In short: Another lovely run on a crisp cold morning In full: Not sure how many times I've done this run, think I started sometime around 1995, and have tried to run it every year since - so its a great run, one of my favourites.
But a hot shower would have been nice afterwards, and I was looking forward to it, but the showers were blocked off (not a problem, I know that school) and when I did get there - a very cold trickle was all the water I could get.
I know its not Royston Runners fault, probably a caretaker somewhere else, but it would have been nice! Date of review: December 28, 2016
In short: So well organised you don't even notice it In full: One of those races whose potential to have a giant cock-up is enormous, and its a testament to Istead that it goes so smoothly - Well Done to all concerned.
A beautiful run through stunning scenery, but brutal is an apt description as well as scenic, those hills are tough.
I've run this race for years now, starting when it was from the old HQ and its gone through various course alterations and have got slower over the years and its now a struggle to finish, so please organisers, make an old man happy and put the finish back to where it was, those last 400M on top of the 30K just knacker me.
In short: Nice run, well organised, but definitely lumpy In full: My first time back after a couple of years, race is much bigger now, but well organised, i.e. pens at start, lots of marshals, drink stations, so no major gripes.
But a minor gripe is, why put the baggage tent as far as possible from the finish? Makes for a soggy walk to get your kit back, and then, if you want a shower and change into dry gear, an even longer walk back past the finish to the shower block. And, of course, then another long walk back out of the park and back up the hill into the town to find your car.
Not the best way to end your Half! Date of review: June 15, 2016
In short: 5 Queues is far too many In full: Long queue to get off the A12 to get into the Park & Ride " to pay at the kiosk " to use the toilets " to hand in baggage
All of which meant by the time I'd got my number on and chip fastened the race was 9minutes gone
And I'd got to the turn off for the Park'n'ride before 8am!
The organisation of this race is a SHAMBLES, although the actual race is quite pleasant, once you get going.
And once you've finished, another queue to retrieve your baggage and a long walk back to the car (and yes another Q to get out)
The organisers should go to anther race, for instance Halstead, to see how a slick race can be run with NO hassles, but I don't suppose the Rotary club have any wish to see how a running club puts a race on - too busy seeing how much money they can raise.
I will not be returning Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Quiet, unpretentious, well-organised race In full: For me a local run so am used to Grays and the course, which is a bit dull, evidence of fly-tipping, but as I've been running races around here for years I don't really notice it.
Very well marshalled/organised, nice finish around the track to get your bottle of water. I didn't even realise there was a memento(a pen) until after I'd got changed and saw someone looking at theirs, so not the greatest value race!
Shame there aren't any showers (there is a shower area, but no shower-heads, bit odd) but I may be in a minority here. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Really well-organised small run, incredible value, and, for a 3 1/3 lapper, good fun In full: Great little run around Thames Chase in Essex, although a 3 1/3 lap course, all off road on a cinder-type track through the woods and meadows - reasonably flat and fast - ideal for first timers.
Very well organised, with pens at the start to make sure there were no blockages on the fairly narrow paths, plenty of supportive marshals and chip timing to give almost instantaneous results.
Great goody bag at the end (a H90J) tote bag, containing a techie t shirt, a little running shoe memento thingie, plus the usual water choc bar stuff - really put other much larger runs to shame, 1/2 the price and 3 times as much stuff!
AND virtually unlimited free cakes'n'coffee at the end - Wot's not too like! Date of review: June 20, 2015
In short: Ok run, just nothing special, and some potential problems In full: For a run that advertised itself as having a 2500 limit and book early, this was in reality very small scale, and just as well.
Very limited toilet facilities, luckily only 280 or so finishers, any more would have caused real problems.
Course was, for the main part, dull and boring, although very flat, and usp of the thameside bit, was 1M x 3 on the 3 lap course - strange really when you think they could have run us up and down the thames for miles in either direction.
Overall impression I got that this was a run organised by a non-runners event team, who had no real idea of what makes a good race from a club runners viewpoint or what we need.
On the other hand, plenty of enthusiasm from the organisers and some of the marshalls, especially the lady between 11 & 12 markers, and I'm sure lots of people enjoyed themselves. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: Actual run is good, nice route - venue & organisation, could be better In full: My first time at Berkhamsted, but as I've run numerous Gade Valley training runs I know the course backwards (literally), so enjoyed the actual run - log hills but nothing too severe.
Venue - reminded me of a local park/fun run, i.e. not much there, no proper changing facilities, showers etc, shelter if it had been worse weather. And as a note to organisers, if you send out numbers, give us a baggage label at the same time; would have saved a long, pointless queue!
Value - its a rotary run so I don't expect much for my money, hope they raised lots for their good cause.
So - nice enough run, but I did same course the week before as a Marathon Training run with Gade Valley Harriers as a 17 miler for £5, with better facilities, so may stick to their runs in future. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Curate's egg run - half lovely tow path, but half terrible road run In full: Considering it was the 1st time this event has taken place was surprised at how many runners had entered - very big entry!
Which meant a very crowded, confused start and then 5miles of running along a busy A road with no pavements on the side most runners used(not me). To be honest I'm surprised they got a race license and the race adjudicator needs to address this if the race takes place again.
Also, no mention of "No Headphones" and a very high percentage of runners around me where wearing them, dodging through traffic! They need protecting from themselves!
Tow path part was fine, it was what I entered for, but running us past the finish line at 10miles to do a 3mile loop back, bit unkind!
Finally - it was a lovely day for a run, but, should it have been more like Saturday, i.e. heavy rain, finishing in a field with the baggage area open to the elements, no changing facilities except going under the bridge, means this race has potential to be a miserable one.
Don't think I'll bother again. Date of review: October 6, 2014