In short: Welcome back, Hitchin Hard Half! In full: A welvome return for an old 'friend'! Very well organised and a 'nice' challenging course. Parking, marshals, goody bag, and the usual facilities were all excellent. If the Olympics are half as well organised there can be no complaints.
If this race had experienced the normal weather for July, I might have struggled but I loved all that rain! Date of review: July 14, 2012
In short: The best orgainsed, and hilliest, race I've experienced, a real challenge that generates a huge high at the finish. Every runner should run this race at least once. Date of review: July 11, 2012
In full: This has to be the toughest race I've ever done including marathons and 20milers. I trained on this course in the rain and the sun prior to the event, take the rain any day, as theres no much shade either, plus also I knew all about the big and little hills. The definition of hard has never been so true. You just have to accept what ever the elements throw at you on the day. Really supportive marshalls at every turn and great pockets of support all around the course, thank you. Having not run the original HHHM, this was a great organised return event. Will definately look out for this next year and by that time my legs will have just forgiven me! Date of review: July 10, 2012
In short: A great event which was really well run; the rain added to the 'hard' half description. Would I do it again? YOU BET! In full: When you enter a 'hard' half marathon, you expect hills and we were not disappointed! Add the torrential rain and you had a real challenge. The organisation was great and the stewards were encouraging throughout. I loved it and the sense of achievement when I crossed the line was something I haven't felt in many races I have undertaken. Certainly in my diary for next year. Date of review: July 9, 2012
In short: Rain, Hills, Rain, Rain, Hills............oh and rain. In full: I was not looking forward to my first "Hard" half marathon and my first long run since the London marathon, but I have to say once you ascend the first hill which is a killer, you get into it and thouroughly enjoy it. very well organised and supported. I could have done with a canoe in parts but the rain probably made a hard course bearable. Well Done organisers for a wet and wild day. Date of review: July 9, 2012
In short: Hard but definitely worth doing. In full: It was very hilly, but we finished where we started so there were definitely downhills as well as uphills. Yes the rain and puddles were extreme, but it was probably easier to run in than baking sunshine. The marshals were very supportive. The goody bag (medal, technical vest + selection of fruit, energy bar, drinks) was was generous. Thank you for a great race. Date of review: July 8, 2012