In short: I don't want to run a marathon and then have to walk another one to get a shuttle bus back to the city. In full: Need to consider reversing this course so it finishes in Edinburgh. I won't be back for this one. Date of review: June 1, 2010
In short: Great marathon training run and superbly organised... In full: To keep things simle there is nothing you can fault about the race, route or organisation. Flawless effort from every single marshll, the Race Director must be proud. Well worth the weekend away from Devon for this one as part of my prep for the Brighton marathon. Thank you, see you next year! Date of review: January 25, 2010
In short: Superlative organisation... again! In full: Very easy to sum up this race...
Organisation is superb, faultless.
Crowd support is (as always) excellent, rain or shine the streets are lined with people.
PB potential, er not a chance!
T-shirt was the best this event has produced (last years was shocking!).
The sell out of the race itself shows the huge support this race. The long term future of the race is in doubt and the high entry price reflects the cost of organising this race to such a high standard. You get what you pay for and this event is worth every penny so lets hope it is here for many more years to come.
Thanks to all the marshalls, awesome! Date of review: May 4, 2009
In short: If the Runners thought it was cold and we didn't have to stand around long then the marshals and organisers who were stood around for hours are the real heroes! In full: First time at Watford Half but completed many races up and down the country. There were no problems (although I didn't need to use the bag store) and finishing under 1:25 no issues at the goody bag stage. I would say this race was good and overall average. No issues with the organisation made it very pleasant. The course was nice although being such a country route (weather aside) the crowds were always going to be minimalistic which I think always makes it very hard for beginners. The finish loop in the park was nice and the goody bag basic, t-shirt very average. I wouldn't expect anymore and therefore not dissapointed at all. Route wise some challenging undulations but I had driven round as much of the course as possible the day before so knew what was coming up which always helps. The road that was marked as a dead end in the 2nd half of the race with the well covered bollards was the only issue for me. Very muddy underfoot and if it had been icy I could foresee a few accidents occuring there. Obviousley not being familiar with the area this might be the only route to take back to the town but it was a long stretch that slowed people up because of the mud hazard and reduced width of the road to run on. So in conclusion a very nice pleasant race that was made tougher by the temperature being only a couple of degrees above freezing... give all those marshalls and organisers a huge round of applause, they were immense on the day! Thank you. Date of review: February 3, 2009
In short: Very enjoyable, only one grumble. In full: Marshals were up and about early and very helpful to direct you to a car park. A shame I ended up at the start and therefore didn't get to race HQ until after the race, as the t-shirts were given out at the start rather than at the finish (why?), I therefore didn't get one. As every other race issues them at the finish why not here??
Apart from this mild grumble really enjoyed the race. Hills were nowhere near what I was expecting and great to have a first lap to assess the course before putting the hammer down for the second.
Eagerly waiting for the results to appear on the website but nothing yet.
Travelled a long way for this one and will have it on my radar for next year. The marshals were superb and the weather very kind. I hate running in the rain and although it was cold and a bit windy the sunshine was awesome.
In short: I feel like I went to Beijing in the hope of gold and came home with a silver! In full: 3hour 6min marathon when I had trained so hard to break 3hours for the first time :( Blew up in the last four miles, the inclines in the first half of the race got me back grrrrrrr!
I love this race although only ver done the half before, first time at the marathon on this course and probably the wrong one to break 3hours but still a pb.
Don't want to grumble about anything that has already been mentioned as this is still one of the best organised races in the country.
Thought last years Half medal was alot better then this years full marathn medal too. This race is not great value and no t-shirt should warrant a better medal?
The 10 minute delay at the start was very frustrating as after a good warm up the hanging around did not help. However, I am sure it was for safety reasons so hey ho.
Found the Holme Pierpoint section too gravely and undulating on the approach and very bland and unmotivating going round it. However, suggestion... what about a live band thumping out some fast beat music aka London, Great North Run, Great West Run, Torbay etc? If other can do it why not here? Would help in the last section when you are trying to dig out some energy from the depths of despair??
Will not attempt the marathon again here, the hills at the start are too much to try and get a decent time. that is not a criticism, just fact. Will stick to the half as it is a great course through Wollaton Park, University and the city centre. lovely finish along the tree shaded embankment and well resourced start finish area.
Great crowds, great marshals, fabulous weather! Shame Forest did not win on the Saturday otherwise the weekend would of been perfect!!! Date of review: September 15, 2008
In short: Mmmm In full: Course was ok but not sure about running across a damp slippery field in racing slicks. Would of prefered the previous course as the heavy rain over the proceeding days made this route not very practical. The home straight onto St Francis St was a nightmare with traffic coming both ways up the road and the marshal in the wheel chair making no attempt to warn runners careering round the corner and down the hill nor cars coming up it. There was even a steady flow of cars turning into the WMC as runners were sprinting to the finish and having to dodge them! Come on, this is not on... why were cars allowed to turn up a drve and backing it up when there were no spaces anyway and finishers sprinting to the finish?? I saw the race marshall there talking to an ambulance crewe who had also pulled up at the side of the road resulting in runners having to by-pass round it. Small clubby race, ok? It's never going to be a clasic. Cornwall has alot to offer but this is not one of them! Great medal though and the marshals at the water stations were very encouraging and I notched up a better than expected time as I was only aiming for 1 hour 25 mins at best. Doubt I will be back next year but the trip o Saturday to Padstowe made the weekend worth it .
In short: One week after the London Marathon and supposed to be resting... In full: ...not a chance! Read the review of last years race in Runnersworld and had to give it a go! On holiday after the London Marathon and told myself to take it steady... but it is a race and had to put my foot down after a few miles. Loved every minute of it. The band at the start and finsh were fabulous. Only matched by the organisation. Thanks to everyone involved.