In short: Folks, I missed the Grant and Stone Wycombe half marathon start by 17 minutes (I got the postal code incorrect - not completely my fault- Race Organisers!!!) In full: I met a race marshal named Allan who got me registered, helped me pinned my numbers and ran with me for three miles till I caught up with the last runner. He was chatty and in high spirits and left me in capable hands with other friendly marshals.
The second mile had a devious hill that went on forever. I really wish I had time to take my inhaler. The funny thing was that for the first time in my entire life I was over taking runners and was not once overtaken! The course was very tough. My legs were seriously hurting when running downhill.
The road was lined with smiling marshals and spectators shouting your running number and clapping. I did not have time to bring enough water and lost time filling my 500ml bottle. If I knew there were so many water stations I would not have bothered.
The last mile was really hard. You had to go into the woods where you could see the finish line. However, I was told by a marshal that it would take four minutes to get to the end. She was right it took me 4 minutes to drag my legs to the finish line.
For the half marathon I got a beautiful rectangle medal, a beautiful yellow technical t-shirt, and a goody bag with a drinking bottle, apple, orange, mars bar, pen and lots of other items. I was very impressed.
My time was actually 2 hours 8 mins. Would I do this race again? YES!!! THANK YOU ALLAN, without your kind help I would not have been allowed to run the race ;-)
A message to the race organisers: Please re-design your application form with your race details and postal code. You should have returned my SAE with the race details!!!!!
In short: Great organisation and value. Challenging route. In full: Great half marathon. Hill at the start makes it such an achievement to finish as it really tires your legs early on. Not a PB course. Will defintely be back and what great goodies for a £10 entry fee. Well done Wycombe! You showed others how to do it! Date of review: July 21, 2010
In short: Fantastic marshalling, hilly but fun and great atmosphere In full: This was my (and my partner's) first half marathon - couldn't praise the marshals and the locals enough, everyone was super-encouraging and cheered us on all the way around, even people who seemd to be locals walking their dogs! More toilets would have been good, I started queueing for the loo at 9.10 and missed the start but we should probably have queued earlier,we will next time. Very nice goody bag with t-short and medal.Not sure how many beginners were there, but really lovely atmosphere so I think this made a great first half mara. definitely be back again next year Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: Outstanding Half Marathon, probably the best in the South. Impeccable organisation, easy parking, chip timing, magnificent course, friendly natives, fantastic medal, and the best value goody bag I have seen in a long time. In full: In 1993 I ran my first Half Marathon at Wycombe. 17 years later and with well over 100 Half Marathons completed, I still believe that this is probably the best Half Marathon in the South, possibly in the UK. There is a horribly steep climb in the first couple of miles, which paradoxically means that you can forget your PB and just enjoy the race, which is undulating and pleasant with a surprising amount of greenery and coutryside. The organisation has always been impeccable, car parking is right next to the start, and the M40 junctions at both ends of Wycombe make getting there a doddle. Wycombe also has some of the most runner-friendly inhabitants I have ever encountered, often setting up their own ad hoc water stations, or, in exceptionally hot years, sprinkler stations. Fantastic. In value for money terms, it is hard to beat. This year's goody bag contained a technical T-shirt, top quality medal with a map of the course on it, Mars bar, apple, orange, fruit bar, energy powder, bottle of water, pen, food supplements, and I am almost tempted to say sliding doors and conveyor belt. Unbelievable value for the £15 I paid for my on-the-day entry; even better for those club runners who entered early and paid about £12. With a field of just under 1000, the race manages to have a big event feel about it, but somehow also manages to retain the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a small event. I have no idea how they do it. I will be comong back to this race every year for the forseeable future. Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: Great atmosphere and organisation In full: Loads happening on the Rye to entertain runners, spectators and family members. Lots of information. Don't even attempt the loos, just head for the bushes. Even the announcer was mildly entertaining - even if he couldn't recognise country flags...
"The hill" precluded any thoughts of a PB, but wasn't a race destroyer. I was more fearful of strong winds on Heath End Road, but the weather was very well behaved.
The race was more enjoyable after the Spring Lane split as we could all settle into our stride more and begin the battles.
Rather frustrating to see the finish with 2km still to go! but the route had been well-publicized so we all knew that would happen. The marshals were brilliant: very loud and encouraging!
The kids enjoyed the fun run and everyone had a great time.
My only question is why those runners who had collapsed did not receive treatment, but instead were dragged over the finish line???
Oh well, see you next year! Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: Challenging course, great organisation, great value for money. In full: A challenging course, not just the obvious hill between mile 1 & 2 which saps the energy reserves early on, the uphill finish also reduces any chance of a final kick to recoup any lost time! The organisation was brilliant, marshalls were excellent and the crowd support all along the course was uplifting. A nice medal, technical t-shirt and bursting goody bag combined with chip-timing makes this event excellent VFM. Doubt I'd ever get a PB on this course but would defo do it again. Well done Handycross Runners. Date of review: July 19, 2010
In short: Great organisation - Great value for Money - But hard!! In full: Very good race with a great atmosphere at the start and finish area. Plenty of onsite parking, music, bouncy castle - best value for money race and great organisation Date of review: July 19, 2010