In short: Dragging the xmas podge up the hills makes this a challenge. Very well organised. In full: This course always seems harder than it should coming at the end of the festive period. It felt like hard going until mile 5 for me when my body finally woke up. There are a lot of uphills for the first 5.5 miles, nothing too steep, but it makes you work. It feels good when the gradient gets a little shallower in the last half of the race.
Good organisation, loads of great marshalls, every one of which shouted encouragement. The three ladies just before the mile 9 marker were even doing some kind of dance.
Getting there early and then waiting an hour was a bit of a pain but I appreciate that the organisers wanted to make sure everybody got their chip sorted. Date of review: December 30, 2007
In short: Undulating course made it interesting. Fantastic marshals! In full: It was very cold and wet but this was still an enjoyable race thanks to some interesting climbs. Big thanks to the marshals who spent their Sunday morning standing in the freezing rain cheering and clapping us on. Date of review: December 10, 2007
In short: Nice to run point to point for a change. In full: Another decent run from Purple Patch. Much better marshalling than at the Thames Towpath in the summer. Although it was 90% flat along the towpath the steep ramps under every bridge made it interesting. Could have done with more toilets at the start. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Excellent organisation, very friendly run. Not so keen on the second half. In full: Pretty good race. The marshalling was fantastic. The second half of the marathon was pretty tough because the field thinned out so much. Second half was very flat though - apart from the killer incline (well it killed me) at 25 miles. Date of review: September 4, 2007
In short: Excellent race. Amazed that the organisers pulled it off after the floods. In full: This was a fantastic route. Flat with some excellent views of the Thames that you don't get to see driving around or running on the road. I really liked not doing a circuit and thought the buses and baggage etc. were very well planned out. I have never been on similar sized race which had such excellent facilities.
I know one or two of the marshals were a bit rubbish but the majority of them did a brilliant job.
I also really liked the hill start! Date of review: July 30, 2007
In short: Should be a perfect 10k for speed being so flat. In full: It's flat and fast. The rain was heavy at times but I preferred that to the extreme heat we had last year. Very well organised, lots of toilets, great goody bag, nice medal. Date of review: July 2, 2007
In short: Raining, muddy and hilly - brilliant! In full: This is a great course. Uphill and downhill all the way. Not so steep that you couldn't take advantage of the downhills and no need to kill yourself on the uphill sections. Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Excellent new route, well organised and the weather was kinder than usual In full: The new route is excellent, a massive improvement. There were no choke points, the views were excellent and the hills made it interesting. Far better than the long hot slog to Redbourn and back of the previous course. Marshalls were excellent and there was loads and loads of water. Nice ice lolly at the end! Date of review: June 10, 2007