In short: Excellent Summer Trail Run In full: An excellent summer trail run and a new route for 2014, but still had all our favourite hills. The new route provided good stretches of shade from the Summer sun and some fantastic views of the Hampshire countryside. The route was well supervised by friendly marshals with enough drinks stations for the distance. A good quality medal at the finish and large selection of reasonably priced home made cakes and tea/coffee Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Slick organistion from Handy Cross Runners & brilliant support make this an unmissable race! In full: The residents of Wycombe, Loudwater, Flackwell Heath & Bourne End turned out in force for another year and made it as if there was encouragement coming at every step! A great atmosphere. Excellent marshalling; and I was entertained by the chatty Scottish guy on the mike at the start & finish!
Only *slightly* negative points about the race are:
1. Queues for toilets! Invest in some portaloos as there simply aren't enough in the buildings that are there on the Rye already. 2. Unattended baggage vans. Not sure if this was just how it was intended, but it wasn't clear if you were supposed to just leave your bag, or hand it over and get a tag. 3. Chip timing is used, but only (I believe) "gun to finish", not full start to finish. If HCR can do it for the Marlow 5, why not for the Wycombe races? (Given that the start & finish are in the same place)
I should stress that these are minor points and did not detract from my enjoyment of the race - one that I've done for 11 out of the last 12 years. One of the best-value races around - quality t-shirt AND medal, plus goody bag. Unbeatable. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Cheap and cheerful and a good mix of terrain In full: A nice and friendly race treated as a training run so plenty of time to chat with other runners. Special mention to Cathie from Dundee wearing a Sweatshop tshirt who joined the boys from Knowsley Harriers at 3 miles and dug in for a PB. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In full: More pens needed: very congested at start. My GPS had my time at 50'06" but the website has me at 1h11! I hope they fix that soon. But lovely weather, supportive atmosphere (more in the city, obviously) and a great first return to my university town in 15 years Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Fabulously friendly event In full: I've run many races but never an inaugural before, but I've run other events by the Caterham Rotary team and they've all been good. This was no exception - well organisted, plenty of marshalls, and overall it felt like a very friendly event. The course was the perfect definition of 'undulating': a number of long uphill drags, some decent gentle downhills where you could pick up speed, and one actual hill (but short) that you had to do twice, as this was a two lap event. In fact I spent most of the time on the second lap wondering when I was going to come across it again!
A shame there weren't more runners (158?) because there was plenty of room to accomodate more. I hope they stage it again next year because I, for one, will be back to try it again. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Loved it!back next year????????medal is fantastic In full: Loved this run so much finished on the village green over head photography, friendly club, village green loved it all thank you Hhh Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Dire baggage No organisation In full: This was my first time going with an open mind as members of my running club, said oranisktio. Dire in previous years. I emailed organisers explain gin I do not need to go to baggage as I had none.. Was told everyone has to go to baggage handling to collect their medal. How silly is this 25,000 runners all having to go to baggage needed or not to collect medal.. It was an accident waiting to happen! Squashed angry baggage handlers, not enough of them or tents to store them I .. I was nearly crushed once I got to the front of the queue for bags, v dangerous huge registration fee for what ? To listening to baggage handlers swearing all v stressful day never again! I did baggage handling on Bupa,10k very well organised same amount of people just organised. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Glad to be able to do it again In full: Climb high and reach the Rye! Thankfully the organisers arranged for cloud cover during the morning which helped a lot. Good atmosphere and challenging at the start. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Spot on, really impressed from arriving to leaving (especially the bit in between) In full: A smallish event but everything about it was great - it had a local feel about it - in a good way. The course was certainly challenging, hills galore to enjoy/ endure. Don't be put off by the intertwining course - works like clockwork. Did this race last minute (cheekily asked to be accepted despite 'no late entries' policy) and 100% a great decision - look out for it next year. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: great well organised event In full: the atmosphere was brill, great support along the route. lots of friendly faces around. great medal, t-shirt and goody bag. 4th time of running the event in leeds. just need timed waves now so it goes alot more quickly at the start. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Superb even in that heat! In full: This was almost a textbook example of a good club race. My only slight gripe is the poor signage on the way to the race, but once there it was plain sailing: everything at the race HQ was clearly signed, there were lots of friendly volunteers around to help, and the tannoy announcements could actually be heard!
Out on the course, there were marshals pretty much everywhere they were needed. The three water stations were well-manned.
The course has a nice bit of variety, with a mixture of country roads, dirt paths, suburban pavements, and the occasional underpass. I don't remember much scenery, but the environment was generally pleasant, with lots of greenery around.
At the finish, all the runners got a bottle of water and a much-needed bottle of Lucozade Sport, as well as a banana and a large (and much appreciated) slice of orange. There was no goody bag, which I'm quite happy about as they're generally rubbish. All the runners got an okayish medal. I think this was one race where I wish the organisers had provided the finishers with a t-shirt, especially as this was the race's 25th anniversary, but that's not a complaint, just a comment.
All things considered, this was a great race that I'd recommend to newbies and experienced runners alike. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Great race for all abilities In full: The race was well organised but it felt a bit mean separating the runners so early. Based on time you either had a red number or green and the two weren't allowed to mix before the race. I had to wait an hour before the race without my husband or friends who were also running as we were different colours. Normally separate starting points in races but this was ridiculous. Also got congested at water stops as it was only provided on one side of the road, both sides would have been better. Otherwise it was a good out and back race and pretty flat. Good to have the finish line on the straight road, previous years you had to go round a corner. Chocolate milk great addition to the goody bag.
In short: Great race run like clockwork as usual In full: 25th year for this race and still going strong so well done Harlow Running Club. Tough going in today's heat but a good course with enough climbs to make it feel like you've earned the medal at the end. Well orgnaised as ever. Date of review: July 20, 2014