. I have never been injured and therefore marshalling before so the whole event was quite an eye opener. I know we pay to enter these races but none of that money goes to those who make them possible. So although I do agree with the majority of the comments that have been made, remember these people give their time out of kindness.
Finally, thank you to a very polite bunch of runners. The majority of whom thanked me for marshalling ( I was at the 13 mile marker). Next year I will be running once more. Date of review: March 7, 2008
In short: Much better than last year except the baggage drop In full: With the weather 100 times better than last year this race was a pleasure rather than a chore. Organisation left a little to be desired. May as well as just thrown my bag on the baggage lorry as the queue was so long and the ticket had gone by the time I came to collect it. Water stations could have been manned better - decided not to bother at the 3rd one. However the race was ace. a pb by 13 mins on a course you could hardly call flat, and 335th place. Could have been a better reward for finishing than a plastic cup of squash and a banana. May go elsewhere next year although still a special race because of what I achieved. Date of review: March 5, 2008
In short: Enjoyable scenery, but lots of hills In full: First time doing this race and enjoyed the run overall, though there were a few hills. I didn't mind too much, but would have been nice to know in advance about the one at mile 12, when you thought they were all over! Could do with a few more loos, would prefer no medal and water stations could be better, but overall well organised and great location. Date of review: March 4, 2008
In short: Lovely scenic race, but poor organisation and very hilly! In full: This was only my second half marathon, having completed my first last month in Watford, can't fault the scenery but organisation was poor especially compared to the Watford Half. No expected time position points at the start so very chaotic for the first mile. The mile long hill was tough and then there were loads more hills, nice downhill to finish though. In need of water at the finish but found none and some of the stations on route had run out! Nice bananas but shame about the lack of water and atmosphere! Date of review: March 4, 2008
In short: No more medals please In full: I live locally and so was glad I did not have a baggage or loo issue to sort out. The first water station is far to late . It needs to be at the top of Little Heath Lane. Also had to wait quite a long time at the first station. I do not want a medal thank you - the big hills have potentinal for a really good t-shirt caption! Also this is now a big event. Why is there no chip timing? I think this race organisation needs reinventing for next year. I run these hills every week and will not be tempted back otherwise. Date of review: March 4, 2008