In full: The race is all on road bar a grass section at the start and finsh. Some hard hills but not impossible to run up and due to the out and back nature you can regain the time with aggressive downhill running.
Race was well organised but would have been nice to have had a photographer. Date of review: July 1, 2013
In short: Fun race, really good training run. In full: I really enjoyed this run. I did it because i don't get too many hills in every week. I think I held back too much because I thought it would be harder.
Overall it did the job, had a good run and finished in a respectable time. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Not as Hard as it suggests but some slow hills In full: Organisation was fantastic, great goody bag, and great support even in some of the very out of the way places, the start/finish support was also fantastic. The race itself did produce a pb for me of 91mins but on a flatter course i think i could have easily broken 90mins as the 3 major inclines did slow me considerablly Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Great fun, and not the biggest field either. In full: Loved this race, especially for the small entry field, as I don't like road races with a massive entry list - it generally means you have queues at pinchpoints otherwise. The "hard" in the title has to be put in context, as others have said, this is Hertfordshire, not some fells in Yorkshire. That said, if you're not ready for the inclines, they can bite you. Downhill bits were fun, although the camber of the path on the field at the finish meant if you really pinned your ears back you could lose your footing and turn a potential PB into an embarrassing faceplant. Good local feel to it, start was a bit of a Le-Mans type affair, but I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Not as tough as the name may suggest and crowd were great In full: Was nervous about this race with it being billed as the hard half. Having said that the start was a bit uphill but once out on the road it was OK. The main challenging hill was at about 2.5 miles but was all over at three. The second big hill that you see on the course profile was no worse than on any other half marathon around these parts and went by almost unnoticed. Despite its name this course does have pb potential especialy if you like chucking yourself down hills with your arms spinning round it an effort to stop you falling flat on your face. Out of the the 5 half marathons I've down in the last 8 months this was my second quickest and less than 2 minutes off my pb of just under 1.29, I put this down to the small field of runners (less than 300 so no congestion) and the fantastic support on the at the begining and end of the race, as I came down to the finish line you'd have thought I was 1st not 14th, and that my whole family had turned up to cheer me on. In fact I was on own and the first one back for my club so no one knew who I was, didn't stop any of them cheering me across the line, and I mean cheering not just polite clapping. Big thanks to the crowd outside the Bird in the Hand pub at Gosmore who were also just as enthusiastic. Loads of food and drink at the end and was surprised to find a medal as well as a t-shirt in my goody bag. I recomend this race to any one, and don't be put off by the name "hard half" it looks a lot worse on paper than it actually is. Date of review: June 9, 2013