In short: Not for the faint hearted - hills galore! In full: I was expecting a hilly road race with only a couple of miles of off road (I had asked the organisers in advance). However it was definitely more of a Cross Country route, mixed terrain and definitely could have benefitted from wearing trail shoes. The woodland sections were pretty, but very tough going both up and down the main hills. The organisers were really friendly, encouraging and excellent water stops - 4 I think in total. For the money paid in advance (about £27 I think), I thought it was great value - bumper goody bag, tech tshirt and nice medal. I also measured long via my Garmin which was a bit soul destroying as it seemed to go on forever at the end. I measured 13.69 miles which added 7 minutes to my 13.1 finish time. Not ideal. I wouldn't recommend to beginners, I think the severity of the hills could put off a newbie runner. I had thought Watford was a tough, hilly half, but this one now wins 'tough half award' for me! Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Tough finish to an amazing weekend In full: The Wales Marathon is part of Long Course Weekend...hilly and tough all the way.Organisation is very good and had become a real tough challenge for many people....red carpet to the finish line and lots of great little touches to make the weekend feel extra special Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Didn't like the new course In full: I get why a lot of comments are praising the new course but I didn't like it and much preferred the old route. I kind of got disheartened by the inability to run yesterday given the hills which seemed to go on for ever and just when I thought it could not get any worse - mile 11 and the incline that went on forever! Having run a PB on the old course in 1.33, I finished yesterday with my worst half marathon time ever (and also felt that I ran 13.6 miles per my Garmin - I hit the mile 12 sign according to my Garmin at around 12.4??). Totally dejected crossing the line at the end and this is not the kind of course that suits me so will not be running it again. Credit to the marshals throughout the course who were brilliant. Weather was shocking which made the cross country parts slippy. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Tough, fun, 0.5 mile too long In full: I've run the Wycombe 1/2 five times but this year it's a totally new course. No longer a road race, now more of a trail run (at least for long stretches), and I thought the old course was pretty hilly but now it's REALLY HILLY. Nice scenic route, much of it on Wycombe estate. I liked the course even though I was hoping for a faster time, and although it has many merits this is certainly not a PB course. The thing that really killed my time however was this was not really a half-marathon it was a 13.6 mile course. I've run dozens of road races but I've never run a course that missed its intended distance target by such a large margin and that added so many minutes to my time. Everything seemed more or less OK (according to my Garmin) until around mile 11, at which point the miles started getting longer and longer. Garmin said 13.61 miles and other runners have reported similar results on their watches. On the other hand beautiful course, really great marshals, excellent medal and goody bag, and a good race overall. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Excellent new course - scenic & very challenging! In full: Really enjoyed the new course, far more scenic than the old one, and fantastic organisation as always from Handy Cross Runners. Of all the half's I've done over the years, this new course must count as the 2nd hardest I've done - only beaten by the Herepath Half in Somerset (which is advertised as a multi-terrain race & is even longer!) Hopefully this can be promoted as such next year, and attract a larger entry - I'm sure there are plenty of nutters out there who would relish the challenge! I'll certainly be back! :-) Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Well organised, traffic free run around London. In full: A good one to do if you want to run on traffic free streets around London in a great atmosphere. It has more of a big city marathon feel than your usual 10k, with great support most of the way round plus live music from drummers, brass bands etc. Not a good one to do if you're after a quick time though. The course is set up more as a sight-seeing run than a quick race, and to that end has lots of 180° turns meaning that, other than the section along the Embankment, you never really get to settle into your stride before having to turn back on yourself. Other than that, it's well organised with a bag drop, toilets, and a decent t-shirt and medal at the end...
In short: Well organised and super efficient - not like previous reviews! In full: I went with expectations of bad organisation, queues etc but it was fantastic! I was at the blue baggage drop, I was there a little later than they asked for ie 8.35 and there were no queues even though lots of people milling around. The holding pens were full of about the same standard of people that they should have been, yes there were the people that were walking by 2k but there are always a few of those. Fabulous medal and t-shirt - better than London marathon. all in all a fab day I would do it again. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Well organised, scenic and good fun In full: I was cautious about doing this race based on previous reviews but it suited me for several reasons so I took the chance. I am glad I did. It seems the organisers (perhaps pushed by the sponsors) have solved the issues mentioned in previous reviews. The start was very well organised. Good signage from the Tube, easy bag drop off, lots of loos and even water available on the walk to the start for last minute hydration. The start was well staggered with pacing pens which meant the congestion was not too bad. This will never be perfect with 11k+ runners who will never all be honest/correct about their finish time but it was as good as you could expect in a field of this size on city streets. I enjoyed the route and the chance to run through closed London streets. There was ample water (3 stations) and water sprays to help on a humid day. The finish was very well organised. In quick succession you got your medal, then water, then goodie bag and Lucozade Sport. I was in the red baggage area so there was a bit of a walk to get there but not a bad way to cool down. It took me no time to get my bag. I also have to mention the volunteers who were very friendly and helpful.
Minor points - good to get a technical teeshirt but I am not a fan of the white (too see through!) and would love a women's fit. There could also be more pacers (only a small handful for a very big field). But these are small points.
This is a big city mass event so not for everyone. It is also very pricey for a 10k. All that being said it seems the problems from previous years have been addressed (in my experience)and this is a fun, enjoyable, big city race which I enjoyed a lot. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Seriously hilly course - created by a sadist perhaps :-) but great fun In full: I've run the old course before and I didn't read up on the new course and paid for it. This has some serious ups and downs (3,000 ft in total) plus a fair amount off trail/grass/stone track running. The first 10k provided the brunt of uphill running with the second half of the run being kinder (aside from the real monster in the woods mile 11). Having said this, I thought this was a fantastic course. Aside from getting in and out of the stadium, the views were very nice. Do not agree with comments below that finish was poor. Cars were using the road but it wasn't an issue and I saw 4 or 5 marshals along the final half mile. The marshals along the entire course were very very supportive and enthusiastic (given the atrocious conditions).
Pros - challenging, hilly and scenic course. Easy parking right by start line. Nice finish. Great marshals. Decent medal and goody bag.
Cons - could have done with more toilets open around football ground.
Vastly improved course in my opinion. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: As a P.P. member, I may be biased, but excellent event. In full: Very enjoyable 5k race on one of the warmest, sunniest days of summer so far. Great organisation and atmosphere. Varied course with some 'undulations', probably no problem to any half decent runner. started and finished on school playing field. lots of parking at school. excellent marshalling and markings on the course clearly showing the 10 & 5km routes. Can't think of anyway it could be improved. Thank you. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Fairly flat course with limited repeat sections In full: This was my third 10k race and by far the largest event I've taken part in. Despite that I found it very well organised and did not feel over whelming. High number of stewards and volunteers. Flat course with good PB potential, not the most interesting scenary but a fair number of supporters along the route including bands etc. Date of review: July 11, 2016