st albans half - june

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20/01/2011 at 21:53

Has anyone run the st albans half and got any opinions on it?

There seem to be very few halfs in June so fancy this one.

21/01/2011 at 08:21

I have run this a few times and it is a good course and well organised.  Its a bit hilly.  Great for the family too as they do a 1mile run for the kids, 5kms and the half marathon.

 Would recommend it

21/01/2011 at 09:20

As above, rather hilly and tends to be pretty warm.

They do give you an ice cream at the finish though

Oh and try to get there early, otherwise the marshals direct you to part about two miles away from the park.

Edited: 21/01/2011 at 09:20
21/01/2011 at 13:33


 I've done this 3 times, always seems to be the hottest day of the year, but there is shady sections and plenty of water.

Good course with a few hills, I managed a PB there one year.

It is a great family day out as they can see the race pass twice with only a short walk from the start. St Albans seem very proud of the half and make it a well supported event.

Parking can be a pain, so turn up early and relax in the park, or queue for the toilet! 

21/01/2011 at 14:17

Thanks for the positive feedback, at the moment you can only sign up online but emailed them and apparently you'll be able to download an application form next month so I'll wait until then and save myself a couple of squid...

21/01/2011 at 17:15
 Entry is open through the website.
05/04/2011 at 14:47

If you want to save £2 then postal entry forms are now available.  Contact Carlene - and she'll be able to send you a form.

05/04/2011 at 15:40

I was a mug & entered online a few weeks back

I hear this one gets filled up quickly so wanted to get my entry in before they all went. Maybe a bit too much eager beaver.

05/04/2011 at 16:49

Did this race 2 years ago - one of the hardest half's I've done as it's very hilly and was very hot.

Still not stopped me getting my entry in again though - I've heard that the course has been made easier. 

 Can anyone confirm this ?

05/04/2011 at 17:00
TheClaw wrote (see)

Did this race 2 years ago - one of the hardest half's I've done as it's very hilly and was very hot.

Great that's just what me and Kate wanted to hear

05/04/2011 at 21:42

St Albans is a toughish course, lots of long drags on it, starts and finishes on grass, a climb out and down hill back

having said that -

it's nothing compared to Coniston 14 ( was - 16.7 ?)

or Ashbourne HM, or certainly Great Langdale in Cumbria - The road race from HELL - HILLY , it's eith up or down, liitle or no flat

we've run St Albans twice, the old Coniston course 3 times , Ashbourne 4 times, Langdale 4 times

for begginners and newish runners still building on fitness etc,  St Albans could prove a challenge

05/04/2011 at 21:43

Coniston was 14 miles -

is now 16.7

06/04/2011 at 11:04

I used to live in St Albans so just checked out the route.

Ohhh we're in for a tough one! 

But if it doesn't kill you, it just makes you stronger right?

06/04/2011 at 11:33

Right - absolutely right

i like it 

06/04/2011 at 11:50

There is the added incentive of a trip to the Waffle House to re-fuel afterwards!

06/04/2011 at 11:57
I'd rather re-fuel in the bars of St Albans after.....
06/04/2011 at 12:38

naa, to much waffling  on going on LOL 

but you  all enjoy

10/05/2011 at 14:46

With just over a month to go, I was wondering how everyone's training was going?

After being wiped out from a blood donation a few weeks back, I've now been struck down with a horrible cold. I'm hoping to be rid of it soon as my training has fallen very behind.

I got my race pack the other day which I was surprised about as thought it wouldn't come until nearer the time (less time to be mis-placed!), the timing chip on the back of the number was a bit weird!

10/05/2011 at 15:07

I'm out of action for a while

collapsed prosate 

10/05/2011 at 15:12
I cant do this .. hernia operation on 6 June ... shame as I live in St albans and its a great event
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