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
In short: Excellent course with fantastic weather made this a race to remember In full: The hills were steep but far from impossible. It made the course interesting. I found the downhill sections much more of a challenge then the two steep uphills. I didn't know pound down them and make up time or take it slowly and save my legs. Well marshalled and traffic was never a problem. Date of review: November 6, 2006
In short: Great course, very well organised, most generous goody bag and race trophy ever! In full: Very different course to the one I was expecting, the hill at the start was a brilliant warm up and subsequent gradients were all very gentle (apart from that steep downhill). The weather was kind which made for good times. Very well organised, lots of water, parking, decent baggage drop etc. Date of review: July 10, 2006
In short: Good for a PB but too hot on the day In full: A well organised, friendly race. Course is pretty much as flat as you are going to get. I was worried it would be dull running laps of the lake and that seeing the race leaders scooting off into the distance would be demoralising. This proved not to be the case. The course is layed out very sensibly in that respect so even though I was well down the field (48mins) it never felt like everybody else was miles ahead. Plenty of water which was essential given the heat which was intense. I think that on a cooler day I could have smashed my PB on this course. As it was, it took all my willpower just to keep going without throwing up. Very fancy medal. Date of review: July 3, 2006