In short: I liked this race In full: This was my first half for nearly 3 years so a bit nervous but much better than expected. I would like to say that the marshals were probably the most enthusiastic I have ever come across particularly on the hilly parts of the course and the overall organisation was very slick (secure baggage area etc) Thankfully, although it was hitting 27c, it was lovely and cool in the shaded woods so the heat only kicked in during the final lap around the field. Some minor gripes were the lack of toilets at the start and during the race and, as others have mentioned below, the lack of a goody bag with the requisite mars bar otherwise an excellent race (it was great to have a shower and to head for the nearby Emperor pub for a cold drink afterwards)
In short: Hot, hilly and a bit horrible In full: The 11am start made it too hot particularly along the long 40mph road and I am not sure why some of the smaller roads were not closed off...I think Bushey's car drivers were having a very off day; sounding their horns and running people over.
Marshalling was a mixed bag of some very good marshalls really getting behind the runners and those who stood chatting on corners oblivious to all.
On the positive side,lots of water stations, nice medal at the end and the atmosphere was good in the park, but all in all, not I will be doing again. Date of review: July 13, 2009
In short: Great race In full: Enthusiastic marshalls which really helped us to get round the course during what was a very hot day. It made up for the lack of support from the onlookers (please don't just stand there - cheer). Very well organised - well done. Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Probably one of my favourite races In full: Great marshalling, well sign posted and lots of water stations. It really is a beautiful route through the forest. A good one for beginners as everyone is so friendly. Date of review: May 11, 2008
In short: Overcrowded In full: If the organisers want to encourage people to come by public transport, it would be helful if they could provide baggage storage areas. Other charity running events manage it, why not Cancer Research? Up to 3km, it was really overcrowded and muddy. I've run the Watford 10km and 1/2 marathon from here and there's some lovely countryside around so why stick to the confines of narrow, muddy paths? Not one I'll be rushing back to....... Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: I won't be doing this one again In full: Could the organisers start the race earlier i.e. when it isn't boiling hot? I'd always wondered why this half marathon was so unpopular with my running club and now I know - it really is hilly and boring and not very well supported (this is certainly not one for the beginners out there).
If you really want to experience a brilliantly organised race try the Cabbage Patch 10miler in Twickenham (yesterday). Windsor: never again. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Fast race without the atmosphere. In full: Well I got a PB but the 10 miler I ran yesterday was mentally easier! 2 laps of a boring lake did my head in. The marshalls eventually took their hands out of their pockets and started to clap but the spectators...it was like running passed a bus stop - what were you all doing? Certainly not encouraging anyone. Not one I would rush back to. On a plus point the organisation was good although a proper finishing line would be helpful as it was difficult to see where the end was from the 9km mark. Date of review: April 15, 2006
In short: Bring back the medal! In full: I did this last year and I have the medal. This year's shoe bag, with lonely mars bar at the bottom, was a bit of a let down (it does say that we get a medal on this site).
Apart from that, it was a good race. I rather liked the 3 x 1 mile route at various stages of the race. The route was lovely and flat albeit rain swept and the marshalls were really encouraging despite the rain. All in all a great race... as long as they bring back the medal! Date of review: April 14, 2006