In short: First time here; highly recommended In full: This was my first attempt at this particular event I'm already looking forward to returning next year. The event was well-organised and all the marshalls were encouraging. The start is a little crowded as others have mentioned but the field soon opens out. The course is undulating but not too demanding, and I was delighted with my own finishing time. Thanks to everyone for a well-run event. Date of review: May 19, 2012
In short: Great Race. Picturesque setting. In full: Well organised race, with nice atmosphere and some of the most enthusiastic marshals I've ever come across. It is a minor quibble but if you could just fix that narrow start.... Date of review: May 17, 2012
In short: Well marshalled and very enjoyable race In full: As has already been said start is a problem with the narrow path and slight uphill. Also affected any overtaking towards the finish line. Thought this would be more of a problem affecting my overall time but was over 3 mins faster than Watford 10k the week before. Extremely well marshalled, clearly a race run by runners for runners. Well done and thank you. See you next year. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: Great atmposphere! The best refreshments I have ever seen for post race! In full: Perfect numbers to create an atmposhere without being too packed. I had a problem with my race pack arriving (my own fault) and the race director was promt and re assuring in replacing it. PB for me, so very happy. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Well organised and a very enjoyable race! In full: As ever, St Albans Striders put on a great show! The last time I saw that many marshals was in a John Wayne Film Festival! The wooden medal with a string 'ribbon' was a nice touch.
It's the first time I've used that type of non-returnable chip...a great improvement on previous versions.
Yes, the first kilometre is always the slowest but I'm not sure, short of a staggered start, how to get around it. Perhaps, with the new chip timing, setting off the faster runners first might be an option.
See y'all next year...for sure! Date of review: May 13, 2012