In short: Glad I discovered this event In full: A beautifully scenic trail run within a stone's throw of the M25/M4 interchange. Much more of a trail run than I'd expected, with just the first and last kilometre on the road around the business park.
Mild undulations, and a slightly uneven surface in places, but nothing severe.
I had assumed this would be a chip-timed event, like the other Purple Patch race I've taken part in. In fact, there was no chip timing here, but I positioned myself at the front to get an accurate finish time.
The organisation was faultless - plenty of parking on site, fast number collection, adequate toilet facilities, and massage available before and after the race.
Glad I discovered this event. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Glad I made the effort In full: Glad I decided to run this event. The first mile is mostly uphill as you leave the town, before an undulating three-mile stretch along Ollerton Road. Eight miles of the course take you through the National Trust's Clumber Park with its bright autumn colours. The last mile leads you back downhill into town – a welcome relief after running into a biting wind for the previous two miles. Support from the marshals and spectators was excellent along the route. The sponges at around the nine-mile mark were a nice touch too, as were the humourous signposts offering encouragement. Perhaps the one thing lacking was a medal at the end. Personally I would prefer this to the technical T-shirt, given the choice. Certainly this is a well-organised event with a scenic course and a friendly atmosphere. I'd do it again. Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: Glad to have discovered this one In full: I'm glad I discovered this local event. With four runs - 1.5k, 3k, 5k and 10k - taking place, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The races all start
and end adjacent to the cricket clubhouse, where refreshments are available throughout the morning.
Once you leave the playing field, the 10k run takes you mostly along pavements, through the centre of Abbots Langley and over the M25 up a slight hill to the
neighbouring village of Bedmond. Most of the roads are not closed, so you need to watch out for traffic in places, although marshals are also on hand to
ensure the safest possible crossing at all points. The marshals and also the spectators were supportive throughout.
From 6-7km, you have a downhill run along Toms' Lane - it then becomes a steep descent towards the railway bridge before you turn left into Station Road at
The sting in the tail is the uphill climb for pretty much the whole of the penultimate kilometre, as you head up Gallows Hill Lane. It's not terribly steep,
although still quite a test at that stage of the run, but you are only 1km from the finish when you reach level ground again.
The man on the mic was particularly encouraging to the runners as they came back onto the field and approached the home straight - always appreciated.
There are three water points along the route, the last of which is halfway up Gallows Hill Lane in that testing ninth kilometer.
Having Watford FC legend Graham Taylor in attendance to start all the races, and also to hand out medals and trophies at the end, certainly boosts the status
of the event.
Although I live quite locally, this was my first visit to this event. I'd be happy to return. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: Scenic, challenging and very well organised In full: My first time at this event and I'd be happy to return.
The 10k course takes you across a scenic, rural landscape of trails and fields. The terrain is uneven in places, so watch your footing, especially if you're not a seasoned cross-country runner.
This year's race took place in warm, dry weather, but I can imagine the course could become particularly muddy in places after rain. Even today, there was a large puddle to leap over just before the 5k-point.
Running at 46/47-minute pace, I encountered no bottlenecks on the course, although the pathway across a crop field just after the halfway point allows single file only, and you need to take care not to topple forwards when heading down the steps at 7k, as the race starter had warned. There is also a kissing gate to pass through at around 8k, so, as the organisers point out, this is not a PB course for most runners.
Amenities at race HQ are good - plenty of refreshments, adequate toilet facilities and sports massage. There is also a bouncy castle and an inflatable slide to keep children occupied.
Car parking in the village centre seemed limited, but there is adequate street parking available within easy walking distance of the start/finish.
Unlike some events I've taken part in, the souvenir medal which all runners receive at the end clearly indicates both the race and the year - an added bonus.
I found this an enjoyable run, well-organised and with a certain 'feel good factor'. Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: PB In full: Returned to MK for a second attempt at the 10k. In contrast to last year's snow and freezing temperature, this year we had warm sunshine. The first kilometer was again quite congested - I'm used to being overtaken early on, but here I was boxed in slightly. Once out on the dual carriageway though, the field soon opened out. After you turn off through the houses, you are soon running through plenty of pleasant parkland. The hill just past the 9km mark is testing, but adds to the challenge. The end is a bit of a let down, with just a small bottle of water and a medal with no date on it, but achieving my 10k PB has given me extra appetite to return next year. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: A challenge -as the name suggests In full: When I registered for this five-mile event, I underestimated what was in store. It's a mostly woodland run, with some steep climbs and descents on trails covered with wet autumn leaves. Today there were at least a couple of quagmires to contend with too, and the last few hundred metres were through thick wet grass. I found the terrain demanding, but it was an enjoyable run on a glorious autumn morning. It's not the longest of runs, but a challenge it certainly is. The organisation was fine and the marshals efficient and supportive. Date of review: November 11, 2012
In short: First time here; highly recommended In full: This was my first attempt at this particular event I'm already looking forward to returning next year. The event was well-organised and all the marshalls were encouraging. The start is a little crowded as others have mentioned but the field soon opens out. The course is undulating but not too demanding, and I was delighted with my own finishing time. Thanks to everyone for a well-run event. Date of review: May 19, 2012
In short: Glad I returned In full: My second year at the Herts 10k. Fortunately the heavy rain during the past week had cleared some days before race day, otherwise I can imagine the country paths could have been tricky under foot in places. The hill climb leading up to the halfway point seemed less demanding than I remembered from last year, probably I've just become a more confident runner since then! I started in the second pen (45-50 minutes) which was correct for my finishing time. As usual, many runners went past me in the first kilometer and after that I was the one doing the overtaking. I didn't find myself getting boxed in at any time, but in a field of nearly 3000 you're never likely to get a completely clear run. I personally had no problems with traffic on the country lanes, although I did notice one point near the hill where police and marshals were holding back vehicles while runners went through. Were the roads closed? Certainly an enjoyable event for a great cause. Date of review: October 12, 2010