In short: Hot and hilly In full: have done this race 4 years on the trot, and you can always guarantee it will be hot!
4th year for me a 4th course change, liked this years course, but must admit I prefered last years with the opportunity of running through the town centre. Hopefully no changes to the course for next year.
Car parking is allways bad, but finish line shambles of this year has not happened before. i'm sure it is a one off Date of review: June 9, 2008
In short: Great PB potential apart from "THE HILL" In full: Really enjoyable race, lovely run along the river although a little narrow that hioll between mile 8 and nine was horrible,it felt vertical 200m from the top
In short: a definate for next year!! In full: Good start time (09:30) no hanging about. Well organised although the start a bit cramped. The marshalls advising about Bollard locations were very helpful Would definatley recomend this. I have been trying to do it for the last two years so was happy to get a place in time this year! Date of review: January 26, 2007
In short: Average In full: This was the second time I have run the St Albans Half. The new course in my humble opinion was terrible. The road from St Albans to Harpenden was a narrower version of the Redbourn Road (that everyone always complains about). The introduction of Folly Lane was folly itself. A ridculously steep hill to give you two minutes of running through the newly redevloped town centre (Did that really cost £5 Million?!?!). To the previous secretary of the Review Sunday Football League please stick to football. Your commentary about people taking over two hours as being "Fun Runners who are vowing never again" was at best ill informed, and at worst an insult to the majority of runners ( Finishing alone in the 30 degree heat was a fantastic acheiment in itself). Full credit to the marshalls and police who so wonderfully got us all through it you really were the difference between finishing and not!! Date of review: June 20, 2006
In short: My second year round a well organised and scenic route In full: A well organised race. Do not be put off by comments about parking. Most people knew there would be over a thousand people turning up for a race that started at 10:00, to those people moaning please get up earlier, it is not the organisers fault.
The route is fantastic, and with the second half of the course downhill, making for a good negative split
Atmosphere great and beginner friendly, nice goody bag (Gel,drink etc.), and a nice medal which my little girl loves.
Well done Mike and everyone else involved in organising and marshalling the event. Will be back next year.