In short: Excellent organisation and atmosphere! In full: Second time I've run the race so I knew what to expect... A nice wide start that narrowed quickly resulting in a brief walking section :( - please fix this!
The hill wasn't too bad - just put your head down and keep the legs pumping. I'm always surprised at the walkers and the way they just stop running without warning. If you're going to walk the hill then that's fine, but please take a little step off the road and racing line.
I hadn't trained much for this one. After a winter of injuries I was just pleased to be running at all. So I forced myself to go slow at the start. I can definitely say that it works!
Through Flackwell Heath and down to Bourne End all was fine and I found myself feeling really good around miles 9 - 10. This was helped greatly by the fact that the road was closed to traffic (unlike the year before).
Once past Treadaway Hill the thought of the finish drags you in like a tractor beam and I was pleased with my time.
Nice goodie bag and a very big medal!!!
All in all a superb morning's run followed by a long kip.
See you next year! PS - please fix the bottleneck at the start - perhaps have expected finishing time sections at the start???
In short: Well organised event In full: Decent parking and facilities at start. There is a wide start on a field - but be aware that it narrows down quickly and you may get slowed by walkers on the first big hill. This is a big hill for a mile 1 but was surprised how many walked it. Rest of the course makes for a pleasant run. Would definitely go back to this one. Date of review: August 13, 2012
In short: It's the attention to detail that makes this race great In full: 7th time I've run this one and it's as good as ever - definitely my favourite local race.
It's the little things that make the difference : - Friendly marshals - Top quality t-shirt with an Olympic "theme" this year - Well designed medal with the course on it - Still cheaper than most other local races
In short: Well done Handy Cross Runners! In full: Lots of great things about this race, the course is excellent, the big climb at the start does make you work but after that it's more flat then down or up, vocal support along the course keeps you going along with the great marshalls and volunteers at the water stations the finish was good nice and wide lots of supporters out, nice goody bag, great medal and nice t-shirt (over advertised on the back for my liking), results were up by the time i'd finish and the weather held which is a bonus. Well done again to everyone involved. Date of review: July 17, 2012
In full: I chose this as my second half marathon. It was as tough as I'd heard, especially the infamous hill at the start but I did enjoy. The course didn't have masses of support but the locals who did turn out were lovely. Very well organised and run, good marsalls. Thanks Handy Cross! Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: My first half - enjoyed it! In full: Enjoyed the race and grateful that the challenging hill was at the beginning. Still had enough fitness from spring marathon training to make a reasonable attempt at the distance. T-shirt and goody bag make it excellent value for money. Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Simply an Excellent race In full: Brilliant organisation, great Goodie bag (worth more than the actual entry fee), good support on the course. If only they could flatten the first bit of the course a little bit... Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: Yet another well organised race In full: I've now done this 5 out of the last 6 years and really appreciate the work that goes into the event and the improvements based on feedback from previous years. e.g. we had a couple additional road closures over the last third of the course which was helpful. Local support was fantastic and the overall atmosphere was great.
Highest marshall to runner ratio I've seen. Highly recommmended.
Only minor improvements required: there were still a couple places where we had to dodge unnecessarily aggressive drivers. The km and mile markers are sometimes way off the real markers (I think the measured ones are painted on the road). Date of review: July 16, 2012
In short: That hill doesnt get any easier... In full: Again, a well organised race. The hill stops any chance of a PB for most, and I dont find it an easy course. But for some reason its an enjoyable race, good support, lots of marshallls and helpers. Well done Handy Cross... Date of review: July 16, 2012