In short: Half Marathon Magic In full: The residents of High Wycombe were amazingly welcoming and gave amazing support. So many people out on every corner cheering us along.
Some lovely stretches of the course showing off High Wycombe and its local villages.
The set-up was impressive, great family day out. All went smoothly. An abundance of marshalls for at least the first 9 miles / couple of hours.
Loved the wet sponges - just what was needed in the humidity. water in plastic cups but seemed to work ok as there were plenty of them.
Would be nice to have a fuel station but my fault for not bringing any gels.
Fantastic goody bag and medal and tee for a super cheap price.
My own gripe (cause I can always find one!): Wish the road closures that had been planned / had signs up for until 1pm had been kept open bit later than 11am. Us slower runners had a couple of long stretches of road around mile 8-11 I think with not much support, few marshalls and fast cars whizzing by. Always makes you feel slower and/or not part of the race when plodding along on your own and the marshalls / support is almost gone and the roads have been re-opened early! Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: very organised, very welcoming, thanks to all In full: marshalling superb, plenty of support en route and an all-round good atmosphere. Really enjoyed it. The hill near the start very hard but well worth it. Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Running in a suit officially 'Not A Good Idea' In full: I ran this year in a suit & tie, running as a lawyer (from Kidd Rapinet, Aylesbury) for the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Man alive it was a bit hot even with the cloudy conditions. Good banter with jolly locals. Excellent organisation. I can confirm even an old M&S suit isn't really suited to racing. I wish I'd entered the 10k! http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Studdart1?utm_source=emailvision&utm_medium=email%2B&utm_campaign=firstdonation_auto_email Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Lovely race with a great medal In full: A great race. Did the 10k a few years ago so knew about the hill at the start but that didn't help me. Really friendly and fun. Not one for PBs if you don't race up hills but lovely with a great medal and tshirt Date of review: July 21, 2013
In short: Well organised race, good for a PB In full: A nice race through the town with plenty of support. Well organised, and lots of encouragement from the marshals. Good for a PB, although the narrow exit from the start could slow things down a bit for those towards the back of the field. Good value - nice medal, technical T shirt and a decent goody bag as well. Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: very well organised with great marshals and good support from public In full: lovely 5 miler around the flat closed streets of Marlow. Well planned and organised especially at the finish. Generous goody bag included an excellent medal, t-shirt and many other useful bits & pieces. Highly recommended. Date of review: May 12, 2013
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???