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
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