In short: If only all runs were like this In full: The Hemel training runs are legendary - and rightly so. If only all runs were like this. Only £5, yet you get the support and protection of the marshals, and stand-by first aiders. Plus, you get unlimited hot tea and cake at the end. I've paid ten times as much for far, far less.
The course starts flat for three miles along the Grand Union Canal, but then goes up a long stiff climb for a couple of miles, and remains hilly/undulating until the end. The course is through attractive countryside and little villages. Very pleasant. The runners and marshals are relaxed, cool, friendly, and there is a special feel, as most people are doing this as part of training for London.
I can't think of any problems with this run at all. Yes, there's no supporters, yes, there's no big race atmosphere, but you aren't here for that. You are here purely for the run, and it's a perfect run.
I did it in 3.10.43, and finished strong, so I was buzzing. Date of review: March 23, 2013
In short: Superb training run for a superb price In full: First one of these runs I have ever done and I wish I had done more. Wonderfully attended run which beats long runs alone. Brilliant organisation and fantastic price. £5 for run, coffee and cake. Marshalls, Water stops and Jelly bean stop all very well manned. Friendly helpful and well marked. Spot on - this is the way all races should be! Well done Gade valley!
In short: Another great marathon training run from GVH In full: Relaxed, friendly, varied and interesting course... a great training run on a BITTERLY cold morning. Hot tea and cake at the end. Couldnt ask for more. Thanks very much GVH, see you at the 20. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Well organised In full: A hilly course but well organised. All the marshalls are brillant and very helpful. There was not one that did not have a smile on their face. After the long run the refreshments provided are a welcome sight! Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: hilly but great atmosphere, great marshalls In full: Lovely scenery, hilly in places, this is my third year running these training runs, really well organised and a cup of tea never tasted so good.. Date of review: February 24, 2013