In short: Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant In full: Beautiful course, excellently marshalled. Superb starting commentary from two of the funniest announcers ever (not always intentionally). Loads of water stations, having learned lessons from previous year, I understand. I will certainly be back. Date of review: June 21, 2015
In short: Undulating but nice In full: Easy to get to (at least from Watford with the Abbey Flyer), as St Albans Abbey station is just by the start area.
Nice atmosphere, not enough toilets, though the ones at the athletics stadium didn't have much of a queue (which was announced. Incidentally, the guy on the tannoy seemed to be chanelling Alan Partridge). Some good viewing spots for non-runners, and a nice area to stretch and relax after the run.
The route itself is rather undulating, there's a few flatter stages but not much. The marshals and water stations were great, very welcoming, and the high five gels were an unexpected bonus.
Not too much in the goody bag, but it's a good technical T shirt. Date of review: June 18, 2015
In short: Hill after hill after hill after hill but well organised, well supported and good fun! In full: I had read before hand that the course was undulating but I discovered that to be the understatement of the century! From short steep ones to long drawn out ones the hills on this course are certain to give you aching calves the next morning. If you're a time/PB orientated runner then this race race is probably not for you but if you enjoy a challenge and like well organised races with enthusiastic support at every turn then you'll love this race. Nice medal (which I personally believe is important although I know runners are split on this)! Water stations were very frequent which was brilliant. Weather was perfect for running with a bit of drizzle and overcast sky. Long queues for the toilets due to unmarked urinals. Race start area could do with being either wider or have pens in order of expected finish time as I got stuck behind a lot of slower runners for the first 1/2 mile. All in all a good day out and satisfying experience. Date of review: June 16, 2015
In short: Challenging, enjoyable run In full: Overall, an excellent race, with many challenging hills.... that took their toll by mile 10!
The marshals were brilliant and the race was run in a very good atmosphere.
The only negatives for me were around the organisation at the start. The urinals were not clearly marked, leading to long queues for the toilets, when many men only wanted to pee; this led to a longer queue for the bagagge drop-off, and then led to a 10-minute delay to the start - not welcome. This was all unfortunate, as otherwise the race appeared very well organised - as you'd expect for its 34th occurrence.
Not to worry, I will give feedback to the organisers and be back next year to beat my time. Date of review: June 15, 2015
In short: Tougher than expected In full: My 1st go at the St Albans Half & it was tougher than expected, though a great race all the same. Fantastic organisation & atmosphere, looking forward to signing up for next year already. Date of review: June 15, 2015
In short: A great day out........... In full: have run this race every year since 2005 and it is always a great day out. The cool weather made it easier than previous years,the marshal's and the locals are always friendly . will do it again in 2016....... Date of review: June 14, 2015
In short: Great marshals & lots of water stations. Well organised - thanks In full: Great day. Medal, t shirt, ice lolly, closed roads, lots of marshals, lots of encouragement , lots of water stations. Really nice to have so many youngsters marshalling & cheering runners on. Kids races, a walking half marathon , wheelchair half, 5ks - someone thing for everyone Only gripe I have, not enough toilets, but that is the same for every race, so luckily lots of bushes near the start. Thanks for a great day Date of review: June 14, 2015
In short: Hottest day of the year IMHO and NO MUSIC In full: I am one of those runners that likes to run to music. I train with it, so why not run with it. I understand on an open course you need it, but it not a closed course.
Anyway, I ran without and was glad I did. Apparently anyone with an MP3 player would be disqualified, but on the route the marshals didn't police this at all.
As I said it was super hot. But you got an ice cream at the end. And the kids races were cute. Date of review: February 10, 2015