I have an athlete who wants to run her 1st half marathon.
Would anyone recommend this race as a first experience?
Yes. It's very well organized, the course has a few gradients and twists and turns but is not a killer, the start and finish venue is excellent, in fact it's an excellent race all round and superb value for money. It sells out well in advance so get in there soon.
Note to self: must book leave and enter as well.
Yeah I've entered this as it's 4 weeks after Reading and I've missed some training due to injury so wanted another half end of April/early May. Had heard it's very well organised and I like the smaller races of about 1000-2000.
Muttley, how does the course compare to other halfs such as Reading (I'd consider fast) and St ALbans and Watford both of which I'd consider pretty tough courses?
Yeah i would agree with Reading being quicker. Watford is maybe ever so slighlty harder than this and St Albans is the hardest.
Its very quick first 6 or so miles, you climb from roughly 7.5 till just after 9, not a monster hill, but pretty tough at this stage. Last mile is also pretty quick being mainly slightly down hill.
Great start and finish area makes it really appealing and my favorite half in the area.
Does anyone have an entry they are willing to transfer ?
There will be mile markers around the course, attached to lampposts or telegraph poles as close to the actual distance as possible - they are all within a few metres and give a pretty good guide.
There are 6 water stations around the course at approx 1.5 miles, 2.3 miles, 5.0 miles, 7.8 miles, 9.4 miles, 10.2 miles and a further one at the finish. Bottled water is provide at the finish, whilst the on course water stations will offer cups of water. The water stations will also have a supply of wet sponges to cool your fevered brow. Enjoy your first half marathon
I cannot believe that i've missed registering for this event for the second year in a row! *smacks head*.
Good luck to everyone running this year!
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