In short: Wonderful organisation and beautiful race In full: This race was so fun from start to finish. Pre-race emails were full of clear instructions, website with detailed route and course profile. The course is so well marked though that you'd find it hard to go wrong. All the marshals were really cheery and encouraging and the aid stations well stocked. Very tasty homemade treats as well! This race had a lovely atmosphere and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and race it again. Thank you very much! Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Preferred old route In full: More scenic route but much more difficult with off road sections and more steep up and down hill sections. I was using this as part of training for a marathon so was concerned about risk of injury on the rough off road sections. Fun to do this if you are not in a hurry or trying for a time. It took me 15 minutes longer than last year and was my slowest ever half. Organisation and marshalls excellent and friendly as usual but less people out on the course for support. Have run Wycombe for the last 4 years but may not do it next year on this course. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: It's not a road race! It's not even 13.1 miles! In full: With the old course put to rest I had hoped for a more forgiving race but this was bigger challenge.....had expected a road race but got a XC / trail run with just a few miles on Tarmac.....not what I signed up for a felt misled and ultimately not a opportunity to practise pace running! 3x unplayable hills spoiled the route as did the uneven ground....worse still for all the slick organising the course measured wrong by over 0.5 miles which is an amateur mistake.....if Wycombe wanted to change a race for the better then I suggest you think more about the type of race you are trying to offer and make it true to the discipline.....after 6x entries to date and a repeat subscriber, you have one less for next year. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Very challenging but satisfying race In full: My second year of running this; I wasn't happy with my performance last time so wanted to face my nemesis again - I felt much prouder of myself this time! Excellent organisation as usual with Hermes events. Wonderful homemade flapjacks and brownies. Extremely challenging hills but what a relief when you reached the top! Supportive marshalls. Apart from being sworn at by an ignorant golfer, it was a special event. Thank you, Hermes Date of review: July 11, 2016
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