In short: Fab marshals and a slightly challenging route. In full: It definitely undulates. All the way round. One rather tedious piece through a housing estate. But overall, scenic country roads. All the marshals were great - enthusiastic support all the way round. And to top it all off I surprised myself with a better than expected time - especially considering the undulations!
In short: Fantastic organisation In full: Great organisation from the parkrun team. The trees along the route provided some welcome shade. The long slow incline from 4.5k to 5k proved a killer for me. Will practice my hills and aim to be back next year. Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: Not bad at all considering the sheer numbers In full: Loo queues were rather on the long side; first water stop a bit disorganised. But other than that, a lovely race - great route - the first half with lots of interesting sights to see; the second half not nearly as bad as anticipated - winding round the park and seeing others ahead and behind actually helped me get through by breaking it into bearable chunks. And I got a PB. Date of review: October 13, 2009
In short: Tough In full: Not sure what was the hardest element - the snow, ice, mud or hills. But combined - it was hellish. But enjoyable in a rather masochistic view. I'm sure the views were incredible - though most of the time all I saw was the three yards of mud & snow in front of me. Marshalls were excellent.
But I'm sure that it worked out far more than 10k? (Not a complaint, just an observation!) Date of review: February 8, 2009
In short: Miserable In full: I suspect that scenery would have been a bit nicer if it had rained less; some of the public transport problems couldn't have been predicted. But all in all, the most miserable race I've ever had this misfortune to run in. The few plus points included some really good local support despite the weather, and a PB. It felt like all the facilities had been planned well - but the execution failed - getting handed a huge great cup containing one inch of water pretty much summed it up. Not one to be repeated. Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: Stunning views, painful hills, and cake In full: A wonderful race - well organised, friendly, amazing views. Well worth travelling silly distances for, and made it a memorable birthday. I may even be back next year (and will practice my hills in the meantime). Date of review: August 11, 2008
In short: Too many people, badly organised In full: I have a sentimental fondness for the RfL in Watford - it's what got me running in the first place. But it's getting increasingly hellish every year. It ought to be a nice run in the park, but a total failure to separate walkers from runners (with a huge contingent of walkers already at the front of the starting pens even before the warm up started) means a hugely aggravating and energy-sapping initial 2k.
I really think it's time to split out into two - well-publicised - start times; one for the walkers; and an earlier one for the runners. Date of review: June 29, 2008
In short: Hard work but great atmosphere In full: Oh the hills, the hills...
My first time for a 9-miler, so a guaranteed PB - but regardless, beat my target time too. Some of the uphills were a bit daunting, and the weather could have been just a little drier. But really appreciated the way supporters and band alike gave such great support to us plodders at the back. Date of review: October 28, 2007
In short: The hills were hard work, but a nicely friendly atmosphere overall In full: Will definitely be back next year - and ready for the hills.
Goody bags? There were goody bags? I was one of the slow ones at the back, so saw no sign of any such thing. But the medal's nice & chunky, and I have a satisfying ache in the thighs. I loved being name-checked through the finish line! Date of review: May 7, 2007