In short: Brill 10 Mile Race In full: It is good course (first time for me). The route is an out and back with a smallish loop. It starts flat then is it uphill and after two miles the hills are conquered and you can maintain a good pace. If you remember on the way back it will be downhill after 8 miles (except one small hill to climb) you can almost treat it as an 8 mile race.
My time was nearly 2 minutes quicker than my PB. I have improved but it definitely has PB potential. Date of review: April 16, 2010
In short: nice post christmas run In full: As last year, a nice post christmas run in the country. A good course apart from the loops round residential roads to make up the distance. Date of review: December 28, 2009
In full: Really nice race this. Good atmosphere, great location, and great weather for 2008 & 2009. Mile three is a slog but a fair challenge. Good to see the course was adjusted this year to make it the correct length. Leaving by car towards Watford took a while.
Thanks to all the organisers, marshalls, etc. Date of review: September 27, 2009
In short: A good local event In full: The phrase business park is unlikely to conjure up positive images but it is a lot better than you might think. The new university and business park is laid out with plenty of space for grass and trees and the architecture is decent.
The course is almost flat and although there are few junctions to negotiate there was hardly any traffic around at the time. I knocked a 57 seconds off my PB.
The man with the microphone does a good job of keeping people informed and a good line of humour. Having your name announced as you approach the finish is a nice touch.
The organisation was good. The problems of last year with timing equipment and the course measurement had been fixed. A lot of the marshals and timers were volunteers from Garden City Runners and they did the great job that you would expect.
Everyone got a medal and a goodie bag. I got a couple of Lucosade drinks, a pen, and a fruit bar. As all the entry fee was going to The Isobel Hospice, as far as I know, it was good value.
The emphasis was on fun run with several runners in fancy dress. The only club shirts to be seen were three Garden City Runners who were probably wearing them so that their club-mates who were marshalling would see them easily.
The only negatives I can think of are: the only toilets apart from bushes are a few minutes away. The website has not been updated yet, no published official results so far (on Wednesday noon). It seemed that you were expected to register even if you already had a number. I wandered into the building to get some shade and a couple of ladies were there taking registrations. Not sure why it was necessary.
Overall a good event. Date of review: July 1, 2009
In full: A fairly low key event. Course a mixture of paths, grass & forest. The total climb is 105 metres so unlikely PB material. A good challenge though. Undulating but mainly uphill until 2.75 miles, and mainly downhill thereafter. It's the way I prefer it. No medal or t-shirt neither of which I miss. Good photos on the website. Date of review: June 7, 2009
In full: The race starts in the picturesque village. The course does a figure of eight through gently undulating countryside and looping through the village so that supporters see you come through at the half way stage. Bottled water & a good T-shirt at the end. I didn't experience much queuing for the chip bin and T-shirt. The start was slightly confusing because the MC announced a problem with cars blocking the course and the race would be delayed until it was cleared. Some minutes later I noticed most runners had moved up from the starting pens and so I went up near the start too. I'd heard no follow-up annoucement that the course had been cleared but it started on time at the correct time as far as I could tell. My only criticism is the announcements could have been better at the start. Unless you are used to quite flat races this definitely has PB potential. Date of review: June 1, 2009
In short: Scenic Sunny Striding In full: My second time at this race. With last year being my first race the hills weren't as bad as I thought they were and I was not far off a PB. Apparently it is always warm and sunny for the St Albans 10k & Half so arrange your BBQs on these dates! The only complaint I have is I couldn't see the timer at the finish because it was obscured by people, so I didn't know where the finish line was and I didn't know when to stop my own watch. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Brill training run In full: A training run with water stations through nice countryside and you get tea and cakes at the end and it only costs a fiver. I might do it next year even if I don't have a marathon to train for! Date of review: May 8, 2009