In short: Great pre race information, marshals and scenery but hard as nails In full: I entered this race to be in the same race as one of my sons. The pre race information was good and I was kept up to date by email. My son collected my number on the Saturday so I did not need to register. On arrival there was plenty of parking, toilets and entertainment for all the family. The race started on time and immediately we were on an uphill climb within the grounds of Hitchin Priory, down then up before leaving the park. It may be my recollection but this course always seemed to be going up or down. Some slight and long but some incredibly steep. This was not hard it was horrendous! There were five water stations and very welcome on this very hot day. The marshals were inspiring and the spectators supportive. We passed two pubs on this course and I have to say I was tempted! This is a well organised event but not for the feint hearted. Date of review: June 22, 2014
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