In short: Well organised in a nice setting with things for the kids to do. The hill is only a problem if you let it be one. In full: There was lots of discussions on here about the infamous hill. However while about 1.5km long it is no worse than the Berko half and I didn't find it that challenging in terms of slope. In fact once you hit 5k you now its downhill to the finish so I managed to pick up a good pace afterwards. Organisation was good and with bouncy castles there were enough things to keep my daughter occupied while she waited with mum. Date of review: September 21, 2008
In short: Lots of twists and turns(and subways), two laps and well organised. In full: Organisation on the day was excellent but information up front was only an email to say pick you number on the day and where to park. Left me wondering if there was bag storage, changing etc. Pleasently suprised by excellent organisation of the club and helpers.
Marshalls were in abudance and very encouraging. Did think that some had disappeared on Lap 2 for the tailenders such as my self. Sprayed arrows were easy to follow but did find I focussed on them too much.
I wouldn't recommend this to a begineer at the distance (as I was) as the constant changes in direction and up and downs at the subways meant that it played havoc with keeping a good pace. 2hr cut off was always playing on my mind but finished with 20mins to spare.
Was pleased to get a goody bag at the end as some races these tend to run out by the time I cross the line.
Big plasma screen and touchpad to get instant results was a nice touch.
In short: Flat course makes the good and fast In full: This was my first 10K two years ago and is a nice flat and fast course. Support from the public and marhsalls was excellent. Found that some of the sections were very narrow meaning difficult to pass people who were running in pairs. Passed a lot of people in the first 5K and I started in the correct area meaning that a lot of people were in the wrong place. The route had changed since 2006 and my only critcism is that the water stations hadn't been adjusted to suit and were in the 06 positions. This meant there were not in there advertised distances and you didn't reach the first until 4.5k and they were then at 7,9 and 9.5K. But I think the 9 was an unoffical one manned by enterprising marshalls. Water in the last is not helpful as most are speeding up for the finish.
Loads of toilets but no queues for the men huge queues for the women so balance needs adjusting slighty to avoid instances of sharing. Date of review: May 18, 2008
In short: Route is excellent with a mix of woods and tracks and some small but tough hills. In full: Entered this on the day and dispite some niggles with numbers I throughly enjoyed the course. Not everyone's cup of tea as has a few hills but they are not long and not to muddy. It's a charity event so the entry fee is high and the volunteer organisers do the utmost to make it work. Chipped time to finish but gun start. Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: Hills and glorious scenary. Beware hill at mile 11, 7 and 3. Well marshalled and organised. In full: Very popular race which I throughly enjoyed as my first race over this distance. Took the advice from last years review and took the train and made use of the station toilets. Bananas at start and finish were welcome. Course is hilly but anyone from round this part of Herts should be used to them so no big deal (if you train in Hemel). Slight hill at mile 11 took me by suprise as I had used up most of my energy on the previous big hills at mile 3 and bigger at 7 Still the infamous no goodie bag at the finish. Even heard the commentator say file through to collect your medal and bag. I guess they must run out by the time I go tthrough. Marshalls looked after the traffic well but the usually ignorant motorists in monster trucks driving past at speed though. Support from people by the side of the road was good. Date of review: March 2, 2008