In short: With free parking and entry to the zoo this was the first time entering a race has saved me money! In full: Not only was this race great value (if fancy going round the zoo) but it was an excellent experience. On the second lap round we disturbed a kangaroo thing which went bounding away. Nice change from my usual route where I might expect nothing more exotic than a few rabbits. The course was traffic free (least when I went round) and beautifully quiet. I liked the early start as well. Well organised and friendly. Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: Great course and friendly atmosphere that rainy day could not spoil. In full: This is a great course. There are plently of short hill streches but you are always rewarded with a downhill section straight away. The rain made going difficult (even flooded in places) but that just added to the fun.
The marshals were brilliant as usual, especilly given that they were spending their bank holiday monday standing around in the rain. My son entered for the junior 1k with only minutes (literally) to go and everybody made a big effort to get him sorted and to the starting line. This was very much appreciated.
Only downside for me was the congested start as usual and I am sure that some of the km markers were out of position. Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: Fantastic scenery, brilliant camaraderie and well organised. In full: As we ran the first mile and I looked up at a great big mountain towering over us I knew this was going to be something special.
The course was great. I had thought that running back on the same route and having to go past everybody who was ahead going the other way would be demoralising but in fact it was really good.
There seemed to be far more hills on the return leg! But whilst it wasn't pancake flat it isn't a hilly course.
A big thankyou to the organisers and the other runners who made this a great experience. Date of review: April 22, 2007
In short: Bit slow at the start but flat and well marshalled In full: The start was a bit of a crush but after going round the business park once it sped up. Lots of parking this year and the marshalls were great. For once I didn't need the toilet at the start and I was counting my blessings, the runner : loo ratio was very poor. Loads of people had to go for a wee in the bushes at the start which can't have been popular with the owners of the site. Date of review: April 10, 2007
In short: Not a race as such but an excellent experience. In full: Very enjoyable. Lots of hill climbs. Takes in parts of the Berkhamsted half (in reverse mostly). Lots of water, excellent marshalls and a most appreciated cup of tea and a huge cake at the end. Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: A brilliant course that even awful weather could not ruin In full: I love this course. The hills are not as tough as some of the other half marathons in that part of the world but they keep things interesting!
The rain was really heavy, I had unpleasant chafing injuries in all the usual places and my watch short circuited it got so soaked. It was not cold and the wind was okay most of the time so no big wories.
I did have problems getting to the race. The roads and car parks were really busy by 11am. It took me an hour from St Albans. Why is it such a late starting race? It would be better to kick off at 10 or 10:30. Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Fantastic scenery, great weather, interesting course and pretty much traffic free. In full: The second time I have run this race and it keeps on growing on me. The course is interesting, up and down hills in quiet woods and rolling farmland. The weather today was fantasic, could not ask for better. The marshalling was good. I had problems getting parked and navigating the one way system. A marshal ran over to direct me the nearest best spot. Date of review: February 4, 2007
In short: Plenty of hills kept it interesting but not too steep, well organised. In full: Like the other posters here, I was a bit discouraged by running round the houses up to mile 3 but it was great after that.
Nicely organised, the marshalls were friendly and encouraging.
I felt every mince pie and extra slice of turkey consumed over the last week running the downhill sections, groan. Date of review: December 31, 2006